Everyone is busy with holiday decorating, shopping, and planning but there are some new and notable book covers worth noting this month. You might find something great for a last minute gift.
Sunday was the first night of Hanukkah/Chanukah and I wish everyone celebrating the holiday the very merriest this year. Every year, I search for terrific romance covers celebrating the holiday for our annual Holiday Favorites contest but there are very few published and I am always disappointed.
However, our first December cover is one of the few Hanukkah/Chanukah romances released this year, Burning Bright. Unfortunately, it wasn’t published until December 1st and I discovered it too late to include it in this year’s competition. It is a very basic design but it is a new and notable cover just because it was published. Thank you Avon Impulse!
My second choice for December is The Conqueror’s Wife. GFP (giant floating people) are not my favorite style but I love this Historical cover so much I’ve nominated it in our Avant Garde category. The cover is a blend of two images. The designer used a ghost overlay of the heroine and superimposed the image over the hero riding towards his next conquest. Is he thinking of her waiting for his return, is he on a quest to free her or even more exciting, acquire her? Both images are exquisite and I love the gown and veil.
My third choice this month is the self-published eBook cover for the 2009 Gothic, Seduced by a Stranger. I love everything about this cover. First, there is the horse and carriage driving off into the moonlit woods, then there is the gorgeous gown on a very anxious heroine. Plus, I love the excellent use of shadows and light, the dark, ominous tree branches in the foreground and yes, I even love the leather strapped suitcases. They all work together and create a gorgeous, mysterious cover.
My fourth choice is I’ll Be There. I love seeing romantic couples on contemporary covers and this couple appears relaxed, natural, and loving. They are having a perfect romantic moment. The pastel colors and diffused background ensures the focus is on the couple and not on the water or the trees.
That’s it for this month and for 2015. January will begin a new year and we’ll be looking at 2016 covers. Nominations are open for 2015 covers until January 15, 2016. If you see a great 2015 cover, be sure and fill out a nomination form before the deadline.
And finally, have you voted in this year’s Holiday Favorites Contest? Voting is open until December 20th! Choose your favorite cover from our ten 2015 finalists and then share the link. Vote here: 2015 Holiday Favorites Ballot
Do you agree with my new and notable choices this month? Let me know in the comments below and have an enjoyable holiday season.