Cover Crush | January

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Happy new year! Romance Writers of Australia has gone out guns blazing this year and has recruited a number of new bloggers who are set to grace your social media feeds with exciting new content. I’m Annabelle McInnes and I’m going to be your 2018 Cover Crush blogger.

What’s a Cover Crush blogger you ask? Well, every month, I’m going to look at RWA member’s New Release announcement in Hearts Talk and discuss the cover I love the most.

Like most of you, I’ve read and enjoyed Romance novels for many years. In my case, it’s now been over a decade. I am a devoted reader and love all sub-genres of Romance, from achingly sweet historicals all the way through to delicious dark erotic spec-fic.

I’ve published two novels with a third due to come out next month with Escape Publishing. I predominantly read e-books, though I do still often read print when I have the opportunity. My choice on cover will be based solely from a reader’s perspective, as though I might happen to see your book in the bookstore or on Amazon.

The top three criteria I will use are:

  1. Typeface
  2. Genre relevancy
  3. Visual appeal

So, drumroll please …


For the January new releases, I am in love with the Naturalist’s Daughter by Tea Cooper. HQ Fiction has done an incredible job. There is a special elegance to this cover. The typeface, the image and the colours give this book a haunting lilt that entices me to look, enjoy and savour. As it is a historical fiction that is set in NSW in both the 1800’s and the 1900’s, this cover embodies the story and the genre, it is on trend, yet still offers the market something unique. It is visually appealing, the text is bright and accessible, especially on my Paperwhite Kindle, and I imagine it would look beautiful in print. Well done HQ Fiction and Tea.

That’s it everyone! Until next month when I will fall in love all over again with the RWA member’s book releases for February.

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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