The Making of a Cover

These past two weeks we’ve been touting beautiful, eye-catching book covers, and talking about why they grab our attention.

Today, I thought it would be interesting to look at book covers from a different angle: the making of the cover.

Here’s an interesting video from Random House Books, talking with book cover designers about their designs:

Love's AwakeningBurning SkyHere’s a link to a blog post on Brandon Hill Photos that shows the cover shoot for Laura Frantz‘s new release Love’s Awakening (an excellent novel!) –http://brandonhillphotos.com/loves-awakening/.

And another link to Lori Benton‘s blog post on the making of the cover for her debut release, Burning Sky (another terrific read!) –http://loribenton.blogspot.com/2013/08/burning-sky-making-of-cover.html.

I’d love to know your thoughts about the making of these covers.

GOT YOU COVERED!

CatMOckingbirdI am a librarian. Yes, I see book covers on a daily basis, and yes, a great book cover STILL has the power to draw my eye. I’m a sucker for a great cover – contemporary, historical, fantasy – you name it, I am drawn to that cover.

I did a little thinking, though, and found some of my favorite covers. They’re not new, up-and-coming titles, nor are they vintage covers – they’re just covers that will STILL draw me in and make me read them, even if I’ve already read them!

And yes, I think Book Covers have distinct personalities.

Almost AlwaysComeHome

I remember the first time I saw Cynthia Ruchti’s debut contemporary novel, They Almost Always Come Home. The cover entranced me. Cynthia, in a mentor meeting at ACFW, entranced me. Now, some of you know that I’m not usually drawn to reading material that won’t make me laugh, or at least swoon. But I was drawn. And I read it. And I was totally, fantastically, humbly, AMAZED at the story journey that that little boat took me on. Sometimes we need to let the cover draw us in!

BrideMostBegrudging

Occasionally, it’s the dress that gets me. I read my first Deanne Gist novel because the dresses were just SO PRETTY! What was great, however, was the girl inside that dress!

CourtingMorrowLittle

I would have read Laura Frantz if it had a plain brown wrapper, but you know what, her books do NOT have a plain brown wrapper – instead, her heroines are bedecked in glorious silks and an expression that is JUST LIKE you would expect when you get to know the heroine.

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And then there are the “fellas.” A few of my favorite authors, for certain series, have opted to put the HERO on the cover, as opposed to the HEROINE. I can certainly live with that . . . Kaye Dacus, in her “Brides of Bonneterre” series, just gave us PART of the hero . . . and that was enough. OutOfControlMary Coneally, in her “Kinkaid Brides” series, gave us three distinct personalities for her three distinct heroes. Interesting that both series titles have the word “brides,” and they feature the GROOMS! I love it.

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A few other series that caught my eye, and one that I’ve seriously already read twice, is Janice Thompson’s “Weddings By Bella” series (which now has a sub-series started!), and Susan May Happily Ever AfterWarren’s “Deep Haven” series. The colors, the art, the playful quality of both series’ covers make me want to hang them on the wall so I can look at them all the time!

So yeah. Talk about a topic that a librarian can sink her teeth into? It’s book covers.

I’m totally . . . flabbergasted

Cover Experiment

Admittedly, I’m rarely swayed by a cover. While it may initially draw my attention, it’s the story description that will be the deciding factor of whether I’ll read it or not.

That said, I did a little experiment to see what initially drew my eye and then kept it there. I headed over to FamilyFiction.com, searched by date for 2013, and then visually wandered through the pages of covers. These are the books that leaped out at me, encouraging me to take a look at the description, and why.

Burning Sky

BURNING SKY by Lori Benton – This is an historical romance like many of the books around it, but it’s design is decidedly different. The face is slightly faded (denoting mystery), and I like how the face and hair blend with the land and the sky. The one thing I don’t care for so much is the loop rug in the middle. To me, it doesn’t fit the tone conveyed by the rest of the cover.

A Heart Deceived

A HEART DECEIVED by Michelle Griep – I didn’t find this one on Family Fiction–for some reason it’s not listed there–but it’s one of my favorite covers of the year so I had to show it. Just looking at the cover gives me goosebumps. The dark colors, the leafless tree, the dormered house, no people. And, the author’s name also grabbed me. Love Michelle’s writing!

