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Subject: Book Covers for Paranormal - Your Thoughts?
Date Posted: 1/17/2010 2:11 PM ET
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How do you feel about the cover art on paranormals? Does it bother you when it doesn't reflect the story?

I just finished Out of the Darkness by Jaimie Rush.  The cover portrays a closeup of a handsome, clean-shaven man in a wash of golden light with a large tattoo flowing down the right side of his neck. You can't really see any hair as the picture is cropped at the forehead.

In the book, the main female character is a tattoo artist. But the main male character has eyebrow and ear piercings and a thin goatee. At one point in the book, he objects to the idea of ANY tattoo because he doesn't want to permanently change his body. (At the end, he does get a Blue Eye tattoo on his chest, which they all  have to identify their group. But it's not on his neck and nothing similar in design to to the one pictured.)

Actually, I liked the look of the guy on the cover better than the description of the main character. I suppose it represents the symbolism of the story rather than a particular person. So this one doesn't bother me so much. But some of the covers are just so cheesy.

Any thoughts?



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Date Posted: 1/18/2010 11:42 PM ET
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It drives me crazy in any book when the cover doesn't match the story.  Hate it! 

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 11:11 AM ET
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We had this discussion last year, and it's one I'm fond of because it annoys the crap out of me when they do that.  I always use the example of my favorite book No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole, the two people on the front of the book are NOTHING like the main characters.  Sebastian is very tall, rugged and black-haired and Katya has white blond hair not brown. 

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 2:17 PM ET
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I personally hate when the covers dont match the book.  I mean sometimes a cover is what gets you to pick up the book. If I am at the bookstore and a cover catches by eye then I will stop to see what the book is about. A bad cover and I wont. Its part of the reason I just started the Lynn Viehl books. I didnt care for the covers.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 3:16 PM ET
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It drives me nuts.  Especially when the hero or the heroine isn't white, but the characters on the front of the book are.  What's up with that?  Do they think we won't buy if we see someone with a little color?

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 11:21 PM ET
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Another reason I like for the covers to match is because it gives you a face to put to the character.  Even if you have imagination, it's not the same as having a face to it.  I think the girl they chose for the Marked series by SJ Day and the girl they use on the Night Huntress books are both great, although I don't think they got the right guy for Bones on those. 

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 8:18 PM ET
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I thought the female they used for Cat was good too.  One of the covers that has bothered me is Lucien on The Darkest Kiss.  He is supposed to be horribly scarred but all they show is his two colored eyes.  When a feature is so intrigal to the story, it's annoying when it is ignored on the cover.

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 10:35 PM ET
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Oh yeah, I remember that that bothered me as well. 

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 12:59 PM ET
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I hate it, too!  I always rely on the covers to help my imagination along and when they don't match the description, I find myself looking at the cover even more because it bugs me so much! lol

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 3:50 PM ET
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I'm reading Boneshaker by Cherie Priest right now and while I love the cover of the book--I really wish it showed Blairs full form--I want to see her whole outfit!

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 7:27 PM ET
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I was talking to some authors about it and they stated they have absolutely no control over who or what is put on the cover, they can suggest, but that is all.

As for the models, it goes with who is the most popular model.  If one guy is the one a lot of gals like he will be used, even if he doesn't meet the description.  Sorta of like Fabio of the past.  One author remarked that many of the ones who chose the model doesn't even bother to read the book or the blurb at the back, they just go he looks good, use him. 

Janette



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Date Posted: 1/27/2010 12:34 PM ET
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One of my non-paranormal authors posted this link on his FB site.  http://dearauthor.com/wordpress/2010/01/26/lets-give-them-something-to-talk-about/  Apparently, the authors don't have a say in the cover.  Thought it was interesting.

Date Posted: 1/27/2010 7:30 PM ET
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That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard, it should absolutely be at the author's discretion, or the people doing the choosing should have to read enough about the character.  I would if it was my job, take pride in what you do.  One of my biggest things about movies is if they cast well for a part, I think that's an important job.

