Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Analyzing Great Covers


by Starla Kaye 

Okay, I’m prejudiced. I have had three books published with Decadent and I love every cover. All right I admit that there are a gazillion other good covers with the publisher. But this is an “all about ME” moment.

First, let’s look again (and again, and again) at the cover for my first book with 1 Night Stand, Maggie’s Secret Wish. Is it “hot” or what! There is my pretty Maggie, who has dreamed naughty things about getting spanked, hands bound and up nice and close with the man Madame Eve matched her with for a very special night. And what a match he is! Ian, is a Scottish hunk (note those great pecs and biceps), who happens to be a steamy erotica author…and a Dom. Be still my heart….

My second 1 Night Stand book, Starting Over, was my first try at writing a gay romance and I couldn’t have been happier with the results. Just look at that cover. Are those two men “yummily hot” or what?! And I don’t even care if they’re gay. What I cared about was sharing a special story about Corbin (the man in the background) who has finally decided to ease into the lifestyle he has only dreamed about. He needed to be matched with a man equally special…and Madame Eve found him. Matt (the dark-haired, devilish looking man) also has been dealing with a drastic change in his life. The man he’d thought he would be with forever died and he struggles to go on with his bruised heart.

And then there is my newest book, The CEOand the Cowboy, with yet another wonderful cover. The great chested man with a tie is Daniel, the CEO, an experienced gay man recently burned by a cheating lover. He is reluctant to get romantically involved anytime soon, but when he meets Calhoun (the “hot” T-shirted man in a hat)… well, he can’t help wanting to get to know the cowboy up close and personal. But Calhoun has never been with a man “that way.” Unnerved by his attraction to the CEO is putting it mildly. An unlikely match, but they’ll win your heart as you see them struggle to find something special.


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14 comments:

Starla Kaye said...

I am excited to be here today sharing about my covers. And I want to add a contest, which I meant to include earlier. Sorry.

Feeling lucky? Feeling frisky or daring? Leave a comment and take a chance at being the one lucky commenter to win a $25 gift card from Eden Fantasys. The winner will be chosen July 28 in a random drawing.

Jessica Subject said...

Your covers are wonderful. And I can't complain about any of my Decadent covers. I love them all. :)

Starla Kaye said...

I totally agree. Your covers are great too.

Faith said...

I agree 100%. Every cover Decadent has created for my work has been superb too. Their cover artists rock!

Tina said...

I have read the ceo and the cowboy it is an amazing read. the cover is what drew me in. I like when the cover it self tells a story and makes you want to open the book.

Shanna Roberson said...

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Starla Kaye said...

Faith, yes, the cover artists with Decadent are amazing.

Starla Kaye said...

Tina, thanks for the compliment on CEO and the Cowboy. When I started writing the story, I really had no solid idea where my men would take me. But I fell in love with them both.

And I agree that a cover draws me into a boo, too.

Starla Kaye said...

Shanna. thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Maria Stanica said...

Those covers are fantastic! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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Nina T. said...

Great covers! Very appealing to the eyes. Love it!

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Barbara Elsborg said...

I honestly think Decadent have the best covers. I've probably got over 30 on my books and shorts etc and everytime I see one I like of Decadent's I go slightly green. Not to say all mine are bad, they aren't but Decadent seem to go the extra mile to make them perfect. I think my favorite of your three here is Starting Over - that expression and the background.... very nice.

Starla Kaye said...

Maria, I agree that the covers are fantastic. Thanks for stopping by.

Nina T, thanks for stopping by and commenting on the covers.

Barbara, I like most of my covers from everywhere, but the ones from Decadent are very special. Yes, the Starting Over cover tells the story.

hotcha12 said...

love cowboys!!!