Well, yes, those things are terrific, don’t get me wrong.
But cover art doesn’t lie.
Cover art is the product of careful thought and strategizing by cover artists, marketing departments, and editorial staff at publishing houses – or by a lot of analysis and angsting by self-published authors and their cover artists and publicists.
Cover art on romance novels these days sends a clear message: women look! Women love to look, women get turned on by looking, and women make purchase decisions based on looking.
Hurray for women’s lib! Yes, I confess, I totally love to look.
This week, I received cover flats. And yes, I’ve been ogling. I’m thrilled to bits with the cover for my December Brava, Body Heat. I mean, seriously, could you find a better image to visually devour?
To, perhaps, fantasize about?
And that very much ties into the story itself. Can you imagine how disconcerting it is for a repressed, buttoned-up accountant to suddenly find herself engaging in steamy fantasies about the hottie community service guy who’s landscaping the garden outside her window?
I’m also thrilled with the back cover blurb. It truly captures the characters and the essence of the story. Have a read.
It’s getting hot in here…
Maura Mahoney expects to spend her thirtieth birthday the way she’s spent so many others. She’ll work at the Cherry Lane retirement community, have a quiet dinner with her parents, and end the evening with a solo hot chocolate before turning in early. Sedate, but safe. Then Jesse Blue turns up at Cherry Lane, ready to do community service to avoid jail time. And suddenly, prim, by-the-books Maura can’t stop thinking about a sexy, motorcycle-riding bad boy who seems wrong for her in almost every way.
But beneath his gruff exterior, Jesse is a man of surprises. He’s filling the once drab community center with color and life. He’s bonding with the residents. And he’s prompting scorching, wild dreams Maura would never be bold enough to act on. Or would she? Because the way Jesse looks at her, Maura could swear that this heated, smoldering attraction runs both ways…
“You can’t go wrong picking up a Susan Fox book.” (Romance Reviews Today)
“A contemporary love story sure to make readers go weak in the knees. Well-crafted story lines and richly observed characters bolster a strong erotic element in this delightful, memorable romance.” (Publishers Weekly – starred review, on His, Unexpectedly)
“A skillful combination of sexy and smart.” (All About Romance Reviews)
If you’d like to ogle too, I’d be happy to send you an autographed cover flat. Just contact me through my website (http://www.susanlyons.ca) and give me your snail mail, and I’ll send one along to you.
Happy viewing! And hey, if you’re inspired to buy the book, it’s available for pre-order now.
And, last but not least, it would be great if you shared your thoughts about your favorite covers, and why you think the semi-naked guy covers are so popular these days.