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Subject: "Ewww they're naked and they're kissing" book covers
Date Posted: 6/4/2008 6:33 PM ET
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This from the 5yr old I watch while in the book section of Walmart. 

For the record-they weren't naked.  There was a strategically placed sheet around them.  It wasn't even a book I was looking at. While I appreciate a good sexy cover-they can be a little embarrasing and perhaps a little too informative for the kiddies.

and btw: have you seen the cover for the Blaze book The Loner?  Yowsa!

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 6:54 PM ET
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That must be a new Blaze book?  Will have to check it out when next I'm in Wally World. 

I had fun back in the winter trying to keep the title/cover of "Big Spankable Asses" hidden whilst I was at Half-Price Books. There were a number of kids in the store who were old enough to be able to read, and for those who couldn't read, butt-cheeks showing underneath a teddy would have been a fine sight to see!

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 8:18 AM ET
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This is why I was so resistant to reading romance for so many years! I was too embarrased to be seen with covers/titles like that!

Most of my favorite authors are pretty good about having tasteful covers (or having the hot stuff as the opening of the book spread. The worst is reading the older fics from the 80s. Oh Johanna Lindsay.....

 

I kinda wish there were mass market paperback reusable cover covers. They have ones for textbooks...

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 9:30 AM ET
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I think the covers are what has made the genre such a universal joke among the people who don't read them & understand that there really are some great books & writers there.  And frankly, I've never understood why anyone would take a genre that's responsible for such a high percentage of yearly book sales, and make the covers something that its readers would be embarrassed to be seen in possession of.  I think it's a massive conspiracy by chauvinistic males to keep women down myself:P

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 12:11 PM ET
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Natalie H said: "I kinda wish there were mass market paperback reusable cover covers. They have ones for textbooks."

 

I've seen these talked about at the amazon forum - apparently people make them and sell them at eBay. Here's one link - just for the record, I don't know this person, haven't purchased one, can't vouch for the quality or anything, but since you wished I thought I'd let you know your wish has come true.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 12:27 PM ET
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I always thought those fabric ones were kinda corny/goofy looking myself.  A lady who ran a used bookstore near me used to sell the quilted ones, and I looked at them, but never bought one.  I bet I could do something neater looking with art prints or something on laminated cardstock or photo paper.  I'll have to think about it and maybe experiment a little.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 12:36 PM ET
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I use the cloth book covers all the time.  My husband has no idea what I am reading.  My favorite source for these covers is also on eBay.  Here is the link:

 

 



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Date Posted: 6/5/2008 12:39 PM ET
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This is part 2.  I'm on a different computer so I had a little trouble.  Anyway,  her covers are not too heavy and she has quite a selection and the shipping is reasonable.    I enjoy the Blaze series very much, but I don't want to flash the covers all over the place, so this is a good solution.  Also, I went to Catholic schools where we had to  have a cover on ALL our textbooks to keep them in as good a condition as possible.  Old habits die hard, especially ones forced on us in Catholic school, so I just feel "at peace" LOL with a book cover on my book.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 12:52 PM ET
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OK I was having some google fun and found how to make your own cover out of duck tape - the true nerd way to do it. Surely no one would ever suspect you had a Trashy Book inside a duck tape cover!!

Or - here's an idea - make a cover using the trashiest cover art you can find, and use it over every book to tweak anyone who dares to comment on your reading habits! Scan a cover, and tape it onto your duck tape cover!!

I'm looking for my role of duck tape right now... This is fun...

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 1:01 PM ET
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I also use a cloth cover.  I have young children and alot of the covers are not for their eyes.  This is where I got mine.  http://www.verabradley.com/Site/Store/ProductDetail.aspx?Sku=1000172&

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 1:43 PM ET
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I've not seen the cover for The Loner but these Blazes always get a lot of comments:

Shadow Hawk (Harlequin Blaze)

Flyboy (Harlequin Blaze)

ETA:  Here's a link to The Loner http://www.eharlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=17223&cid=192

 



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Date Posted: 6/5/2008 2:21 PM ET
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I've been embarassed reading on the subway for years but I didn't think of buying a cloth book cover until I saw the ad here in PBS. But I didn't like the ones in here (too gaudy - and I sent them an email telling them so) so I bought a very tasteful, solid color one here.It is so awesome to read without worrying what other people would think about those book covers!

Melinda - That link about making the duct tape book cover is hilarious!

 



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Date Posted: 6/5/2008 2:36 PM ET
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Dawn....Big Spankable Asses? That is a book? : )

Jess

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 2:38 PM ET
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Anyone ever read the articles by Eloisa James about being a professor of english literature by day and a romance writer by night? Those were good! Not sure if the links are going to work because usually you have to be a member.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 2:41 PM ET
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Oh my - Flyboy has quite a big, uh, jet there, doesn't he? My oh my. Love the cover blurb about "requiring special handling" printed over the jet. Why on earth would you want to cover that up? LOL

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 3:08 PM ET
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Ok no one could actually be that ripped right? But lord if I found one that was! Sometimes I love being single...the possibilities are endless...ahh sighhh :)

Jess

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 3:32 PM ET
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I have a couple of my own covers that I've made - plain denim, and tan microsuede.  Easy enough to do if you have one to use as a pattern.

I was joking wth a friend that I wanted "The Iliad" embroidered on the cover.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 3:37 PM ET
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yep, it's a book:  Big Spankable Asses

i saw that one in the bookstore a month or so ago and just started laughing.  besides the general silliness of the title and the potential embarrasment of being seen reading it, does that woman on the cover look like she's got a big butt?  please.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 4:40 PM ET
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I may have to buy that just because....it is so outrageous I would proudly display it just for laughs...I am cracking up just thinking about it :)

Jess

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 5:18 PM ET
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I bought Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down at Half Price books.  There was an elderly man in line behind me and he was just riveted by that book.  I was kind of embarrassed. 

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 5:52 PM ET
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I have an ebay cover - very pretty celtic knots. 

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 12:57 PM ET
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I bought a celtic knots cover off of Ebay too but I find it distracting while reading (the white on purple just draws my eye) and it's too big, even for the thicker books I read.  The book just slides around in there.  I think I need something plain and smaller.