This month I have not one, but TWO fabulous friends with brand-new Love Inspired releases–and ya’ll, seriously–the covers on these books!! They are a-stinking-dorable!!

Just look at this new romance from the wonderful Stephanie Dees!

If this cover doesn’t make you say awww nothing will–and that slightly befuddled expression on the baby’s face is priceless. From the title, I see Stephanie has sprinkled a surprise–and a handsome cowboy–into this story, too, so of course it jumped right in my Amazon cart.

I’m going to share the love–so if you’d like a chance to win a copy of the book, keep reading to find out how to get your name in the pot! Or, if you’re as impatient as I am, you can snag a copy right-this-red-hot-minute here.

This month is extra special, because there’s also a brand new book from the uber-talented Tina Radcliffe! This cover’s a real beauty–like I said in my March newsletter, the heroine’s hair alone makes me desperate to read this story. Isn’t it glorious?? That’s some romance-heroine-hair for sure.

I love the tagline to this story, too– Some paths need courage to follow. Ain’t that the truth! Tina’s kicking off a new series with this story–Hearts of Oklahoma, and I have a hunch we’re in for a real treat!. This book, like Stephanie’s, is on store shelves now–or you can grab yourself a copy here.

Love Inspired retooled their cover designs in February, so as an author, I’ve been paying special attention to the reactions to their fresh look. I can be kind of a stick-in-the-mud, and I really liked the old covers, but I have to admit–I’m loving these! Stephanie and Tina’s covers are very different–but they’re both gorgeous–and they both draw me in.

What do you think? I’d love to hear what makes you pick up a book. A cute baby? A romantic couple? A beautiful setting? Or do you not pay much attention to the covers at all? I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite between these two lovelies–can you?

I’m giving away a paperback copy of each of these fabulous stories–just leave me a comment and you’ll be entered to win! The two lucky winners will be announced right here on Friday, March 13th at 10:00 EDT. (This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only.)

70 Comments

  1. Angel Moore on March 10, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Honestly, the cover draws me in but it’s the author that plays a part in me buying the book. If I know the author then I know the book kids gonna be awesome! The cover helps but it’s the author that sells me. 🥰

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 9:07 am

      I know what you mean, Angel! I have some tried-and-true authors–if they have a book out, I’m reading it–t’s that simple!! Thanks for commenting!

  2. Lynette on March 10, 2020 at 9:12 am

    I automatically buy by authors I love, and there’s a lot of authors I love. A great cover does call to me 😊

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 9:42 am

      Hi, Lynette–yes! Like I told Angel, I’m that way too! If I love an author’s books, she goes on my “gotta have them all” list! But now that I think about it, a beautiful cover will sometimes tempt me to pick up a new-to-me author…

  3. Ashlee Lindsay on March 10, 2020 at 9:41 am

    I’m a sucker for a good cover. But I always read the back of the book to see if the characters are relatable.
    😍 Finding the Road Home cover!! That red hair is absolutely gorgeous. 😍

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 9:58 am

      Hi, Ashlee! I do that, too. The cover may tempt me to pick up the book, but it’s that back cover copy–and the first paragraph that put the book in my cart! Totally agree with you on that red hair, too! And knowing Tina R., I bet that heroine has a personality to match it!

  4. Lisa Sapp on March 10, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Hi Laurel,
    I love the new covers. Fresh change for spring. I’m drawn in by the cover art. Especially cowboys, babies and critters. But I agree with the ladies here. The author’s name is just as important. I have my favorites and will read Everything they write. I’ve read Tina’s and its amazing. Readers will love this new series. I can’t wait for the next in line. I haven’t read Stephanie’s yet but that’s another keeper for sure.
    Have a blessed week!

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 10:53 am

      Hi, Lisa! They DO look really spring-like, don’t they? Yes, we’re all peas in a pod–covers are cute, but the author makes the book! Can’t wait to start this new series of Tina’s–and Stephanie’s looks adorable. March is a great month book-wise, for sure!

  5. Carol on March 10, 2020 at 10:49 am

    I love the covers and I love your books.

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 10:54 am

      Aww! Thank you, Carol!! I’m so glad–that’s wonderful to hear!

  6. Paty Hinojosa on March 10, 2020 at 11:14 am

    I totally love good covers! And I have to say they usually influence me in trying a new author.
    I love it when both the hero and the heroine are in the cover. And if they match the description of the character I think that’s awesome, because it helps me imagine them more clearly. Love inspired covers are always awesome, there hasn’t been a cover yet that I haven’t liked. Yet, there are some pretty more awesome that others. These two are fabulous!!
    I also have to say that I adore babies on the cover, they are always sooo cute!
    Thanks for the chance!! Awesome giveaway!

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 11:20 am

      Paty, I couldn’t have said it better myself! And I completely agree about the LI covers–they do a truly awesome job!

  7. dbranigan on March 10, 2020 at 11:38 am

    A great cover always attracts me and wants me to read the book. Babies aren’t the most interesting cover art for me, but I think that has to do with my age. I do give the synopsis or the inside cover is just do to determine whether the book will really be placed on my TBR.

