2009 Book Covers

Readers’ Choice 2009 Best Cover Award
for books by LDS authors:
Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

LDS Publisher’s Choice 2009 Best Cover Award
for books by LDS authors:

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Readers’ Choice Genre winners:

General/Women’s:
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford
Publisher: Ballantine Books

Historical:
Abish
by Brenda Anderson
Publisher: Cedar Fort

Middle Grade:
Princess of the Midnight Ball
by Jessica Day George
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

Mystery:
Murder by the Book
by Betsy Brannon Green
Publisher: Covenant

Romance:
Altared Plans
by Rebecca Cornish Talley
Publisher: Cedar Fort

Speculative:
The Dragon War Relic
by Berin L. Stephens
Publisher: Bonneville Books (CFI)

Young Adult:
Just One Wish
by Janette Rallison
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

LDS Publisher’s Choice Genre winners:

General/Women’s:
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford
Publisher: Ballantine Books

Historical:
Setting Sail
by Grace Elliot
Publisher: Covenant

Middle Grade:
Freaky Flyday
by David Farland
Publisher: Covenant

Mystery:
Murder by the Book
by Betsy Brannon Green
Publisher: Covenant

Romance:
Altared Plans
by Rebecca Cornish Talley
Publisher: Cedar Fort

Speculative:
Warbreaker
by Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: TOR Books

Young Adult:
Hush, Hush
by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

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It’s time to announce the overall winner of the 2009 Best Cover Award for books by LDS authors. But first, a little commentary and explanation.

I designed some awards. Yes, I did! It took me most of one day over the holidays, so I hope the winners will display them on their blogs or websites with pride.

Genre Category Finalist Award

All the genre finalists—all 35 of the original five covers in each of the seven genre areas—will receive a Genre Category Finalist Award. (See left.)

This is a lovely silver medal that lists the year and the genre the cover was placed in.

After that, the awards break into two categories: Readers Choice (as voted on by you) and Publisher’s Choice (as voted on by me).

Genre Category Winner Awards
Each genre will have two Best Genre Cover awards.

One will be the Readers’ Choice Best Genre Cover, like the lovely award to the right. This award is for the winners from the VIZU polls. It is gold, because it’s a gold winner, and it clearly says Readers’ Choice at the top.


The other is the Publisher’s Choice Best Genre Cover. It is also gold, but has LDS Publisher at the top — because LDS Publisher (me) picked these winners. Not that my taste is superior to that of the reader, but I love the covers that I love and want them to get something special, too. In some genres, the same book won both of these awards.

Best Cover Awards

Last, there is THE overall winner, Best Book Cover of 2009, where the winners of each genre category went head-to-head. Again, there are the two categories—Readers’ Choice and Publisher’s Choice. Once again they are gold and they have either Reader’s Choice (picked by you) or LDS Publisher (picked by me) at the top of the award. The bottom of the award, of course, says BEST COVER.

I will be sending out emails to the authors, probably later today and will attach the awards for them. If you’re a winner and don’t get your award by Tuesday, it means I don’t have your email address and you’ll need to send it to me.

Also, one last note. I have posted my thoughts about each book cover in the comments of the Genre Finalists posts, so you can read why I picked the ones I did, as well as why the readers picked the ones they did.

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2009 Best Cover Finalists

December 26, 2009

We have winners in each of the genre categories, which will now go head to head for the 2009 Best Cover Award! They are (in alphabetical order): Abish by Brenda AndersonPublisher: Cedar Fort Altared Plans by Rebecca Cornish TalleyPublisher: Cedar Fort The Dragon War Relic by Berin L. StephensPublisher: Bonneville Books (CFI) Hotel on the […]

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2009 Cover Contest

December 18, 2009

This Cover Contest idea turned out to be more difficult than I expected. There were so many covers that I liked for such a variety of reasons. So, here’s how it will work. I’ve divided the covers into seven genres, each genre with its own post page. I’ve picked my top five favs for each […]

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2009 General/Womens Cover Finalists

December 18, 2009

The FOB Bible by Eric W. Jepson, et alPublisher: Peculiar Pages Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie FordPublisher: Ballantine Books Saving Madeline by Rachel Ann NunesPublisher: Shadow Mountain The Route by Gale SearsPublisher: Walnut Springs Press The Ties That Bind by Kristen McKendryPublisher: Covenant Vote for your favorite in the VIZU […]

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2009 Historical Cover Finalists

December 18, 2009

Abish by Brenda AndersonPublisher: Cedar Fort In the Company of Angels by David FarlandPublisher: DFE The Light Above by Jean Holbrook MatthewsPublisher: Covenant Setting Sail by Grace Elliot Publisher: Covenant Tower of Strength by Annette LyonPublisher: Covenant Vote for your favorite in the VIZU poll on the sidebar.

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2009 Middle Grade Cover Finalists

December 18, 2009

Freaky Flyday by David FarlandPublisher: Covenant The 13th Reality: The Hunt for Dark Infinity by James DashnerPublisher: Shadow Mountain Leven Thumps and the Ruins of Alder by Obert SkyePublisher: Shadow Mountain Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books Reiyalindis by Cory PoulsonPublisher: Sweetwater (Cedar Fort) Vote for your […]

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2009 Mystery Cover Finalists

December 18, 2009

Lemon Tart by Josi S. KilpackPublisher: Deseret Book Methods of Madness by Stephanie BlackPublisher: Covenant Murder by the Book by Betsy Brannon GreenPublisher: Covenant Shudder by Jennie HansenPublisher: Covenant The Perfect Liar by Brenda NovakPublisher: Mira Vote for your favorite in the VIZU poll on the sidebar.

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2009 Romance Cover Finalists

December 18, 2009

Altared Plans by Rebecca Cornish TalleyPublisher: Cedar Fort Counting the Cost by Liz AdairPublisher: Inglestone Publishing How to Stuff a Wild Zucchini by Heather HorrocksPublisher: Deseret Book Pick Up Games by Marcia MickelsonPublisher: Bonneville Books (CFI) Winds of Hope by Anita Stansfield Publisher: Covenant Vote for your favorite in the VIZU poll on the sidebar.

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2009 Speculative Cover Finalists

December 18, 2009

Chaosbound by David FarlandPublisher: TOR Books The Dragon War Relic by Berin L. StephensPublisher: Bonneville Books (CFI) The Princess of the Sword by Lynn KurlandPublisher: Penguin Group Warbreaker by Brandon SandersonPublisher: TOR Books Within the Flame by LeeAnne HanksPublisher: Strategic Book Publishing Vote for your favorite in the VIZU poll on the sidebar.

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2009 YA Cover Finalists

December 18, 2009

Bone Warriors by Bron BahlmannPublisher: Sweetwater Books (Cedar Fort) Hush, Hush by Becca FitzpatrickPublisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Just One Wish by Janette RallisonPublisher: Putnam Juvenile Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison Publisher: Penguin/Razorbill Wings by Aprilynne Pike Publisher: Harper Teen Vote for your favorite in the VIZU poll on the sidebar.

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