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Subject: Romance Novel Book Covers......
Date Posted: 8/20/2009 5:57 PM ET
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Have you ever come across a book cover that made you laugh or wonder what the publishers were thinking?  Over the top, Humorous, Raunchy, Head Scratcher??? I saw one the other night when was browsing that made me laugh out loud.......Would love to see some more.

Flame by Connie Mason (All that fire makes me worry for the happy couple)

Ceremony of Seduction by Cassie Ryan  (Leave something to the imagination, please!)

 



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Date Posted: 8/20/2009 7:11 PM ET
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AAR has a cover contest every year, and one of the categories is "worst cover".  They are pretty bad!   The main cover contest page is here: http://www.likesbooks.com/covers.html

Date Posted: 8/20/2009 8:03 PM ET
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Beth Ciotta books - I reallyl don't like the cartoon character cover - The stories are so much better than that. Would never have even looked at in a bookstore if someone had not recommended them on this site.

Date Posted: 8/20/2009 8:26 PM ET
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I was browsing someone's shelf the other day and came across a Teresa Medieros, I think it was, that had Fabio on the cover. I couldn't believe it-that would put me off of the book completely!!

Date Posted: 8/20/2009 9:26 PM ET
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I can't think of any offhand that are super-hideous, but these bug me:

I see this one: My False Heart  and think "My False Boobs":P

Anything for Love - a decent book with an utterly vapid looking cover, IMO.  Like they're just chatting & laughing, when oops... her dress is falling down and his shirt mysteriously disintegrates - but nobody seems to notice:P

Bound by Your Touch - I hate to pick on Meredith because I do love her work, but what is up with this homegirl's hair???  Like... is that a bad wig, or did a badger die on her head?

The Highlander's Bride - Check out the facial/body language here.  It's like he's trying to talk her into doing it and she's telling him it's that time of the month:P

And speaking of cheesy Fabio covers...  Flowers from the Storm   Um... could I see what's behind door #2 again?

This one looks like a recycled My Little Pony box: Silk and Secrets

And lest I leave the bad cover queen out here: Savage Whispers  "Could you hurry up and kiss me?  Cuz your pits really stink."

Date Posted: 8/20/2009 9:54 PM ET
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Sandra Hill books have horrible covers.  Check this one out: The Bewitched Viking: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780505523112-The+Bewitched+Viking+Wink+a+Kiss+1

Date Posted: 8/20/2009 10:37 PM ET
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Mary, I soooooooooooo was going to put that one as well! YUckO! Who would really date a guy who looks inbred....



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Date Posted: 8/20/2009 10:59 PM ET
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Every time I see this book in the bookstore, it gives me the willies.  Blue Sage   The link doesn't show it as well as the real thing, but that guy's got the crazy eyes! Ew. I think I might have nightmares now....

Date Posted: 8/20/2009 11:00 PM ET
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LMBO at the Viking.  Scariest guy I've seen in a minute, definitely not bewitching!

Kim, you crack me up, your commentary makes the covers that much funnier!

Not to mention the Blue Sage guy's head is too small for his humongous musclebound body!



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Date Posted: 8/20/2009 11:16 PM ET
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Oh, and many of the Ellora's Cave titles are good for a laugh, but this one has me doing a double take every time I see it on my WL: The Man Within (Breeds, Bk 2)  First of all, that gal's head is disproportionate to her body. Secondly....is it a side effect of the Breeds DNA engineering that their breasts are centered on their chest? That poor girl either has the longest neck known to man, or she was "created" without an abdomen. Not sure which.

Date Posted: 8/20/2009 11:31 PM ET
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Seems Sandra Hill's covers are pretty bad no matter what country they're printed in:  Viking Notice that the girl looks like she's twelve, and the hand that she has on his back seems to have melted or turned into sea creature fingers. 

Date Posted: 8/21/2009 12:22 AM ET
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This one cracked me up when I read the book  http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780373794164-The+HellRaiser+Men+Out+of+Uniform+Bk+5+Harlequin+Blaze+412

hard to see in the picture but he's standing in front of the fireplace with the towel open and looking down like 'are you warm  yet boys'?

Date Posted: 8/21/2009 8:23 AM ET
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Oh, Mary, that Bewitched Viking cover is horrific! Note to book publishers: mullets are NOT sexy. Even in the '80s.
Date Posted: 8/21/2009 9:19 AM ET
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Lol.  Oh yes, those hideous Sandra Hill covers:P  Half of the reason why I couldn't get rid of them fast enough.  The dude on the The Bewitched Viking cover is supposed to be beckoning, I guess, but it looked like "Dude, smell my finger.":P 

This one is a crack up too: The Very Virile Viking.  "Call me a fairy one more time and I'll cut your head off.":P

Oh... and Madeline Baker covers...  Jeez, where to start?  Here are a few of my favs:

Enchanted Crossings aka: "The Ghost Strangler"

Apache Runaway - "Hold up, guys!  I need a potty break."

First Love Wild Love  "Oh yeah.  Baby's got BACK!"

Love in the Wind - "Hang on, I think my back just went out."

Warrior's Lady - "Uhhh... Wait a minute... I don't think your butt's gonna fit."

And, of course, you can't leave out Karen Kay...

War Cloud's Passion - "Hold still, I'm almost there..."

 

Date Posted: 8/21/2009 9:46 AM ET
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hard to see in the picture but he's standing in front of the fireplace with the towel open and looking down like 'are you warm  yet boys'?

Good thing I set the coffee cup down! Still giggling.

Sorry, I don't have any covers to add. I'll just keep following this thread and laugh, thanks ladies.

Date Posted: 8/21/2009 12:11 PM ET
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I agree with Julianne about "Fabio" I got one last winter with him on the cover, almost put me off the book!

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Date Posted: 8/21/2009 12:26 PM ET
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Oh, wow!   Thanks so much for the laughs... I'm still giggling too!  (And my son keeps saying, "What's so funny, mommy??)

That fireplace one really put me over...   :D

Date Posted: 8/21/2009 2:37 PM ET
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Ugh  those are some really ugly & cheesy covers.  The Fabio one almost put me off reading FFTS, one of the best romances ever written!  The poor authors must be cringing about what's been done to their books.  Makes the entire genre look cheap & sleazy.  I like it when the covers have just a design or a landscape on them.  No wonder Diana Gabaldon stipulated in her contracts that none of her books were to be printed with people on the cover!

 

Don't get me started!  It's why bookmates are an absolute necessity for romance readers to avoid being embarassed by the cheesy covers.  I'd never ready anything in public without my bookmate!

Date Posted: 8/21/2009 2:59 PM ET
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Mary, for being a zombie, that dude's...er....package sure is radiant!
Date Posted: 8/21/2009 3:41 PM ET
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The dude on the The Bewitched Viking cover is supposed to be beckoning, I guess, but it looked like "Dude, smell my finger.":P 

Or maybe he wants us to pull his finger, he may have to pass gas. :)

Date Posted: 8/21/2009 8:31 PM ET
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KIm, you are just tooo much!! :)

Date Posted: 8/21/2009 11:50 PM ET
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These ARE Horrible looking.....

The CG effects make me want to vomit!: (Hint: Make the picture larger by pressing the larger link below!) THE LAST ONE IS THE WORSE>>>>

Dangerous Beauty

Kingdom: Dye's Kingdom--Wanting It Forever

Touch Of Gypsy Fire - 

Date Posted: 8/22/2009 12:00 AM ET
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Kim, this is what's behind door number 2 :D

http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/index.php/weblog/the_legend_of_partially_shaven_hairy_goat_man/

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