Monday, January 27. 2014
The contest committee is busy voting on the 2013 cover nominations for this Spring's contest. In the meantime, I'm kicking off the 2014 cover nominations with a few new and notable January romance covers. Will any of them be nominated for the 2014 contest? Time will tell their fate.
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I have a soft spot for bridal covers and the cover for Single by Saturday, even if the bride is headless, is romantic. The dress is gorgeous with the swirling train, the tiny buttons down the back, and the pop of deep rose in the bouquet captures my attention. The title makes me curious about how it relates to the bride and I see a message in the design. The young woman is heading towards her future as she walks through the door.
The cover for Georgia on her Mind is 100% charming with the large straw hat, clever use of the title font, and that red polka dot dress. I love it because it makes me happy just looking at the cover. Both covers are simple in design, yet powerful in impact.
One of my biggest complaints is that romance covers often have similar designs or feature the same stock photos and they all blend together. A new trend appears and suddenly everyone produces covers that copy the trend. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered the two covers below. They stood out from the crowd.
Cruel Beauty features the recent "staircase" trend but with a unique layout. The heroine, dressed in seductive red, and the spiral staircase merge seamlessly with a deep red rose or maybe it's a red ribbon. The use of the red and grey palette helps both the separation and the blending of the two separate images.
Hidden Magic's cover features the "woman facing away from the camera" trend but with a twist. The designer hides the heroine's image beneath the surface image and the only glimpse we have of the hidden heroine is through the title cut-outs. I love both covers for their innovative design.
What do you think about my January discoveries? I'm hoping for more fresh takes on romance covers in 2014 and we always welcome nominations! If you find a 2014 cover that deserves a spot in next year's contest, stop by Cover Cafe and fill out a nomination form. You'll find the form here: http://www.covercafe.com/nomination.shtml
Everyone in the polar vortex areas....stay safe and warm. It will be -5F in the Chicago suburbs today and tonight it will drop to -22F below zero. Yikes!
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