Coming soon from Revell Books


 Here’s a look at Revell’s latest 2015 lineup!

So, Lisa’s is looking good, continuing on her themed Southern Crimes covers, love the pink streak in the cover model’s hair for Cathleen’s, and the colour pop of Kellie’s is eye-catching.

I’m in two minds over Janice’s! I love the look but maybe the placement of the series title in the top left is distracting me a little. Maggie’s is more of the same for an historical and I’m not a big fan of the lace edge, I like that there is a guy on the cover of Dan’s but I’ve never been a fan of that series’ covers. Irene’s is eye-catching but that green is all ‘weird science experiment’ inducing! Thomas Locke (pretty sure that’s Davis Bunn in disguise!) has the right look for his story, as does Jill’s, but I’m not sure of the model. I’ll post Beth’s as soon as it is available.

Cover art is all about personal preferences and my comments reflect my likes and dislikes and are no reflection on my view of this fabulous publisher or the wonderful authors and books they represent!

Anyway, the stories look fabulous, as always, and I’m looking forward to their release.

Over to you, dear friends!


Hidden AgendaHidden Agenda: A Novel (Southern Crimes)
by Lisa Harris

Michael Hunt is alive–and on the run. Presumed dead by friends and family, the undercover assignment he’s been working for the past eight months has just been blown. With a hit out on his life and corruption inside the Atlanta police department, Michael finds himself hunted by both the cartel and the law. His only hope is the daughter of the man who wants him dead.

This nonstop chase from taut suspense writer Lisa Harris will leave readers breathless as they race to connect the dots before it’s too late.

January, 2015





EmissaryEmissary (Legends of the Realm) by Thomas Locke

Hyam is a likeable lad who will make a fine farmer someday. But he carries a burden few can fathom. As his mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall, where he spent five years as an apprentice. It was there that Hyam’s extraordinary capacity for mastering languages came to light–and soon cast him into the shadows of suspicion. How could any human learn the forbidden tongues with such ease? When Hyam dares to seek out the Mistress of the Sorceries, her revelation tears his world asunder.

He has no choice but to set out on the foreboding path–which beckons him to either his destiny or his doom. An encounter with an enchanting stranger reminds him that he is part hero and part captive. As Hyam struggles to interpret the omens and symbols, he is swept up by a great current of possibilities–and dangers.

With lyrical prose that unveils a richly imaginative world, Thomas Locke takes readers on a journey into the Realm. There he invites them to awaken their sense of wonder. This cracking adventure moves like a contemporary thriller but harkens back to the enduring genre of classic fantasy.

January, 2015



At Home at Last ChanceAt Home in Last Chance: A Novel (A Place to Call Home) by Cathleen Armstrong

Kaitlyn Reed and Steven Braden have always had a similar philosophy of life: when the going gets tough, they get going–out of town and away from the problem. Now they are both back in Last Chance, New Mexico, and trying to start over. Kaitlyn is working to reestablish a relationship with the seven-year-old daughter she left behind six months earlier.

Steven is trying to prove to his family that he is not the irresponsible charmer they have always known him to be. As Kaitlyn and Steven find themselves drawn to one another, one big question keeps getting in the way: How will they learn to trust each other when they don’t even trust themselves?

January, 2015



Double DateDating Games #3: Double Date, The (The Dating Games) by Melody Carlson

The girls of the DG have found that through the club, both their friendships and their dating savvy have grown. But all that is about to be put to the test. Despite their promises of secrecy, word has somehow gotten out, and new girls want to join the club. The reaction in the DG is mixed, but with the Christmas Ball coming up, they need to pull together to organize their double dates. The trouble is, how can they get guys interested in a dance that’s become increasingly unpopular?

Cassidy, Devon, Abby, Bryn, and Emma are quickly becoming teen favorites as they navigate the crazy world of dating. As always, Melody Carlson subtly delivers great advice wrapped up tight in a package of fun and friendship.

