Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’re Irish or not, I hope you have a fun and safe one. And with St. Patrick’s Day almost here, that means spring is just around the corner. Yew-Haw! That also means I have a new book coming out soon!
Right now we’re in the middle of designing the cover for COWBOY AFFAIR, and I thought it’d be fun to get some input from you all as to what you like, and don’t like, to see on book covers. These days most covers are done utilizing photographs. Years ago each cover was designed and hand painted by an artist and some were absolutely breathtaking works of art. Thanks to technology it seems as though those covers are mainly a thing of the past, with a few exceptions, of course.
My newest book is a contemporary cowboy and for those of you who’ve read COWBOY FLING and have been wondering if Paige’s sister, Dorie, gets her chance to fulfill her side of the sexual fantasy bet, I can promise she’s getting her chance. I’ll keep you posted as to an exact release date set for this spring.
In the meantime, the cover has to be decided upon. Although we’ve always been told not to judge a book by its cover we do anyway, and it’s the cover which helps nudge a reader to give a book a second look, or to pass it by. That means the cover can be crucial to a book’s success, or lack of.
I think most of us will agree we’re counting on the cover to give us a sense of the tone/style of the book. If the cover is dark, mysterious and conveys a sense a danger, we expect the book to follow suit and give us a scary, suspenseful read. If the cover is light, has a tranquil feel to it, or features small town USA, we probably expect a down home type of read. If the cover is kind of quirky, we expect the book to have a humorous tone. If the cover shows us lots of skin and the hero and heroine in a steamy embrace we expect a steamy, hot read. And of course, if the cover features a cowboy, we expect the hero to be a cowboy.
So, my dear readers, what do you like to see on a book cover?
*The bare chested hero?
*The headless hero?
*The hero with a face?
*Both the hero and heroine on the cover, and we see their faces? Or no faces?
*Only the heroine on the cover?
*No people, just a landscape scene, or objects that convey the type of the story.
Share your likes and dislikes and Sunday evening I’ll choose one winner to win your choice of one of my books in digital format!
Thanks for reading! Thanks for sharing! And Thanks for following Authors By Moonlight. See you back here on April 11th.