My editor just e-mailed me the cover for my next Berkley Moon book, ETERNAL MOON, which will be out in April. It’s the story of a woman who’s the reincarnation of an ancient goddess. Down through the ages, she and her consort have come back again and again, and a demon tricks them into disaster. Now Renata Cordona has met werewolf Jacob Marshall. Will evil win out again, or is a Marshall werewolf the man Renata needs to break the ancient curse?
I loved writing that story. But after I turn in a manuscript, I don’t have much control over what happens. With ETERNAL MOON, I asked my editor if she could get the art department to make the color brighter than on my last two book covers. As you can see, she got the art department to do that. I love the background. I think the wolf and the moon are good. But when I saw the cover, my first reaction was, “Her hair is in her face.”
When I mentioned it to my editor, she said, “The wind’s blowing. The hair in her face increases the feeling of tension.” I told her, “I get it.”
But I still don’t like it. Once in a while, I get a cover that I love. But mostly I admit that I’m disappointed. The people don’t look the way I envisioned them. Or the color doesn’t strike me as attractive. I really love the cover of MOON SWEPT, the reprint of WITCHING MOON and CRIMSON MOON. That guy’s got a really sexy back. I also love the cover of my Intrigue, OUT OF NOWHERE, about a woman sent back from the future to save the world from disaster.
I know I pick up books because I like the artwork. What about you? What role does the cover play in your book selections? And please tell me, what do you think of the ETERNAL MOON cover?