Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Pen & Drink Monthly Report by S.A. McAuley & SJD Peterson ::: What Catches Your Eye? ::: Includes giveaway

Pen & Drink

Want to have a nosy at SJD Peterson’s upcoming release? Check out this months post from Sam and Jo where they are talking covers and What catches your eye.

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How many times have you walked into a bookstore or been browsing Amazon, looking for something to read, and a cover catches your eye? You may not recognize the author but the cover is more than enough to pique your interest and compel you to read the blurb.

A book cover is the first thing readers see and it can make a lasting impression. Our brains are wired to process images faster than words. A cover needs to make us “feel” something or we’ll never make it to the words inside the book!

The romance genre is saturated with hundreds of new books being released on a daily basis. As a reader, there is limited time to read and a limited budget (damn shame, right?!) so grabbing your attention and holding onto it are more than half the battle. For authors, having a kickass fan base and well-written story are only part of the journey as well. To rise above, to grab your attention and hold it, we all want dynamic covers.

As authors, we’re always looking for something new, something different, when it comes to cover art. Yet is it only the tried and true that still works best—”sex sells”—or is there more that makes you want to buy a book?

Our most recent covers are a prime example of different approaches to romance covers:

Jo: I totally went with the “sex sells” notion for my upcoming release My Hometown. While I’ve always been adamant about no headless, naked torsos, I can appreciate a beautiful male form. The story is fun and sexy--throw a cowboy in there--and to me, this cover totally works for the story.

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Release Date: 7th December

Jimmy Brink and Eric Halter grew up together in a small country town. While Eric has always been content with life as a rancher, Jimmy wanted more and moved to Chicago early on to pursue a medical career.
Life has a way of coming back around. When Jimmy’s parents decide to retire in Florida, Jimmy returns to his hometown to finish his residency at a local hospital. Flamboyant boyfriend Oliver in tow, Jimmy bumps into his old friend. Eric quickly takes a disliking to Oliver, though, and for good reason. Oliver proves he’s not only self-centered but also a cheater.
When Jimmy finds out, he sends Oliver packing, not knowing Oliver is vengeful and maybe even teetering toward insane. Soon Jimmy and Eric are fighting to take back their hometown, while Eric finds it more and more difficult to hide his attraction to his best friend.

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Sam: So hot!!! I appreciate your appreciation of the male form as well. I went the opposite direction with Where Wishes Go. I wanted a cover that was ethereal, with a tinge of sadness, but also hope. That kids making wishes on dandelions is a part of the story was also a reason why I chose this image.

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Can you have a second chance at a first love?
Nick Paine is just starting to return to normal after he told his wife he’s gay and asked for a divorce. Despite a daughter he loves dearly and a job he believes in, part of him is stuck in the past. He’s never forgotten the first love he let fade away fifteen years ago.
Adam "Izz" Azzi has settled into a happy rhythm. His daughter is healthy, he's found a mosque that accepts him, and his work as a modern artist is gaining international attention. While his past is fraught with mistakes and what-ifs, his life now is good, and he doesn't want to upset any of the balance he's worked so hard to achieve.
When Nick and Izz are reunited by luck and fate, their attraction is just as undeniable, but what was left unsaid haunts them. They have hope for a future together, but wishing may not be enough.

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Jo: And I LOVE Sam’s cover. It certainly grabs me in the “feels” and portrays exactly what she wanted. So sad, yet there is beauty in the sadness which is where—for me—the hope comes from.

Sam: Despite the cover differences, both of our books are contemporary MM Romances with HEAs!

Jo: Both totally grab me to want to learn more about what’s between the covers. So now what we’d like to know is, what catches your eye?

Sam: What are the cover images you just can’t resist and make you overflow your already full to-be-read lists? Comment below to enter a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card!

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Meet Sam McAuley

Sam sleeps little, reads a lot. Happiest in a foreign country. Twitchy when not mentally in motion. Send her a picture and a song and she's bound to write a story about it. And yes, that's an invitation.

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Meet Jo Peterson

SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can't cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.

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Giveaway

Each week, on our Wednesday Author Column posts we will gift to one lucky commenter answering the authors question, a Kindle eBook from your TBR list. This month, Sam and Jo are also giving you the chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. So two winners, two great prizes!

Please include your email so we can contact you

The winner is…..

**Jen **

CONGRATULATIONS!

27 comments:

  1. I actually like both covers. They're very pretty. One has a very pretty(hot) man to look at and the other has some very pretty imagery to interpret. :) I guess I like variety. It just depends on the image. Thanks for the giveaway ladies!

    lkbherring64(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Both covers are very striking though in different ways. I don't have anything I look for in particular in a cover but I'm not a huge fan of headless male torsos. I like a variety of images that can pull me in and make me intrigued about the book.
    amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I'm pretty much in the "sex sells" category of cover loving...but that doesn't mean I'll turn away from the more symbolic, ethereal type of cover. I really like both covers because mmmm.. Gary is on one of them and the other is very evocative!