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 3:57 PM ET
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Another thing I learned while talking to an author at a signing is that the editor can change the name of the book the author has chosen.

So, when you see the title and you think what in the world was the author doing giving it that name, blame the editor for it.

I read a book by an author that had the title Taming  Heather (I think she was the one) and while talking to and asked about the name and she told me that she had wanted another name.   I am thinking that is the author.  I guess it doesn't really matter who, I have talked with a couple who said they had no choice, but suffer from the bad title choice because readers don't know their title can be trashed and a new one put on.

I think that it is all totally unfair.  I don't think it is fair to not let them have a say in the blurbs, models, or type of cover but to take away the right to name a book they wrote?  That is like letting the nurse name your baby at the hospital. 

Janette



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Date Posted: 1/28/2010 8:41 PM ET
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Okay.  Now I'm annoyed anew.  LOL  I'm reading Obsession Untamed (Feral Warriors Bk 2) and I love that the guy on the front matches the description perfectly and then I was like, when I go online I'm going to tell everyone hey, look they actually did a good job.  THEN I notice the silhoutted picture of a COUGAR in the upper corner of the book.  ARE YOU FRIGGING KIDDING ME?  There's 9 warriors, book 2 is about Tighe, yep, you guessed it, a TIGER.  There is a cougar amongst the warriors, but it's not him, why the hell did they use a cougar on the book cover.  Annoying, I swear.  Okay, done venting.  LOL

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 8:41 AM ET
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I totally agree with all of this, when i browse for new books at walmart or whatever the cover is what makes me turn it over...and the title. Makes you wonder why some authors have some control and some have no control whatsoever. maybe some authors should rethink their publishers lol. To be honest i wouldn't have picked up the G.A. Aiken dragon books if it wasn't for the reviews you guys gave them...for one the font they use for the titles of the books reminds me of a book that might have come out mid 90's or before, which wouldnt necessarily be a problem just makes me think that they book was published eons ago. *call me shallow or young, whichever lol* Its hard to explain but those covers don't exactly draw me in. *not so much into the whole fabio thing* Succubi like it hot on the other hand...didn't even read the back, threw it in the cart based just on the picture and title. Michele Bardsley and Kimberly Raye...both authors' covers seem to portray the book to me. Anyone else notice any other authors who have really good covers? Aside from the smoking hot guys? lol

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 9:36 PM ET
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The Warriors of the Poseidon covers are pretty good.  Although they don't show the guys' faces, but maybe that's what makes it better, at least they're not screwing that up.  LOL 

Date Posted: 2/8/2010 8:08 PM ET
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Deadtown This cover is horrible. She looks, rough, mean. However, the book was great!
 
Gentlemen Prefer SuccubiI hated this fabio look alike cover with the greasy looking long hair. I put off reading this book because of it. Finally I gave in and loved the book. It was excellent.
Date Posted: 2/16/2010 6:00 PM ET
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Okay, is this cover supposed to be Sexy? He totally reminds me of the Riley Jensen's nemesis (and for the love of God I can't think of his name right now) but the vampire from the Riley series that was all smelly and looked all scraggly. LOL What's up with this cover?
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Date Posted: 2/16/2010 8:09 PM ET
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Yeah, Jeaniene Frost should fire the art designer! Spade looks horrible, I hated the cover. It's a good thing she is one of my favorite authors or I wouldn't have touched the book with a ten foot pole!

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 11:26 PM ET
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I remember that some of the worst covers for paranormals I can recall were the original covers for the early Carpathian books by Christine Feehan (Dark Gold, Dark Prince etc). I passed them by all the time back in the day. I thought they were just bodice rippers and had no idea they had vamps in them--the cape didn't really clue me in:lol:

http://www.alibris.com/search/books/invid/10142189902?cm_mmc=shopcompare-_-base-_-aisbn2-_-na

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 5:58 AM ET
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Haha, now that's just old school cheesy.

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 7:17 PM ET
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I walked by them for a few years before I finally picked up one and realized they were a new take on vampires which back in the day was not the norm and exactly what I was looking for:lol: