Cover Crush| March

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Another speedy month has driven past and here we are already well into March. I was excited to see our Member’s New Releases and, as always, they did not disappoint.

This month we have a feast for the senses. A visual cornucopia of romantic elements that draw the eye and capture the imagination. Nearly every corner of our wide breadth of sub-genres is captured in this month’s new releases, and I won’t deny that the choice for the Cover Crush this month was a hard one.

A simple a cover is often overlooked. The ability to layer the jacket with visual representations of the story beneath, to add teasers and snippets, awards and subtitles can be a tempting one. These elements often enhance, but sometimes, they can distract from the essence of what makes a cover brilliant.

So, this month, we welcome Cassie Hamer with her book After the Party published by Harlequin Australia to the Cover Crush family. This cover is all about simplicity. It’s all about minimalism. A simple image that says so much with nothing more than a squashed cupcake. But the colour pops, the solitary imagery is almost austere, yet it is one of intrigue, a level of suspense shown with merely an extinguished candle and the single teasing sentence is a tie in to what can be found when you turn the first page. It’s a brilliant example of saying more with less.

After the Party by Cassie Hamer

Well done Cassie and Harlequin Australia and 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.

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