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      Yes–I do that, too–check the blurb or read a paragraph or two to see if the book and I are a good match! I think I know what you mean about babies–I do love a good baby cover, but as a mother of four, I also wonder how a mom with a young baby finds the time to have a romance, lol!

  8. Rebekah Miller on March 10, 2020 at 11:53 am

    I love both of these covers! I know they say “don’t judge a book by its cover” but I’m guilty of this. Haha! I think it provides the greatest insight into what’s inside a book. I love glimpses of the characters, setting and scenery of what’s waiting inside the pages.

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      Rebekah–I love your name, by the way–I have a daughter named Rebecca–I know just what you mean! It’s hard not to judge a book by its cover, at least at first. Sometimes it really does give you a hint about the subject of the book–and even its “mood”. Like if it’s going to be uplifting or scary or serious… Thanks for commenting!

  9. Tina Radcliffe Radcliffe on March 10, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    What fun is this? Lots! That’s what!

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 1:42 pm

      Isn’t it??!! Thanks for stopping by, my talented friend!

  10. Jane Casey on March 10, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    I almost always pick a book based on its cover. Since I love LIS, a cover has to grab me with a suspenseful scene first. I don’t usually get drawn in first by people on the cover. Thanks for the chance.

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 1:43 pm

      Oh, those LIS covers are AWESOME!!!

  11. Barbie D on March 10, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    i love both of these covers, and want to read both of them! Yes, covers attract my attention, and I like to read the summary on the back cover. Once I find an author I like, I look for more of his/her books to read!

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      Me, too, Barbie–I’m always so excited when I find a brand new author to enjoy!!

  12. Anna L Gunter on March 10, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    I am addicted to Love Inspired books! They are so refreshing and takes you away to other places and new people!!

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      I totally agree, Anna! We need these books now more than ever–I love how uplifted and encouraged they make me feel!

  13. Susan Campbell on March 10, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    I go by the author and the title. I also read the blurb and back cover. I don’t pay a lot of attention to the front cover.

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      Susan, I’m with you on the importance of the blurb and the back cover copy!! I always check those out, too–and I usually also read the first paragraph or two!

  14. Dana McNeely on March 10, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve been reading Tina’s books for quite a while now, and now I see I’ll need to try Stephanie Dees. I have to say, I often DO choose a book by its cover!

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 4:07 pm

      Yes, Tina’s fabulous–and you should definitely give Stephanie a try too, Dana! And I can’t lie–I have picked up more than one book on the basis of a beautiful cover. I usually sneak a peek at the back cover or the opening paragraph before I buy it, but if it’s not by a author I already know, the cover is often what tempts me to pick it up!

  15. Jennifer on March 10, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    I usually base it on the fly leaf. If that or the back cover excerpt draws me in it’s a winner. Good covers make me smile though.

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      Me, too, Jennifer! I usually also read a paragraph or two of the first chapter just to see if the author is a good match for me. And I definitely smiled when I saw these two covers–so sweet!!

  16. Shari Smith on March 10, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    The cover is what always catches my attention first. Right now I’m into clean cowboy romances, but the author also plays a big part. Lots of different covers catch my eye. Small town romances, some fantasy covers. But if the story doesn’t pique my interest in the first, two or three chapter, the cover doesn’t matter.
    The cover of Finding the Road Home definitely catches my eye and curiosity. I would love to have that book.

    • Laurel Blount on March 13, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      Shari, I totally agree! I like a lot of different covers, too. And if I’m not drawn into the story pretty quick, I’m disappointed!

  17. Donamae Kutska on March 10, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    The cover helps but it’s the story and the way it’s written. I read the first page usually. I like babies and horses cowboys and a pretty scene for covers.

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 6:15 pm

      Donamae, I have to agree with you. I do love a beautiful cover–and these are gorgeous! But that first page is often what clinches the deal for me!!

  18. Trudy on March 10, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    I don’t pay alot of attention to the covers. I usually base it on the author and the blurb on the back. However, these covers are really nice!

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 6:16 pm

      Trudy, I know just what you mean–when I find a favorite author, just his/her name on the cover is enough for me to pick it up. Both of these ladies fall into that category for me! And yes, these covers are so lovely, aren’t they?!

  19. susiesellnergmailcom on March 10, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Both of these covers draw me in because they show a strong emotional connection between the two pictured on each cover. I love intriguing and emotionally compelling covers! I always either read the summary blurb on the book cover/jacket or online to decide if that story interests me. Who the author is influences me greatly as well.

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 6:19 pm

      Yes, we are so much alike! I choose my books the same way–and you also summed up the appeal of these covers so well. That emotional connections–the way the baby and the hero are looking at each other…the position of the hero and heroine on Tina’s book–they really show the strength of the relationship between the people. Well said!

  20. SARAH TAYLOR on March 10, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    I Love these covers they are both amazing ! I love reading the back cover of a book I love reading Thank you for the chance I would be love to read one of these books!

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 6:14 pm

      I love both these covers, too, Sarah! They look so fresh and sweet. And I agree with you–the back cover is a wonderful way to choose a book! Thanks so much for commenting!!