Rules of Murder

RULES OF MURDER by Julianna Deering – Again, this cover tells the world that this book is different. The colors, the lettering, the man. It all hints at Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. I’m definitely taking a second look.

Renegade

RENEGADE by Mel Odom – I really enjoy a military novel, so the soldier on the cover immediately caught my attention. Here, the author’s name also piques my interest as I’ve enjoyed most of Mel Odom’s military novels.

The Living Room

THE LIVING ROOM by Robert Whitlow – Again, the green on black nabbed my attention, then the body seemingly floating adds interest. Having read may of Robert Whitlow’s works in the past also compels me to take a second look.

When Mockingbirds Sing

WHEN MOCKINGBIRDS SING by Billy Coffey – The muted colors and the lack of a person both drew me in. Hints at being literary.

Sleeping in Eden

SLEEPING IN EDEN by Nicole Baart – I immediately thought about Snow White when I saw this, my eye drawn to the apple. Combine that with the title, and you’ve got instant intrigue. Also, I’ve read a number of Nicole Baart’s works before, and greatly respect her talent as an author.

Fearless

FEARLESS by Mike Dellosso – Can you say creepy? This cover gives me the chills! And screams “Pick me up!” Naturally, I did. 🙂 As a reader of Mike Dellosso’s works, I know the story will live up to the cover.

Fatal Tide

FATAL TIDE by Lis Wiehl – The blue on black drew me in initially, then I had to peer closer to see what the figure was–still don’t have that figured out, but nevertheless, it’s intriguing.

So, what drew me to the above covers?

  • Color. That’s the first thing I noticed on each cover, and often it’s a blue or green on black that draws me.
  • It’s different. Does the cover tell the reader that this story is different? I’m constantly on the lookout for stories that stray from the norm.
  • Mystery. Do the covers convey mystery? If so, I’m likely to take a second glance.
  • Familiar Author. If I’ve enjoyed novels by the author in the past, the author’s name will definitely catch my eye.
  • No person. Not having any person on the cover is very curious. It tells me that the cover may be literary, and my favorite reads are often literary.

When you’re looking at covers, what initially draws your attention? What will keep it there?

Heartsong Presents Covers

Inkspir blog 1Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents line have some wonderful covers. What’s EVEN better than their lovely covers are the stories inside! The Heartsong Presents line of books are aimed at book club members, but since Harlequin acquired the line from Barbour you can find them online on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in addition to other online book stores.

 

 

 

If you want to join the book club to have these fine books delivered right to your house, visit the Harlequin Reader’s Service page at Inkspir blog 2http://www.readerservice.com/. Members receive four books a month, two historical and two contemporary. Maybe you don’t have time to read four books a month, but you can donate them to a woman’s shelter, your church library or they make lovely gifts.

 

 

 

Love in the Air

I don’t mean this post to be shameless self-promotion since it’s my publisher (Shannon’s too!), but the covers on these books are wonderful and you can’t find them on store shelves. If you’d like to view the covers of upcoming releases for the Heartsong Presents line visit the Harlequin website.

 

 

 

 

 

Falling for the Cover

I’ve said here before, I don’t usually buy a book because of the cover. I buy because I’m familiar with the author. That said, the cover sure doesn’t hurt. And a few covers have made me pick up the book. And twice, the cover made my buy.

Covers, I usually pick up: Karen Witemeyer. She seems to have a magic potion for great covers. If I read historicals, I’d read her, based on covers alone. My favorite of her covers: A Tailor Made Bride.

Covers that made me buy: Mary Connealy’s Over the Edge. Mary seems to have the market cornered on hunks gracing her covers. It was the guy that made me buy Mary’s book and his eyes weren’t even green. And yes, it was historical. And yes, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

So here’s my list of covers I’m looking forward to. And yes, part of the attraction is I already know and trust these authors to giveDancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter me a great contemporary romance with a toe-curling happily-ever-after.

Topping my list is Denise Hunter’s Dancing with Fireflies. I read the first book in this series, this summer and I knew the elusive Jade had a story. I can’t wait to read it. And since I’m Facebook friends with Denise, I usually see her covers unveiled and I always love them. I love the fireflies and the peacefulness of this embracing couple.

