Quick Cover Contest!

HURRY! CALL ME SIN COVER CONTEST CLOSES SATURDAY, FEB. 23 AT 1:00 pm CENTRAL TIME.

This is the cover for the first book in The Berringer Brothers trilogy. 

I’ve fallen in love with designing covers. Many years ago I used to do artsy-crafty stuff, and I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I started coming up with new covers for of some of my back list for e-publishing on the various online sites.

I found a background that I absolutely loved for the cover of Call Me Sin, the second book in my Berringer Brothers trilogy. I also knew I wanted all three books to have big letters on the covers with the characters interacting with the letters. I got that last part right, but then the background I loved suddenly seemed too busy, so I experimented with a color change of some of the print, then with a totally different idea. I kind of like the notion of the old book as the background of the latest version.

In Call Me Sin, the heroine, Susan Sinclair, owns a new and used book store, and the hero, Ross Berringer, is a hunk of a Texas Ranger, dedicated but fun-loving, who has just moved into the townhouse next door. (Ross is the twin brother of Holt Berringer from Big and Bright.) When her ailing grandmother gets ripped off by her caretaker, Susan is determined to find the thieving wretch, and Ross is determined to go along and keep her out of trouble. Guess how that works out? The story is a humorous romance with love, laughter, sizzle, and enough suspense to keep things hopping.

I’m posting below three covers for you to chose from. Please leave your comments to help me make my decision, and I’ll randomly pick a winner (you don’t have to select the cover I end up using). The prize is a free e-book of Call Me Sin for your reading device when it’s published.

BOOK COVER #1 ON LEFT, #2 IN CENTER,  #3 (THE BOOK) ON THE BOTTOM BELOW. TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK.   (The last one is a bit fuzzy because it’s a quick mock up and not a finished cover.)   YOUR FAVORITE? WHY? PLEASE LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW. MAYBE YOU THINK I SHOULD TRASH THE LOT AND GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. THANKS FOR ANY OPINIONS!

UPDATE: BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE, BOTH FROM HERE AND PRIVATELY, ASKED FOR A LESS INTRUSIVE ROSS, I’VE MOVED HIM DOWN ON THE #1 COVER SO THAT THE TITLE IS LESS OBSTRUCTED. THIS ADDITION WILL BE #1b. BETTER?

 

 

 

32 thoughts on “Quick Cover Contest!

  1. You’re getting really good at these covers! I like the last one, but as part of a series, I feel like it’s too different from the 1st book’s cover. I vote for cover #1. It’s good looking, caries the feel of the series, and has your name in a bold color to differentiate it from the title. The background isn’t too busy for my tastes, and I think colors will pop in a lineup.

    Whatever you pick, though, you’re doing great work! Go Jan!

  2. I like the first one best. Why? Name and title are in different colors so it’s easy and quick to distinguish them. I might have chosen the third because I tend to like the color of your name there better than yellow BUT he’s facing away from her. Granted that he’s not looking at her in the first two either but at least he’s not turning away.

    • Thanks for the thoughtful feedback, April. I’ve learned that, through the magic of PaintShop, I can have him face either way with the touch of a button (which I did with the first two). And changing font color is relatively easy. (Didn’t I change it a hundred times for these examples?) Other changes aren’t so simple. Scouring thousands of stock photos for hours to find the exact image you want can be frustrating. Oh, to be able to hire models and do a professional shoot!

  3. Cover #1. Why? 1) It’s consistent with its predecessor, so it feels like part of a collection. 2) The background colors have great contrast, appealing!. 3) Your name pops. 4) Studly is facing the heroine.

    • Marina, thanks for taking the time to respond. Someone else has mentioned Ross’s covering too much title. I’ve wiggled and jiggled to solve that issue with no luck. It causes proportional problems — including those with Susan’s head. I’ll work on it some more–maybe cut off his legs more. LOL

  4. I like #3 with your guy from #2 because he is facing the same way as the brother on bright. That way there is continuity without repurposing the same image. The old book background is awesome

  5. Thanks for taking time to comment Cheryl! Now if everybody would just agree. I also think that the old book is awesome, but as a couple of people have pointed out, it varies too much in continuity of style from B&B. I think I’ll save the idea for another time.

  6. I vote for #2. Why? Because I like red, as in red hot all the way. I found that with #1, my eyes kept jumping back and forth, but with #2, I read down the page. Both are cute, cute, cute. As for #3, it’s…messy. I like clean lines.

  7. Hi,
    I like the best cover number 3, because Susan sells books, and you suggest that on the cover, Ross wears a black hat, which is one of the main differences between the twins, maybe you could change his position as on cover number 1 or 2, so he faces Susan, and the color for your name I think should be either the red one or the yellow one from the other covers, I don’t really realize which one should go best with the color from the background. You are mentioning that this book is the number 2 in the series, so I don’t think that the covers should match in detail….
    “Call Me Sin” was my first Jan Hudson book…back in Europe…

    • Thanks, Adela, for your very thoughtful reply. Changing his position would be easy, and I see you did catch the black hat. I had a hard time with changing his hat from brown to black and the result wasn’t as good as I had hoped (sloppy, in fact). I do ok with real paints, but painting with a mouse is hard! I used one of my practice photos for that quick mock up. The hat may just have to stay brown. I love hearing that you first read Call Me Sin so long ago.

  8. I like 1a, but I see the issue with your hero covering up the letters, so 1b might be safer. I like the continuation of your colors and feel of your first book’s cover.

    • Redo Big & Bright, Lynn? In your dreams. That would be a nightmare! LOL I sort of fell in love w/the old book cover, too. I’ve got a couple of ideas to use it later. I still have a bunch of my backlist books to publish.

  9. Can’t resist voting on a cover! I like #2 the best, as it’s most consistent with your first book. I like #1 too, but the guy is bigger than the guy on you first book. If they’re going to be lined up together, I think the more consistent they are, the better. Nice work!

    • Aren’t covers fun? I’m trying to walk a line between the series having “a look” and them all looking the same. Sometimes it’s a dilemma. Thanks for your thoughts!

  10. I like #2 the best, mostly because he’s not obscuring the title as much. I really like how you did the heroine poking out from behind the letters–great job!!! This can’t be an easy decision for you, because they’re all soooo good! But I do wish you lots of luck choosing! 😉
    ~Elijana

    • Thanks so much for your comments, Elijana. As things stand now, I’ll probably chose that one in which Ross doesn’t cover so much of the title. But then, I may change my mind–again. LOL

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