It’s National Dog Day – Romance Book Covers

Today is National Dog Day and we’re celebrating!  Furry friends make great additions on romance covers because canine pals spending time with their “masters in love” attracts readers.   Enjoy!

Wearing The Rancher's Ring

Harlequin – August, 2014

In Your Dreams

Harlequin – September, 2014

Check out the behind the scenes photo shoot for In Your Dreams:

http://harlequinblog.com/2014/09/cover-spotlight-in-your-dreams-by-kristan-higgins/

The Sweetheart Secret

Berkley – September, 2014

Shelter Me

Berkley – August, 2014

And finally, I’m adding a cover from a European publisher I discovered on Pinterest.  This lush Historical Romance cover has an adorable canine front and center.  Don’t you just love this cover?

Gorgeous Mystery Cover

Gorgeous Mystery Cover

Which cover is your favorite?  Mine is the mystery cover…love that little pup!

Romance Cover Showdown – US vs UK

In July, I nominated the US cover for Never Forget Me by Marguerite Kaye.  The  Harlequin Historical cover captured the time and place of  WWI with a gentle, loving embrace and Poppies in the background.   I thought it was poignant and beautiful, especially the yearning expressions on the couple’s faces.  This week, I discovered the  Mills and Boon August release and I fell in love with it, too.  I’m torn because both covers capture the feelings couples felt when they separated during the war.  I love the tender embrace and authentic feel of the US version but the hats and coats on the UK version are superb and who doesn’t love a passionate kiss?

Did I mention, I’m torn on which cover is my favorite?  I love them both and can’t decide.  Which cover wins your vote in the latest cover showdown and why is it your favorite?  Vote in the poll below and help me decide.

US vs UK Showdown

A Lady & Her Gloves – Romance Book Cover Trend

Years ago, wearing gloves was the “proper” etiquette of the day. They were a sign of the privileged class and signaled status. In the fifties and early sixties, gloves were worn by “ladies” to social events and I can remember my Mom wearing them to church on Sunday and whenever she went out to a tea or coffee social with her friends. I’ve noticed several Historical romance book covers adding a touch of elegance and interest to the covers with a pair of gloves.

The Memory of Lost Senses

NAL – January, 2014

Circle of Spies

Harvest House Publishers – April, 2014

A Place in His Heart

Revell – June, 2014

A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin

Avon – July, 2014

Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret

Kensington – July, 2014

A Grave Matter

Berkley – July, 2014

The Truth About Lady Felkirk

Harlequin – September, 2014

A Matter of Grave Concern

Montlake Romance – October, 2014

I am a fan.  What do you think of this current trend?   Which of the above covers, if any,  are your favorites?