January, 2015



Where Rivers PartWhere Rivers Part: A Texas Gold Novel (Texas Gold Collection) by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Following in her estranged father’s footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions–and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and puts lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with her father to expose a far-reaching conspiracy. Underneath it all, she struggles to forgive those who betrayed her trust–not least of all her own father.

February, 2015





The Trouble with PatienceTrouble with Patience, The: A Novel (Virtues and Vices of the Old West) by Maggie Brendan

Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with the restoration of a dilapidated boarding house in order to support herself. Despite her desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local sheriff with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: Patience needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse, and Jedediah needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But Patience gets more than she bargained for as she explores the depths of the “hanging lawman”–and finds both betrayal and love.

February, 2015



The Crimson CordCrimson Cord, The: Rahab’s Story (Daughters of the Promised Land) by Jill Eileen Smith

Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime. In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities.

When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

February, 2015



Anna's CrossingAnna’s Crossing: An Amish Beginnings Novel by Suzanne Woods Fisher

When Anna König first meets Bairn, the Scottish ship carpenter of the Charming Nancy, their encounter is anything but pleasant. Anna is on the ship only to ensure the safe arrival of her loved ones to the New World. Hardened by years of living at sea, Bairn resents toting these naïve farmers–dubbed “Peculiars” by deckhands–across the ocean. As delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions afflict crew and passengers alike, Bairn finds himself drawn to Anna’s serene nature. For her part, Anna can’t seem to stay below deck and far away from the aloof ship’s carpenter, despite warnings.

When an act of sacrifice leaves Anna in a perilous situation, Bairn discovers he may not have left his faith as firmly in the past as he thought. But has the revelation come too late?

March, 2015



The LegacyLegacy, The: A Novel (The Restoration Series) by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley

Doug Anderson has been drifting slowly but steadily away from both his family and his faith. His parents, along with Christina, a young woman taken into the family during a crisis pregnancy, have been trying to reach him before he falls too far. But sometimes you have to hit bottom before you’re ready to grow up and give your life over to God.

Christina’s feelings for Doug have been growing, even though he writes her off as not worth his time. Will Doug’s own crisis finally clear his vision and help him focus on what he has right in front of him?

April, 2015





Creole Princess, The: A Novel (Gulf Coast Chronicles) by Beth White

All along the eastern seaboard, the American struggle for independence rages.

In the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is quieter–though no less deadly. The lovely Frenchwoman Lyse Lanier is best friends with the daughter of the British commander.

Rafael Gonzalez is a charming young Spanish merchant with a secret mission and a shipment of gold to support General Washington.

As their paths cross and their destinies become increasingly tangled, Lyse and Rafael must decide where their true loyalties lie–and somehow keep Lyse’s family from being executed as traitors to the British Crown.

April, 2015



Buried SecretsBuried Secrets: A Novel (Men of Valor) by Irene Hannon

After seven years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant has hit a wall. Ready for a kinder, gentler life, she takes a job as a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes the resources of her department. A call for assistance brings detective Mac McGregor, an ex-Navy SEAL, to her doorstep. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn’t want this dead person telling any tales–and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.

April, 2015





Every Bride Needs a GroomEvery Bride Needs a Groom: A Novel (Brides with Style) by Janice Thompson

Small-town girl Katie Fisher is planning her wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn’t managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? But when her boyfriend breaks up with her and takes a job in another town–the very same day Katie wins her dream dress–her world is turned upside down.

Should she claim her prize? And will the hunky former pro-basketball player who runs the swanky Dallas bridal shop–yeah, you read that right–catch on to her humiliation if she does?

April, 2015



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7 Responses to Coming soon from Revell Books

  1. I like Lisa Harris’s cover! Very contemporary.

  2. Hmm… I’m not quite as fond of Janice’s as her prior series (they had a great sense of color!), but as you wisely said in the opening of this post, Rel, I’m sure these stories will all be fun and great. I do like the color of Melody’s as well as Kellie’s and Lisa’s is a great “matching” end to the series plus Irene’s is… well, VERY mysterious. :)

    Love these.

  3. With all due respect to the publisher and its authors, I don’t really find anything outstanding in this group of covers, unfortunately.

