What is the Deal with the New Book Cover Designs?

How did we go from book covers like these:

to this?









There’s a hot new trend out there in book cover design and I’m not sure I like it much. It seems very juvenile and cartoony, but they seem to be a big hit with avid book readers on Instagram because they love showing their color-coordinated bookcases behind them (in an hombre color scheme) while wearing a crown and waxing poetic about their latest great read. When did this become a thing? Do I now have to buy myself a tiara to have a video on Instagram?

I’ll have to admit that it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there and video yourself talking about books in a professional looking manner with all sorts of fancy video effects and music. Some of these “Instagramers” are actually quite cute to look at so they aren’t too bad on the eyes, but I do not fall into that category, so no way do I want videos of myself out there. I’m still stumbling my way through how to upload videos on Tik Tok and Instagram. I could really use a crash course from someone sitting next to me to guide me. What I find most difficult is trying to do all this editing on the tiny little screen of my phone (which requires reading glasses for me to see properly). I much prefer using Canvaa on my home computer to create stuff. What I don’t understand is how any of this will ever translate into book sales?

Perhaps I could hire a gorgeous spokes model to do it for me?

Great News!

As of today, over 1200 people have downloaded the kindle version of The Victor, putting it into the #1 position on Amazon for Christian Classical Allegory and #3 for Historical Fantasy Fiction!

Author Marlayne Giron Announces New Christian Fiction Book, The Victor, An Epic Fantasy Fiction Centered Around Traditional Christian Values

Giron is considered to be a great new voice in Christian Fiction and writes fiction with a mission.

[Wilmington, NC July 16, 2022] Author Marlayne Giron has announced the release of a new Christian Fiction book, ‘The Victor’.

In the tradition of Stephen Lawhead and Elizabeth Chadwick, Marlayne Giron writes epic fantasy fiction centered around traditional Christian values. Her work has been compared to ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’.

Her latest book, ‘The Victor’, is an inspirational historical fiction book – written for ages 12 and up – that is destined to become a classic. Perfect as a home school resource, this spellbinding tale is set apart from other Christian fiction books by her subtle but powerful method of presenting Christian principles embedded in a majestic adventure that is gripping, riveting, and engaging for readers of any age.

A benevolent king, his sword of power.

A ruthless traitor bent on revenge, and the faithful son who stands in his way with the woman destined to share his throne.

Who shall emerge the victor in this epic battle between good and evil to rule the lives of hapless men?

“I was inspired to write this book by famed music artist, Amy Grant’s song, ‘Fairytale’ as a means to convey the gospel to those who won’t go to church, read the bible, and don’t want to be witnessed to,” Giron stated.

Readers and reviewers have praised the book. Robert Heath, Founder and Director of Kids for Christ/USA, stated, “The Victor is an absolute ‘literary masterpiece’ that should be required reading in High Schools across the land. In fact, if there was a required reading list for Christians, The Victor would have to be on it.”

NY Time bestselling author Tosca Lee said, “The Victor is an epic adventure of love, loss, and triumph over evil. Giron’s characters leap off the page into medieval battles, jousts, quests, and romance. Fans of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and medieval fantasy will not want to miss out on this classic tale!”

Karen Koch, former editor of the Christian Home Educators Association of California Magazine stated, “I loved this book. The author had me at castles, sword fights, and a gentle romance, but the novel reveals an eternal story of good vs. evil that is much deeper than just what’s on the surface. Middle and high school students (and their parents) will love this account of adventure, drama, betrayal, sacrifice, and ultimate victory.”

Kathi Macias, bestselling author of nearly sixty books said, “Author Marlayne Giron has woven together a fast-paced adventure and a tender love story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, even as they are caught up in the lives of believable characters, both good and evil. The Victor will introduce – or reintroduce – readers to the majestic story of the Bible, a story of love, redemption, and victory. Though aimed at high-school aged readers, adults will be captivated by it as well. Highly recommended!”

As noted on Giron’s website, a companion lesson plan is available for advanced Language Arts students in upper middle school through high school. The Lesson Plan explores the language and Biblical symbolism of the novel and works especially well for Christian homeschoolers. Because the Christian Bible plays such a powerful role in history and sociology, the book is recommended for non-Christians as well.

The lesson plan contains a vocabulary list, chapter summary questions, pronunciation guide, guide to allegorical symbolism, short biography about the author, and a bit about the armor that knights and their horses wore during medieval times. End of chapter questions about content are interspersed with ideas for further study, and essay topics.

Marlayne Giron is available for media interviews. She can be reached using the information below, or by email at mmgiron@yahoo.com. ‘The Victor’ is available at online book retailers. More information is available at Giron’s website at https://thevictorbook.com.

About Marlayne Giron:

Author Marlayne Giron is a Jewish girl who writes Christian Fiction. She has been married to her husband Michael since 1986. She came to faith in Jesus as Messiah as a direct result of watching the television film, “Jesus of Nazareth” by Franco Zefferelli in 1977. From that moment on she began to read the Old Testament and discovered that believing in Jesus was the fulfillment of her Jewish faith.


Marlayne Giron

Welcome to my new website

Welcome to my new author website!


In addition to my breast cancer blog (Kvetching with Marlayne), I now have this author website dedicated to my books. I will be sending out a newsletter on a monthly basis which may be unique to most typical newsletters because I will be inviting people to share their deepest, heartfelt wish with me to be eligible to receive a custom written "wish fulfillment" short story written by me. As soon as I have enough for another "Make a Wish" type book, I will be publishing it into a sequel novel.

The newsletter will also be asking subscribers to share their "God stories". Stories of supernatural answers to prayer, angelic visitations, maybe even a glimpse of heaven experiences. I will also be sharing some of my favorite go-to resources for defending the faith, bible prophecy (a passion) as well as the latest news on my author journey and books.

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Here's to the journey ahead!