Share your favorite cover art! All comments on this post will be entered for a signed copy of Kelly Creagh's Nevermore!
Last time I posted I was hoping that by November 6 (it seemed so far away! that I'd be able to reveal my cover. And my wish came true! My beautiful cover (see below) has been all over the internet thanks to the amazing network of book bloggers with their cover reveal posts and waiting on wednesday posts (which are posts where they talk about upcoming books they are excited about, who knew?)
Anyway, being in cover heaven caused me to think more than I usually do about covers (and I can say that I probably think more than the average person about covers, I'm completely excited about my foreign sales, because it means the book will have even more covers! Covers in France, Germany and the UK). For me covers are certainly a form of art. I've always loved artistic expression, but I've never moved past the rudimentary understanding gleaned from art history classes in college, though I enjoyed those survey classes. And most people who know me have heard the sad story of how the museums were on strike when I visited Paris, (I got to walk past the Louvre, I mean, that's the same as going in, right?).
So, I've always been a person who looks at and admires art, but one thing I LOVE about cover art is that it's a visual representation of a story...and of all the forms of artistic expression, story is my far my absolute favorite. And books themselves are my favorite item to collect. In a few years I'll be ready for the apocalypse, I'll just need to be sure I have a lifetime supply of contact lenses. (click this for an object lesson in irony from The Twilight Zone)
So, imagine my giddiness when I learned, not only did I have a beautiful cover, but in the words of one of my more knowledgable friends, that my cover artist, Sammy Yuen, was "a really big deal." With just a little googling, I discovered his portfolio, and so so many of my favorite books and covers. Here are some examples...
Wow, that's art. All of these works of art are on my bookshelf, except Behemoth, which was released with a different (less beautiful cover). Sammy also designed the covers for all of Ellen Hopkins' books (great examples of branding), Holly Black's first three books, and many other beautiful covers. I feel completely fortunate in my cover, and sharing the same artist as some of my favorite books/covers, all I can say is wow!
Some other beautiful covers that have blown my mind lately...
I LOVE this cover (and the book and the author) because it's so different, I love the colors and the way it glows.
This one is from GreenWillow, and it is so beautiful, in fact I saw where it was voted THE most beautiful cover on at least one Goodreads poll. It's even more beautiful in person, and I really enjoyed the book.
I love all of Cassandra Clare's covers, but I particularly like the new ones for Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince.
Green is my favorite color, and this beautiful, and in my mind under-appreciated book is just gorgeous.
Check out the sidebar of the blog for my fellow blogger's beautiful covers, I was going to add them in here, but I realized I was getting picture crazy.
Lastly I have covers from Kelly Creagh, whose Nevermore I promised to give away in my last blog post, I'm completely in LOVE with her Polish cover.
This is the one I'm giving away. I love the colors, very elegant.
This is her newest foreign cover and I'm salivating over that Raven. Wow!
Okay, so all you have to do for the chance to win the signed copy of Nevermore is post your comment, share a picture of your favorite cover, or just tell us about it! Next month I'll be giving away a one of a kind annotated copy of my Masque of the Red Death ARC (if you can't wait until next month I'm giving one away on my personal blog at bethanygriffin.com next week!)