This week’s topic on the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop seems very timely. A.S. Fenichel says:
Let’s talk about book covers. Pick three of your covers and tell us: what was your thought process for the design or, if you’re traditionally published, tell us what you thought the first time you saw your shiny new cover. If you have a great story about your cover(s) please share.
If you joined me from Leslie Hachtel, welcome!
The reason I say this topic is timely is because, just last week, a Canadian artist who designed more than 500 Harlequin romance covers, was awarded his very own stamp, based on one of his covers. Check out the full story here:
As for my own covers, I’ve been very involved in their creation. My first two books were published by a small press, but I was able to give them a very clear idea of what I was hoping for, and I think they did a great job.
I have to say, though, the cover of my first self-published book is my all-time favourite. When Time Falls Still was actually a finalist as Best Cover in the 2017 RONE Awards. Thanks so much to my cover designer, Steven Cote, for making it look so wonderful!
The second cover above is the first publication of Mountain Fire. It will always hold a special place in my heart, since it was my first published book. Just last year I revised it and self-published it with a new, extremely dramatic cover (second from right). Not everyone can see it at first, but there is a silhouette of a couple kissing above the fiery treeline. Can you see it? What do you think?
And the last is No Life But This. It may seem odd that a romance novel doesn’t have a couple on the cover, but this image spoke so clearly to me about Abigail’s journey in the story that I had to use it.
Now it’s time to hop over the instigator of this blog, A. S. Fenichel. What cover is her favourite? Check it out here!