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.
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.
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!
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?