Becky Wade cover

 

My interest in Becky Wade’s Undeniably Yours is totally based on the cover. I haven’t read any of Becky’s books. And Brenda actually got me hooked on this cover in a previous Inkspirational post. I love the color. I love the pink shoes. It’s my firm belief that every female should have a pair of heels in every color she can possibly find. So of course, those shoes grab me. Other than that, I love the embrace that promises fun romance and I love her kicking up her heel. And it’s set in Texas which I love. I haven’t bought this book yet, but I will.

 

Beth Wiseman caught my attention because she usually writes Amish, but while browsing IThe House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman found a not Amish book with her name on it. Huh? I bought Need You Now and thoroughly enjoyed it. So when I saw another not Amish title by Beth, it got my attention. The House that Love Built intrigued me again with the colors. I love the aqua summery dress. The guy looks good. And the house in the background–I’m a sucker for big old houses that have stood the test of time.

But the cover I’ve waited for–for fourteen years? Wait for it. Back in 1999 when I started writing, I dreamed of seeing my book on store shelves. In 2001, I got a book published Print on Demand. I didn’t even know what that meant. I soon learned it meant there were no books in stores–anywhere. Only online.

In 2010, my dream of traditional publishing came true. But again, Heartsong Presents were sold in very few stores–mostly through the book club or online. In 2012, Heartsong was acquired by Harlequin and Walmart agreed to carry the line for six months and see how it went. I got to see one of my titles on Walmart shelves and it was a dream come true. But I guess Walmart wasn’t happy with the sales and no longer carries the line.

Arkansas Weddings by Shannon Taylor Vannatter

All this time, I knew–someday, my titles acquired when Barbour owned the line would be compiled into a three in one collection and sold WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD. And finally, my waiting has paid off. Arkansas Weddings releases September 1st. This collection includes my first three traditionally published titles: White Roses, White Doves, and White Pearls. You can find it–I have to say it again–WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD.

And I love the cover. All three stories are set in Romance and Rose Bud, Arkansas. These real towns are seven miles apart, tiny, and about twenty-five minutes from where I live. Couples go to Romance to get married and mail their Valentine cards, and wedding invitations with a romantic hand-stamped postmark.

There is a natural waterfall there which I incorporated into all three books. Each couple has a pivotal moment in their relationship at the Romance Waterfalls. I was thrilled to see the waterfall on the cover. The online copies have my name wrong. But the real thing includes Taylor in the middle.

And remember, you can find Arkansas Weddings WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD. Sorry for the shouting–but I’ve really wanted to say that for a looooooonnnnnnnnnngggggggg time.

 

 

 

Cover Love

According to the age old saying,  you can’t judge a book by its cover. Even if that is true, we still judge them on that basis all the time.

Most of us will pick up a book based on a cover that grabs our attention or intrigues us in some way. Then, we flip it over and read the back cover blurb. If we like that, we might read the first page, and if we like the package, we purchase the book. Once we’re home, we devour its contents.

So, yes, the book cover is vital in the whole purchase process. Perhaps a different saying is actually more appropriate here–“a picture’s worth a 1000 words.” Yes, that sums up the importance of a cover nicely.

For the next two weeks the Inkspers will be sharing some of the covers they think are winners this year. They may also share some that will be hitting the shelves soon and what they think makes an eye-catching, outstanding covers.

In order for a cover to make my list, it needs to

  • draw me in
  • tell me what I can expect from the book (era, attitude, etc.)
  • be attractive (fonts, colors, models used, dress)

Besides my own cover for When Love Calls (which I love), the following are some of my favorites this year so far.

Sweet OliveThis cover just screams fun. The font used for the title is whimsical and the house behind echoes of a romantic, modern day getaway. I haven’t read Judy Christie’s Sweet Olive yet, but it’s on my list.

You can read about Sweet Olive here.

 

 

 

 

 

simple changeThis is one of my favorite of Judy’s covers for the Amana books. It fits the story so well (yes, I’ve read this one and highly recommend it). With one look, you know the Amana dress is not like the Amish. The suitcase gives a clue to the time period, too.

You can check out A Simple Change here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once upon a princeRachel Hauk’s Once Upon a Prince is by far one of my favorite covers this year. It draws me in and makes me want to pick it up. With the bride’s smile and bare feet, you know this is clearly a fun romance, and the heart around the title seals the deal. Even the font echoes a fairy tale.