  21. Linda Stringer on March 10, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    I like both covers equally and both books look exciting to read. I also have favorite authors, although through Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense, I’ve found new authors to like.

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      Oh, I agree, Linda! Like I said, I could not choose between these two covers. They’re so different, but they both definitely made me want to pick the book up. And yes on the Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense authors, too–not only are these ladies so very talented, but they are the sweetest people you’ll ever meet!

  22. Denise Van Plew on March 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    The covers are great but it is usually what awaits inside that draws me.

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 8:39 pm

      Oh, absolutely, Denise!! You’re so right–the story is the real treat!!

  23. Angeline on March 10, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    I love the covers!

    • Laurel Blount on March 10, 2020 at 9:41 pm

      I do, too, Angeline!! They’re just beautiful!

  24. Gladys Paradowski on March 10, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    The baby is irresistable! The red hair is gorgeous,too! Both would attract me to look longer at information regarding the books. Winning would let me share the cover with my daughter.

    • Laurel Blount on March 11, 2020 at 5:40 am

      Gladys, I think you hit the nail on the head! Beautiful covers attract you to look long enough at the book to check out the other info. Wishing you good luck!!

  25. Alicia Haney on March 10, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    The covers are both Beautiful! Covers are Beautiful and they draw me in, but I also love what the book is about, so I also read the back of the back to see what the story is about. Thank you for the chance.

    • Laurel Blount on March 11, 2020 at 5:41 am

      Alicia, yes, that’s exactly what I do, too! An eye-catching cover draws me, and the back cover or first paragraph is what sells me.

  26. Gladys Paradowski on March 10, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    I find babies irresistable on covers, but including a cowboy just puts icing on the cake.

    • Laurel Blount on March 11, 2020 at 5:42 am

      Gladys, you are so right!! Cowboys and babies…who could resist that?

  27. Roxanne C. on March 10, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    An eye-catching cover will draw my attention, but I will automatically look at the author’s name and check out the back cover for the story synopsis because that is the deciding factor for me.

    • Laurel Blount on March 11, 2020 at 5:39 am

      Roxanne, I think you and I have the same book-choosing system!

  28. Sheila on March 11, 2020 at 12:27 am

    First, the cover has to appeal to me and be relatable. Second, the tag line has to pique my interest.

    • Laurel Blount on March 11, 2020 at 5:37 am

      Hi, Sheila! Yes, the tagline! That definitely is another thing that will catch my eye and encourage me to pick up a book!

  29. Debra Guyette on March 11, 2020 at 7:49 am

    I like covers that are a bit different. They catch my eye and then I look further.

    • Laurel Blount on March 11, 2020 at 7:51 am

      That’s a really good point, Debra–covers that seem not so run-of-the-mill tend to catch my eye, too!

  30. Barbie D on March 11, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Yes, covers attract my attention, and then I read the summary on the back cover!

    • Laurel Blount on March 11, 2020 at 3:24 pm

      Yes, Barbie, same here. Those back cover blurbs are a big factor for me, too!

  31. hartfiction on March 12, 2020 at 9:55 am

    These covers are adorable. I judge a book by it’s cover – initially anyway. It’s what makes me turn the book around to read the blurb. 🙂

    • Laurel Blount on March 12, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      Yes! Me, too! That seems to be the way it works for most people–first the cover, then the back cover blurb, then maybe the first few pages… If a book makes it past those three checkpoints, it’s going home with me!

  32. Lori R on March 12, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    I am drawn to the cover first when I am choosing a book. I tend to like covers that have people on them or a scene. Unfortunately if the cover doesn’t appeal to me I might not even look at the book. (LOL I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I do.)

    • Laurel Blount on March 12, 2020 at 6:18 pm

      LOL, I think most people do, Lori! The cover is the first thing you see–and lots of times that’s what’ll entice me to pick the book up. And you’re right, if the cover doesn’t appeal to me, I’m much less likely to take a closer look!

  33. Suzannah Clark on March 12, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    I definitely look at covers. Not a fan of kids on the cover of a romance. I read to escape and having four kids having a baby on the cover just reminds me of the years of diapers. Once I look at a cover then I read reviews.

    • Laurel Blount on March 12, 2020 at 6:17 pm

      I can understand your feelings, Suzannah! I have four kids, too, and have to admit, I do sometimes wonder how a hero/heroine find time for romance when they’re juggling babies!And yes, reviews! I do sometimes check reviews to get a feel for a book or an author. Thanks for commenting!

  34. Linda Herold on March 13, 2020 at 12:37 am

    Book covers are what attract me to a book! I like nice pictures of couples with animal.

    • Laurel Blount on March 13, 2020 at 8:36 am

      I love seeing animals on book covers, too, Linda! I have a special soft spot for farm animals, but pretty much any animal will make me pick up a book for a closer look!

  35. mrshofer on March 13, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    The author, covers, and themes draw me.

    • Laurel Blount on March 13, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      I hadn’t thought of themes, but that’s another excellent point! The theme of a book can certainly draw me in!

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