This month, we're talking about our favorite book covers in the Question of the Month column. Authors have favorite characters, favorite books (that they've written and that they've read), favorite settings...and favorite covers. This month, we're celebrating our favorite covers, and tell you why we like them best (shhhh! Don't tell our other covers!).
Jennifer Lohmann: My favorite cover is the one for Winning Ruby Heart. One of the things I really like about it is that the cover doesn't make Micah's use of a wheelchair the focal point. It was important to me as the author of the book that Micah's story not be only about his disability, without ignoring or dismissing or diminishing his experience. If you just look at the cover, Micah is a hot guy sitting with a woman on his lap. If you've read the book (or not what it's about), it suddenly becomes obvious that Micah is sitting in a wheelchair. And that sense of a man first and a disabled man second echoes so much of what the book is about to me.
Kris Fletcher: I was tempted to suggest my June cover for A Family Come True, which I love love love, but in the end, sentiment won out. I fell hard for the cover of Now You See Me from the moment I saw it - which happened to be at the Harlequin offices in Toronto, with my editor Piya Campana at my side. I had gone to the offices for a tour and a visit, and had met a dizzying number of people in a mind-blowing number of departments. My head was already whirling. Then Piya introduced me to a wonderful gentleman whose name I will never recall, because as he was talking he handed me a paper with a printout of this cover, and seriously, I was so stunned that everything froze. All I remember is standing there with that paper in my hand, hearing Piya whisper, "That's him. That's J.T." It was pure and utter magic.
Tara Taylor Quinn: I can’t narrow it down to one! But A favorite of mine is Dare To Love. I got exactly the cover I asked for on this one. I’d described it down to the last brick. Was pretty adamant about wanting it just like I got it. And I LOVED it. It was perfect.
Completely. The book, however, didn’t do well. It sat on the shelves with the other Supers and came in last for the month. It was the last time I put any real energy into envisioning my covers! I’m a writer, not a cover artist!
Jeannie Watt: I had a hard time choosing between this cover and the cover for All for a Cowboy. They both so perfectly fit my story, but I love, love, love how this cover so perfectly illustrates the title--Cowgirl in High Heels--and captures the flavor of the book. Go Harlequin Art Department!
Geri Krotow: My new favorite is for my Sep 2015 book NAVY JUSTICE as it has the 2000th Superromance flash on it!
Angel Smits: I’ve had a hard time deciding and since I put one in my first blog last month I eliminated that one out of the “competition” Ha! I have to admit that I love my Dutch cover for my first book, A MESSAGE FOR JULIA. It’s so different from what we see here, which is why I think I like it so much. Plus it was my first Harlequin, and this was the first foreign edition I saw. I think those firsts will always have a special place in my heart. I can’t even begin to pronounce the title, but it translates to WORDS FROM THE HEART. What a great title!