We have a winner! Congratulations to Bobbye Booth for winning an ecopy of CHRISTMAS AT ANGEL LAKE!
On Facebook recently, a popular author asked if readers noticed the cover or the author name first. A lot of people answered the question. Though “cover” was mentioned first in most cases, “author” wasn’t far behind. But it seems to me that if the cover doesn’t attract the reader’s eye, she would never look at the author name. Because of that, I think the cover does come first for most everyone.
I’d say that right behind the cover is the author name. If I’ve never heard of the author but really like the cover (yes, it does have to be really), I’ll read the book blurb, too. And if I really like that, I read a sample.
I used to read the first couple pages in a bookstore or the library. Now I might read the sample on Kindle. Sometimes I’ll read just a few pages and know I want to buy it. Or I’ll know that I don’t want to buy it. And sometimes I love it so much and don’t even want to stop reading it. In that case, as soon as the sample ends, I’ll run downstairs to get my Kindle and buy the book.
What this is leading up to is a cover reveal for CHRISTMAS AT ANGEL LAKE, book 2 of the Rescued Hearts series, which will be available within a month:
I hope this is a book that will be judged by its cover. My cover designer, Laura Morrigan, did a brilliant job. From the colors to the couple to the dog and cat, it’s clearly a Christmas book with romance. And I hope the reader is intrigued enough to look at the blurb. If they don’t buy it right away, I hope they’re intrigued enough to read the excerpt or sample. I’ll just post the first sentence:
Maddie Barrymore was lost—in more ways than one.
One commenter will win an e-copy of CHRISTMAS AT ANGEL LAKE as soon as it’s available. I’ll announce the winner on Monday.
What about you? What do you judge a book by?