Monday, October 22, 2012

EDHGraphics Cover Spotlight is on Author Laura Charles!

I recently had the pleasure to create three covers for newcomer Indie author, Laura Charles.  She writes contemporary erotica and romance.  There are three sexy books in the series, SEDUCTION OF STEEL.  All of Ms. Charles' work can be purchased for your Kindle!  I've made it easy for you too, just click on the cover and you will be whisked away to Amazon!


This is one of my favorite covers!  A picture says a thousand words and there is definitely a story being told with this image.  I chose the model because of the idea that just popped into her head.  You can see the cogs of her mind working and you know she's up to no good!  The cover says exactly what the blurb states:

Jessica Steel is a college graduate who cannot find a good job.  In the interim, she is working as a waitress in a diner.  Her roommate, Amber, introduces Jessica to the world of erotic fiction.  Intrigued, Jessica begins reading a lot of erotica, but is appalled at the poor quality of most of the writing.

Jessica decides that she is capable of writing more interesting and compelling erotica herself, and she sets out to do so, hoping to become a success as a writer.

This story has a "story within a story" format, as it also includes Jessica's erotic short story, "Deep Encounter on a Dark Road."



The next cover is BOOK 1 in the series, SEDUCTION OF STEEL.  Again, covers are meant to convey exactly what the book is about.  You can see Jessica and her new lover in front of an ocean backdrop.  Do you have an idea of what story will unfold?

SPOILER ALERT FOR EROTIC INSPIRATION!

Jessica Steel is a successful writer of erotic fiction with one serious problem - she has writer's block.  Her most successful series has run its course and she doesn't have any new ideas.  In order to find something interesting to write about, she decides to take a job on a cruise ship.  She hopes that she will have some interesting adventures, or meet some interesting people, or both.  At the very least, she will be able to enjoy spending eight months in the beautiful Caribbean.

On board the ship, she meets Ryan Stevens, a rugged, handsome mechanic.  Jessica quickly falls for Ryan, but is concerned that their relationship may not have a future.  She has no plans to stay on the ship long-term, and Ryan may be spending his career at sea.

Ryan has concerns of his own, including some that involve secrets he hasn't told Jessica.  

As Jessica struggles with her conflicted feelings about Ryan, she discovers that he may not be what he appears to be...




It's very important for a cover to follow the guidelines set out by the author.  Both the author and the artist has a vision and most of the time, they are completely different visions.  But sometimes, the vision is dead on.    With VEGAS ENCOUNTER, book 2 of the SEDUCTION OF STEEL series, there wasn't much room for guessing.  It was Vegas or bust, baby!

Jessica Steel, fresh from her Caribbean adventure in Seduction of Steel, returns to writing erotic novels with a vengeance, writing about the gorgeous spy she met on the cruise ship.

Ryan, the spy, pays her a romantic visit and he says he's on his way to Las Vegas for his latest mission.  Jessica is curious and suspicious about the work he does, and thinks she could become a better writer if she observed him in action.  Without telling him, she follows him to Vegas and attempts to secretly watch him at work while he engages in industrial espionage.

What I love most about these covers (other than the fact I created them) is that they make me want to buy the book.  That's what a cover should do, entice readers.  If your cover is grabbing attention, then it's not doing its job.

If you would like to learn more about Laura Charles, please visit her website:  www.lauracharles.net

As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you soon!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Erin Dameron-Hill presents Cover, Cover, Cover Chameleon!

Hi all!

Every Friday I'm going to showcase the covers I created for the past week!  Some covers are not allowed to be revealed yet but the ones that are, well my beautiful darlings, enjoy the eye candy!




And now for the lovely Pre-Mades that can be found at romancenovelcovers.com -- A Jimmy Thomas website.





As always, these pre-mades are sold for $45.00.  I hope you enjoyed this weeks covers.  Starting next week, I will be showcasing an author and his/her cover.   Included will be excerpts and blurbs, so be sure to stop by and find the newest and best indie authors here!

Thanks for visiting and have a GREAT weekend!

Sincerely,

Erin Dameron-Hill



Thursday, October 4, 2012

RT Cover choices--sexy or dead on? by Erin Dameron-Hill

Hi all!

I've been VERY busy creating covers and dealing with the newborn so I haven't been able to blog as much.  But I've got some yummy eye candy for y'all!

I've been working with author Somerset McCoy on an Alice in Wonderland/Zombie Romance Cover.  Just the words Alice in Wonderland and Zombies makes the story interesting enough!  Who needs covers with a cross genre like that?  I plan on reading it!

Anyway, there were different avenues of thought on the cover.  Should we go for the romantic aspects of the cover or the more unusual cover?  Let's examine both in detail.  Keep in mind the one that wasn't chosen isn't the final.  I went ahead and scrapped it.  For the purposes of this article, I have brought it out of the trash.


Both covers deal with the same elements--crows, rabbit, and fairy tale or Alice in Wonderland theme.  Which one do you think was chosen?  The lone woman cover was chosen because it was more on the mark and pronounced the key elements loudly.  Each cover is different and I loved them both but only one would win.

The second cover with the couple, in my opinion, is very generic.  You see this type of cover on most, if not all, romance novels.  To me, the cover would easily blend in with other books of the genre.  And for an author, that's a bad thing.  The romance genre is huge and the only way to stand out and to instantly grab a reader's attention is for the cover to grab them by the short hairs!  

The first cover, the lone woman is much more professional and is reminiscent of popular large publishing houses such as Harlequin.  I love the moody shades of blue, the fairy tale background, the thoughtful and reluctantly determined face--If I saw this cover when I was scanning for books, I would snatch it up in a heart beat because it's different.  

If you had a choice between the two, which would you choose and why?  

If these covers got your attention, why not support Ms. McCoy?  You can find THE MIRRORED GATE here and here.  

A Saturday shopping trip changes Alice's life forever, as she stumbles upon the gateway to a faerie otherworld in a department store mirror.  Lost and alone in a place where dark forces are taking control, she must place her trust in the only one willing to help her, and join the fight against a phantom queen who wants to steal both of their hearts.  Literally.

Inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, The Mirrored Gate is a novella of 20,000 words.

I know it's on my TBR pile!

I wish I could spend time on all the covers I have made and if there is a certain cover you would like to know more about, email me edameronhill @ gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by!