If there’s one thing an author learns, it’s the power of a cover. Sure, we like to think our words mean all the difference, but the truth is, when people are deciding what book to pick up—whether that’s electronically or physically—the cover makes a huge difference.
Really, if you think about it, that single picture has a lot of work to do. It must convey the tone of the book—dark and sexy, or light and funny? It must convey the level of heat—drop dead sexy, or subtly romantic? And of course, whatever image ends up on the cover is going to stay in the mind of the reader throughout the book. So if there’s an image of one of the characters on the cover, it better be “right” for that character. Once a reader sees a picture, it’s almost impossible to erase that picture from her mind, regardless of how differently the character is portrayed in the book.
I have to say that I’ve been incredibly lucky when it comes to covers. My first adult romance cover was for my 2011 Entangled Publishing release, RADIANT DESIRE. It’s a gloriously evocative cover, with subtle teal and pink colors. RADIANT DESIRE is about a faerie sent break the heart of a human man, and the cover absolutely captures the tone of the book: sophisticated and sexy, but with a dreamy, mystical quality. Above all, it’s romantic and beautiful, just like the heroine, Kaia.
My newest release, RULES OF NEGOTIATION, is a very different story, and you’ll see that in the cover. RULES is a steamy contemporary romance about a twenty-something lawyer named Tori and the sexy CEO who sweeps her off her feet. RULES is fast-paced, funny, and real. No faeries here, but definitely plenty of romance and happily ever after! I adore the way the picture leaves you with a hint as to the romance and sensuality, but doesn’t hit you over the head with it. And I can fantasize about the cover model all day long—you know he’s tall, dark and handsome, but by leaving his face partially obscured, you can still fill in your own picture of him in your imagination.
So what do you look for in a cover? A sexy six-pack? Beautiful woman? Do you love the headless covers, or do you like to look your hero in the eye? One comment wins a copy of RULES! Winner will be selected 2/21/12, using random.org.
She made all the rules…
After juggling the demands of her career and the stress of caring for her ailing mother, high-powered corporate attorney Tori Anderson doesn’t have time for relationships—but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to feel like a woman. When Brit Bencher, NYC’s most eligible bachelor, offers a no-strings attached fling, it sounds like exactly what she needs. But what will she do when her Brit decides he won’t take “one night stand” for an answer?
…until he started breaking them.
Brit Bencher will do anything to take care of his family, even seduce Tori Anderson in the hopes of getting her to reveal confidential information about one of her clients. But for the first time in his life, he finds he’s falling for a woman. When Tori uncovers his lies, will he lose his chance with her forever?
About Inara Scott
Inara Scott is a writer, lawyer, teacher, mother, and coffee-addict currently growing mold in the beautiful (but rainy) Pacific Northwest. Inara also writes for teens in her paranormal young adult series The Talents. Inara firmly believes in magic and fairy tales, and doesn’t think happily ever after is the least bit unrealistic.
Inara loves to hear from readers; you can find her on Twitter (@inarascott) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/inarawrites) far more than is healthy. For email contact information, event schedules, her blog, and much more, check out www.inarascott.com
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