Cover Crush | February

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I have a distinct feeling that this blog is going to become increasingly harder for me to finalise each month. The covers from the books in our community are incredible. No joke folks, we have some talented artists at our disposal and in our midst.

This month, like last month (and I’m sure the months to come), it was very tough. I have downloaded samples onto my iPhone and Kindle. I have read blurbs, scanned websites and even skimmed reviews to ensure that the cover I pick meets my guidelines.

A brief reminder on what those criteria are.

  1. Typeface
  2. Genre relevancy
  3. Visual appeal

So, without further delay, my favourite is…

Catching London by MV Ellis. At first glance, this cover screams its sub-genre. It’s sexy and distinctive. We’re drawn to human faces, it’s a biological fact. Add those lips to the equation and I don’t need to say more. However, upon closer inspection, there is a deceptive depth and an enticing subtleness to this cover that offers insights into what is beyond that front page. I was captivated by those lips, but I was hooked by the interplay of images. The typeface adds to the allure. It is brilliantly placed, visually appealing, and when viewed in colour, it is also very striking.

Hot Tree Publishing have taken the tried and true montage method of showcasing elements of the story within the cover without the typical multi-coloured layering. It’s fresh, it’s modern, it’s relevant and perfect for this sub-genre.

That’s why I’m crushing all over this cover.

If you would like to get your covers into Heart’s Talk, log into your account on the RWA website and upload your image before the 8th of each month.

Until next month…


Annabelle McInnes

From the age of sixteen, Annabelle lived in a youth refuge while she remained committed to her education. She spent two years within a section of humanity that society overlooks.

Her experiences are the foundations that drive her stories and her characters. They fight for their freedoms, have courage in the face of adversity and will ultimately, always aspire for greatness.

Annabelle is privileged to spend her time writing with a backdrop of Canberra’s iconic landmarks and admiring its distinct and captivating change of seasons. Outside of her love for reading, she spends every free moment with her husband, son and her poodle named Serendipity. She drinks her whisky neat and is known to scour the local markets in an attempt to find the best blue cheese available.

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