Sunday, November 19, 2017

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 231: The Fox and the Star, by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

***Late Edition***
This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!

Here's my choice for this week!

The Fox and the Star
Coralie Bickford-Smith 
Hardcover, 64 pages
Penguin Books
November 10 , 2015
   Children's Fiction, Fantasy, 
Graphic Novels

My Thoughts About This Cover

This is such an enchanting cover! It's one of those that I could look at again and again! 

The design is just purely exquisite. The overall pattern made by the stylized tree branches, curving around and around all over the image, is just totally GORGEOUS! And the little leaves are so lovingly detailed..... There's even a delicate little spider's web ensconced in one of the branches, close to the words "and the" in the title. Aaaah! The feeling I get is pure visual bliss, along with a delightful sense of whimsy. 

Of course I'm not forgetting the cute lilttle fox at the bottom of the image. He fits so perfectly into the overall design, too, as he tilts his head up toward the equally cute star blinking toward the upper right-hand corner. 

It's just so fascinating, the way the eye is led all over the cover, flowing from one end, and across, to the other. Sheer genius!

It's also fascinating, as well as amazing, the effect that a designer can achieve with just black and white!

The author of this lovely children's book had previously made a name for herself as a book designer, and, of course, she designed this cover, as well. In addition to the cover image, she has created the illustrations found throughout this beautiful book. 

The following information is from Bickford-Smith's Goodreads Author Page: "Coralie Bickford-Smith graduated from Reading University after studying Typography and Graphic Communication, and currently works in-house at Penguin Books. Coralie's book covers have been recognised by the AIGA (NY) and D&AD (UK), and have been featured in  numerous international magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Vogue, and The Guardian. Her work with Penguin Classics on the clothbound series attracted worldwide attention, and harks back to the world of Victorian bindings and a golden age of book binding."

I will soon be featuring more of the GORGEOUS Penguin Classics covers that have been designed by Bickford-Smith! Meanwhile, if you click on her website link below, you'll see some of her exquisite cover designs for these books.

Needless to say, this BRILLIANT designer is on my happily endless list of favorite great book illustrators and designers!


Online Links

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this week's cover?
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Blogger Hop No. 110: Author Thanksgiving Party

Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop,
hosted by Billy @

For more information, and 
to find out the topic of next week's question, click HERE.

This Week's Question

If you had an author-only
Thanksgiving party, who
would you invite?

(Submitted  by Kristin @ 

My Answer

This is an interesting twist on the typical "having lunch with favorite authors" type of question!

My own list would include quite a few YA authors, of course, since I post mostly about YA fiction on this blog. However, I do feature adult fiction pretty often, as well, so I am also including adult fiction authors. 

So here's my list, in no particular order, with my reasons for the invites! (Click on each author's name for their Goodreads pages.)


J.K. Rowling: I don't think I need to explain why I would want to invite her. Harry Potter is in my blood! AND DUMBLEDORE LIVES. 'Nuff said! 

Stephenie Meyer: Speaking of She's the creator of the sweetest, sexiest non-threatening vampire in history, as well as the most romantic werewolf with the BEST abs! I will NEVER forget Bella, Edward, and Jacob!!!!

Andrea Cremer: Speaking of werewolves....I LOVE the Nightshade Series!!! Calla and Shay totally ROCK.

Leigh Bardugo: I have read Shadow and Bone, from the Grisha Trilogy, and I need to read the other two! Plus, she wrote a Wonder Woman novel -- Warbringer!!

Lisa T. Bergren: This Christian author wrote the AWESOME River of Time series, featuring the kick-butt She-Wolf sisters!! And their boyfriends totally ROCK. Gabi and Marcello are one GREAT couple!

Richelle Mead: For her FANTABULOUS Vampire Academy series!! Rose and Dimitri are another favorite couple of mine!! And Rose is DEFINITELY a kick-butt heroine!! 


Mary Balogh: My FAVORITE Regency romance author!! I ESPECIALLY LOVE her poignant Christmas stories! I also LOVE how her female protagonists always make it SO easy to be unforgettable to their men.... My favorite novel is A Precious Jewel, which reminds me of a 19th-century "Pretty Woman"!!

Amanda Ashley: Her books were my first introduction to the romantic vampire. Her heroes are SO sweet, and her novels are pretty clean, considering the genre she writes in. My faves are A Darker Dream and Midnight Embrace!

Melody Carlson: For writing the most beautiful, touching Christian fiction Christmas romances I've EVER read. They are collected in a beautiful, touching,  omnibus volume, appropriately titled The Christmas Bus.

Kendra Leigh Castle: For her Dark Dynasties series, featuring some VERY appealing vamp heroes....such as shapeshifting vampire Tynan MacGillivray, who dazzled me (although he didn't sparkle) in Dark Awakening

Elizabeth Davies: Yes, I know, I'm OBSESSED with vampires....but ONLY if they're on the romantic side. Although the hero of her Resurrection series, Roman, is a bit on the rough side, he truly loves Grace, the human woman he falls for. And, of course, he DOES mellow out.

L.G. O'Connor: For her Angelorum Twelve Chronicles! She has created a VERY compelling mythology involving angels and demons! I GREATLY enjoyed the first book in the series -- Trinity Stones!

I think this is a good number to invite to a Thanksgiving party. I'm certainly thankful that I was able to read their books! And I'm sure all of them -- and me -- would have a LOT to talk about while dining on sumptuous Thanksgiving fare! (Catered, of course, as I don't

I realize that these two lists feature mostly romance authors, although their books also include other elements. What can I say? I have been such a fan of romance novels for such a long time, I always gravitate right back to the genre, usually in the sub-genres of historical romance and paranormal romance.

