Can you tell a book by its cover? Probably not, but you sure can buy a book because of its cover. The amazing cover by PL Nunn of my friend Belinda McBride’s book, An Uncommon Whore, combined with the terrific title made the book irresistible. Fortunately, it’s a great book so I was not at all disappointed after succumbing to the cover. I happen to love illustrated covers and the subtle cover art for Ariel Tachna’s The Inventor’s Companion haunted me until I bought the book. Another good choice. But I have seen books that were not served well by their covers, haven’t you? One of my favorite author’s very best books has a cover that kept me from reading the book for years. When I finally did read it, I was horrified that it had taken me so long.
I have been amazingly blessed with great covers in my short career. My very first cover for Genetic Attraction by Valerie Tibbs (who also did the wonderful covers for The Scientist and the Supermodel and Deceptive Attraction) was so magical and sensuous I was immediately convinced of the power of covers. My recent release, Fire Ball,s features a character looking at the reader with such attitude, it perfectly captures the spirit of the book. I know it helped make this book a bestseller. The same with Volley Balls. People drool when they see those three gorgeous guys. And the new Sinders and Ash cover by Trace Edward Zaber features two guys who are so drool-worthy you just want to keep looking.
And that brings me to Spell Cat. The entire Internet has been buzzing over this beautiful cover. In my blog tour I was giving away gift cards but what did people want the most? The Spell Cat poster! The cover is created by Shobana Appavu and it captures the book down to the smallest detail--like the ring he holds in his fingers.
I am a very lucky writer. What are your favorite covers?
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