10 Brilliant Book Covers
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10 Brilliant Book Covers

 

Sometimes design is better than good— it’s brilliant.

10 Brilliant Book Covers

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I adore eye-catching and clever book covers, don’t you? They spark the imagination. And you have to admire the creativity that goes into some designs. Here’s a list of book cover ideas that caught my attention.

1. This Tiny Perfect World

2. The Poet X

3. From Unseen Fire

4. The Summer of Broken Things

5. The Last to Let Go

6. You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

7. The Astonishing Color of After

8. Anger is a Gift

9. Paradox Bound

10. Head On


What did you think of this list? Which covers did you love? Were there any that you disliked? Let me know in the comments below!

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Wacky Writing Prompt: Lost in Translation

Do you ever feel a little bit lost in a conversation?

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If You’re New

Welcome to the weekly Wacky Writing Prompt! Each Saturday, I’ll post a new weird and quirky prompt to get your creative juices flowing. To participate, all you have to do is write flash fiction, a short story, or a poem based on the prompt. If you’ve posted your writing somewhere online, please post a link in the comments below so I can add your stories to next week’s prompt. Who knows, your unique take may break through someone else’s writer’s block!

Lost in Translation

You meet someone who can only speak using direct quotes from published books. How does that conversation go?

 

If You Liked 'The Butterfly Effect,' Read This Book
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If You Liked ‘The Butterfly Effect,’ Read This Book

If you could go back in time, what would you change?

If You Liked 'The Butterfly Effect,' Read This Book

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Today we’re visiting another book by the author I gushed about in this earlier post. And, no, this book is not in the Quantum Cop series. But it still contemplates the nature of our reality. So what is this mystery book?

Temporal Dreams, by Lesley L. Smith is an emotional journey with two main characters. Kairi is an orphan and a college student who discovers a latent ability to travel back in time while she sleeps. Meanwhile on the other side of the world, Kyle has been training with his family his whole life to prepare for the Dreaming, or time travel. Time travel can be incredibly dangerous, and there are a lot of rules to follow to avoid breaking reality. Rules that Kairi doesn’t know. Will everyone survive all her changes to the timeline? And is somebody manipulating Kyle and his family into Dream related accidents?

This was a page-turner with a plot twist that I never even suspected. But it also explores the bonds between friends and family. Plus, there’s a neat little spin on déjà vu.

Rating: 5 out of 5


You Catch These Book Reviews?

Issola · Reversion · The Dead Room · Naheli’s Sacrifice · The Reviled · After Jessica · Running Out of Time · Wixon’s Day · Little Computer People · The Book of Jhereg · The Adventures of Technicality Man · When the Future Comes Too Soon · Love is Love · The Bear · Dragon God · Balfair’s Confinement · Don Quixote & Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age · Shoebox Funeral · The Plainview Lottery · The Lady Who Loved Lightning · Loreless · Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better · I Was Picked: The John Challis Story · The Touch: A Supernatural Story · Jake & The Dragons of Asheville · Kat Cubed · Transgender Manifesto · The Stolen Sky · Quantum Murder

10 Shocking Purple Book Covers
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10 Shocking Purple Book Covers

Purple is so royal.

10 Shocking Purple Book Covers
Purple. Lavendar. Lilac. Such a rich color range with so many possibilities. From the sweet and juicy purple of Concord grapes to the plush, velvety purple of royalty. This hue has quite a bit to offer.

Here is a list of ten covers that utilize the rich tint in inspiring and creative ways.

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Without further ado, let’s begin:

1. Across the Universe


This mystical cover makes use of deep purples and magenta. There’s also a hint of the cups/faces illusion which adds to the mind-bending feel.

2. Half-Blood


And there is no doubt that light purple and black look amazing together. The central flower has a smoky, ethereal quality to it. Hauntingly beautiful.

3. Smokin’ Seventeen


I love that the author’s name is Plum. This purple cover features a textured background almost like a satin sheet. And the 3-D numbers are covered in beads of water.

4. The Dark Divine


And here is another example of a cover that ties black, white, and purple together. The translucent and ribbon-like quality of the purple cloth draws the eye in toward the figure.

5. Fifth Grave Past the Light


This cover plays to purple’s haunting qualities. The gritty texture in the background, the smoke rising from the center to the silver skull necklace. Everything on this cover bodes of the supernatural.

6. The Sleeping Beauty Proposal


And here we have a more pastel shade. The interplay between lilac, white, and silver ties everything together neatly. The sparkles don’t hurt, either.

7. Club Dead


This cover reminds me of Bewitched and Dracula. (And yes, the story has vampires but no nose-twitching witch.) Again we see purple tied to a supernatural story.

