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Friday, Friday, where for art thou Friday? You are here! And it is about darn time, too. Fridays are pretty special don’t you think. They have this uncanny ability to brighten your day and put a spring in your step. NO matter what the weather is really like, Fridays are always jollier than Wednesday’s when you are on your last string and pushing through with the hope of knowing it is a hump day and you are half way there…and Fridays are certainly cheerier than dreary Mondays when all hope is lost and you all ready know your future as having a bleak and work-filled week ahead.

Well so Friday is here and with that comes another Photo Friday. *YAY* Photo Friday is when we appreciate the often unmentioned heroes of the writing industry who hold the unspoken power to make or break a book…simply by how they design or contribute to a book’s cover.

So without further adieu….I bring you… Hourglass.

Here is a little about the book; Hourglass by Myra Mcentire.

“Since the age of fourteen, Emerson Cole has seen strange things – dead things – swooning Southern Belles, soldiers, and other eerie apparitions of the past. She’s tried everything to get rid of the visions: medication, counseling, asylums. Nothing’s worked.

So when Emerson’s well-meaning brother calls in yet another consultant from a mysterious organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to give it one last try.

Michael Weaver is no ordinary consultant. He’s barely older than she is; he listens like no one she’s ever met before; and he doesn’t make her feel the least bit crazy. As Emerson ventures deeper into the world of the Hourglass, she begins to learn the truth about her past, her future–and her very life.

A seductive time-slip novel that merges the very best of the paranormal and science fiction genres, Myra McEntire’s Hourglass is a stunning debut from an author to watch.”

So, now that you know a little about the book, let’s take a look at the cover. It is eye-catching right from the get go, that is for certain. I have heard a lot of opinions about this cover. Some think it is creepy, others think is is beautiful. I am kind of in the middle. It draws you in because it is different, which is the key to a good cover. So I give it a thumbs up just for that.

This cover makes you wonder what the girl is all about. It sort of has that Alice in Wonderland feel, you know? Falling through the tunnel, hair and dress billowing about her. I think it’s pretty good…what do you think?

Friday, Friday, where for art thou Friday? You are here! And it is about darn time, too. Fridays are pretty special don’t you think. They have this uncanny ability to brighten your day and put a spring in your step. NO matter what the weather is really like, Fridays are always jollier than Wednesday’s; when you are on your last string and pushing through with the hope of knowing it is a hump day and you are half way there…and Fridays are certainly cheerier than dreary Mondays; when all hope is lost and you all ready know your future as having a bleak and work-filled week ahead.

Well so Friday is here and with that comes another Photo Friday. *YAY* Photo Friday is when we appreciate the often unmentioned heroes of the writing industry who hold the unspoken power to make or break a book…simply by how they design or contribute to a book’s cover.

So without further adieu….I bring you… Matched.

Here is a little about the book; Matched by Ally Condie:

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.


So, now that you know a little about the book, let’s take a look at the cover. It is eye-catching right from the get go, that is for certain. Automatically I was drawn to the cover. It is apparent a girl is trapped, in a world that seems beautiful but I gather is not. The image draws you in, makes you want to know why the pretty girl is in a bubble.

Amazon asked author Ally Condie about the cover:

Amazon.com -  The cover for Matched is so eye-catching and mysterious. What does the image represent to you?
Ally Condie: I cannot imagine a more perfect cover for this book. To me, the image is a clear representation of Cassia, the main character, and the way she is trapped in her world. It’s kind of a lovely world—the bubble is beautiful—but it’s confining nonetheless. And, of course, the color green is very important to the book. I’m just so thrilled about this cover. Theresa Evangelista, the designer, and Samantha Aide, the photographer and model, are incredibly talented.

The cover is a work of art to be sure, a creation that, as the author agrees, perfectly captures the essence of the book and draws in readers. To give you more insight into the book, I have also included the trailer for Matched so you can see how wonderfully the cover captures what is needed to make the book cover perfect for the story.

Ok now, the week is just about over and the weekend appearing with the setting of the sun…Friday’s are such magical days are they not? Well anyhoo. I have started this weekly event of having Photo Friday. It is more of an appreciation day for those often unmentioned individuals who actually have the power to make or break a novel by how they design a book’s cover. So, on Fridays I will be sharing a book cover that I have found along my travels. If you want to join in, just share a link in the comment section.

*Drum Roll Please*

Today’s book cover is:

Actor/Author Stephen Jared’s debut novel: Jack and the Jungle Lion is a tribute to the classic Hollywood era of a time long gone. His inspiration for the novel? Michael Douglas’ film Romancing the Stone. The novel is an old-school Hollywood feel about love that comes from an adventurous romp in the jungle.

The cover is a tribute to classic movie posters back when they were carefully and intricately painted by hand. Beautiful!

I interviewed the author and you can check that out here or read my review I did of this incredibly unique romance novel.