When I hunt for cover nominations for our annual contest there are always a few covers that really impress me for a variety of reasons. This Dear Publisher post features February covers that captured my attention. Who knows, you might find a new author or a book to add to your TBR pile from my February choices.
My first cover choice, Casually Cursed by Kimberly Frost, instantly captured my attention even in thumbnail size. The cover designer’s unusual pink and grey color scheme and varied lighting creates a mysterious mood that fits the Alternate Reality genre. Even more mesmerizing are the gorgeous sleek feline and the heroine’s “I dare you” expression.
Berkley ~ February, 2015
My second cover selection, Murder in the Queen’s Garden by Amanda Carmack, is a mystery cover and mysteries are one of my favorite genres. The cover has a beautiful illustration. I love the view of the English garden, the lamp post with the bird on top, the ominous windows, the heroine’s flowing dark hair, and her beautiful gown. I give the cover designer extra points because the gown has an appropriate length for its train. This heroine can walk without tripping over yards and yards of fabric.
Signet ~ February, 2015
I love simplicity in covers and my third choice, The Last Heiress by Mary Ellis, has a very simple yet stunning layout. The fabric background, string of pearls, and elegant title reveal the heroine’s station in life. The ship nestled inside the loop of the necklace is unique and gives another small hint about the story inside. This cover represents simplicity at its best!
Harvest House ~ February, 2015
I am a fan of romance covers showing couples in love and my next choice, The Perfect Homecoming by Julia London, is a quintessential romance cover. Who wouldn’t love having this romantic picnic scene take place in their lives?
Montlake Romance ~ February, 2015
There is also a Kindle Loves Romance video featuring a hunk reading a sample of the story. The cute videos are one of my guilty pleasures and they always make me smile. Enjoy watching.
And finally, I have a February sexy hero cover. One of my pet peeves is having headless, legless torsos on covers and I hate the slick greasing of torsos to make them glisten. Ugh! I am always on a quest for covers that celebrate the beauty of the hero without reducing him to just one of his body parts. Hip, hip hooray because I found a cover that I love this month! Take a look at the gorgeous and very sexy eBook cover, Below The Belt by Sidney Halston. Yes, the very top part of his head has been cruelly chopped off but look at that face and his body has just the right amount of glow. The ripped t-shirt is a tantalizing hint of the story inside. This is a great cover!
Random House ~ February, 2015
I hope you found a favorite cover or a new author from my February choices. Leave a comment below about which cover is your favorite and why? I can’t wait to choose my March covers for next month’s post.