Judging a Book By Its Cover by Shana Galen
They say never to judge a book by its cover, but most of us do exactly that. I’m a sucker for a gorgeous dress or a handsome hero. Even if I don’t like the author’s writing style, I might buy the book just for the pretty cover.
I also love book covers that say something about what the book is about. A lot of romance book covers show an embracing couple or a bare chested man, but that doesn’t tell the reader much about the book. That’s one reason I like the cover for my new release, Earls Just Want to Have Fun. On the cover, the woman is picking the hero’s pocket. Love it! In the book, Marlowe is a thief and Dane is an earl whose heart she steals. What a perfect cover!
Being that I write historical romance, I’m fortunately to have covers featuring ladies with gorgeous gowns. In fact, I’d argue that historical romance covers are the most beautiful. Here’s my list of the Top 5 Prettiest Historical Romance Covers.
5. The Wedding by Julie Garwood
I know there are other versions of this cover, but this one is my favorite. I love the flowers, the field, and the romance of the castle. I just want to step inside.
4. The Duchess Diaries by Jillian Hunter
Confession: I’d never read Jillian Hunter before this book came out. I bought her book solely because I was in love with the gown on the cover. Guess what? She’s fabulous, so I guess you can judge a book by its cover sometimes!
3. At The Billionaire’s Wedding by Katharine Ashe, Caroline Linden, Miranda Neville, and Maya Rodale
Okay, this isn’t an historical, but the authors all write historicals! And it’s a gorgeous cover. The dress! The flowers! I think I love this cover because the flowers remind me of my wedding flowers.
2. Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase
The colors on this one are just fabulous, not to mention the gown. I love vibrant colors on covers—red like Earls Just Want to Have Fun or blue like Chase’s cover.
1. Three Reckless Wishes by Lila DiPasqua
This is my favorite. The stars practically twinkle and the gown is lovely. I chose the image of the front and back because I love how the dress spills over. Like Chase’s book, the color is vibrant and eye-catching.
What are some of your favorite romance book covers?
His heart may be the last thing she ever steals...
Marlowe is a pickpocket, a housebreaker-and a better actress than any professional on the stage. She runs with the Covent Garden Cubs, a gang of thieves living in the slums of London's Seven Dials. It's a fierce life, and Marlowe has a hard outer shell. But when she's alone, she allows herself to think of a time before-a dimly remembered life when she was called Elizabeth.
Maxwell, Lord Dane, is intrigued when his brother, a hired investigator, ropes him into his investigation of the fiercely beautiful hellion. He teaches her to navigate the social morass of the ton, but Marlowe will not escape so easily. Instead, Dane is drawn into her dangerous world, where the student becomes the teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.
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Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice Winner The Making of a Gentleman and the RT-nominated When You Give a Duke a Diamond. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.