I just got my cover for Unleashed Temptation and I must say, I'm very happy with it. My heroine isn't a blonde (she's a redhead) but the artist captured everything else I asked for. I feel pretty lucky because that's usually not the case when putting in cover requests. In a way, I believe that covers can make or break book sales. Maybe not so much in epublishing, if readers are buying from a certain house because of what specific genre they offer that other houses don't, but as a rule, I definitely think covers matter.
The first thing I notice on a book is the cover (unless your name is Linda Howard or Nora Roberts, then I notice your name first). A cover automatically draws me in, and the title is a close second. If it's a catchy title like Dead Girls Are Easy (this is the title of a book by Terri Geary), then I'm almost guaranteed to pick it up. Of course, it's ultimately the back cover blurb combined with the excerpt that make me agree to the final purchase. Still, something has gotta reel me in first!
As far as covers in erotic romance, I love entangled body parts and smoking embraces, but I don't love a lot of nudity. I also have a secret addiction to Harlequin Intrigue covers. I love the dark-haired heroes carrying guns or wearing cowboy hats. If a guy on the cover is wearing a cowboy hat, that's almost guaranteed to make me pick up the book.
What about y'all? What do you like to see on romance covers?
Congrats to Naima Simone for winning last week's contest. (I love your name by the way. I feel like you should be a character in a Linda Howard novel. Love it!) Please email me @ savannahstuart (@) hotmail . com (no spaces). Thanks everyone for dropping by today and hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!