I apologize for being so neglectful this holiday season. As many of you know, I've had some personal issues going on that have severely hampered my "joy" this season. I can't believe the new year is here already, but I'm so glad 2012 is over. I'm ready for a new life in 2013!
Sharing the Joy is going on through Sunday (Twelfth Night/Epiphany) and I'm hoping to have a few more things for you between now and then. I'm trying to finish up some Christmas reading so I can post the reviews. Anyway, the lovely Maria from A Night's Dream of Books generously helped me out by writing this wonderful guest post. I hope you enjoy it!
For this post, which I'm contributing to Michelle's gorgeous blog, I thought I'd feature some of the most beautiful Christmas covers I've ever come across. And here they are!
Mass Market Paperback, 332 pages
October 1, 2011
I would say this is one of the most beautiful Christmas covers I've ever come across! It should really be a Christmas card. Also, it looks like a scene from a movie, and the guy sure could be Harrison Ford's twin! The lady's gown and cloak are exquisite, the colors are luminous, and the gently falling snow makes me long for a cozy fire and hot chocolate. This cover is absolutely full of the Christmas Spirit!
Hardcover, 256 pages
November 1, 2011
Christmas Romance, Paranormal Fiction
This cover has lots of my favorite color -- blue! I also love the snowy pine needles, which certainly evoke the blustery cold of winter, as well as giving a very magical feel to the entire image.
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
October 1, 2011
Christmas Romance, Paranormal Fictikon,
This cover is so magical! I love the way the whole image just glows! The colors are absolutely enchanting, and that little girl staring wistfully into the store window is the perfect touch, as is the small Christmas tree in the lower, right-hand corner.
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
October 26, 2010
Christmas Romance Novellas
The most beautiful thing about this cover, of course, is that exquisite wedding gown! I wish I could go back in time, just so I could get married again in such a gorgeous dress... I also love the contrast of the bright red around the oval window, with the icy blue of the outside landscape. I do wish, though, that the author's name weren't right smack in the middle of the cover... It's still one of my favorites, though!
Hardcover 258 pages
October 23, 2012
Christmas Romance, Christian Fiction
This cover is absolutely stunning! The composition, the colors -- everything is just perfect. I love the golden glow from within the bookstore, the couple standing in front of one of the door's inlaid windows, the two Christmas trees twinkling with golden lights... Of course, I also love the glimpses of all those books inside the store! And those old-fashioned doors, combined with the script used for the title, really give this cover an authentic look!
Hardcover, 144 pages
Andrews McMeel Publishing
October 1, 1998
I had to include a cover from one of my favorite illustrators, Mary Engelbreit! I have admired her art for years. She creates such beautiful, whimsical, totally magical illustrations! I had to enlarge this cover more than the others because it just doesn't adjust to the same size as the others. Besides, I wanted to make sure that every detail could be seen. This Santa Claus is so tender and sweet...I love that the artist pictured children giving him hugs, which he's obviously enjoying. I love the little toys around the bottom of the image, the colors, the lettering....I simply love Mary Engelbreit's art!!
I hope you all love these gorgeous covers
as much as I do!
They certainly exemplify
the eternal spirit of Christmas, don't they?
Please don't forget to enter the giveaway for Cupid's Christmas by Bette Lee Crosby. It runs through Sunday night, January 6th. ENTER HERE
Always in spirit....