Sunday, January 29, 2012

Coming Soon Cover Art

Without reading the blurbs, I'm always interested in how much the cover draws my attention. These are a few "coming soon" titles for Urban Fantasy. What is it about the covers that catches your eye? While tank tops are definitely the trend among our protagonists, I'm delighted to see fewer in leather pants and more in jeans. I'd like to see a few in cargo's myself, but that's just me. You can hide all kinds of things in the pockets: guns, grenades, bullets, chocolates...

The first cover, the solid color background draws the attention to the model, and her pose makes you look at her hand. The tat makes you wonder. It's good to have something in the cover that's mysterious.

The second I'm trying to figure out if those are chopstick hairpins? She seems more mature than most of the cover models, and I like the expression on her face.

The third - I really love the model. Her face is profiled, but I love that windblown hair swirling with the fire (of hell?) behind her. Grabs me.

You can't judge a book by its cover, but it's the first thing we see, and for me, often determines if I'm going to pick it up off the shelf to read the back cover. Only two of these women appear to be unarmed, which leads me to believe there are a whole lot of UF books out there where the women are hired assassins of some kind...or hunters. I think it would be hilarious to see a female lead who is armed with throwing stars or a good old fashioned set of nunchucks. ;-)  Swords are cool, but so hard to get through customs.

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