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Cover Art Weekend Blog Hop


This is a fun meme for the weekends, count Friday and Monday as part of your weekend and have even more fun!

  “This is a brand new meme to display all those beautiful, funny, crazy and even those that make you think book covers you come across each week. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love looking at different book covers. You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but they are sure fun to look at.

The Blog Hop is hosted by Yvonne, over at ‘Socrates’ Book Review Blog‘ and the rules for taking part are pretty simple:

  1. Cross to ‘Socrates’ Book Review Blog’. Take the button at the top of her post and post it on your blog.

2. Chose a book cover of your choice and post it. (You can post as many covers as you’d like.)

3. Sign up with Mr. Linky at the bottom of the page. Please use the url that links directly to your cover art post.

4. Visit other blogs on the list to see what covers they are featuring this week.


I seem to have a theme of strong historical covers going on in the last couple of weeks, but that really is just coincidence, as I have very eclectic tastes in my reading material.

This week’s cover was inspired by a visit to fellow blogger Violet, over at ‘Violet Crush’. She featured the book in one of her recent posts, along with a great review, so why not stop over at her site and read what she has to say …

I am still in two minds about whether this is a book that I need to rush out and buy, but doubtless it will find its way into my TBR pile at some point in time!!!


Pompeii, a city that’s many things to many people. For Cato, it’s the perfect escape from a failed political career in Rome. A place to start again, become a winemaker. But when a corrupt politician wrongfully jails Cato’s sister, he must oust the man from power to save her.

For Ariella, Pompeii is a means to an end. As a young Jew, she escaped the fall of Jerusalem only to endure slavery to a cruel Roman general. She ends up in Pompeii, disguised as a young man and sold into a gladiator troupe. Her anger fuels her to fight well, hoping to win the arena crowds and reveal her gender at the perfect time. Perhaps then she will win true freedom.

But evil creeps through the streets of Pompeii. Political corruption, religious persecution, and family peril threaten to destroy Ariella and Cato, who are thrown together in the battle to survive. As Vesuvius churns with deadly intent, the two must bridge their differences to save the lives of those they love, before the fiery ash buries Pompeii, leaving the city lost to the world.


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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Cath,

      It certainly is an eye-catching, strong image, isn’t it?

      I really can’t relate to covers that seemingly have little in common with the books’ storyline, or those which are very weak and don’t command the eye contact they should.

      It is one of those books that I probably wouldn’t actively seek to buy, but if it was passed on to me to read, then I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity, as it does sound quite an intriguing mix of mystery and history.

      The author, Tracy Higley, http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/h/t-l-higley/ has written several books with this same mix and I have to say that I am tempted to give them a try, but then, I am tempted by just about every book I see!!!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend

    • Hi Vicki,

      ‘Regal’ what a great description and very apt, I would say, thanks for coming up with that one!!

      All of Tracy’s previous books have that same air of history and mystery running through the cover art, but this one is definitely the strongest and most striking.

      Thanks also for sending over the link to your review of ‘Box Of Rocks’, it certainly sounds like a great fun read, much like the author, if her website is anything to go by LOL

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day

    • Hi Nikki,

      If your friend is interested in ancient history, then Tracy Higley’s books would be a fantastic series for them to get their teeth into. The stories certainly sound as though they have a well researched background and are factually explicit and accurate.

      I have definitely never come across the author before, but have added her to my reading list, although the books would not necessarily be a priority find for me, as there are many more suitable genres that I need to get to first.

      All her books in chronological order can be found here http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/h/t-l-higley/

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Yvonne,

      I can’t always promise to participate every week, but really enjoy the meme, so thanks for hosting in such a great way.

    • Hi Naomi,

      Thanks for stopping by, I always love to hear from you.

      I just love the strength and beauty of this cover, it is so eye-catching and captivating.

      The ingenuity of some of the cover artists is fantastic, they really do help the author and publisher to sell a book, with their clever use of colour and imagery.

    • Hi Carol,

      If you like historical/ mysteries, then I should think that this would be a very promising story.

      Having checked out the synopsis the storyline sounds equally as strong as the cover is visually.

    • Hi Veena,

      Imposing is another great word to describe this cover. It is an image that has certainly provoked a fair amount of comment and the story sounds as though it lives up to the same reputation, which makes it something of a winning combination.

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