You can learn more about Once Upon a Prince here.

 

 

 

 

caughtRegina Jennings’ book, Caught in the Middle, doesn’t release until next year, but I can’t wait to check it out. The colors are great, and the expression on the girl is priceless. But my favorite part? The cowboy boots with the her toe turned slightly in which make this a hard to resist cover.

You can pre-order Caught in the Middle here.

 

What do you think makes a great cover? Which of these strike your fancy? I’d love to hear about it.

In Search of Scintillating Covers

Brendianna Jones Anderson here, writing from the wilds of Minnesota where I’ve run from ginormous rolling snowballs and have dug my way out of dangerous garter snake pits all while searching for the elusive scintillating book cover.

Okay, okay, a bit dramatic, I know, but isn’t drama what we want when searching for books? Aren’t we looking for the cover that hints of escape and adventure? Something that removes us from our little universe and gives us a greater sense of the world around us?

I have been on a search for the book cover that catches my eye, the one that compels me to pick up that book and check out the description. The greatest difficulty in this process was turning off my bias meter (the one that immediately discounts genres I don’t typically read) so I could scan shelves for covers that grabbed my attention.

This search has taken me down several paths, but two were the most fruitful.

I scanned the latest Christianbook.com spring fiction catalog solely looking for what provoked a second glance regardless of genre. Several jumped out at me, but these three really tell a story with their cover:

GONE TO GROUND by Brandilyn Collins.

First off, I LOVE the color. The vibrant red is definitely gaze-grabbing. But then I looked closer and saw that drip of blood hanging from a petal. Gives me goosebumps! There’s no doubt I will pick up this book and read the back cover.

Amaryllis, Mississippi, resembles the flower for which it’s named—bright with southern hospitality. But poison lurks in its center. A serial killer is responsible for five unsolved murders. And now the blood of a sixth stains the town. Three terrified women are sure they know who the perpetrator is—but they all suspect a different man. Who’s right?

THROUGH RUSHING WATER by Catherine Richmond. This entire cover hints of mystery: a foggy lake, the woman gazing off into the distance … I want to know her story. What is she looking at? Regrets? Hardships? I have to find out!

Elegant and educated, Sophia Makinoff is sure that 1876 is the year she’ll wed congressman Rexford Montgomery. But he proposes to her roommate instead! Humiliated, Sophia signs on with a foreign missions society to go to China—but ends up with the Dakota Territory Indians. Can she find a purpose in God’s plan?

THE TELLING by Mike Duran. Another cover that gives me the chills. The shadowed mountains, scraggy dessert, the lettering, the raven. Right away I think of Edgar Allan Poe and, as a Poe fan, I’m going to pick this book up and look deeper.

Zeph Walker had abandoned his prophetic gifts—until detectives ask him to explain his own murder. During the bizarre investigation, Zeph discovers that early miners in Death Valley accidentally unearthed a sacred site where spiritual and physical forces converge. Can Zeph overcome his own despair in time to seal the ninth gate of hell—before evil finds him?

I couldn’t leave my hunt for the perfect cover to an internet search so I headed to my local Christian bookstore and took along my book-loving and very astute daughter. Together we scanned the fiction racks for covers that stood out. We picked out several that warranted a second look, but we had one problem: the majority of books showed only their spine. That sent us on a new trajectory.

Looking beyond the author’s name, we sought attention-grabbing spines. Several intrigued us including Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy, Ten Plagues by Mary Nealy, Book of Days by Jim Rubart, and Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry. (I should have brought my camera to the store because I discovered it’s very difficult finding pics of book spines on the web.)

Chris Fabry’s ALMOST HEAVEN jumped out at me because of the mandolin pictured on the side. That was an immediate attention grabber for this music lover. Don’t you love how the mandolin wraps around to the front? The foggy mountains in the background indicate story setting. Just from the spine, I know I’ll give this book a closer look.

Billy Allman is a “hillbilly genius.” Folks in town say he was born with a second helping of brains and a gift for playing the mandolin—and was cut short on social skills. But there are two things they don’t know—he’s troubled by a brutal secret, and an angel is determined to set things right!

