Pet Peeve Patrol ~ Romance Book Covers

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I’m amused whenever I see someone’s cover pet peeve is also someone else’s  favorite trend.  The cliche, one man’s meat is another man’s poison, defines what makes romance cover design challenging. Everyone has different tastes and satisfying the entire romance community is seldom, if ever, accomplished.

However, covers should appeal to their target group of readers and also attract new readers.  Accomplishing pet peeve resistant covers requires artistic talent and a creative designer and/or  illustrator. They can use tricks of the trade and still create a swoon worthy cover and success is often determined by the details.  The poll below lists my biggest pet peeves. If you have others that bother you, list them in the comment section below.  Which one of my pet peeves  will reach the top spot on the poll?  Time will tell.

2015 ~ April New and Notable Book Covers

I’ve been busy working on our annual cover contest but I still had time to pick out a few new and notable book covers releasing in April. The first cover is just breathtaking with the soft colors and the wistful heroine watching the bridge in the distance. The cover designer was Dawn Adams and the illustrator was Ilina Simeonova. I love the flowers in her hair and the scarf wrap blowing gently in the breeze and of course, the hint of the red dress. The torn edges and black border add depth and create a wonderful frame for the illustration. I love, love, love this cover!

A Desperate Fortune

A Desperate Fortune

Sourcebooks Landmark ~ April 7, 2015

My second cover made me smile because of the playful smirk on the hero’s face. This romance is a playful take on the Cinderella fairy tale but in this case, Cinderella doesn’t want to be found. The cover was designed by Anna Kmet.  Anna gave us a hero dressed in a white ruffled shirt and sexy black trousers with just a glimpse of his sexy abs. I give her extra points because she didn’t use the “naked torso” trend.

The heroine carries a beautiful mask hinting that there is a fancy ball involved. She is wearing a gorgeous white gown because everyone knows a Cinderella needs a gorgeous gown. The expression on the heroine’s face is playful but determined. The heroine isn’t wearing obvious modern makeup and Anna muted the background elements, making the couple the primary focus. Their expressions are priceless.  This is a cute cover and it signals a fun romance inside.

The Lady Meets Her Match

The Lady Meets Her Match

Sourcebooks Casablanca ~ April 7, 2015

My third choice is The Other Side of Midnight featuring one of my favorite background items – a train. The Art Director, Anthony Ramondo not only used my favorite train, he also featured a mysterious heroine. She is carrying a suitcase and walking alone down the station platform.  The train station has a beautiful archway adding background interest. The heroine is dressed for travel and wearing an adorable hat. (Hats are a current hot trend on covers.)  The moody blue cover scheme grabs and holds my attention and the perspective Anthony used on this cover draws me into the mystery theme. This cover screams intrigue!

The Other Side of Midnight

The Other Side of Midnight

NAL – April 7, 2015

Last but not least, is the Mass Market cover for Dark Skye. The cover was designed by Lisa Litwick and the illustrator was Larry Rostant.  I love the color scheme.  Lisa combined Larry’s vivid blue background with the pastel green and white of the author’s name and title. It’s a winning combination. Larry’s illustration features lightning strikes symbolizing the hero’s wings and I was mesmerized the first time I saw it online. This is one beautiful and sexy cover.

Dark Skye

Dark Skye

Pocket Books – April 21, 2015

 

What is your opinion of this month’s New and Notable covers? I hope you find one or two interesting books and add them to your TBR list. I also hope my selections inspire you. Take a moment and appreciate the cover artistry on the books you choose and then enjoy the read.