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Giveaway & Poll: Help choose the the next House of DeDe series cover

by davincikittieApril 3, 2012

Please help me welcome Beautiful Tears author Sharon Mamolo!

When I was fourteen, give or a take a year, I picked up a book at the library because of its cover. It was pretty. I can still vividly remember to this day the bright blue cover and fluffy clouds. It had a woman with flowing blonde hair, her back to the viewer. A valley of some sort was in the background with cute brown horses. That was what had captured my very urban attention. I was under the impression that I was going to be a veterinarian when I grew up so the horses drew me into picking up the book. Plus the book was thick. Inches. I wouldn’t have to come to the library for some time.

Little did I know that I had just picked up what many would come to consider nothing more than prehistoric porn. A Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel was the second novel in her Earth’s Children series but I didn’t know any of this. I was a kid and the only thing that mattered was the pretty cover and the thick book.

I’m an adult now and I know better. I know that a cover is just a marketing tool. It makes a potential reader stop for a precious second and take a second look. It screams what the genre is without having to spell it out. It makes you want to know more. But sometimes, covers don’t always leave you with the sense of wanting to pick them up (guilty). I still judge books by their covers, even though I write and know better.

If I’ve the time, my fingers will lovingly caress the spines and covers of the many books on the shelves of the local brick and mortar. I will not read the blurbs if the cover does not grab my attention first. I’m a Kindle owner, I browse my favorite genre on line looking for a quick fix, one click away from another great escape but again, I cannot bring myself to read the blurb, much less the peek inside feature, if the cover doesn’t grab my attention. Why? Force of habit? Laziness? I honestly don’t know.

As a writer, I find myself in a difficult position. The writer inside of me wants to put something out that will entice others to read the blurb. The writer doesn’t care if the cover has little to do with the subject matter. The cover is just a hook. Get them in, read the blurb. That’s all it has to do. It’s an e-book for Pete’s sake. Get over it!

The reader inside of me shakes her head mournfully. The cover must be pretty. It has to pertain to the story, connect with scenery tell its own tale and mean something. My guilty pleasure when reading is historical romance and I am sick and tired of seeing shirtless men, rippling muscles flexing in exertion as they forcefully embrace a swooning maiden in  deep burgundy gowns. Really. Can they not think of anything else?

I’m currently working on the fourth installment of the house of DeDe series, an urban fantasy tale set in New Orleans. I’ve had a lot of fun flexing my creative mind while avoiding everything that might immediately remind one of urban fantasy. You know the clichés … scantily dressed women in stiletto heels, a blade strapped to their forearms and various guns everywhere. The men, rippling muscles from head to toe dressed in trench coats flanking the women.

I want to make the fourth installment personal. Something that my readers will immediately connect with once they see it. I wanted to focus more on what the book was about, which is the personal history of one of the characters; a half-breed fairy by the name of Lord Malachi, house of Blaine.

As a fun way to help me decide, I am asking you fine folks to vote on which cover would make you stop for that precious second.

Which cover would entice you to read the blurb?

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Vote for your favorite cover. Leave a comment letting us know which one you picked and why, then fill out the Rafflecopter below to be entered to win an e-copy of the first book in the DeDe series, A Lady of the Realm.

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About The Author
davincikittie
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
14 Comments
  • sienny
    April 3, 2012 at 7:55 am

    i like the 1st better, it’s darker and more mysterious than the 2nd 🙂

  • April 3, 2012 at 7:59 am

    The first cover drew my eye immediately because of its simplicity. The second one has a complex font, that I found harder to read, and I love the feeling of mystery in the first cover.

  • Mel Bourn
    April 3, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I love cover #1!! I get more feeling from the first cover as opposed to the second one. I get a fantasy, enticing feeling. The second one feels historical to me or aristocratic. I really like the second one. And I can’t stop looking at the eyes!! WOW!!
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  • Maly
    April 3, 2012 at 8:50 am

    #2- RED cover . I like it more because of the red font and illustration, for me it is more eye catching, — love, violence etc.

  • April 3, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Having read the first book recently, I chose the second one because it I think it relates better to the rest of the series and the content within. Just my 2 cents 🙂 Plus I think it flatters the model better — sexy *grin*

  • Lauren
    April 3, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I picked the 2nd cover as it stands out more. The 1st cover just blended in.
    Lauren

  • April 3, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I chose the second one because the font used looks more appropriate 🙂

  • Hai-Yen
    April 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I prefer cover # 1 because the hero’s silhouette is more defined with the darker background and the fact that his skintone is lighter, it easily catches the eye.

  • leannessf
    April 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Definitely prefer Cover #2 – red is more eye-catching and it contrasts better with Malachi’s face and eyes!

    I have read and loved the 1st three books in this series (A Lady of the Realm, Beautiful Tears, and Blood for Barter)! Can’t wait for #4!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

  • Sophia Rose
    April 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    They are both very nice and I am generally partial to red. But the man figure against the blue background and the building was more atmospheric to me. Either way, the emerald eyes and expressive face would have grabbed my attention. I confess that covers are a great part of what gets my attention about a book as does the title when it is sitting properly on a shelf.

    That was fun to vote on the cover!

  • April 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Definitely the 1st one, the2nd looks too photoshopped and self-made. The first is darker, grittier, more mysterious (though his blue eye looks as if it were a glass eye somehow it doesn’t look natural, maybe because iTs unfocused?)

  • books4me
    April 3, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I voted for the first cover because the background is bolder and makes his skin look better.

  • April 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Thank you all for your votes and comments. The winner will be the next cover, check in on my website for updates of the release and sneak peaks of the 4th installment. Much appreciated for your help.

    Sharon Mamolo

  • April 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Congratulations to Stella on winning the Lady of the Realm ebook!

    Thanks to Sharon for this great cover art poll and giveaway and thanks to everyone who participated!

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