2010 Book Covers

Got a few emails stating confusion over the award images and who gets them for their blogs. I realized that not only did I not do a good job of explaining, but also that they weren’t even all available for grabbing here.

Sorry. The winners are listed immediately below the image they can use. Some covers received multiple awards. Use any or all of the ones you’re eligible for.

The Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Nielson
Publisher: Scholastic

Sun Tunnels and Secrets by Carole Thayne Warburton
Publisher: Walnut Springs

Growing Up Gracie by Maggie Fechner
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Genre: General/Women’s

The Widower’s Wife by Prudence Bice
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Genre: Historical

The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Middle Grade

Deadline by Clair M. Poulson
Publisher: Covenant
Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Imprints by Rachel Ann Nunes
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Genre: Romance

Mr. Monster (UK Cover) by Dan Wells
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Genre: Speculative

Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult

The Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Nielson
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy


Sun Tunnels and Secrets by Carole Thayne Warburton
Publisher: Walnut Springs
Genre: General/Women’s

The Widower’s Wife by Prudence Bice
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Genre: Historical

Choke by Obert Skye
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Genre: Middle Grade

The Overton Window by Glenn Beck
Publisher: Threshold Editions
Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Imprints by Rachel Ann Nunes
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Genre: Romance

Queen in Exile by Donna Hatch
Publisher: Walnut Springs
Category: Speculative

Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult

Matched by Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Genre: YA Fantasy

Congrats to all the winners!

And thank you to everyone who voted.

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And the winner is—as voted by LDS Publisher blog readers:

Sun Tunnels and Secrets by Carole Thayne Warburton
Publisher: Walnut Springs
Category: General/Women’s

My favorite cover of 2010 was:

The Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Nielson
Publisher: Scholastic

The image doesn’t quite do it justice but that illustration is gorgeous, compelling, inviting and perfect for Nielson’s target reader—girls 12+. I also like the font choice.

Both of you can copy the image of the gold trophy in the sidebar and post it on your blogs. Please link back to this post.

I’ll be going back to the genre posts and commenting what I liked about each book cover and which I chose as the genre category winners.

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2010 Best Cover Finalists

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The winners in each of the genre categories are now going head-to-head for the 2010 Best Cover of the Year Award! (If you want to see how the voting breaks down, click on the poll in each genre post and it should take you to a page showing the percentages. Although I originally said I’d […]

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2010 Book Cover Contest

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2010 General/Women’s Book Covers

January 3, 2011

Band of Sisters by Annette LyonPublisher: Covenant LDSP comment: Band of Sisters is a definitely a book for women. I thought the image of the women’s stacking fists communicated that very well. I also liked the color. I didn’t care so much for the title in a box, right there in the middle of the […]

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2010 Historical Cover Finalists

January 3, 2011

Escape to Zion by Jean Holbrook MathewsPublisher: Covenant LDSP comment: I liked the old-fashioned feel of this cover. I especially liked the image at the top. I would have done more with that. I didn’t much care for the bottom image or the title banner that cuts the cover in half. But overall, it was […]

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2010 Middle Grade Cover Finalists

January 3, 2011

LDSP comment: I have to say that I really like all the covers I picked in this category. REALLY LIKED. Alcataz versus The Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson Publisher: Scholastic Press LDSP comment: I love that giant robot thing. I love that we only see it from waist down. That is so awesome! It loses […]

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2010 Mystery Suspense Cover Finalists

January 3, 2011

Blink of an Eye by Gregg LukePublisher: Covenant LDSP comment: I haven’t read this book yet but it’s on my To Read Very Soon list because of this cover. Isn’t it just sort of creepy awesome? You zero right in on that eyeball and everything else is secondary. Including the title, which lost points for […]

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2010 Romance Cover Finalists

January 3, 2011

LDSP comment: This is a really good category to speak to the subjectiveness of covers. Jennie thinks some of them look fluffy and like they’re written for children. I couldn’t disagree more. I love the whimsical nature of some of these covers. They let you know right away that the book is what I call […]

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2010 Speculative Cover Finalists

January 3, 2011

Mr. Monster (UK Cover) by Dan WellsPublisher: Headline Publishing Group LDSP comment: Winner! Winner! Winner! I loved this cover the moment I laid eyes on it early this year, and I still love this cover. The colors. The ripped paper. The eyes. Yep! This is probably my second favorite all-time cover for 2010. And yep, […]

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2010 YA Cover Finalists (Non-Fantasy)

January 3, 2011

The Hoarders by Jean StringhamPublisher: Cedar Fort LDSP comment: I like this cover! I’m not sure that it’s the best for catching the attention of the YA reader, but it certainly caught mine. The only thing I didn’t like was the author’s name. Too small and too hard to read. Sing Me to Sleep by […]

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2010 YA Fantasy Cover Finalists

January 3, 2011

LDSP comment: This was another category that was hard to judge because I really, really liked every single cover. And there were several other covers that I really liked in this category, but I had to draw the line somewhere. Flecks of Gold by Alicia BuckPublisher: Cedar Fort LDSP comment: Unlike TJ, the blinding goldness […]

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Hold on…

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We’re going to have a book cover contest again. It is spread out over several posts. Wait about 20 minutes for all of them to go live, then read the instructions and vote away! You’ll know it’s done when the post titled “2010 Book Cover Contest” posts.

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