|Jennifer Haymore's stepback for |
her debut novel, A Hint of Wicked.
Because I do. Well, not all the time, precisely, but I can't fib on this one. A beautiful cover catches my eye, makes the arm lift, hand reach out, fingers grasp that crisp piece of bound workmanship, wrist flip to read the back blurb, all to see if the premise matches the story already brewing in my head owing to that heady look in the Simon Baker look-a-like's eyes on ... ah, now we're turning over to the front cover again. Maybe even opening to see if there's an even lovelier stepback or, if you're a fantasy reader, a map of the world we're contemplating on entering for the next three to four hundred pages.
I'll go out on a limb here, speak for the majority of all writers, and state that every last one of us dreams of having a fabulous cover for our fragile, slaved-over, precious work of art. Why shouldn't we? We know what the story's about, how everyone will love it as much as we, if only given the opportunity--I'm ready to go in, Coach, just give me a chance!--so why not fantasize about a cover which shouts, "THIS is the book to read! Once you start, you'll be hooked!"
Naturally, a gorgeous, eye-catching cover can amount to a hit and miss. Really, you didn't actually think it'd be a win-win every time, did you? While I won't bite the hand that feeds and hit on those which landed in my Barnes & Nobles bag (heavens, how did that get there??) and, ultimately, wound up in a towering stack at the local secondhand bookstore, I will share a few that made the keeper shelf.
(above) At fifteen, when I saw this worn out paperback at a local
garage sale, I loved the color of the woman's dress & the pretty flower
in her hair. Needless to say, for the low price of 25 cents, this became
my very first adult romance novel. It's been special to me ever since.
This baby had managed to land on a $3 clearance table at
Books-a-Million. I saw the cover, picked it up, read somewhere
in the middle, liked what I saw, then flipped to the beginning. I've
been a HUGE Janet Mullany fan ever since. I can read Rules
anyplace, anytime, and feel immediately at ease. A great find.
As a chick who used to ride English/Hunt Seat, this cover drew
me in almost instantaneously. Discard the gimmick in the upper
right hand corner (although Water for Elephants was a fantastic read);
Ms. Gruen is a fabulous writer, funny, witty, and does her research.
The warm colors and fancy-schmancy script called my name
on this one. Seductively, as it were. Fab cover aside, Ms. Long is
one of those gems a lot of romance readers don't know about;
a true shame, because she's extremely talented, a stickler for detail
and authenticity, and, boy, can she write a hero to love--faults & all.
What covers reeled you in, hook, line, & sinker? Did any of them found a permanent home on your keeper shelf?
Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,
P.S. The very first picture, at the top of the post, is a wee little hint of what's coming later this month on SWBD. Believe me, you're gonna love it! :)