As for why those particular spines stood out, color was top on our list. We both gravitated toward bright colors. Shadowing was also important as it hinted at mystery. The title, font, and color indicated genre. A small picture depicting the story was a great  help. The spines that were merely a title on a colored background were easy to ignore. If you look at the spines of our own Lorna Seilstad and Shannon Vannatter‘s books, you’ll see their spines tell a story too.

I love spines that hint at drama. What about you? When you go to a bookstore, what on a spine captures your attention? The lettering? Color? Shadowing? Title? Author? What will compel you to pull that book from the shelves to look a the cover?

For me, it’s a combination of all of the above.

This is Brendianna Jones Anderson signing off after a successful spine-tingling search for scintillating covers.

 

Cover Mishmash

I am a visual person, therefore the cover art needs to help me connect with the story on some level. I don’t think there’s been a book where I haven’t stopped in the middle somewhere and flipped to the cover for a quick peek. Since I have some pretty eclectic tastes, the books I chose were a good mishmash of choices for your exploration. Please click on the titles to travel to Amazon’s website for more information on each book.

The first book that called to me from the shelves of bookstores everywhere this past year was Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. It wasn’t until the second in the series, Clockwork Prince, came out that I finally gave in and actually bought the first book so I could read the second. Talk about an author’s dream reader, huh? It’s a steampunk story where angellic Shadowhunters battle it out with faeries, vampires, werewolves, and demons along with the added bonus of a race of machines created to get the girl and eradicate the Shadowhunters. A love triangle between the shape-changing protagonist and the two opposite Shadowhunters had me choosing sides. If you’ve read Clare’s Mortal Instruments series which begins with City of Bones, this series, the Infernal Devices, is gentler to the senses. I loved it, but beware, the third in the series doesn’t come out until next year. (I hear the collective groans.)

Next is one I came across from a blog I read the other day, Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin. Now although the covers aren’t calling my name from the bookshelves, the pictures intrigued me enough to read the blurb and together it has drawn my interest. These are real life stories from interviews from the women who were Alice (Alice Liddell Hargreaves) from Alice in Wonderland and the real-life wife of Tom Thumb (Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Bump). I can’t wait to read them.

I searched the Christian Book website for YA covers and found many from Lisa T. Bergren that I liked. Her Waterfall book is about two sisters on a boring family trip to Italy who actually time travel back to the 14th Century and into the midst of a battle. There’s dashing knights, castles, and of course, the allure of time travel. My heart is already aquiver.

The dress on this last one drew me in, and the story sealed the deal. The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott takes on the Titanic from a dressmaker’s POV. The seamstress believes it’s luck that she lands a job with a wealthy employer which includes a trip aboard the Titanic. She survives the tragic sinking, only to be thrown into a media scandal afterwards. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the survivors of the Titanic, this book gives you a peek into a small window history. Go to this Amazon page for the author’s research about the employer, Lucile Duff Gordon. You’ll find it as intriguing as any work of fiction.

P.S. I found this link to the ACFW Speculative loop library and thought it would be great to share with those who aren’t on the loop, but like to read speculative fiction. There are some great books highlighted. Please click here for it. Special thanks to Rebecca Luella Miller for this list!

First Impressions

Book covers play a big part in whether or not I choose a book from the shelves and carry it to the checkout counter. If the blurb on the back intrigues me, but the cover isn’t appealing, in all honesty, I probably won’t buy the book. I’m probably losing out on a lot of good books this way, but I need that visual image to entice me to get out my debit card and take the book home. Great cover art should lure me into the story and make me curious about the lives of the characters involved. It should set the tone of the story and give a sense as to time and place. Emotion should surge from that first image.

One of my favorite covers is from Icy Sparks by Gwen Hyman Rubio. The black and white photo is perfect for the 1950’s setting. The girl in the white dress walking down a country road arouses a curiosity in me. Who is she? Why is she alone? Where does the road lead? What lies beyond the hill? I like that little girl immediately, though I know nothing yet about her

Another great cover is from They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti. The empty rowboat on a vast lake evokes a suspenseful element to the cover. Again, questions immediately arise. Who almost always comes home? Why didn’t they? What role does that empty boat play in this drama? The story behind the cover has hooked me into wanting to know more.

