Books, Writing Life

Book Covers: The Good, The Bad, The Imaginary

Every unpublished author dreams about what his or her book cover will look like (maybe the published ones do too!). Something that sums up the story, of course. Perhaps the model(s) should resemble the main character(s) a little. If it’s a historical novel, any people pictured should be dressed in clothing appropriate for that period (though I’ve seen that thought ignored enough times).

But what else?

Bright colors or muted ones? Lots of skin or something more demure? Detailed or simple?

When I imagine my future book cover, I see something like this:


There are a lot of covers out there with sweeping scenery and heroines in vibrant flowing gowns, and they’re beautiful. But the uncluttered simplicity of this one appeals to me. I like the softness of the lavender, and the fact that it looks easy yet professional. The models are even wearing clothing that invokes a Regency frame of mind.

But my favorite part about this cover is the way the models are interacting with each other. I’ve always been more fond of beta heroes than alphas, so I like that he’s holding her gently instead of bending her over or pinning her against a tree. I also adore the expression on his face, eyes nearly closed as if he’s drinking her in with his other senses. That she is wearing a similar expression–and caressing him sweetly–seals the deal for me. In fact, it was part of the reason I bought the book 🙂

What are your favorite covers? Have you ever bought a book because of the cover? Have you ever not bought a book because of the cover? Is there anything special you look for in a book cover?

6 thoughts on “Book Covers: The Good, The Bad, The Imaginary”

  1. Cora, I love the covers of Loretta Chase’s Dressmakers series. The heroines are wearing beautiful gowns in such vibrant colours. I have never bought a book for the cover alone. The premise is more important to me.


    1. Ooo, those are beautiful! And all three are on my TBR 😉 I will admit to being swayed by a cover when I’m on the fence about a story, but I don’t think I’ve ever bought a book just for the cover either.


  2. I have to like the cover to pick up the book, but always read the blurb before considering a purchase. Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half by Samantha Grace has a cover that might actually sell the book for me! Maire Claremont’s book covers are gorgeous! Summer is for Lovers and Moonlight On My Mind by Jennifer McQuiston have unbelievable covers. And Vicky Dreiling’s new one, What a Reckless Rogue Needs – love the colors!


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