by Ann Mayburn
It probably comes as no surprise that authors tend to be artistic in other parts of their lives than just writing. When you have an imagination that is often in overdrive you find yourself drawn to other creative outlets that give your muse a chance to rest and play. I know authors that knit, make D&D miniature models, design their own jewelry, blow glass(which I would love to do) and just about anything else under the sun that allows us to be imaginative.
Myself, I do cross-stitch, crochet, scrapbook, paint(badly), do pottery(well), and about a dozen other things. I can’t walk through a craft store without salivating at all the different projects. So my husband was actually happy that my new hobby didn’t involve filling a grocery cart full of expensive crafting crap. Instead it only cost us a good art program and some stock photos.
You see, I’ve discovered the fantastic world of cover art. Now, I know what you’re thinking, don’t you like...need to know what you’re doing to make a good cover? Uh-no. With stock photos and today’s art programs anyone can make a cover. Don’t believe me? Have you been to the Amazon kindle books section lately?
Decadent was nice enough to let me design my own covers for myself and one of their other authors. I can’t say how much I appreciate this opportunity, and I promise Val is going to sell TONS of books with the hot little cover I made for her. Feast your eyes on this:
Totally sexy, right? Well if that hotty made you tingle, better buckle your seatbelt for this one. I like to write books about real, flawed men and the women that find them sexy. Anyone can have a guy with a six-pack on the cover, I wanted a guy who actually looked like most of the guys I know.
But wait, it gets even better! Like hot fetish books that push the boundaries of what’s new and hot? Me too! That’s why I designed the cover below to introduce readers to a sassy new kink.
Okay, if you’re done throwing up in your mouth now. I can offer you a palate cleanser. ;) Take a look below at my real cover art done by real artists. Each of these covers is 10% inspiration from me and 90% talent from my cover artists. These ladies bust their butts to make their authors happy and I really appreciate it. Being a cover artist can be a thankless job, we authors tend to get upset when they aren’t psychic and read our minds about what we want. Or when we’re totally unrealistic and/or have bad taste.(cough) So thanks to the ladies and gents with the talent to give our book a face. We love you more than you’ll ever know.
PS- Yes, they are freak’n awesome. :D