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Katiebabs talks eye catching covers

November 4, 2009

Katiebabs is back! Yes, and today she’s chatting about six lovely covers that caught and held her attention. Let the visual feast begin!


One of my favorite things to post are new upcoming books and their lovely covers. I love to promote authors and their books that may be under the radar or ones you may not have heard of.

Here are a few books with such wonderful eye catching covers that makes me want to mark these down for my future TBR (to be read) pile:

Coming December 1st from St. Martin’s Press: Seducing the Heiress by Olivia Drake.


Her wealth and beauty have made Miss Portia Crompton the catch of the season. Secretly determined to wed the maharajah’s son she left behind in India, Portia ignores the money-hungry bucks who ply her with bouquets and bonbons. But one suitor will not be deterred: Colin Byrd, Viscount Ratcliffe. He is persistent and presumptuous—and wickedly tempting.

Colin has no delusions about romance. He’s a rogue, a womanizer, and a murderer, and seduction comes as easily to him as breathing. Portia’s fortune is an irresistible lure until Colin’s mercenary scheme hits a snag. Winning her dowry is no longer enough—he wants her heart and her passion.  The more adamant she is in her refusal, the more determined he is to seduce her…

Why do I like the cover? I really like the red color of the background and how it matches the dress. There’s something I find so appealing in how the dress is pulled down halfway so we can see her back. A nice touch of subtle sensuality.


Coming December 1st from Berkley: Mistress by Mistake by Susan Gee Heino


Lord Dashford has decided to ward off the marriage-minded by convincing the world he’s throwing away his fortune. No matter, since heiress Evaline Pinchley, dragged to the Dashford estate, has no inclination to marry him.

Unfortunately, she fails to recognize her host when he begins to seduce her. An empty bottle later, Evaline wakes to find herself in Dashford’s bed. Now rumors and passions are sure to run wild-unless Dashford and Evaline realize that what happened by moonlight was no mistake.

Why do I like the cover?  The cover has a nice shot of two lovers near a lake, sharing their passion for one another. I love how the hero is very “buttoned up” with his cravat still tidy but the woman in his arms looks a bit mussed from her hair to the bodice of her dress that with one tug, it would fall and his hands would be full with quite a bounty of her bosoms.


Coming January 26, 2010 from Avon: Charming the Devil by Lois Greiman


Faye’s special talents have made her a valuable commodity. But she’s sick of being used. That’s why she feels so lucky to have found a refuge at Lavender House. Finally, she gets to decide how her skills will be applied. Sure, everyone thinks she’s too young to handle any big missions. But whatever she’s assigned, Faye is determined to prove her worth–even if it means facing down a giant of a scot named Rogan MacBain.

Scottish warrior Rogan arrives in England to investigate the death of his cousin. What he doesn’t expect is to be thwarted at every turn by a slip of a girl. Intrigued by her persistence, Rogan soon realizes that he’ll need her help to succeed in unfamiliar London. Using all his persuasive talent to convince Faye of his innocence, Rogan and Faye team up to discover who is behind the recent deaths befalling noblemen. Along the way, Rogan soon discovers that he has much to learn about life and love–and Faye knows she’s just the one to teach him.

Why I like the cover? For once it looks like the woman is doing the seducing and from the man’s face, he looks a bit concerned but interested. And both show a bit of cleavage but the man has more skin showing than his scantily dressed lover


Coming January 26, 2010 from Brava: In This Warrior’s Bed by Mary Wine


Cullen McJames will not have his honor sullied, certainly not by his clan’s nemesis Laird Erik McQuade. So when McQuade tells the Court of Scotland that Cullen has stolen his daughter’s virtue, Cullen steals the daughter instead.

Since his brother wed a fetching lass, Cullen’s been thinking he too needs a wife. A marriage could end the constant war between the clans. And looking on Bronwyn McQuade but once has put her in his dreams for a week…

But Bronwyn won’t go quietly. She won’t be punished for what she did not do. Nor is she eager to live among the resentful veterans of McQuade wars. And however brave and beautiful a man Cullen may be, he has much to learn about a woman’s fighting spirit. But as Bronwyn will discover, he has much to teach her as well…

Why I like the cover? I find it so sexy for the man to have his hand caressing the woman’s naked leg. Their embrace seems to be very passionate and it looks like the woman is have a fun time in his arms.


Coming March 30, 2010 from Forever: A Touch of Scandal by Jennifer Haymore


The last thing Garrett, Duke of Calton, expects to find while tracking his sworn enemy is the delectable, mysterious Kate. This beautiful servant girl rouses a longing the battle-scarred ex-soldier had never hoped to feel again. But when she turns out to be the sister of the man he seeks, he’s convinced he’s been betrayed.

Kate knows her duty to her family, yet how can she ignore Garrett’s powerful pull on her heart? Or the heady temptation of his stolen-and sizzling-kisses? Scandal has followed the duke since the war. Now the greatest shock of all is on its way-the one that can separate Garrett and Kate forever.

Why I like the cover? I really like the dress and how this woman seems to be dreaming of her lover, who may or may have not given her the rose she’s holding. She looks some what vulnerable and innocent at the same time even with the strap of her dress falling off her shoulder.


Coming May 25, 2010 from Bantam: His At Night by Sherry Thomas


He is England’s most foolish lordling. She is a very desperate young woman—and still not desperate enough to want him for a husband. But Fate has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans and Elissande finds herself married to a man whose vast idiocy makes her teeth hurt—from clenching them so hard!

