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Friday, October 21, 2011

Some things are simply worth the wait, like babies. And book covers.

Introducing House of Diamonds, and I hope people will love this cover as much as I do! 


But wait, that's not all. You must see the full shot to see what brilliant treatment the designer gave the back of the book.




The summary is written on the sheet of paper, because in House of Diamonds Marcie McGill dreams of becoming a published author and writing her first book. I doubt if you can read it on this thumbnail but here's what it says:

In this sequel to Gowen’s debut novel, Uncut Diamonds, she follows sisters Cindy and Marcie as they reach a crossroads in their lives. House of Diamonds tells the stories of two women, one facing opportunity the other tragedy. Can their bond endure?

Marcie pursues her dream of becoming a published writer while Cindy faces a terrible tragedy. In this gripping story of faith, loss and the transcending nature of sacrifice, Gowen gives voice to a beloved baby who has none. She shows the incredible power that comes to families when they pull together to overcome challenges. It is at these times that a house of pain can become a house of diamonds.

So at last I have my cover! And I have some wonderful advance praise that warms my heart whenever I read it, making me not as scared as I should be to send my newest darling out into the world.
 Release date: Tues, November 8!!

Want to read it? If you're on Goodreads click here to add House of Diamonds to your to-read list!

47 comments:

  1. Congratulations! The cover is so beautiful! I'm so happy for you. Let me know when you're ready.

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  2. That is beautiful Karen!
    Congrats...

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  3. Ha! Congratulations to you! It is gorgeous, and I like the description. You and I are riding the same wave today... I got my cover yesterday and blogged about it today--too funny.

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  4. Beautiful. And I like the summary on the notebook paper. How exciting it must be to see your new book cover for the first time. :)

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  5. I think that I will add it. All the reviews I have read thus far are fabulous.

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  6. Hi Karen .. I love the book and the look of it - wonderful news and congratulations ... I must read Farm Girl, which is waiting for me .. The story line sounds fascinating .. I know I'll enjoy it .. it'll be on my TBR - no doubt you'll remind us again! Cheers and enjoy the weekend .. Hilary

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  7. It's a lovely cover, and I would certainly take note of it on a shelf of new releases.

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  8. Really lovely cover, Karen, the deisgner did a great job!

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  9. Beautiful cover! Congratulations on the newest addition to your book family. :)

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  10. It looks a lot like the earlier one, of course, but it also has its own nice twist. I love the rear cover.

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  11. Thank you to everyone for your positive and welcoming comments! I love the back, too. The designer wanted to use the flower with the diamond to have continuity with the two books, but also to give it a different tone and feel, that would be specific to this story, and I think he succeeded.

    The background even looks kind of wintry and snowy, and if you were an ARC reviewer who remembers the final scene, you'll see how perfectly it fits that last scene.

    Anyway, I am more than thrilled. I waited a long time for this cover and it's worth the wait!

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  12. Fabulous cover. You must be so excited. Congratulations (I think I've said that to you before but... hay!)

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  13. Love the cover. Isn't it a great feeling when a project comes together?

    Much luck with the book.

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  14. Hi Karen,
    Love the cover, front and back. I have the book on list of things to get done over the next few weeks so I can help with your launch. Congratulations.
    karen

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  15. Hey Karen, Welcome back! Good to see you safely returned from your trip abroad and looking forward to pictures and posts :)

    Wendy, "Isn't it a great feeling when a project comes together?" That's pretty much it in a nutshell!

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  16. Awwwwww it's BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Love the petals falling from the flower!! Lovely!!! Yayyayayaayayyayay!!!

    Take care
    x

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  17. Karen, I'm so excited for you! Yes, the cover IS beautiful, and I can see why you're so proud. AND the story sounds layered and deep. Congratulations!

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  18. Looks great! The back cover idea is clever.

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  19. Wonderful cover! I'm happy for you! Congratulations!

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  20. Great cover, Karen. Congratulations!

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  21. Looks great, and I love the summary! How exciting :)

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  22. congrats, Karen! In some ways the cover is the most exciting part!

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  23. Congrats! I really love the whole cover! Very nice!

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  24. At this stage of my life I would far prefer a book cover to a baby! Congratulations! It's beautiful :)

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  25. Oh how you motivate me Karen. Great cover. Can't wait to get my copy of the first book so I can ask someone in my family to order the sequel for me for Christmas.

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  26. It's beautiful. I love the note paper on the back, makes it unique. Congratulations :)

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  27. It IS gorgeous, and I'm going to start Uncut Diamonds so that I can read this right after it!
    Yummy!

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  28. Okay - download complete on Uncut Diamonds and ready to read!

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  29. Beautiful cover and I love the back. Sounds like a fantastic story. I know you're excited :)

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  30. Love the cover! Congratulations!

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  31. Oh It's lovely, Karen! I love the back too. :)

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  32. Oh my gosh! That is such a STUNNING cover!!!! Congrats!

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  33. So awesome! Congratulations - the cover is fantastic - love the diamond in the middle of the flower!

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  34. Congratulations! The cover is gorgeous!

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  35. Very nice cover, and lots of great comments, I see. Congratulations, and good luck with the release!

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  36. Oh wow, the cover looks fantastic! I bet you're ecstatic!

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  37. Lovely, Karen! Congrats on another fab cover. I'll try to remember to post my review on Amazon for you, too (or have I already? Hmm... must check!).

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  38. The cover is gorgeous, Karen. You must be thrilled. Congrats!

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  39. Congratulations!
    The cover design is just plain awesome!

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  40. Cool cover! I like how it's similar to the other one but not the same. That release day will be here before you know it! Congrats :)

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