As I am known to do, given my job, I was tip-toeing through catalogs today and hit the jackpot of beautiful cover art thanks to the Baker Publishing Group. For those of you who don't know Baker, they publish the inspirational fiction imprints Bethany House and Revell. Take a gander at this cover art and weep bitter copious tears that secular romance publishers haven't caught a clue.
Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell - publication date March 2013
Description: Lucy Kendall always assumed she'd help her father in his candy-making
business, creating recipes and aiding him in their shared passion. But
after a year traveling in Europe, Lucy returns to 1910 St. Louis to find
her father unwell and her mother planning to sell the struggling candy
company. Determined to help, Lucy vows to create a candy that will
reverse their fortunes.
St. Louis newcomer Charlie Clarke is
determined to help his father dominate the nation's candy industry.
Compromise is not an option when the prize is a father's approval, and
falling in love with a business rival is a recipe for disaster when only
one company can win. Will these two star-crossed lovers let a
competition that turns less than friendly sour their dreams?
Waiting for Spring by Amanda Cabot - publication date January 2013
Description: After the loss of her husband and the birth of her baby, Charlotte has
had a long, hard year. But when a notorious robber believes she knows
the location of a long-lost treasure, she flees to Cheyenne and opens a
dressmaker's shop to lie low and make a living. When wealthy cattle
baron and political hopeful Barrett Landry enters the shop to visit her
best customer, Charlotte feels drawn to him.
If Barrett is to be a
senator of the soon-to-be state of Wyoming, he must make a sensible
match, and Miriam has all the right connections. Yet he can't shake the
feeling that Charlotte holds the key to his heart and his future.
the past comes to call, and Barrett's plans crumble around him. Will
Charlotte and Barrett find the courage to look love in the face? Or will
their fears blot out any chance for happiness?
Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer - publication date April 2013
Description: Lydia Eldredge longs to provide a sanctuary for her son, Nicky. But a
constant threat comes from Nicky's drug-addicted father, who wants the
boy and seems willing to do whatever it takes to get him.
Micah Hatcher serves the immigrant population in Queens, but under cover
of darkness he provides another service that must not be discovered
lest his and his brother's lives be in danger.
When Lydia and
Micah's paths cross, they are suddenly wrapped up in each other's
callings. Through unforeseen twists and turns, they seek a refuge of
safety--for Nicky, for themselves, and for the needy people God
unexpectedly puts in their lives.
Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell - publication date March 2013
Description: Lady Celine Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but
enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the
unique position of being able to help those in need--or to spy for the
notorious Napoleon Bonaparte.
When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign
Office is sent to pose as the countess's butler and discover where her
true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the
longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London's West End, the more
his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady
Wexham's spell. Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy
after all, will he do the right thing?
The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen - publication date January 2013
Description: Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father regain his
spirits when his academy fails, agrees to travel with him to the distant
Cornwall coast, to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons.
But after they arrive and begin teaching the younger boys, mysterious
things begin to happen and danger mounts. Who does Emma hear playing the
pianoforte, only to find the music room empty? Who sneaks into her room
at night? Who rips a page from her journal, only to return it with a
The baronet's older sons, Phillip and
Henry, wrestle with problems--and secrets--of their own. They both
remember Emma Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. She had
been an awkward, studious girl. But now one of them finds himself
unexpectedly drawn to her.
When the suspicious acts escalate, can
the clever tutor's daughter figure out which brother to blame...and
which brother to trust with her heart?
Picture Perfect by Janice Thompson - publication date February 2013
Description: Feisty wedding photographer Hannah McDermott has dealt with her share of
difficult brides. But none can compare to the ultimate Bridezilla she's
dealing with now. Still, she's trying desperately to impress Bella
Neeley, Galveston Island's most sought-after wedding planner, so she can
take the top spot in Bella's list of recommended photographers--a spot
currently occupied by her arch-rival, Drew Kincaid. What she doesn't
count on, however, is falling head over heels for the competition.
Back cover blurb commentary aside (seriously, the word "feisty" should be outlawed from the English language), I think all of these covers are absolutely gorgeous. Every single one of them would at least get me to pick up the book long enough to read the plot description and the first couple of page. Instead what secular publishers keep offering me is an endless parade of head-less man-titty that I can't distinguish one cover from the next. And OMG - period costume! My kingdom for historical romance covers with actual period costume!
What say you? Do you like these covers or do you find them boring? Am I being too hard on the scores of headless man-titty on romance covers? (Hey, hunky cover models have to eat too!)