Cover Crush | August/September

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There are highlights in the Australian romance writing community, including festivals and workshops, but one of the unmissable events, is the Romance Writers of Australia’s annual conference. This year was one of the best I’ve been to, and I want to take a moment to congratulate the committee for an incredible and memorable event. 

The nature of traveling for the conference however, does mean that many of us have to leave family/work/commitments behind, and as such, those last few days in preparation are often chaos. In order to combat this, in conjunction with the RWA volunteer’s coordinator, we decided that the Cover Crush blog would be a combined August and September edition. 

Looking over the covers for two months worth of new releases, gives me a greater perspective of the trends in our genre. Not only does this include the sub-genre inclinations, but the title trends, the aesthetics and even the popularity of certain type-faces. We’re seeing a trend in highlighting the cover-model’s backs, rather then focusing on their face. We are seeing a shift towards darker colors and shadowing. We are certainly seeing a movement away from the naked, headless male torso. There wasn’t a single representation of this type of cover over the two months. A surprising change.

Where there is smoke by Elizabeth Rose

As usual, there were many brilliant covers, but in this month’s Cover Crush, I wanted to not only discuss genre trend changes, but company changes. Escape Publishing with their recent internal changes, have offered us a cornucopia of new releases, and as such their cover-art has been in the spotlight. The artists have delivered a spectacular offering and every single one is on-trend, striking, distinctive and well, gorgeous. There were two particular standouts, the first for August with Where There is Smoke by Elisabeth Rose and September with The Landowner’s Secret by Sonya Heaney

The Landowner’s Secret by Sonya Heaney

Congratulations to both authors and to Escape Publishing. Welcome to the Cover Crush family. 

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

If you’re interested in reading my previous Cover Crush nominations, you can find them on the Romance Writers Australia website

Until next month…


Annabelle McInnes

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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.

Website: Annabelle McInnes


  1. I’m glad other people love my cover as much as I do! None of the credit goes to me, of course, but to Christine Armstrong, my cover designer.

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