A.G. Howard ROSEBLOOD Cover Reveal!

So excited…today, YA Book Central revealed the cover for A.G. Howard’s twist on Phantom of the Opera! Roseblood will be released on January 10, 2017…start your countdowns NOW! And click on over to YA Book Central to enter their rafflecopter giveaway for a copy! (U.S. only.) And now, the lovely cover, designed by the same artist who did the Splintered series…


Four Nights with the Duke Cover Reveal/Discussion

Eloisa James has revealed the cover for her upcoming release, Four Nights with the Duke, #8 in the “Desperate Duchesses” series (on sale March 31, 2015) .

Four Nights with the Duke

Four Nights with the Duke Front Cover (Avon/HarperCollins)

What I like about it: I like the delicate coloring, the sumptuous fabrics, and the background setting…looks like this duke owns a palatial estate.

What I don’t like as much: I’m not a fan of unclothed women on covers, and I especially dislike the open dress/bare back thing that seems to be popular at the moment in romance. Although I enjoy many romance titles, I’m definitely not into “naked” covers. It won’t stop me from picking up this book, of course (I already have it on preorder…I LOVE Eloisa James), but if this author was unknown to me, I’d probably be inclined to skip it.

You might say, “It seems to be a genre thing. What kind of covers SHOULD a romance novel have?”

Well, for example, here are two covers of books also published by Avon/HarperCollins in styles that I find more appealing. The first is Louisa by Ellie Macdonald, a book I am currently reading specifically because of the cover. I had never read Ellie Macdonald before, but this cover really caught my attention. (I will probably post my review of the book by the end of the week.) The cover is fairly demure, and I love it:

Louisa Front Cover (Avon/HarperCollins)

Louisa Front Cover (Avon/HarperCollins)

She’s fully clothed, looking pensive, pretty dress, pretty colors. The funny thing is, I can almost guarantee that the love scenes in this book are more explicit than anything readers will find in Four Nights with the Duke. They certainly seem steamier than what we normally see in an Eloisa James book. So why is this cover so much less revealing? Just wondering.

Another favorite: Just Like Heaven from Julia Quinn. Again, I loved this cover, even before I found out that the red shoes tie into the story. It’s pretty and feminine and appealing without showing a lot of skin. I want to be skipping down this garden path in this frilly dress with these shockingly red shoes.

Just Like Heaven Front Cover (Avon/HarperCollins)

Just Like Heaven Front Cover (Avon/HarperCollins)

For those romance readers out there, what do you find more appealing: a demure cover or a sexy cover?



Ensnared Cover Reveal!

Anyone who reads my blog knows that I love the Splintered series by A.G. Howard, a modern-day Goth spin on “Alice in Wonderland.” The trilogy, started with Splintered (reviewed here) and Unhinged (reviewed here), will conclude with Ensnared in January. The author has been doing a week-long cover reveal that concluded today on Two Chicks on Books. The cover showcases Jeb:

Ensnared Final Cover

Ensnared Final Cover (Amulet Books/ABRAMS)

If you saw the preliminary cover, which was yanked after it was accidentally posted on Edelweiss, you should agree that this is a big improvement. I generally don’t care for Jeb as a character (I’m a Morpheus fan), but this Jeb looks sympathetic and vulnerable (as opposed to the almost villainous looking Jeb on the prelim cover). I love that it’s red, so it looks great with the other two covers from the series.

Splintered Series Covers

Splintered Series Covers

Ensnared will release in hardcover and ebook formats on January 6, 2015. Are you excited? I’m excited!


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