2015 – October New and Notable Book Covers

We can’t let the month fly by without pointing out some new and notable book covers from the October releases.  First up is a headless cover that won me over. Will surprises never cease?

I am not a fan of chopped torso covers with missing heads, arms, and legs but occasionally a cover designer adds interesting details. When that happens, I accept the missing body parts as an exception to my pet peeve. The cover for Against The Ropes is one of my pet peeve exceptions. You can tell this man is in top condition and he works at his craft. The neutral greys and whites are great against the cement wall and the pop of vivid blue tape on his hands gives a great contrast to the subtle color scheme. The ropes, weights, shoes, and those silky shorts immediately signal this is a sexy sports romance. Win, win take one!

Berkley Sensation - October, 2015 Cover Design: Rita Frangie Photo: Allesandro Guerriero

Berkley Sensation – October, 2015
Cover Design: Rita Frangie
Photo: Allesandro Guerriero

My second cover is Chance The Winds Of Fortune.  I love the white, ruffled shirt on this hero and he has all of his body parts!  Alan Ayers is one of my favorite illustrators and he captures the tumultuous feel of the sea with his background. The hero looks like he belongs on the sea fighting the elements and either the good guys or the bad guys with his trusty sword. This is a classic romance book cover and yet it is public viewing friendly. Win, win take two!

Sourcebooks - October, 2015 Illustration:  Alan Ayers

Sourcebooks – October, 2015
Illustration: Alan Ayers

My third choice is When Somebody Loves You. Who doesn’t love a cover that captures the romantic, playful joy a loving couple feels when they spend time together?  Cover Designer, George Long produced a cover with natural, happy expressions on the couple’s faces.  Hats off to the models!  Cover Illustrator, Jim Griffin added a lovely porch background showing readers an everyday moment between the couple. I love how she is sitting on the railing with him nestled between her legs. Their hand holding adds to the romance and I’m sold on this cover. The only negative is the marketing blurbs that clutter the cover. In spite of that factor, this cover is a win, win take three!

Berkley Sensation - October, 2015 Cover Illustration: Jim Griffin Cover Design: George Long

Berkley Sensation – October, 2015
Cover Illustration: Jim Griffin
Cover Design: George Long

My final entry for October New and Notable covers is a classic historical romance cover, One Wild Winter’s Eve. It has the traditional beautiful gown viewed from the back and the model is standing by a window which is another classic trend. The entire cover is drenched in beautiful blue and white tones from the drapes to the village scene outside the window. The pop of color comes from a single deep pink rose she holds in her hand. Who sent the rose or who will receive the rose on one wild winter’s eve?  Inquiring minds want to know. Win, win take four!

Forever - October, 2015

Forever – October, 2015

What do you think of my October choices? Thumbs up or do you give me a mixed bag of up and down?

Until next time,