Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Since Bethany Has A Clinger....

Bethany IM'd me and said she has a clinger at home today, therefore can't get to the computer. And since we have an open day, I thought I'd post my cover and cover copy here (in case you didn't see the thousand announcements I made all over and already peeked at my blog. LOL):

Release Date: December 30, 2008


Oh, is he handsome. And charming. And sexy as all get out. Dr. Lisa Maxwell isn’t the type to go home with a guy she barely knows. But, hey, this is Italy and the red-blooded Rafe Sullivan seems much more enticing than cataloging a bunch of dusty artifacts.

After being fully seduced, Lisa wakes to an empty bed and, worse yet, an empty safe. She’s staked her career as an archaeologist on collecting the three Furies, a priceless set of ancient Greek reliefs. Now the one she had is gone. But Lisa won’t just get mad. She’ll get even.

She tracks Rafe to Florida, and finds the sparks between them blaze hotter than the Miami sun. He may still have her relic, but he’ll never find all three without her. And they’re not the only ones on the hunt. To beat the other treasure seekers, they’ll have to partner up—because suddenly Lisa and Rafe are in a race just to stay alive.

I am so totally thrilled with this cover. I can't stop grinning. It really captures the heart of the book well - sexy, suspenseful, mysterious all in one. In the story, the heroine, an archaeologist, is on the hunt for three stone reliefs of the three Furies - those winged creatures with snakes in their hair from Greek Mythology that tormented evil doers. So the stone Medusa-type head in the foreground is perfect. And the cover copy and top "steamy" photo really capture the romance well.

December 30th seems so far away and so close at the same time!! I don't know how I'm going to stay sane between now and then.

If you're published, what's your favorite cover to date? And if you're prepublished - or a reader - can you think of a book that had a phenomenal cover you just loved?


Alice Sharpe said...

That is a wonderful cover. I just love it and the copy is intriguing (you expected another word from me?) as well.

My favorite cover, I think, is THE BABY SEASON. The book was about a woman who saw babies everywhere she went. Human, horses, quail, gold fish, puppies, kittens. It went on and on for her. The cover showed an adorable little girl hugging an armful of kittens -- as a matter of fact, it's the only cover on the bulletin board by my computer. I wrote the artist a letter and he wrote me back and he was so pleased I loved it.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. My first cover wasn't great. I would have died if I'd gotten something like yours. So, once again, enjoy!

And Wavy, gotta love a clinger. They drive you crazy, too, I know, but there's just something about a baby who has to have MOMMY. You can tell I no longer have babies around, can't you?

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Oh, Alice. That IS an adorable cover. I went looking for it and found it here in case anyone is interested:

(I know...ACK! on the price...but the shipping price is pretty funny, don't you think????)

I can see why you like that cover so much.

And thanks for the kind words about my cover and copy (again). You're very very sweet. And that's a great idea about the letter. I think I'll do that as well. I couldn't be happier with this cover. Of course, it's setting up high expectations for the next two in the series. ;)

Genene Valleau said...

Alice, I'm glad you clarified what a "clinger" was -- I was partially afraid to ask. :)

Eli, your excitement comes through so well. I'm so pleased for you! You have a wonderful cover, great copy, and sounds like your publisher is making a big push.

Your high expectations for the next two books in the series are completely justified. I think this will be a fantastic series for you!

Since I'm doing my own covers, I'm not going to pick a favorite. I like them all! Memorable covers from other authors: there was a black one with a gold sailing ship on it written by Patricia Potter, I believe, that I thought was incredibly striking. I also remember a white one with a very cute frog prince on it that I really liked. And I guess black covers and white covers are ones that generally don't sell well. Go figure! I've seen a lot of beautiful covers, though, so it's tough to pick a favorite.

Genene Valleau said...

Help, Eli! I did it again -- got double comments. I must just be too impatient and hit the "publish" button too many times. Sorry!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

ROFL, Genene. You must be as excited as I am!!!!

White and black don't sell well, huh? I suppose that explains why you don't see many covers in those colors.

Anonymous said...

That is a terrific cover! And the blurb sounds intriguing. I'm looking forward to reading it when it comes out.

I'll be honest, most covers don't stick with me very long. Generally, I find a cover interesting when I first pick up a book, but soon forget it once I've finished reading.

However, there are a few covers that have stuck in my mind. The artist is Donato Giancolo and he's done the covers of some of Martha Wells' books. My absolute favorite is the slipcover for the hardbound copy of "Wheel of the Infinite" (you can see it here: though this doesn't do it justice).

His covers are incredible works of art.

wavybrains said...

I already said it on your blog, but man that cover has NYT all over it! It's going to pop to librarians and reviewers and get you added buzz :)

My all time favorite cover is actually a category--Mr. October by Lori Foster. The original Desire cover is what made me want to write Romance.

I love pretty much all of Lori Foster and Jennifer Crusie and Meg Cabot's covers. I love bright, bold covers without a lot of pictures. But, sometimes the right image seals the deal--love all of Brockmann's covers.

Mam mam mam mam mam can't walk out of the room and there's only so much mummumumum can type one handed.

Oh and Eli--she's cruising. at 8 months. lordy help me.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Cruising at 8 mo...oh, wavy. I feel for you. I really do. :)

Thanks for the nice comments!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Hey Deborah, glad you popped in!

I often forget covers too. But they're really only important for making a reader pick up a book, right? So I guess it's not important that they be memorable, just striking.

Paty Jager said...

My favorite cover is coming out in November on Outlaw in Petticoats. I have to love it, its my horse! LOL

Your cover is awesome. Live in the excitement of your first book, the others will be just as exciting, but that first one...

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone! I had to pop in and comment on Elisabeth's awesome cover. It's so perfect! Of course I already told her this but had to say it again. And I agree with Wavy, it totally screams NYT BS! (BS... as in Best Seller, LOL)

The cover I have stuck in my head, and the only one I can conjure up at random in my brain, is a book by Jo Beverley, titled... A Most Unsuitable Man (picture is here...

Anyway, I have never bought a book strictly for its cover, but I did with this one. I'd never read Jo's books before but I couldn't pass up the guy on the cover. Weird. I'm not sure why because he's not super good looking or anything, but something about him struck me and I couldn't buy that book fast enough. It was a good book, but I've not purchased any more of her works. Again, don't know why since it was a good book. But man that cover model got under my skin and it's the only cover I can picture when I think of book covers. Of course I couldn't find out a thing about him on the internet and that drove me crazy. I want to know who he is!! LOL

So, that's my 2¢ on the whole cover issue. :)

You all sound like you're doing terrific! I'm so happy for all of you and your accomplishments! :)

Love ya!!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Aw, thanks Paty & Piper. I appreciate all the great comments. I'm still grinning every time I look at the cover. I'd love to make it my screen saver on my laptop, but I don't think it's "quite" appropriate for the kids to be seeing all the time. (Though, heck, they're going to be seeing it all over the house when I get my hands on the real deal, so what am I stressing about????LOL.) My daughter has picked up a few choice words from reading my screen over my shoulder though, so maybe until things cool down, I'll keep it under wraps from little eyes. But I LOVE it!!!!!!!

I looked at that book, Piper, and that's so interesting the model called to you like that. He doesn't strike me as your type! Though maybe that's why he intrigued you so. ;)

Great to see you here, Piper. Pop in more often! We miss you!

Lisa Pulliam said...

I LOVE THIS COVER!!! I think it's fabulous. It's alluring and captures the book well. You better have one hell of a New Year's part my dear ;)

I don't know what my favorite cover to date is.

I love that your horse is on the cover, Paty! Haha! Makes it more special :)