  4. Hey Rel,
    Two of these covers stand out to me as my favorites. I like Suzanne Woods Fisher’s historical Amish cover. It captures that it is an Amish story and that it is set in the past with the ship in the background. I also like Davis Bunn’s, I mean Thomas Locke’s, fantasy cover. Again, it captures the mood of a magical fantasy very well. Maggie Brendan’s is OK. I agree with you, Rel, about the lace. I feel like it is probably going to be shown on the spine and then edging the back cover as well. If this is the case I will probably like the overall look of the book, but as just part of the front cover it chops off the picture. The same for me on Jill Eileen Smith’s biblical story of Rahab. I like the red but the black backdrop is too dark to me and the edging is distracting a bit. (And I so agree with you about biblical fiction, Rel. I am much more excited about her upcoming e-novellas on the loves of Solomon than another book on Rahab, though I am sure she has done a magnificent job as she is a wonderful writer. I hope they release the novellas in one collection eventually.) As for the contemporary covers, I like Kellie Coates Gilbert’s the best. I love the colors in the background. It goes well with the first cover in the series, which I thought was great. I do like the different heroine on Cathleen Armstrong’s. It gives a different look and feel than the previous covers in the series while still being familiar and fitting in. Melody Carlson’s is just Ok to me, but it is certainly meant for teen girls and not for me. I agree with you, Rel, about a man being on the cover of Dan Walsh’s, but the covers of the series tried to be too much like the early Baxter family covers of Karen Kingsbury, which was also co-written by Gary Smalley. Janice Thompson’s is the strangest to me in some ways. The bride is beautiful and her dress is very contemporary and definitely for a wedding. I also like the font and style of the title. It is the backdrop I have problems with. The pink “wall” doesn’t look like a wall. But the strangest part is the “mirror” to me. The bride is reflected in it but nothing else. I am not sure for you, Rel, but this is what makes the series title look odd to me. But as I said, the whole mirror just looks odd. A real wall and mirror would have looked so much better in the background and would have made this picture look “real.” I will say I think this cover is much better than the ones of the previous series. As for the suspense books, Lisa Harris’s looks good. I love the looks on their faces. Irene Hannon’s is a bit odd to me, too. I like what the picture represents with the shovel and the dirt, but I keep expecting to see David Banner becoming the Hulk in the background as it looks like some kind of gamma glow. Too much green in both of these for me. I agree that this set of covers is not my favorite from Revell, but they have been doing some great covers in the last couple of years so my expectations are pretty high for them. I agree with others that with these writers I am sure the stories are wonderful!

  5. I agree with you about several of the covers, actually. Lisa’s does follow the same thread as the others, which I appreciate, because it ties the series together visually. I actually don’t really like the one for Thomas Locke’s book, but that’s solely personal preference and I’m not big on Fantasy or Sci-Fi. I haven’t much liked the ones for Cathleen’s series and I can’t really explain why. They just don’t catch my attention. I really like Melody’s – it’s pretty, i like the dress, and it follows the style of her other books. Maggie’s book has a typical historical cover, but there’s something about it that’s throwing me off – partially the lace, and something about the dress. I think it’s that we’re seeing the back of it and it just looks big and bulky (which they were, I know).
    I do not like Irene Hannon’s which is a first for me – I agree that the green is weird – it gives it an almost creepy “glow.” I like the idea for Janice’s, but something is just slightly off about it. I concur about the title in the corner and the model doesn’t look . . . happy, I guess. She’s smiling, but it looks fake and plastic.
    That’s just my thoughts. I don’t mean to sound so negative and I’m sure the books will be great! I’m just sorry I don’t like the covers very much.
    Thanks for sharing the new ones with us! There are several books there I can’t wait to read! :)

  6. Hi, Rel! Interesting reaction to my next cover from you and some of your followers. Based on those comments, we’re going to take a second look at that green color. Stay tuned–I’ll shoot you a revised version when I have it!

  7. i am not seeing any covers or stories that really hop out at me here. I suppose because they seem so similar to the Revell list this year. But, hey, these books obviously work

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