Wednesday, 21 April 2010
COVER ART by Stacey Espino
It's true, whether we like the idea or not. The old saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover" is easily said, but rarely followed.
The characters and story call to us from the cover. It gives us a taste for the book, or we think it does.
I admit, I also am tempted by coverart when buying a book. A terrible covers gives me the impression that the story will also be awful. I've learned that this is not always the case. Some of my favorite novels have less than spectacular cover images. This is why referrals, reviews and other means of promotion are important. We can't rely on our covers alone, but they are great advertising tools if they're good.
Working with a publisher that allows an author some say in their cover art is truly a gift. How often have you read a book that clearly describes the hero as a blond, but the cover depicts dark hair, etc. Readers tend to imagine the hero/heroine as the likeness on the cover and it's annoying when the resemblence is way off.
For my Immortal Love series, I wanted a certain feel for the cover. Jinger Heaston did an amazing job capturing the essence of Fearless Desires. Delius is a Fear Demon, forced to feed off human nightmares for his survival, but hates every minute of it.
The cover embodies the fear and nightmares, but also the passion and desire which is what the book is all about...romance and overcoming impossible odds for love.
I hope that the next book in my Immortal Love series has coverart as great as the first, but I put all my trust in Jinger's creative ability. It's like she reads my mind, lol. From the nightmares and desire, down to Delius' tattoo, my cover is perfect!
My two cowboy menage books will hopefully have some hot, sexy cowboys as eye candy. I know I love books with cover hunks, so having my very own will be awesome!
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