BOOKS & COVERS of the MONTH 2021

designer Cathy Helms of www.avalongraphics.org
with fellow designer Tamian Wood of www.beyonddesigninternational.com
select their chosen Cover of the Month
with all winners going forward for 
Cover of the Year in December 2021
(honourable mentions for the Runner-up)

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NOTE
this feature (cover and book of the month) will
finish in 2021

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SEPTEMBER 

Runners Up

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designed by Sara Argue Design

SEPTEMBER WINNER




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I thoroughly enjoyed this one!


AUGUST 
Runner up cover #1

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Apollo Publishers - designer unknown

#2
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cover designed by Tim Barber

WINNER

cover designer unknown at Quire Books

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exempt as designed by Avalon Graphics

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Book of the Month

I am at the point of regretting starting my 'book of the month' personal selections because the choices are getting so hard to decide! Anna Belfrage's Whirlpools Of Time and Deborah Swift's The Poison Keeper were super reads. The Hour Glass sounded a superb book, alas I don't do audible and I struggle to read paperbacks but at the time of writing this (July)  it doesn't seem to be available on Kindle. Then there was Annie Whitehead's Sins Of The Father - continuing the story of Anglo-Saxon England which she began in her superb novel Cometh The Hour... I'd not hesitate to select Annie or Anna's books but as both are very close friends (and two of Discovering Diamonds' top reviewers!) it would be a little awkward to choose them - so just a special mention instead:

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So my choice is something very different. This one might not be a read suitable for everyone - it is very adult with explicit language, and as it is about the whores in a Pompeii brothel - well, it obviously has adult content. Even the first-person present I found easy to read (most unusual for me!) It did get a little slow in a few places BUT... I've chosen it (and enjoyed it) because I think it takes a remarkable talent to write an entire novel about sex - with virtually no actual sex in it. 'The Act' was very firmly left at the bedroom door, or in this case the brothel's cubicle curtains. We hear what is going on, be it faked enjoyment or the terror of rape, but anything explicit is not mentioned. The writing was so good I felt as if I were truly walking through those Pompeii streets with the 'girls' - and there was no flowery nicety about the awfulness of being a slave forced into prostitution. The author brought home just how bad it was to be unfree, to be owned and to have no choice - in anything

The horror of slavery of the past isn't just confined to the cotton and sugar plantations of Colonial America - slavery was a staple of the Roman Empire, and boy did this novel make me realise that fact!

Highly recommended, but probably not for all tastes.

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Our JULY SELECTIONS
Runner Up Cover

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She Writes Press -designer unknown

WINNER

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designed by whittakerbookdesign.com

Book of the Month

 I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed both novels that were selected for our Cover of the Month, but I have gone for something different to read for my Book of the Month selection. More Vikings, yes, but this one was a page-turning adventure that really took you to early Russia and into the life of a teenage boy. Loved it!

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OUR JUNE SELECTIONS

RUNNER UP COVERS

(designed by Streetlight Graphics)

(unknown designer)

(designed by Nick Castle)

WINNER

(designed by Damonza)

Book of the Month - JUNE

I chose this one because it was different.
And it was very good

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OUR MAY  SELECTIONS

RUNNER UP COVERS

(unknown designer)

(designed by Deranged Doctor Design)

WINNER MAY 2021

(unknown designer)

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this cover was designed by avalon.graphics and is therefore
not included in the cover of the month
A separate annual 'award' is given for these covers 
at the end of the year


Book of the Month

Runner-up
thoroughly engrossing
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WINNER
I didn't think this would be quite 'for me' but I thoroughly enjoyed it!


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OUR APRIL  SELECTIONS

designed by Silverwood Books

Runner Up

Cover designed by Oliver Bennett, 

BOOK OF THE MONTH

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runner up
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OUR MARCH  SELECTIONS

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published by Severn House Publishers
 (mainstream)

RUNNER UP

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cover art by Miblart

RUNNER UP

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designed by 
Deranged Doctor Design

Book of the Month
a personal selection
by Helen Hollick

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I admit the horse on the cover first attracted my attention
 (looks just like our mare, Lexie!) 
but the story itself hooked me in right from the start.
Jolly good read

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OUR FEBRUARY  SELECTIONS

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Runner Up Cover


Book of the Month

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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, apart from because it was well written and engrossing but I had never heard of these events of WWII so it was fascinating to learn a bit about the past whilst being admirably entertained.  
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OUR JANUARY  SELECTIONS

Two Runner Up Designs

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a personal choice made by Helen Hollick

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several good books to read this month, 
but Sons of Rome, I particularly enjoyed

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Annie Whitehead's To Be A Queen (see below) would have been my choice, but as she is a personal friend I did not feel that I could select it.

Covers designed by our judges are exempt from
the monthly choices - but they are shown below
and an Annual 'Winner' will be chosen in
December 2021

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                      will be announced on December 31st 2021

to view books selected for 2020