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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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