Friday, April 2, 2010

Yummy Cover Goodness

I couldn't resist showing off my new cover! Bear with me, people, this is an exciting moment for most writers so excuse me while I share. I don't know what it is about cover days. Maybe it's simply because, as an unpublished writer, you dream of the day you'll see a book cover with your own name on it. Or maybe we all just like seeing a photographic depiction of a scene from our very own book. Once I imagined getting a new cover wouldn't be a big deal to me but I've found over the last few years that I was dead wrong about that. It never gets old.

I don't think anyone underestimates the power of a good cover. Back in the day, ebook covers were pretty much puketastic. Computer-generated Barbies and Ken's, bad runny know the ones I'm talking about. Thank goodness technology has evolved and they now rival anything done by New York publishing houses. We know a cover catches our eye, makes us look further until before we know it, we're checking out the blurb and considering a purchase. It's a powerful selling tool, let's face it.

Normally when making a cover request, I have somewhat of a vision of what I'd like to see. For my High Plains Shifters series (Ellora's Cave) for example, I knew I wanted to evoke the west and Texas. Cowboys. The focus needed to be on my hero. In my menage story, Jaguar Hunger, I realized featuring a woman and two men would be the best route, ensuring that everyone looking would know unequivically this is menage. What about a cover draws your eye? For me it's the look of the man and color. I like sharper lines (no fuzzy stuff) and clarity. Those things please my eye and when I'm book shopping those are the titles I'll, nine times out of ten, give a second glance.

Oh, and in case you are wondering, Drilled, my contribution to the popular Cougar Challenge series releases at Ellora's Cave on April 14.


Lori Donovan accepts the Cougar Challenge and pledges to snag a hot young stud knowing it’ll be tough once she moves back to her Texas hometown. She expects barren plains and rattlesnakes but finds hunky Jackson Blue drilling for oil on her property instead. A driller. Hmm. Lori has a few ideas about that and just about all of them involve her poor, needy, sex-starved body.

Jackson takes one look at the curvy, sexy, older woman and puts his expertise into action. After all, drilling is what he does best. Against the wall, on the floor, or in the middle of her bed, he’s the right man for the job. It’s a hot time in Texas when a tough, sexy drillin’ man meets a sassy cougar and playing it safe just isn’t an option.


Unknown said...

This cover leaves me breathless. Makes me want to run out and find a younger man. Oh wait, the DH won't appreciate that! LOL
Seriously, congrats on the HOT cover. Can't wait for the book to be available.

Anne Rainey said...

This will definitely attract readers, Regina! So gorgeous!!! Congrats!

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Girl you share away... Cuz we will steal your cookies (your cover) and hoard them at our own blogs (shamelessly pimp out your book) to drool over!!!

Congrats honey.. Share away!!!!! Sharing is a good thing!

Cari Quinn said...

What a delicious cover, Regina! I love the title Drilled...sounds like it fits the book perfectly. :) It releases on my best friend's birthday, so I won't forget to buy!

Carol said...

Oh, there's that fabulous 'Drilled' cover again.
I wish I knew what it was about covers, but they speak volumes to ME when choosing a book.
And the cover of your new book certainly DOES speak volumes. And seems to be a really good portrayal of the book itself.
Go, you!!!

Laurann Dohner said...

I love that cover. So sexy! I go for the hot bod shots on book covers... that's what draws my It is exciting to get a cover. I never expected the HUGE thrill when you see one with your name on it. Then I got my first... WOW. It's addictive and it NEVER gets old!!! Congrats on the release date and you KNOW I'm buying it!!!

Madison Scott said...

I just love that cover so much. One of my favs.

Redz World Reviews said...

THis is an amazing cover HAWT

Colleen Love said...

It's a great cover! It certainly is more fun to promote something you're proud of then not! I am guilty of judging books by their covers and this one will definately do the trick!! ;)

Ana Lee Kennedy said...

That cover certainly got my attention, lol!

Seriously, tho, covers convey what the story is about, so since people are influenced by there vision, something that catches our eye, therefore catches our attention, imagination, and our muse. It's like the impulse item at a store checkout, lol.

Judith Leger said...

Yep, the cover definitely is a winner! The story sounds like one too! Congrats on the up coming release. Just 6 more days! Yay!