It’s a good thing cover candy isn’t bad for my health, because I consume a lot of covers. With my eyes, that is! I look at covers of every genre, and I am always fascinated by the stories they tell. Do they match what’s inside?
If I pick up a book with spaceships on the cover, I want spaceships. If I see one with dragons, I want there to be dragons inside the book. Proper labeling. Ethical labeling. I don’t want to open up my cornflakes and find that they’re full of pebbles… You need to respect the reader enough not to call it something it isn’t. ~Margaret Atwood
What a chore to have to make sure the innards match the outers… (wink wink)
I’m taking part in the Reading Challenge on Goodreads again, toning my goal down a bit this year because there is a lot going on in my life, not the least of which are plans for publishing more books. In fact, I should be editing right now!
On with the show, then, and this time we’re looking at covers with fire on them. As usual, I can’t vouch for the contents of the books represented below. We’re only here for the eye candy!
Cover Candy: On Fire!
THE TINKER KING
~Tiffany Trent~ This is the original cover.
Kindle pages: 321
Publisher: Saga Press
Pub date: 11 Feb. 2014
Artist: (unknown) Amazon link
QUEEN OF FIRE
Kindle pages: 643
Pub date: 7 July 2015
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Artist: Cliff Nielsen Amazon link
WHERE LOYALTIES LIE
~Rob J. Hayes~
Kindle pages: 374
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pub date: 26 May 2017
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Artist: Alex Raspad, Shawn King Amazon link
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Which cover is your favorite of the three? Share one of YOUR favorite covers! Do you have a favorite cover artist? Who is it and where can we find them?
Cover candy: tasty and calorie free! I collect book covers—okay, and books, too—like some people collect shoes. Naturally, being a fantasy author, my tastes run toward fantasy covers. But not always!
The theme for this installment is “Black and White and Red.” I know, the title was a dead giveaway, but doesn’t that particular combination just scream for attention? Modern or classic, fantasy or horror, black-white-and-red draws my attention like a magnet to lodestone. And fantasy books do it right!
(FYI, I don’t actually read much horror, but I do find horror covers sometimes appealing…)
Book Spine Poetry… You’ve heard of it, haven’t you? It’s pretty simple, and anyone with a collection of books can become an artist. You just go to your bookshelf and pull out a handful of books with interesting titles, stack them in a logical (and hopefully musical) order, and take a picture. Voila! You’ve come up with something magical!
I have seen some truly lovely images and stirring words. #BookSpinePoetry on Twitter is a great source of inspiration, and I’ve even caught some on Instagram. After seeing so many I loved, I decided to give it a try—and invite my friends to join me.
What does it say that I haven’t read any of these yet? They’re all on my humongous TBR list. That’s a step, right?
I usually end up spending more time writing than reading—though once I start reading I’m likely to keep right on going and forget to write! January has been rough. I’ve been sick. Ugh. On the bright side, it opened up some reading time, and my towering stack is now seven books (and a half!) shorter. I’m taking part in the 2017 Reading Challenge on Goodreads again—that gives me a push, too!
I’m so excited to finally be able to show you the new cover for As the Crow Flies! TwinArtDesign did a wonderful job blending the real with the symbolic, turning my ideas into a picture that conveys a sense of magic and adventure.
I’d love to hear what you think about it!
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There’s nothing like looking at some good Cover Candy to get me inspired to read! I have to be careful, or I’ll end up with even more books in my TBR Pile.
The ones I’ve chosen this time are wildly different: gritty, whimsical, and classy. They’re all dark-colored (does that make a theme?). I like them for completely different reasons, but I find each of them intriguing.
As usual, I can’t vouch for the contents of the books represented below. We’re only here for the eye candy!
~Emma Pass~ Kindle, 386 pages
March 11, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, YA
Artist: Larry Rostant
The Chaos of Stars
~Kiersten White~ Kindle, 293 pages
September 10, 2013
Legacy of Kings: Blood of Gods and Royals #1
~Eleanor Herman~ Hardcover, 432 pages
August 18, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Myths and Legends
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It’s time for another round of The Great Cover-Up! I was recently looking at a list of books displayed by cover. If I were going on the cover alone, I might have bought 10 out of the 50 that were listed. Clearly, books with attractive covers are going to garner more interest.
“Aspiring authors, get this through your head. Cover art serves one purpose, and one purpose only, to get potential customers interested long enough to pick up the book to read the back cover blurb. In the internet age that means the thumbnail image needs to be interesting enough to click on. That’s what covers are for.”
― Larry Correia
Luckily, I have a growing collection of literary beauty. Once again, I can’t vouch for the actual contents of the books represented below. We’re only here for the eye candy!
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Which cover is your favorite of the three? Have you got a favorite (fantasy) cover? Share below and it might appear on the next Great Cover-Up!
The Great Cover-Up is one of my favorite features to do. Great book covers, wonderful typography, amazing design — and when it comes on a book, it’s a win-win situation. I think the first cover I recall really falling in love with was the one Michael Whelan did for To Green Angel Tower by Tad Williams. The picture is incredibly detailed, fantastic, and realistic. I still want a print to frame and hang in my office. Creating covers for my own books has given me a new appreciation for the thought and the work that goes into them.
I began (virtually) collecting. I can use the inspiration and, frankly, I just enjoy drooling over them.
Yes, I keep a towel by my computer in case I get carried away.
I can’t vouch for the actual contents of the books represented below. We’re only here for the eye candy!