    leetee2007(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  4. Although I agree with the idea that sex sells, and I like both covers, if I had to choose one I would go for Sam's Where Wishes Go. I find it beautiful and suggestive, and that makes the book intriguing. I've found out that I can't read a book if it has a hideous cover. Maybe I'm superficial, but I need an entincing cover to catch my eye!
    susanaperez7140(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I love both of your covers. Favourite covers come from the artistic talents of Paul Richmond- automatic buy. I find badly photoshopped covers make me wary of poorly edited words. That said, pretty catches the eye so Sam's cover is pretty and cowboys are pretty too ;)
    Book blessings for you both on the new books
    maymawilson(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I like a sexy cover when it's tastefully done, but I tend to prefer more symbolic ones as they are more discreet when you don't know who will see what you're currently reading ;-)
    But same as Maymareads, I often avoid badly photoshopped covers or some drawing ones...
    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.
    foebz (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  7. i love both covers..i read where wishes go and fell that cover is perfect fit to the story
    jmarinich33 at aol dot com

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  8. Lately I seem to be drawn to covers that are different, something unique and eye catching. Sometimes it seems like there are hot bodies everywhere and that's not always what gets me. I like ones that make me think this is going to be a special story. I don't tend to like really busy covers that seem to want to capture the whole plot on the cover.
    jenndonald00(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I like covers that give you a feel for the book and are more than just pictures of sexy people. And if there are people on the cover, I don't like it when they are headless or partial heads. I am often pulled to covers that are drawn or painted - especially if there are fantasy/sci fi elements. I like both of the covers shown in this post, but I will say that Where Wishes Go is a cover that makes me take multiple looks. (I have seen it around and always linger.)

    Thanks for the great post!

    jen(dot)f(at)mac(dot)com

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    1. Congrats - you are our lucky winner of this month's author column from Sam and Jo. An email is on its way to you :-)

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  10. I bought both books, although I haven't read Where Wishes Go and I can't wait for Hometown to be released!
    I have a lot of books, half of them with the naked-body-different-head covers and the only reason I have those is because I know the authors, I gave a chance when I didn't know them and the cover of their books gave me the creeps but the blurb sounded great. I do check covers a lot but I only buy a book for the blurb (and if the author is someone I like, it's a given).
    Thanks for the chance and congrats on your releases! =)
    serena91291@gmail.com

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  11. I actually get drawn to the offbeat, quirky different covers - though Jo's sleepy cowboy is yum! I lke him in preference to the headless torso option

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  12. I like both covers! They are different from each other but I don't like the ones that are drawn either.

    juliesmall2016(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I am one of those weird folks who don't pay that much attention to covers...unless it's a negative. I tend to head straight for the back cover or the excerpt. That being said, both of your covers are striking! Thanks for the giveaway and good luck on the releases. elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

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  14. I love both covers! I must admit that many of my covers have two or more very attractive men. However, if I read the blurbs and the men on the cover don't seem to fit I get a little dissuaded. For example, one of the MC is supposed to be a red head and both on the cover have black hair or the character's name is totally Asian and the cover has no Asians pictured.

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  15. where wishes go I have already but I don't have my hometown which I will buy next it sounds so good

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    1. forgot to put my e-mail and that is jeaninebeaulieu@hotmail.ca

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  16. I love the cover of Where Wishes Go because I'm kind of into nature photography, but the Cowboy on the front of My Hometown is HOT. Both would probably catch my eye in a book store. :-)
    aelnova@aol.com

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  17. I wish I was talented enough to make some covers. I do enjoy the ones that are expressive of the book and not just a chest.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  18. Both covers looks really good. I love landscape photos and Where Wishes Go is pretty close. I like covers that have more than just a torso =)

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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  19. I agree, both covers would make me look twice at the books.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  20. Both of the covers are great. I love covers of landscapes and houses.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  21. They're both beautiful covers! I like unusual fonts, or even drawn covers. If there are photographs, I want to see real chemistry between the models. Headless torsos and bad Photoshopping are no-nos!

    --Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

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  22. Although Peterson's cover is sexy as all getout the bare men on covers have become over saturated IMO. Don't get me wrong, the man is simply delicious and if the description inside the book matches the man outside even better. I've read books where story and cover are at opposite poles. I also like the serene appeal of McAuley's cover. They are both eye catching.
    I wish you both bunches of success!
    taina1959 @ yahoo.com

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  23. Although Peterson's cover is sexy as all getout the bare men on covers have become over saturated IMO. Don't get me wrong, the man is simply delicious and if the description inside the book matches the man outside even better. I've read books where story and cover are at opposite poles. I also like the serene appeal of McAuley's cover. They are both eye catching.
    I wish you both bunches of success!
    taina1959 @ yahoo.com

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  24. Personally, It's something more than a sexual cover. like honestly, usually, I would first read the blurb of SA McAuley's book because it's so bright and pretty. colors attract me. Anything that is just... beautiful and pure looking, piques my interest first and makes me take a closer look at it. But in the end what drives me to buying a book is the blurb. How good it sounds. Sure, I will always see if there is sex IN it but it doesn't always. I've read books that have fade-to-black and are some of my favorites, but I really just buy a books because of how they sound. Sometimes the cover doesn't have anything to do with it, though yes, like I said, it is what usually attracts me first to it. It can just be a nice clearing on the cover, some beautiful magical like forest all lit up and pretty and just big bold letters of the title, sometimes that would be enough for me. so... as usual, it's just to each their own.

    arella3173_loveless@yahoo(dot)com

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