Friday, June 1, 2012

COVER REVEAL!


Here it is, minus the forthcoming author blurbs

I’m so excited to reveal the cover for my book!  As a debut author, the cover art is the first tangible evidence that this is all real, it’s actually happening, and I’m not just imagining it all.  

Sapphire Star Publishing has worked hard to involve me in every step along the way, including my ideas for the cover.  Their artist incorporated every facet I imagined, and with spectacular results, I think.  Gripping covers are imperative in the book business.  An author has about three seconds to attract and hold the attention of a potential reader.  My cover needs to say, with as simple an image as possible, exactly what the story is about.  I think it does it does just that.

Here’s the synopsis:

All Tyler Karras wants is to enjoy life with his expectant bride; what he gets instead is a graveside seat at her funeral.  With the woman who killed her uncharged and still free, all Ty wants now is revenge.  His brother, Nick, has dangerous connections and suggests a sadistic plan: grab the woman responsible and hand her over to his associates—sex-traffickers in San Francisco’s Russian Mafia.  They offer Ty more than he dreamed possible.  In exchange for the woman, they’ll finally let his brother leave the business for good—with his debt wiped clean and his heart still beating.

There’s just one problem: Ty kidnaps the wrong woman. 

Now he must protect her from the very enemy he’s unleashed, but the Russians are holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal.  Caught in a no-win situation, Ty must find a way to save himself, his brother, and the woman, but with the Russian Mafia, even two out of three makes for very long odds. 

So what do you think—do you like it?  Do you gravitate toward covers that appeal to you and weigh the art against the synopsis before buying?  
   

44 comments:

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Congrats!!!

JeffO said...

Congratulations, Nancy! The cover is very sharp, the blurb quite compelling. I am thrilled for you!

Richard said...

It's an attractive cover that implies mystery and murder. I hope your book does well.

Donna K. Weaver said...

I've heard some real horror stories about some publishers and their unwillingness to work with the author on the cover design. I'm so glad your experience has been different and that you're happy with the results. The book's cover is SO important.

Looks awesome.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looks awesome, Nancy! (And excited to read it early.) Yes, the cover makes it real, doesn't it? So get excited - you really have a book coming out this fall!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats Nancy! Love your cover and the title of your book. So excited for you.

S.P. Bowers said...

Great cover! Congrats!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I am totally a cover girl. If the cover doesn't appeal to me, I won't check out the blurb (which means I won't buy the book).

Intriguing blurb. I love the wrong woman part. Oops! Gotta hate it when that happens. :)

Nick Wilford said...

I want to read it right now!! Looks great! :D

Without knowing anything about the story, I'm already asking questions - ie why is the crosshair over the woman in the picture. Great job and it's good that you got to be so involved! Congrats!

Michael Abayomi said...
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Michael Abayomi said...

Not bad at all. Plus your synopsis sounds real intriguing. Best of luck with all your publication goals. :)

Lynda R Young said...

The cover is absolutely fantastic!! Congratulations!!! And I love the premise too.

Woo hooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Phil Siegel said...

That cover is so striking. And the premise is incredible. Seriously - I was sucked in and now I totally want to read this! Congratulations!

Nicky Wells said...

It's fantastic, and it will do everything you want it to do. Your three seconds will totally hook your prospective reader. Congrats, and well done to you and all at Sapphire! Here's to an amazing launch....

Michael Pierce said...

Fantastic cover! You book sounds very intriguing from the synopsis. Congrats! :)

Jacqueline Howett said...

Congratulations Nancy!

Yeah, I like it! Its a great cover and well suited to the blurb. Your novel sounds intriguing. Best of luck in your publishing efforts!

I'm so happy for you!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Wonderful cover!

The excerpt reads like a movie plot.

Chris Fries said...

Wow -- how awesome, Nancy!

Congratulations!

I like the cover!

To me, since they're heading sort of right-to-left in the image, it looks like the woman in the crosshairs is leading the man, but the blurb makes it sound like he is trying to lead her (to safety) -- so the disconnect makes it intriguing: Does she end up being the 'hero' that saves him in the end????

LOL, I'm probably over-analyzing way more than I would in an actual bookstore -- there I'd just go, "whoa -- cool cover, and this blurb sounds really interesting! Plus I know the author, so it's absolutely a buy!" ;^)

L.G.Smith said...

Oh, wow, the cover is great. And the novel sounds amazing! Lots of crazy tension and drama.

Juliana L. Brandt said...

Yay! It's beautiful. I love it :)

Ellis Shuman said...

Great cover! I want to read this!

jamieayres said...

Very cool. I'd be pulled in by the cover first, but I have to love the synopsis to buy the book:) You have a winnER!!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Congratulations!

Lynn Proctor said...

the cover will draw me in every time--great cover!!

Matthew MacNish said...

Looks great, Nancy. Congrats!

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

The cover corresponds well with the story - judging from the blurb. I like this dark color palette and the red font. Congratulations, dear Nancy! You're so close to be published :-)

Carrie Butler said...

I LOVE IT!

It goes perfectly with the story. Oh, Nancy, this is so cool! Congratulations! :D

Aimée Jodoin said...

Oh, I LOVE the cover! Congrats!

LD Masterson said...

Congratulations! And the cover is a grabber.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Wow, wow!
But wait -- didn't you just get this deal?? I can't believe you have a cover already!

Heather M. Gardner said...

I'm so happy for you and proud of you!

It's such a wonderful moment.

My fingers are crossed for a smooth ride!

Heather

Eva Gallant said...

Awesome cover and synopsis!!

D.J. Kirkby said...

I have to confess that I am one of those readers who is attached by covers (I am the same with labels). I like your cover and love the sound of that blurb. i will definitely be buying a copy!

Annalisa Crawford said...

That's a great cover - it really reflects the story!

DL Hammons said...

Very nice!! The premise of your book sounds like something right up my alley!! :)

Lisa Regan said...

Well you already know how spectacular I think it is! I think it is just perfect. I love it!!!!! Can't stop looking at it!!! Congrats!!!

Medeia Sharif said...

Congratulations on the awesome cover. :)

Stephen Tremp said...

Congrats! on the milestone! Best wishes for your success! And thanks for the Goodreads invite.

Chuck said...

The cover looks great and does exactly what you want it to. Well done! As for the story...sounds
intriguing and I am ready to read. Happy for you Nancy!!

Melodie Wright said...

Your blurb is great, and I'm a blurb-girl. ;) I'll read a blurb for the cover, but if it doesn't hook me, I put it back down no matter what the cover looks like. I think you've got a winner!

otin said...

If I were in a book store, the cover would attract me enough to read the blurb and the blurb would make me put it into my buy pile.

Melissa said...

Very cool! I love it! Congrats!!! :)

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congrats on your beautiful cover Nancy! I'm so excited for you! Julie

Andrea Teagan said...

How exciting! Congrats on your first! I do love the cover it makes me think this is going to be an exciting story filled with action.

Andrea