Cover Fever

Just turned in my cover spec sheet to Medallion Press for ROMANCING THE WEST. This is a multi-page document where the author supplies the publisher with details about the story and characters. This means the cover artist, in this case the wondrous Adam Mock, will soon be designing a cover for RTW. Yahoo!

I've also been informed by my HQN editor, the lovely and talented, Abby Zidle, that the Harlequin art department is presently working on the cover for THE CHAMELEON CHRONICLES: ALL ABOUT EVIE. Yippee!!

I don't know about you, but I'm dying to see both of these covers! Both books are scheduled for release in 2007 and I'm currently working on putting them both to bed, so to speak.

Looking forward to sharing my spiffy covers with you as soon as they arrive in my in-box. Stay tuned! On the subject of covers... Name a cover of a book that's recently 'wowed' you. I'll look it up on Amazon. Just curious as to what knocks off your socks cover-wise!


Cyn said…
I like the cover of Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys. There are different ones. I posted the link of the one I like. It probably won't cut and paste right.

I love it for its mood. The old and the new. The mundane and the fantastical. The feeling of something about to happen. Movement. Twilight. I think this is what I like in stories too. :-)

This book is the sequel to American Gods, which was outstanding. I just got it and can't wait to read it.
Tori Lennox said…
I think the covers for Shanna Swendson's Enchanted Inc and Once Upon Stilettos are very cute. :)
Taylor said…
I know the saying "You Shouldn't Judge A Book By It's Cover" but I live by the principle that you should :P. Lately though, I can't really give you an example. I just finished reading the 6th Harry Potter book (And lemme tell ya, that WOWED me!) and now I'm on a new book. It's kind of a romance. It's called "The Zombie Survival Guide". :D

Although not recent, the UK covers of most Elmore Leonard novels are pretty sweet to me. They're gritty and urban and represent their novels perfectly. You can look up these special covers at (The UK Try "Glitz" or "Rum Punch" (One of my faves).
Olga said…
Can't wait to see your covers, Beth! As for the covers I really like, I'd say it's Brenda Novak's STRANGER IN TOWN and HOME OF HER OWN.
Beth Ciotta said…
Hi Cyndi, I just linked to the cover of the Anansi Boys. You're right. Great mood. The mundane the fantastical. Love the colors. The whole vibe. Read an except too. Loved the opening line of chap one. :)
Beth Ciotta said…
Tori, Swendson's covers are adorable. Cartoon art, but sexy. The frog's a hoot and a great device to show the reader the books are linked.
Beth Ciotta said…
Taylor, the thing that struck me with the E. Leonard books was how HUGE his name was. When I reach that point I'll know that I've achieved the point where my name really carries weight. :) Liked both covers. Thought the gun on the straw of the Rum Punch was clever.

I wasn't impressed with the cover for 'The Zombie Survival Guide', but with a title like that, does it really matter? ;) The title rocks. Which brings up a twist on your observation of judging a book by its cover. Do people judge a book by its title??
Beth Ciotta said…
Olga, I checked out the covers for the books you listed of Novak's. I like these a lot. It's kind of a blend of new and old 'romance' novel covers. Each cover features a house/scenery, lending specific atomosphere and more of a mainstream vibe. Yet they also feature a faded/blended image of an updated clinch scene, saying without a doubt, this is a romance. Classy and hip. This style seems like a winner to me with readers, booksellers and marketing. It scream crossover.
Taylor said…
Beth - Good point on the "judge a book by its title". Sometimes that is true. I also have to say that even though I've told you this time and time before: even before I know who Beth Ciotta really was your books caught my attention. I'd be honest if I didn't like them, but I really do love them! They're getting better with time ("Seduced"'s cover brought memories of Rum Punch to mind). Can't wait until the new ones!

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