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Capturing Beauty from Cover to Cover

By Kav — February 08, 2017

A special shout-out to ‘retired’ inkster Brenda Anderson who is releasing a new contemporary romance this week. Aptly titled Capturing Beauty because, really, isn’t that cover a beauty? This eye-catching cover screams “read me now!” Which is exactly what an author wants a book cover to do.

I hesitate to admit this in public but…I’m kind of a cover snob. Yes, I know all about that old adage that says “Never judge a book by its cover,” but seriously, don’t we all? I’ve been known to place a book back on the shelf if the cover doesn’t appeal. Yes, that’s another wretched true confession and now you know how shallow I am. So I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite book covers.

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Aren’t these two historical covers striking? Guaranteed to stand out on a crowded shelf. There’s a contrast in colour and tone between both books and yet each one stands out.

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I’m not always a fan of the hero being front and center. My active imagination is more than capable of filling in the blanks and I hate it when my mind clashes with the publisher’s artwork. But these two books are the perfect example of the magic that happens when, in my humble opinion, the publisher gets it right. Both covers convey much more than the hero’s image. Each picture captures the essence of the man as well. The gentle side of a tough cowboy. The steely resolve of a law enforcement officer.¬†One look at either of these book covers and I’m smitten. There’s no way I’m not buying these!

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I love these two covers for their winsome, other worldly qualities. Soft lines and alluring contours put me under a spell that won’t be broken until I reach the end.

Sigh. I love books so much that someday I’m going to make an art gallery of beautiful book covers. And it will have plenty of comfy seating so that an eager reader can curl up with a good book while enjoying all that literary artwork on the walls!

So how about you? Are you a book cover snob like me?

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(13) Readers Comments

  1. February 8, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I think most people will initially judge a book by its cover, or anything else that we see for the first time. (By the way, the theme of Capturing Beauty is really about judging a book by its cover.) Now, will the cover convince me to buy? No, but it will compel me to look further. I'll likely read the back cover copy, maybe skim a couple of reviews. That said, I really appreciate a beautiful cover. All the covers you featured are gorgeous, but Terrie Todd's & Piper Huguley's really jump out at me. I'll definitely be looking at them further. ~~~ Also, Thank You for showcasing Capturing Beauty's cover! I am a wee-bit partial to that one. :)

    • Kav
      February 8, 2017 at 9:42 am

      You did a great job with Capturing Beauty, Brenda. You're so much more generous than me when it comes to looking past a first book impression. LOL I shall try to emulate you in the future.

      • February 8, 2017 at 2:21 pm

        My characters in Capturing Beauty taught me a lot about judging by first impressions and looking deeper. And I still have a lot to learn!

  2. Stephanie Ludwig
    February 8, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Cover art is certainly important, especially since you're like me, Kav, and like to have books on the shelf! I always enjoy the covers of cozy mysteries, because they're always so friendly and inviting... and then there's a murder weapon, or a body outline or something to indicate that not everything is as it seems!

    • Kav
      February 8, 2017 at 11:01 am

      LOL -- yes, those body outline covers scream "read me!" don't they?

  3. Dawn Ford
    February 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    *raises hand* My name is Dawn and I judge a book by its cover. I really do . And it's the reason I'm sweating the cover of my own book that's coming out this year. I don't have a time because I didn't think the stock photos captured my character fully, so we'll be doing a photo shoot when we get some green grass (instead of brown, dead stuff or snow). It's so important. I may have to send the prototype to you so you can give me a thumbs up or a thumbs down!

    • Kav
      February 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Bwahahahaha! A reader after my own heart! Yes, I will be your worst critic...er...maybe you don't want to run it by me after all. :-)

      • Dawn Ford
        February 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm

        Of course I do!! :)

  4. Dawn Ford
    February 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    And Brenda's covers are always amazing!

  5. Jenny Carlisle
    February 8, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    First Impressions are so important! Our readers are attracted with what's on the outside of course! Beautiful cover Brenda!

    • Kav
      February 8, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Isn't Brenda's cover awesome? It just makes me grin every time I look at it.

    • February 8, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks Jenny & Kav! The couple on this cover make me smile too. :D They're so cute!

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