Welcome to Cover Cafe’s 2013 Honorable Mentions! We’re celebrating favorite 2013 nominations that didn’t make the finals but impressed the category chairs.
As a reward for the work they do all year, the chairs determine the last finalists on their slates. There are always several nominated covers deserving the last positions but the chair can only select one lucky or unlucky cover. Dear Publisher’s Honorable Mentions post salutes a few more deserving covers that didn’t make the final slates.
Our first category is the Avant Garde category. I’m the lucky chair who gets to select an Honorable Mention for our new category.
My Avant Garde Honorable Mention cover is from a November Harlequin Nocturne, Siren’s Secret by Debbie Herbert. The blues and greens make a lovely backdrop for the underwater siren. I love the gauzy, multicolored gown used to replicate the mermaid’s tail. You can tell the model was really under water for the photo shoot and that fact alone makes this an Avant Garde cover. Even the photographer was “under the sea” during the shoot. (OK, swimming pool but he did an amazing job.) The illustrator also created a terrific sea background to complete the illusion. Here is a link to Harlequin’s Paranormal Blog Post about Siren’s Secret.
Next is our Contemporary Romance Category – This category includes Category Series, Contemporary Romance, and Contemporary Alternate Reality covers.
Lee’s first choice – “Sea of Love by Susan Donovan because I love wind chimes and summer and beach houses. I want to be there!”
Lee’s second choice – “I also loved the cover of , The Icing on the Cake by Janice Thompson. The colored bricks are so pretty and the veil draws your attention to them.”
Kat’s choice – “I picked That Reckless Night by Kimberly Van Meter. This cover is fun and makes me smile. It really looks like they are having a good time and they are ready to make a double snow angel. The snow and the positioning of the couple make this cover stand out from the rest. It makes me feel cold (from the snow) and warm (from the embrace) at the same time. It’s cozy and fun.”
Our Historical Romance Category is one of the all time favorites in our contest. It includes Historical Series, Historicals, and Historical Alternate Reality covers.
Jenny’s first choice – “The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson – it was so close to making the finals, it deserves an honorable mention. Intriguing cover and play on the old fairy tale.”
Jenny’s second choice – “It Happened at the Fair by DeeAnne Gist – such a beautiful dress, nice backdrop and sepia colors. I just like this cover.”
Our Two-Image Cover Category is one of our most popular and also the most difficult to administer because stepback covers are seldom included online with the front cover. Here are the 2013 Honorable Mentions for TIC.
Lee’s choice - ” Loved Jillian Hunter’s The Mistress Memoirs. The dress on the cover is gorgeous and I love the colors of the accessories that surround the woman. The stepback is simple and classy.”
Kat’s choice – “Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt is a beautiful cover. I love the mix of colors with the peach dress and green background. I also love the details of the dress including the the bows in the front and the lace at the sleeves. I especially love the attention to detail with the pattern and color of the dress being used on the bar at the side. Elizabeth Hoyt’s books always have great covers.”
Last but not least, is our infamous Worst Category. I have the somber duty of selecting an unlucky cover for Honorable Mention.
My choice is Out of Smoke and Ashes by Tymber Dalton because of the cluttered “everything but the kitchen sink” layout. Where should I begin? I will start with the male triplets rising out of a pair of sinister eyes or it could be a man with his two clone sidekicks. I can’t tell. Below the eyes, there is something furry surrounding the woman’s head and the fur seems to morph into a male arm or her arm. I still can’t tell for sure what is going on. Are the furry eyes and arm consuming the woman legs first? Are the triplets or clones trying to rescue her? Just between you and me, striking a pose is not the best method for rescuing a woman being absorbed by a hairy beast. I’m sure this release is a sexy story about shape shifters but the cover is one hot mess.
That’s it for the 2013 Honorable Mentions! On Thursday, the 2013 contest will go live for public voting. Make sure you mark your calendar and visit Cover Cafe between May 1st and May 21st and vote in the annual cover contest. There are 60 covers waiting for your votes!