Now I need to start working on a list of favorite fantasy and science fiction authors, as I love those genres, too!

What are your thoughts on
this topic?
If you're participating in this hop,
I'll go comment on your 
own BBH post.
If not, I will then comment on one 
of your blog posts!
Thanks for visiting!!!  

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 40: Roomies, by Christina Lauren

Welcome to "Can't Wait Wednesday"!
This is a weekly event hosted by
Tressa @ Wishful Endings, and inspired by "Waiting On Wednesday", which used to be hosted by
 Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

For more information, please click HERE.

As in the previous meme, this one showcases future releases  we book  bloggers 
are eagerly anticipating!!
There's also a Linky widget, so participating blogs can link up!

Here's my choice for this week!

Christina Lauren
Trade Paperback,  368 pages
Gallery Books
December 5, 2017    
Contemporary Fiction, 
Contemporary Romance

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

Why I can't wait for this one!

Yes, I know that marriage-of-convenience plots are considered to be -- and actually are -- cliché, but heck, I LOVE them anyway! Lol. I don't know what it is about these plots, but they get me every single time! I can't help it..... 
Besides, this particular book seems to be very relevant right now, with all the controversy over immigration going on. 
Last but definitely NOT least, this story takes place in New York City!! And here I am, longing to see a Broadway show.....sigh.... My hubby is a New Yorker, so maybe that's part of the appeal, too! Lol.

Yes, there are two of us! Lauren (on the left) and Christina (on the right).
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 30 languages, have received starred reviews from Kirkus ReviewsLibrary Journal and Publishers Weekly, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, and have been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Washington Post, TimeEntertainment Weekly, O Magazine and more. Their third YA novel, Autoboyography was released in September, and will be followed by a contemporary romance, Roomies in December, and their first Women’s Fiction, Love and Other Words in April.

What do you think of my choice?
Leave your link below, so I can
come check out your pick(s)! 


Welcome to this stop in the
2017 Gratitude Giveaway Blog Hop,
hosted by
Mary @ Bookhounds!!
(Thanks to her for hosting
this hop!!)

This year, the giveaway runs from 
Nov. 15th to Nov. 30th!!
My own giveaway will end
at midnight on Dec. 1st!! 

As that special day of giving thanks
approaches, it's time for me to appreciate you, the wonderful people -- whether or not
you follow my blog, 
whether you're in the U.S.
or anywhere else in the world --
who drop by and connect with
A Night's Dream of Books
in any way whatsoever!! 
So, as my thanks to you, I'm giving
away a hardcover copy of
Roar, by Cora Carmack!!
(Please make sure that TBD
delivers FREE to your country!
You can do that by clicking HERE.)

  (Stealing Storms, Book 1)
Hardcover, 352 pages 
 Tor Teen
 June 13, 2017

Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 230: At Water's Edge, by S. McPherson

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

***Late Edition***
This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!

Here's my choice for this week!

At Water's Edge
(The Water Rushes, Book 1)
S. McPherson
Trade Paperback, 390 pages
S. McPherson Books
September 1, 2015
   Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, 
Young Adult Fiction

My Thoughts About This Cover

Every single time I see a cover with lots of blue in it, I stop and take a second look! This cover is no exception. Besides that most beautiful of all colors, though, the main image has such a mystical feel to it, I am even drawn even more to the whole cover!

That mysterious circular design in the upper part of the cover certainly has me intrigued. I wonder what all of these symbolic images around it mean. My first thought was that this was the Zodiac, but there aren't enough sections to this circular design. 

This design became even more interesting to me when I realized that, when you look again, it looks like a pie with a slice cut out. This is what I would call "a visual pun", lol, because I've never heard of a blue pie! (Unless it had some blue icing all over it....)

I love the ornamental "curlicues" placed at certain strategic points on the edge of this circular design. Specifically, they are at the four points of the compass. Interesting.... This design could also be seen as a mandala, which is an Oriental circular design used in Eastern meditation. I happen to LOVE mandalas!

The light streaming from the circular design, and flowing out over the blue background, contributes to that mystical feeling. Also effective are all the blue "snowflakes" and sinuous lines flowing from the design. In fact, this design seems to be what imbues the entire cover with pulsing energy.

I'm wondering about what looks like the figure of a young girl to the right and underneath the circular design. She's merely a silhouette, but she's also a silent witness to all light, and the blue splendor around her. She's also apparently standing at the edge of a body of water, because her shadow is reflected on the still surface of the water.

I'm not too happy with the font used for the title. It could have been more graceful and stylized. As it is, I don't think it really goes with this cover's beauty. But then again, it's not too, too bad.

The gorgeous cover illustration was created by the author, S. McPherson, and Sara Salim. When I looked up Salim on Google, she was listed as an interior designer, which seems a little strange. Her company is listed on Amazon as "K-edge Design". Hmmmm....

There's a graphic designer/illustrator with the name Sara Salim Pour. When I checked out her website, I wondered whether she was the collaborator listed in the book's Copyright page. However, the last name "Pour" is not included on that page. I haven't included any links for McPherson's collaborator, as I'm not sure exactly who this person is.

As for the cover design, it was a collaboration, too -- between Salim and someone named Keith Tarrier. He's an illustrator and photographer. His wife, Rose, is also an illustrator. I have posted links for him below.

This situation is rather puzzling. So, for now, I'll just admire this cover, and put the book on my Goodreads shelves, with the hope that I might someday add this treasure to my physical bookshelves, as well!

Online Links

What do you think of 
this week's cover?
Please leave a comment
and let me know!