Passive Guy has seldom seen a more captivating cover. He can’t tear his eyes away and finds himself constantly thinking of passion, vainly attempting to still his beating heart. Count PG as yet another Captive . . . a Captive . . . of the Night.
Consider the sophisticated typography and the subtle interplay of color and texture. Of course, the art is le plus grand des grands as the ravished yet satisfied heroine wonders if she should return to the world of patent law or stay stoned forever.
Admit it, this cover just calls out to you to buy the book.
Here’s the story: Romance writer Loretta Chase apparently signed one of those contracts that made her agent her publisher for backlist books.
The first backlist release by the agent/publisher was Captives of the Night and romance blogger Sara Wendell thought the cover was so terrible that this must be one of those self-published books.
Commenters closely examined the cover, smelled piracy and worried their beloved Ms. Chase might be the victim of an Amazon Kindle Swindle.
Ms. Chase responded that the book’s cover was not the work of cheesy pirates, but rather the product of her agent/publisher. She indirectly acknowledged that the cover sucked, but explained her agent/publisher “had to find public domain material, and I didn’t want to drag the process out by micromanaging the design.”
Isn’t it nice for authors to have savvy agents who know all about design and promotion handling all these publishing details? That way, authors don’t have to worry their pretty little heads about micromanaging anything. And saving tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars with public domain covers! This is genius on a stick!
Link to a lovely discussion of this whole mess at Dear Author