The Importance of a Badass Book Cover

Written exclusively for Book Nook

You’re shopping at your local bookstore where countless shelves are stacked with books from floor to ceiling, conveniently organized by genre, or you’re browsing an online book supplier, surfing through the current best-sellers and perhaps a few recommendations that popped up amid your search, and then you see it, and you can’t stop looking at it…a book with a badass cover. Now, regardless of what you’d been searching for, you must pick up (or click) the book and find out what it’s about, for this cover has completely distracted you with its promise of something that uniquely calls out to your reading chi. Will its blurb entice you further? Will the story inside be as beautiful? Of course there’s only one way to find out, so you place it in your shopping basket with a renewed excitement. Maybe even the book you’d originally set out to buy has now taken a backseat to this brand new book you can’t stop thinking about.

As a writer, I think it’s important to create the best cover possible to visually portray our story—and lure a reader into our world. With my first urban fantasy novel, Crimson Groves, I had all the ideas on how I wanted my cover to look, but unfortunately I didn’t have the artistic skills. So I went to CrowdSpring and posted my project, and within a month my cover was complete. The shadowed face of a young woman with red eyes is Abby—the book’s MC. The bleeding orange and blossom has two meanings: first, it is representative of the orange grove and farm I grew up on, and secondly, Abby lives in a neighborhood conveniently called “The Groves,” which is ultimately where she is forcefully turned into a creature of the night. So the cover not only speaks of the story within, but also has a personal touch to my life as a child. A lot of my friends from school have loved this connection, and even how I used Clermont—the city where I grew up—as the protagonist’s hometown too.

With my second urban fantasy, paranormal romance novel, UnGuarded, I had absolutely no clue how I wanted the cover to look. Then luckily I stumbled onto PhatpuppyArt, and after only a few days, the cover was finished—a much easier process than my first time around. And fortunately for me, several amazing book reviewers have complimented me on the story being as beautiful inside as its cover outside. Selene—the guardian angel MC—is pictured sitting on the water’s edge seemingly lost in thought, giving off a mysterious sadness. It’s no secret that she leaves her human charge unguarded to help save her vampire boyfriend from the clutches of a demon…and with that action, a very painful array of reactions have tumbled into her life. Of course you’ll have to read it to find out exactly what happens (huge grin).

The next novel I’m working on, Crimson Flames (which is the sequel to Crimson Groves), is also being created by PhatpuppyArt, and I am head-over-heels in love with what we’ve come up with so far. I’m not going to say any more about it because I plan on scheduling a huge cover release with some of my favorite bloggers about a month before the book goes on sale this winter. I’ve been working double-time trying to make this the best novel I’ve written to date, and I can’t wait to hear what my fans and book reviewer friends think about it.

So what is your favorite book cover? Hopefully the story within that breathtaking veil upheld its promise—drawing out your rawest emotions and leaving its imprint on your soul.

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