Do You Judge A Book By Its Cover?


A colleague recently remarked that she was relieved that our publisher, Crimson Romance, does not use “classic” romance covers for its cover art.  You know the kind I mean – the ones featuring a woman with long flowing hair in the throws of passion with a gorgeous, shirtless Adonis.  Well, I have a confession to make.  I love those “classic” covers.  I mean, come on.  Who among us hasn’t wished for long, beautiful hair or fantasized about being in the arms of a dark, muscular, larger than life, hunk of a man?


Hot Off the Press Actual Cover

So I was a little disappointed when I saw that the cover of my debut novel, Hot Off the Press, was definitely more modern than classically hot.  No bodice ripping here. No, sirree, Bob. Now granted, my novel does deal with serious issues like discrimination in our prison system but it also contains a beautiful romance and really great and hot sex.

Alternate Cover

Hot Off the Press Author’s “Classic” Cover

My research on the impact of a book cover revealed that in fact, your book cover may very well be the single biggest piece of marketing that book will receive.  For first time authors and writers that have not yet built up a big following, the cover may be the only thing that gets a reader or reviewer to physically pick the book up.  Talk about pressure.

According to a survey, covers play a decisive role in 21% readers’ decision to purchase a book. Moreover, 60% of readers say a cover has been the sole driving factor in their decision to purchase a book.

So although we’re all taught never to judge a book by its cover, many of us still do.

What about you? Do you judge a book by its cover? Let me know, leave your email address and enter to win a $100 or $50 Amazon gift card!

Here’s how it works:

To celebrate romance and the classic covers I love, I’ve joined the Crimson Wonderland Blog Hop. I invite you to visit the other fabulous Crimson Romance authors and also enter to win on their site. The more you visit, the better your chances of winning a prize! And, the more authors, sexy covers and amazing stories you’ll find to entice you.

Find the entire list of participants to the blog hop here:

Good luck!


10 Questions with Galen Rose

“I don’t think I’d be able to sleep at night if I didn’t write.”

ImageContemporary romance writer, Galen Rose, dropped by to chat about writing, romance and her biggest influences.   Rose lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains, with her husband, son and 3.5 cats. She’s an avid cook, gardener and loves to travel.

MN:  Writers are often told, “Write what you know.” How much of what you write stems from your experience?

GR:   Some of it falls under location, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Ireland. Places I have lived and traveled. I choose occupations I am familiar with for my characters too. But that doesn’t mean I won’t go further and delve into research for a new work. Like taking shooting lessons to learn more about guns.

MN:  Once you have your premise, what’s your process?  Are you a plotter or a “pantser” going with your instincts as you write?

GR:  I am a pantzer all the way. A story line will pop into my head and I’ll run with it till the end. Then I’ll go back and see if where I started is really the beginning. My book, A Place to Rest My Heart, had a vastly different and darker opening than what eventually went to print. The opening that I cut out could very well inspire a new book.

MN:  What or who inspires you to write romance?

GR:  Writers like Nora Roberts, Jennifer Crusie and Janet Evanovich inspire me but mostly I hate unrequited love and combined with a vivid imagination, I write. I don’t think I’d be able to sleep at night if I didn’t write.

MN:  What is it about an alpha male that makes your heart melt?

GR:  Strength and truth.

MN:  Which of your characters is your favorite?  Why?

GR:  My favorite is a secondary character, Mason Storm (that one day may get her own book). She is a former assassin that chucks it all to try and live a normal life.

MN:  What else do you do besides write?

GR:  Garden, photograph flowers, travel.

MN:  Who are you reading right now?

GR:  I am reading quite a bit by Carla Neggers right now as well as trying to get through the stack of books I got at the RWA convention.

MN:  What’s your ideal writing environment like?

GR:  My office. It is at the back of the house and for the most part quiet. I can open the door and hear birds and this week I got to hear our first rain of the season. Plus if I can leave the door open, the cats will quit demanding I open the door for them!

MN:  Celebrity crush?

GR:  Wow, that’s a tough one, but probably Chris Pine.

MN:  Who are the biggest influences on your work?

GR:  My friends first, they read my writing and demand more, and also my fellow RWA Monterey chapter members.

MN:  Thanks for dropping by!!

ImageAbout GR’s A Place to Rest My Heart:

When Laney Murphy walks into Muldoon’s Pub in San Francisco, she has no idea her life is about to change forever. Laney has always believed that Murphy’s Law was written with her in mind. The offer of a job and a place to stay from the Muldoon family seems too good to be true, but when she meets Sean Muldoon, the suspicious and distrustful son of the pub owners, she wonders if she was right—he clearly detests her.

Sean is on the fast track as a body guard with Woo Security, and he isn’t going to allow some grifter to get in his way or to mess with his family.

But he soon discovers that Laney is not all sharp tongue and sarcasm, and he finds himself wanting to kiss her more than deck her.   But soon, Laney’s past comes back to haunt her and it will take her putting her life on the line to save Sean and the family she has come to love.

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