Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Kindle Romance Covers is taking a Summer 'Blog Holiday'...

It's finally hit me. I need a break. A summer break. 

Working a full-time day job, writing three 1st drafts, revising two second drafts, two blogs, two twitter accounts and Pinterest is usually okay. I can do all that. I don't have kids. I don't have a diabetic dog. It's not so bad.

But folks, it's summer. It's damned hot. And I seem to have guests coming to stay almost every weekend.

So I'm treating myself to a break from blogging for a few weeks. I need to recharge. I need to be excited about doing this and not phased by the fact only Google bots read my posts.

So what's to look forward when I'm BACK?

See you when it cools down, lovely readers! Have a most wonderful summer...


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Friday, 12 July 2013

Fabio Friday! -={ 12th July 2013 }=-

Yay - it's Fabio(esque) Friday again! What better way to usher in a summer weekend than a steamy cover of yesteryear? 

I've chosen 'HIGHLAND ROGUE' this week, in honour of Scotland's own Andy Murray and his valiant victory at Wimbledon on Sunday:

But why is this particular rogue not even bothering to wear a kilt? Or was this perhaps during the time the kilts were illegal? Gosh...gotta go swat up on my Scottish history, or I'll get myself into a right pickle...

Is it hot in here, or is it just me? Or is it the ENORMOUS FIRE burning in the grate? No wonder they haven't got many clothes on...

P.S. I'd like to go with option a) a scoundrel set on seduction, please.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Fabio Friday! -={ 5th July 2013 }=-

Heard it's been hot hot hot in the US, and it's been almost summer-like here in the United Kingdom as well (apparently miracles DO happen!). So what better to suit the week than a Fabio-esque cover so hot and steamy that the couple can barely keep their clothes on?

He's 'Seizing the Fire' alright...along with a few other things! *fans self*

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Kindle Romance Cover Pick-of-the-Week - 4th July 2013

I'm keeping it short & sweet from now on - wow, those posts were getting LONG. There just isn't time to write OR read that much cover goodness. So I'm diversifying. My favourite 'runners up' will get some raving tweets and shine their little lights on my Pinterest boards, and I'll review one lucky cover a week right here on the blog.

That leaves me MORE time to investigate duplicate-cover-image scandals (not really a scandal, I'm just a nerd), and carefully select a Fabio-esque cover for your Friday enjoyment. And other things I haven't even thought of yet. I like to keep you all on your toes (and by 'all' I mean the 6 people who read this. Or maybe the 6 Google bots who visit the blog).

I've been in two minds about this pick as STRANGELY enough it shares exactly the same colour scheme as my last pick of the week. Either I am exceedingly limited in my taste in covers, or it's just some big coinkidink.

Title: Fractured
Author: Dani Atkins
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Cover Artist: Unknown (please let me know so I can credit!)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Thumbnail-ability: 4
Font & Text: 3.5
Genre-fit: 3
Overall Composition: 4.5
Overall Concept: 4


What's to love...
Maybe it's my recent 'discovery' of Mad Men, but I'm liking this retro 'flat' style of illustration. The contrast of hot red against cool sea-green makes it pop. The black line art helps balance out the whole composition and gives some hint at dark things in the past or to come.

The split caused by the 'reflection' is a great mechanism, and ties the title into the composition for me - 'Fractured'. I already get a sense of a person in two parts, or a story in two chapters. So what will it take to flip the whole thing around and it be a couple greeting each other joyfully and not just a woman walking alone? I do so like a cover that makes me wonder...