Friday, 5 August 2011

Coming in 2012 from Zondervan

Here's some more cover love for you to chat about, this time from Zondervan.  I'm also keen to read these books.

I actually really like these covers!  Yes, Covenant of War and The Chase have faces  but I like the darker colours and grittiness of them both, especially Cliff's book :)  

Coming Home looks fabulous ~ love the roses and simplicity of it.

Your thoughts?

Covenant of War by Cliff Graham

The year is 993 BC. After years of bloody civil war, Eleazar son of Dodai, one of King David’s most elite warriors, wants nothing more than to finally live peacefully in the land.

But on the plains near the Great Sea, a terrifying army of Philistines has mobilized to crush the Hebrew tribes once and for all. In the sun-drenched valleys and dark forests of the hill country, Eleazar and his warriors make their stand against Israel’s deadliest enemy. The fate of an entire nation rests on the courage of a small band of heroes known as the Mighty Men.

In a land torn by conflict, depleted by drought and threatened by treachery, the horrors and heroism of the ancient battlefields come to life.

Covenant of War is the second book in the Lion of War series—the intense, gritty, and stylistic portrayal of the Mighty Men of Israel, a rag-tag band of warriors who came to King David in his most desperate hour and fought with him while he claimed the throne he was destined to fill. Their legendary deeds are recorded in 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11.

February, 2012

Coming Home by Stacy Hawkins Adams

If forgiving your ex-husband was easy, everybody would do it.

Brent had cheated on Dayna and coldly said goodbye to her seven long years ago—dashing her hopes of having children or growing old with the love of her life. Working hard to make herself successful as a hospital executive, Dayna has moved on, finding comfort in a new dating relationship with a faith-filled colleague, Warren.

But when Brent resurfaces on her doorstep at just the wrong time, Dayna’s heart threatens to come unglued. Why is Brent asking for forgiveness now? And why are he and his new wife, Tamara, interested in reconciliation with Dayna? The unbelievable answers begin to surface  as Brent boldly asks Dayna to support him at the most crucial time of his life.

While Tamara’s heart brims with guilt, both women will discover what it means to reach beyond pain and baggage to love unconditionally, leaving the consequences to God.

February, 2012

The Chase by DiAnn Mills

To the FBI it’s a cold case. To Kariss Walker it’s a hot idea that could either reshape or ruin her writing career. And it’s a burning mission to revisit an event she can never forget.

Five years ago, an unidentified little girl was found starved to death in the woods behind a Houston apartment complex. A TV news anchor at the time, Kariss reported on the terrifying case. Today, as a New York Times bestselling author, Kariss intends to turn the unsolved mystery into a suspense novel.

Enlisting the help of FBI Special Agent Tigo Harris, Kariss succeeds in getting the case reopened. But the search for the dead girl’s missing mother yields a discovery that plunges the partners into a witch’s brew of danger. The old crime lives on in more ways than either of them could ever imagine. Will Kariss’s pursuit of her dream as a writer carry a deadly price tag?

Drawing from a real-life cold case, bestselling novelist DiAnn Mills presents a taut collage of suspense, faith, and romance in The Chase.

March, 2012


Kaye Dacus said...

Wow--the guy on Covenant of War looks like Sayid from LOST (Naveen Andrews).

Rel said...

He does :)

Deborah said...

i like covenant of war a lot. that's a cover with face on it that i like. the chase is just ok but it's a major improvement over the cover of her other book with tyndale.

re: coming home, i like it yes. but i'm going to be opening up a HUGE can of worms by saying, why do books with POC authors/characters from the major Christian publishers rarely feature these characters faces on the cover? don't get me wrong, this is a great cover, but as Rel has been showing, almost every publisher has been putting covers with people and faces on the cover, yet they have all been white. now here's a book by a POC (person of color, that's any minority) author...and No faces on the cover. i'm just curious at the though process about the reasoning for decisions like this. just wondering if they think it won't sell otherwise? market will react differently? i'm not trying to start anything, but i'm sincerely curious. do books with Christian fiction books with POC characters on covers not sell well?

Rel said...

It is an interesting question, Deb, as we have already discussed on twitter.

Given the overwhelming majority of models on covers, it does make one ponder.

Stacy's previous series had models on the covers so it is a different approach to that series. Either way, I really enjoy Stacy's writing and am looking forward to reading Coming Home.

April W Gardner said...

Ooh, love Covenant War's cover. Yeah, he looks like a grittier Sayid. Good question, Deborah. Not sure I'd noticed before, but will be looking now.

Nicole said...

Generally don't read historicals, but Covenant of War's cover fits so well. Great cover.

The others: bleh.

Wow. Great question, Deb. Wonder if there will be an honest answer given or any at all.

Ronie Kendig said...

I like DiAnn's cover for The Chase. Of course, Covenant of War is awesome, just as its predecessor was/is.

Interesting on Stacy's cover. I know my publisher didn't bat an eye putting the hero (who is African American) on the cover of my last military thriller, Firethorn. But I did have some people tell me I should consider NOT having him on there. They felt it would hurt sales, which I found silly.

Rel said...

Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts, gals :)

Ronie - appreciate you giving us your thoughts on your experience with Firethorn. That does sound silly to me, too!

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