But is Lord Vere really a hopeless cretin, or has Elissande accidentally married the one man who keeps his secrets as well as she does hers? And once Lord Vere gets over his shock of being shackled to a young lady who seems to be everything he doesn’t want—if only he could stop desiring her madly—will he discover that she is the one who holds the key to his long-locked heart?

Why I like the cover? This is one of the brightest covers I have seen in a while and because of that it is very eye catching. The couples’ embrace is very sexy and by the woman straddling the man, she seems to be in a position of power.

What about you? What’s your favorite kind of cover? The clinch? A bare back woman? A man with a sword? A great looking guy? Do you prefer photos or artist renderings?



VEEERY NICE! She has great taste doesn’t she? And so can you. Okay, that didn’t come out right. *grin*  What I meant was that THE SEASON is holding its first annual Best Historical Covers Contest and your votes will decide the winner. Preliminary voting is going on now and ends November 15th. The top 20 covers go on to the finals. Let’s show our appreciation to the art department at all the publishing houses–yes, by finding the best of the best. So, if you haven’t voted, stop by and vote now!!! (Okay, after you’ve answered Katie’s question would be soon enough).

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  1. WOW 😀 First of all these excerpts are making the wait worse but I am weak for reading them! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE that cover for Charming the Devil by Lois Greiman (though they are all exceptionally lovely) the composition, the colors, the models- wonderful :)!!!

    That’s an example of a cover I love- it has both hero and heroine, it’s sensual but not vulgar and the male model is deliciously fiiine lol Same with the cover of In This Warrior’s Bed by Mary Wine, it’s very different to a lot of the usual poses out there too.

    I don’t really have ‘preference’ for any sort of cover, I just have an eye for aesthetics though I do want the models to match the descriptions of the hero and heroine, it doesn’t have to be perfect (most ‘scarred’ heroes are hardly that on the covers or stepbacks) but at LEAST get the hair color right! lol I remember reading Deborah Camp’s ‘Tough Talk and Tender Kisses’ and was startled to find that the heroine has raven black hair when the woman on the cover has fiery red locks XD Then there’s the stepback in Elizabeth Hoyt’s ‘To Seduce a Sinner’, it’s beautiful but the model is clearly wearing a teardrop shaped earring when Melisande the heroine doesn’t even have her ears pierced- it’s a small thing that’s more amusing than irritating but still.

    I like the bare back which is always classy like Olivia Drake’s Seducing the Heiress or the man titty as long as it’s done right 😛

  2. The Sherry Thomas cover is the BEAUTIFUL !! I can’t belive I have more than 6 months to wait and read it, grrrrr !!
    I usually prefer heroines on book covers (for historicals that is). Some of my favorite are : the LK Hataway series book covers (the 3 of them), Carolyn Jewel Scandal, Elizabeth Boyle Confession of a black dress, Lorraine Heath Scoundrels series…
    I don’t like to see the models faces and I love big gorgeous dresses. A few excepetions to the rule though : Wicked all Day (loooooved that book cover) and Seduced by his Touch. We see the models face but somehow it didn’t bother me.

  3. I’m with Emanuelle on the gorgeousness of Sherry Thomas’s cover. That color wakes me right up! I posted Susan Gee Heino’s cover on my blog too, since both she and I share the same book title…great minds, etc. :) I have to say I love a woman’s back, since both my May/June 2010 releases have that feature. But I’m an equal-opportunity book buyer, usually judging by the cover copy rather than the cover itself. However, it doesn’t hurt to bring a beautiful thing to the cash register.

  4. Beautiful covers, all of them. I like covers that have a serene sensuality to them.

  5. All of the covers are lovely. I like covers with both characters and prefer the ones where the man is dressed to the nines. There is something about a well-tied cravat that just calls out to be undone.

  6. You’ve saved the best for last. Love the Sherry Thomas cover. Oh, and the synopsis intrigued me.

  7. What beautiful covers

    I love a cover that has a couple on it together and I will also be tempted by the colours on the cover.

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  8. Gorgeous covers!!!

    My favorite cover has to be hands down…..a Highlander with a sword and kilt! Oh my! I swoon everytime I see a cover like that, and sometimes I will buy it only FOR that…(shame on me).

    Next, it would definitely have to be the hero and heroine in an embrace. I like some of the new covers where you might see part of their faces. It adds to the mystery of it.

  9. Is there something in the background of Seducing the Heiress. I seem to be catching a glance of either a man or a reflection. Whatever it is it adds to the intrigue of the cover. Very nice ^w^

    The cover of A Touch of Scandal is gorgeous! It’s my favorite of the bunch. I’m going to have to add that book to my birthday list and since the book comes out the day before my B-Day ^w^

    I don’t really have a favorite type of cover per say, but i am drawn to ones that depict women in different sorts of ways. Sort of like “A Touch of Scandal” and “Charming the Devil”. I’ll also admit covers of couples dancing or with a hot guy drawn me in as well.

  10. They are all gorgeous as far as I’m concerned. Susan’s has a more water color feel to it and although they are embracing, it seems chaste. I noticed that Avon seems to be moving toward a more water color cover too, but in a different way. I noticed it in Miranda Neville’s cover.

    I think Sherry said something about them trying to make the yellow dress ‘pop’ more against that very yellow background. It’s such a bright yellow, it does draw the eye immediately.

  11. Oh, and doesn’t Jennifer’s heroine look like Angelina Jolie? Or is that just me? To me there definitely is a resemblance.

  12. I really love Lois Greiman’s and Sherry Thomas’s covers! Both are super sexy. 😉

  13. They are all beautiful. I’ve only bought 1 book because of the cover and it had the sexiest cowboy I’ve ever scene!!! I wanted to frame it!!!

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