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Cover Envy: Soul Control by C. Elizabeth


Cover Envy is a weekly feature posted on Mondays or Tuesdays at As the Pages Turn where we find only the most beautiful, spectacular jaw-dropping covers in the world of books. Today’s Cover Envy Spotlight goes to Soul Control by C. Elizabeth and this is why I think it is so deserving.

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Soul Control

  • Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: Wings ePress (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161309891X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613098912“Lead us not into temptation, deliver us from evil.”

    Words that ring true for seventeen-year-old Saydi Gardiner upon discovering her ancestry.  But if she has doubts, further confirmation is forthcoming and it comes in the form of a wickedly gorgeous Nathanael Braxton, when he steals her heart and cuddles into her sole – the last place the boy should be.

    Nineteen-year-old Nathanael’s unrelenting good looks aren’t the only thing that make him dangerous – and he knows it!  However, his caring human side struggles with a loyalty – a loyalty that binds him to the hunt for the soul that will give his family the power they seek. There’s only one problem: When he finds her, Nathanael falls in love with his prey – Saydi.

This cover is the very reason I love YA covers and I believe the covers alone are selling these books.  Soul Control is no exception.  This is one of the most beautiful covers I’ve seen in a long time, very artistically empowered!  And…those…EYES!  Love the green contrasting with the shades of red.  Powerful imagery.  Without reading the book which I haven’t yet, here’s what I think the cover is saying to me.  Together two teenagers face evil in the face.  I’m taking it the eyes must be the enemy.  Very catlike!  And what’s on the girl’s finger?  Wings ePress did a marvelous job with this; I’d give it a big two thumbs up!

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Cover Envy: Shuffle Up and Deal by Susan DiPlacido


Cover Envy is a weekly feature posted on Mondays at As the Pages Turn where we find only the most beautiful, spectacular jaw-dropping covers in the world of books. Today’s Cover Envy Spotlight goes to Shuffle Up and Deal by Susan DiPlacido and this is why I think it is so deserving.

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Shuffle Up and Deal

  • File Size: 744 KB
  • Print Length: 427 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 145058859X
  • Publisher: Neon Fiction (March 3, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AYEMKC

Meet Izzy Santillo. She’s a charming-but-lonely thirty-four year old woman who loves poker and harbors a secret crush on the reigning king of Hold ‘em.

Meet Nick Nolan, the reigning king of Hold ‘em. On the tables, he’s fast and loose and almost always wins. But when it comes to women, playboy Nick holds his cards too close and always loses.

When Izzy and Nick meet in embarrassing fashion at a Las Vegas poker tournament, Izzy’s secret dreams turn into a public nightmare. But despite her humiliation, she may have finally sparked Nick’s interest in something other than cards. Before long, Nick takes a gamble on Izzy and raises the stakes when he offers to help her sharpen her game. But Izzy’s convinced that Nick is bluffing and will fold his hand after he’s had her on the flop. But a string of outrageous proposition bets and steamy trips on the poker tour, from Los Angeles to Miami, make these two fierce competitors realize that it may be time to put all their chips on the table. Will Izzy and Nick pair up? Or will they lose it all if they go all-in for each other? Sit down, ante up, and hang on, as Nick and Izzy get ready to Shuffle Up and Deal.

Isn’t this the most fun cover you’ve ever seen?  I talked to the author about how it was made and she gave me some delicious pointers!  For one thing, I chose this cover to be featured today because it had the wow factor for me.  The colors just pop right off the page, don’t they?  And second, I love illustrated  covers.  It all goes to prove that even self-pubbed books have fantastic covers.  WTG, Susan!

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Cover Envy: The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey by Deborah Barnes


Cover Envy is a weekly feature at As the Pages Turn where we find only the most beautiful, spectacular jaw-dropping covers in the world of books.  Today’s Cover Envy Spotlight goes to The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey: A Journey of Extraordinarily Ordinary by Deborah Barnes and this is why I think it is so deserving.

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Is this the most beautiful cover you’ve ever seen in your whole life?  I love the colors and how did they get the kitties to sit beside each other like that?  Photoshop or was it for real?  I especially love the title font, too.  Everything just comes together on this cover – the colors, the graphics, everything.  It has a fairytale feel, you know?

Combining a warm, humorous, and conversational style of writing with stunning photos and charming artwork, readers are immediately immersed into the world of Zee, a lovable male Maine Coon cat, and Zoey, a high-spirited female Bengal cat, as they share their amazing relationship and bond that formed between the two of them in The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey. What makes this story so compelling, is that the author narrates the journey of the cats through the personal trials and tribulations of her own life. Readers will easily be able to relate to the many moments the author shares and her spot on accuracy in understanding the many nuances of a cat is so realistic, one might think the author was a cat herself!  You will be certain to smile and laugh on more than one occasion as you share this incredible journey with Zee and Zoey and learn the ultimate message they teach us – to embrace the ordinary in life and dare to make it extraordinary.

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