From the cover of While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin, I immediately know the novel is World War II era, a time period I love. The young woman appears deep in thought as she walks away, her arm outstretched as her fingers trace the wrought iron fence. My heart goes out to her since I feel certain someone she cares deeply about is caught up in the horrors of war. This beautiful cover definitely makes me want to read the back cover blurb and then open the book to the first chapter.

What are some of your favorite book covers? Do they really make a difference as to whether or not you read a particular book? Take a minute and let us know.

Cover Conundrum

This post was tough for me. I don’t really pay attention to covers and can honestly say I’ve never bought a book based on the cover. My perusal of the cover consists of looking for layers of fabric, dead bodies, or bonnets and buggies. If it’s not historical, suspense, or Amish, then I’m good. I turn straight to the blurb and see if the story grabs me. Only four covers have really intrigued me. And I still didn’t buy the book–I won one, influenced for another, and still don’t own the other two.

Christine Lynxwiler’s Along Came a Cowboy was the first inspirational romance novel I ever saw with the guy on the cover instead of the girl. I thought it was a novel idea. I mean–romance readers want to read about the guy, not the girl. I got lucky and won this book and it’s still one of my favorites. One I’ll definitely keep and re-read.

Karen Witemeyer’s A Tailor-Made Bride was the first historical to ever intrigue me. I love clothes. Not layers and layers like this, but I can feel her cringe as this rude, ruffian steps on the hem of her dress she probably spent months hand-stitching. I didn’t buy the book and probably never well. No offense, it’s just not my genre. But if you’re a historical reader, I’ve heard it’s really good. Seeing that dress just makes me mad. I’m way too modern. If I wrote historicals, my heroine would be ripping off layers. “Don’t you people know it’s 105 and we don’t have air conditioners. I’m not wearing this mess.” Probably wouldn’t go over very well, so I’ll stick with contemporaries.

Jennifer Rogers Spinola’s cover intrigued me partly because I sat across from her at Barbour’s author reception one year and partly just because it’s such fun. She was so fun to talk to and her story was so interesting, I asked her to be on my real life romance blog and received an influencer copy of Southern Fried Sushi. This is another keeper that I’ll re-read. The unsaved heroine is so unapologetically selfish and it’s so fun to watch her change and grow. Her reactions and thoughts are so real and true, it made me take a good look at myself and repeat, It’s Not All About Me. I recently received my copy of the sequel Like Sweet Potato Pie. Another keeper. The difference in the heroine since she met a certain Savior is like night and day and I can’t wait for the third installment.

Linda Yezak’s Give the Lady a Ride caught my attention because I was researching bull riding for my rodeo series. Her book is about a woman learning to bull ride. I thought it sounded like a nice twist and I really like the cover. Partly because if I had a backside like that I’d wear blingy jeans just like those. I haven’t bought it yet. But if I happen upon it in a bookstore, I probably will.

Usually, the way I decide to buy a book is by author name. Sorry, but that’s just the facts and true for a lot of readers. Which means this no name author needs to get busy and make a name for myself.

Lorna asked me what I was going to blog about and I told her I didn’t know because covers don’t matter a lot to me. I said, “The ones I really like are the ones with the guys.” And she said, “That’s what you should blog about. It’s a new trend.”

So for your viewing pleasure:

Look, the same yummy guy that graced Christine’s cover is on Susan May Warren’s Reclaiming Nick. I hope he sticks around and graces lots more covers in the future.

Mary Connealy’s Over the Edge–this guy might convince me to buy a historical. Not to read mind you, just to look at him.

The trend has caught on over at Love Inspired too with Debra  Clopton’s Her Rodeo Cowboy. I really like this guy and might have to buy the book. This surprised me since Love inspired covers are mostly couples or families.

One question, why are there only cowboys gracing covers? Okay, I love cowboys too, wrote three books about them, but regular guys are hunks too. Nothing curls my toes like a man wearing a nice button up shirt,  jeans,  and no shoes. Maybe sitting in the sand on the beach. I haven’t found that cover yet. If you find it, let me know.

It sounds like I don’t get books unless I get them free, but it’s not true. It’s true I grew up a library mouse, so for years I never bought books. But last year, I decided that if I wanted people to buy my books, I needed to be a book buyer. I’ve bought more books in the last year than I have in my whole life. I just didn’t make my purchases based on the cover.

Time to chime in. Does the book cover affect what you purchase? What do you think of the trend with guys on the cover?