Book covers have always fascinated me. Some repel me, others draw me in immediately. Think “ooh, shiny, pretty…” lol. Others intrigue me by their content or graphic design, while others leave me “meh” or confused. When I think of series covers that are successful, all they have some of the same elements incorporated into their design. The first being I can tell the books belong together at a glance, they have a cohesive design element consistent in every cover. The fonts stay the same. Each cover contains the same overall design with small changes that don’t affect the overall picture they present to the reader.
So we are looking for consistency, cohesiveness, clarity and recognition. Designs that convey a sense of connectedness between the books. Look over my choices and see if you agree with me. Many of my favorites series also have some of my favorite series covers. Yes, I have let quite a lot out but I need something for the next cover post, don’t I? Lets get started.
1. Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban, now being written by Abigail Roux,cover design by Mara McKinnon:Simple and elegant. The central object, which is prominent in each storyline, is changed out with each book. I can tell a Cut &Run book in a heartbeat.
2. Lost Gods series by Megan Derr, design by London Burden. Each cover is a map of the kingdom the story is set in. The color is important as it is a prime element for each kingdom and its culture. Blue for the kingdom of Kundou, a land to whom the sea is all important. It’s people have hair in all shades of blue and green, the color of water. The orange/red cover of Burning Bright is self explanatory and so on. Subtle, expressive, simple on the surface yet contains hidden meanings just like the books.
3. Sanctuary Series by RJ Scott, artist/cover design by Reese Dante. Each cover depicts the two men who will be the novel’s romantic couple, usually one is a Sanctuary op. The design stays the same with the men being switched out. The models are consistent with the descriptions of the men inside. Reese Dante does the fantastic design.
4. Dance With The Devil series by Megan Derr, design by London Burden. Effective use of a simple graphic design where the object floating in the center of a black cover is switched out for each new book. Again the main element is important to the storyline. Effective, elegant, and easy to recognize that the books belong together without having to resort to the publishers note.
4. Cambridge Fellows series by Charlie Cochrane, cover design by Scott Carpenter: All the covers have a lovely vintage feel to them, sepia toned with elements such as furniture, buildings and mens clothing from 1900′s included on the design. Unfortunately, the last cover from Samheim had a more modern looking model which threw off the design. The newest title in the series has a completely different look as it was published at the different company. Can you pick it out?
3. Superpowered Love by Katey Hawthorne, artist P.L. Nunn: Just wonderful art by PL Nunn, the covers really set the stage for the stories within. I just love these. Again while the content changes, the style is the same and makes the books easy to identify.
4. Infected series by Andrea Speed, art by Anne Cain, cover design by Mara McKinnon: These covers blow me away. Intense, dramatic, with that hint of menace. Outstanding. They are offered to download at Andrea Speed’s website. I grabbed them, you will want to as well. Andrea Speed’s website http://www.andreaspeed.com.
5. Cattle Valley Series by Carol Lynne, art by Anne Cain. It doesn’t matter if it is Book 2, Book 12 or Book 23, you can tell it is a Cattle Valley book immediately due to the great design and artwork by the wonderful Anne Cain. This series is branded, folks! Total E Bound does more of a series branding than any other publisher or so it seems to me.
6. Sci-Regency Series by JL Langley, cover by Anne Cain. Sigh! I love Anne Cain and her artwork. Especially her cover for My Fair Captain. That one is so drool worthy that I have to bring out the towels. Yeah, I know TMI! But just look at that chest! And the same goes for the other two books in the series, the last of which, My Regelence Rake, is to be released in October 2012.
7. Leopard’s Spots series by Bailey Bradford, artwork by Posh Gosh. What a lush, rich group of covers, They are like a feast for the eyes, I just don’t know where to look next. The design pulls your eye around the cover, so nothing is missed. Just superb.
So that’s my short list. What is yours? Yes, I see the same artists over and over on covers I like. Anne Cain, PL Nunn, Reese Dante, Posh Gosh and London Burden. Lately I have also noticed Alessia Brio too. I know I have missed so many great artists, help me fill in the blanks. And don’t forget to leave a comment and be entered in the contest.