8. Down the Darkest Road


And this cover displays a vibrant purple sunset (or sunrise?) along with a purple-tinted road. There is an air of spookiness and danger to this cover.

9. Odd Thomas


I love, love, love Dean Koontz’s writing. And this is a book I owned at one point. (It got lost in one of my many moves.) Once more, purple is used to hint at mysterious and mystical things. There’s an ephemeral sense to this cover that leaves one wanting to know more.

10. Stargazer


This reminds me of a heavily filtered photo from the 60’s, but there is something reminiscent of the 1920’s in the figure’s face. Also, I love the title’s font. Super fancy fonts can be dangerous because of legibility concerns, but, in my opinion, this balances the line between mood and legibility. Plus, look at all the sparkles!


What did you think of this list? Which covers did you love? Were there any that you disliked? Let me know in the comments below!

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Wacky Writing Prompt: A Bone To Pick

This is not the bone you were searching for.

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If You’re New

Welcome to the weekly Wacky Writing Prompt! Each Saturday, I’ll post a new weird and quirky prompt to get your creative juices flowing. To participate, all you have to do is write flash fiction, a short story, or a poem based on the prompt. If you’ve posted your writing somewhere online, please post a link in the comments below so I can add your stories to next week’s prompt. Who knows, your unique take may break through someone else’s writer’s block!

A Bone To Pick

You wake up as a trombone. How did this happen? What do you experience? How do you get back to normal?

 

A Thrilling Sci-Fi Book Written by a Woman Scientist
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A Thrilling Sci-Fi Book Written by a Woman Scientist

This tale’s a thrilling ride through time and space.

A Thrilling Sci-Fi Book Written by a Woman Scientist
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This week’s book is by a woman who is quickly becoming one of my favorite indie authors. Wielding a Ph.D. in Elementary Particle Physics and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, Lesley L. Smith brings a lot to the literary table. The book I’m reviewing today is the second in a series. As I’ve mentioned time and again, I rarely read book series in order and this time is no exception. I jumped into this book with both feet and absolutely no idea what happened in book one. And I was not disappointed.

Quantum Murder is an action-packed adventure with thrilling highs and lows. I gravitate towards books with catchy first lines, and the opening line of this book definitely hits the mark:

“My morning was going great until I got arrested for murder.” ~Quantum Murder by Lesley L. Smith

The protagonist, Madison Martin, is a physicist and professor who discovered a way to manipulate reality (I’m assuming this occurred in book one). She and a select few others are able to create, destroy, and teleport at will. As you can imagine, this kind of power leads to some dire consequences. But the book is deeper than a typical Sci-Fi or Mystery complete-the-quest or solve-the-murder trope. The narrative touches on romance from the woman’s perspective, which is totally empowering and completely different from the majority of traditional male-gaze narratives in Sci-Fi. Seeing the world through the eyes of a brilliant woman scientist is refreshing. And the plotting isn’t too shabby, either.

Rating: 5 out of 5


You Catch These Book Reviews?

Issola · Reversion · The Dead Room · Naheli’s Sacrifice · The Reviled · After Jessica · Running Out of Time · Wixon’s Day · Little Computer People · The Book of Jhereg · The Adventures of Technicality Man · When the Future Comes Too Soon · Love is Love · The Bear · Dragon God · Balfair’s Confinement · Don Quixote & Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age · Shoebox Funeral · The Plainview Lottery · The Lady Who Loved Lightning · Loreless · Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better · I Was Picked: The John Challis Story · The Touch: A Supernatural Story · Jake & The Dragons of Asheville · Kat Cubed · Transgender Manifesto · The Stolen Sky

10 Holiday Gifts for the Mermaid in Your Life
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10 Holiday Gifts for the Mermaid in Your Life

A mermaid makes a terrible dance partner.

10 Holiday Gifts for the Mermaid in Your Life

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Mermaid stories have been told around the world for thousands of years. These mythical beings brought safety, death, wealth, curses, and everything in between. Nowadays, mermaids are viewed as gentle, magical, and incredibly beautiful. And if you’re here, it’s probably because someone special in your life absolutely adores these mysterious creatures.

But as the holidays roll around do you find yourself asking, “Where can I find mermaid gifts?” or even, “What should I give to someone who loves mermaids?” Sometimes it’s hard to know where to even begin. And as much as you’d hate to admit it, the fact is you’re probably too stressed and busy to really think about shopping. You don’t have the time to scroll through seemingly endless lists of products on store websites. The whole ordeal is overwhelming, frustrating, and exhausting.

Never fear. This handy list of mermaid-themed presents has got you covered.

1. Mermaid Journal


Give your friend a gift they’ll never forget. Have you ever held a leather-bound book in your hands? The texture, the smell. There’s something magical about it. If the mermaid lover in your life also enjoys writing, this is a fantastic gift for them. The special Coptic binding means the diary will lay flat when it’s opened so they don’t have to fuss with it trying to close while they write. Plus, there’s a mermaid right there on the cover.

2. Mermaid Blanket


Keep your sea-loving family member the gift of warmth! This soft and cozy blanket is shaped like a fishtail. Plus, it’s light-weight so it’s easy to pack for trips. Make a statement while visiting the in-laws with this bold and snuggly sleeping bag.

3. Fish Scale Leggings


Do you have a child that can’t get enough of the mythical half-fish creatures? Your child may not have a tail of their own, but these shiny leggings will make them feel every bit as magical. Soft, breathable, comfortable, and stretchy. And look at all those lovely shifting colors!

4. Makeup Brushes


Maybe you’re shopping for someone who loves makeup. If so, take a gander at these super cute brushes. Excellent for blending and creating that sexy and mysterious look. Also makes a fantastic children’s toy for fake makeup sets.

5. Mermaid Coloring Book


Are you shopping for a co-worker who’s constantly stressed? This coloring book may be exactly what you need. And it’s great for children, too.

6. Wine Stopper


Here’s another great gift for the office Christmas party. This mermaid will keep wine, oil, vinegar, and other drinks safe. And, she’s got a cute little starfish.

7. Lunch Bag


Add some pizzaz to your child’s school day with this colorful lunchbox. The scale design is sure to please, and you can bet they’ll be showing it off to all of their friends. Plus, it’s stain resistant, machine washable, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

8. Mermaid Hooks


Perhaps you’re searching for something more in the home decor category. These cast iron hooks might be right up your alley. They come in a set of two and feature vintage rusted look. This would fit in well with both rustic decor and more nautically-style homes.

9. Car Decal


Want something simple and inexpensive? Try this sexy car decal. It’s easy to install and is made of high-quality vinyl that can last from 3 to 5 years. So, what are you waiting for? Take this mermaid on the road!

10. Mermaid Mug


Get their day started off right with this black and white mug. Not only is there gorgeous artwork on the outside of the mug, there’s also an inspiring quote on the inside. Live the life you imagine, indeed.


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10 Beautiful Blue Book Covers
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10 Beautiful Blue Book Covers

Blue is such a calming color.

10 Beautiful Blue Book Covers

Blue surrounds us in nature. From the sky to sparkling blue waters, this color offers a sense of expansiveness and tranquility. And here’s a fun fact: humans only started seeing blue relatively recently. So why not add some of this fresh, soothing color to your bookshelf?

Here are some book covers whose designs center on the lovely hue. (Also, there are affiliate links in this post. I earn commissions from them at no cost to you.)

1. Oh. My. Gods.


Well, this book cover certainly has a sense of humor! And the deep blue field really makes the white and pink pop.

2. The Fault in Our Stars

Maybe John Green is one of my favorite authors and Youtubers. And maybe I loved this book to bits. But the cover’s phenomenal, too. I enjoy the interplay between the black and white speech bubbles. And the chalky font scrawls out the title loud and proud. Also, it’s all nicely nestled into a field of blue.

3. Wonder

And this cover features a lighter shade as a background. And the color repeats on the figure, directly under the title. It certainly catches the eye (pun intended).

4. All the Light We Cannot See


Well here is a cover that drenches us in blue. And I like how it plays to the green end of the spectrum.

5. Boy Meets Boy


Now, I’m a sucker for minimalist covers. And this one really hits the spot. Simple but powerful. And the Valentine heart title? Perfect.

6. Infinity


Well, this cover definitely plays with dark and light. The blue-tinted rays of light pull us into the center.

7. Where’d You Go, Bernadette


Maybe the graphic design-y elements of the cover pulled me in. And the fact that this book popped up everywhere probably had something to do with it, too. Either way, another great blue cover!

8. Tomboy


And this memoir doubles as a graphic novel. (Or is a graphic novel doubling as a memoir?) The play on restroom signage here is quite clever.

9. Dairy Queen


Have I mentioned that I’m a sucker for silly book covers? The pun, the cow wearing a tiara, the sky. Perfect. It’s all simply perfect.

10. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown


And here is a cover with a drastically different mood. It goes to show how versatile blue can actually be!


What did you think of this list? Which covers did you love? Were there any that you disliked? Let me know in the comments below!

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