If It’s Pretty…Pick It Up!
You know what I’ve noticed? *pauses for a moment, waves to everyone* Um yes, hi guys, it’s me again. *resumes speaking as if it’s only been minutes* I’ve noticed that there are a lot of covers out there that are visually stunning, and I’m sure have something to do with the story under said cover, but honestly if you were just looking at the picture and didn’t read the blurb, would you have any clue what the story was?
Did that make any sense? I’m thinking it might just be me. Admit it you missed my random babbling didn’t you?
Maybe it’s always been this way and I just now noticed but take for example the covers I chose for my return foray into ogling pretty pictures for your pleasure.
My first reaction? I love all of these covers and yet I have no idea what the story is inside.
None. Zip. Nada. I got nothin’.
However, that being said, I WANT to pick these books up and see what the hell is going on in them because THE COVERS ROCK!!!
Yeah, ok, we could make the argument that Paradox Lost by Libby Drew cover art done by Tad Aronowicz is maybe about genetics? I’m just going with the mathematics superimposed over the top and paradox lost makes me think that maybe they’ve figured out how to make clones? But you see what I’m getting at? I really don’t have a clue. However, it’s interesting enough to make me want to find out.
Filth written by and cover art made by M.King. The guy is half naked with a great body, the title hints at titillation, but yet the muted tones of the mudlike color overlay makes me think this is going to be a heart tugging, possibly gut wrenching fic. Yep, I’m sold. Hell, it could be about mud wrestling in the illegal farmland underground for all I know, but I want to investigate further!
And seriously someone has got to write a book about the dark seedy underbelly of illegal farmland mud wrestling. Any takers?
And we’re moving on.
Flare and Fusion by Posy Roberts with cover art by Anne Cain, are clearly from the same Trilogy. This is what you want your trilogies to look like, guys and gals.You’re clearly able to see that they belong to the same series even without reading the tagline that states it. And that’s what you want. Notice it doesn’t have to be the same pic on the covers. By using the same style of pic, in this case a large interesting photo, and then keeping the same fonts and placement of the entire format, both books are treated to their own unique feel without any worry of one obscuring the other. Again, at a loss as to what the stories are about, but I know that the covers would catch my eye long enough for me to think, hmmm, I wonder.
Rare by Garrett Leigh cover art by G.D. Leigh (who I’m guessing is also the author?), I’m thinking is not about a steak. Maybe a shapeshifter novel? Alien abductee? (I’ve been re-watching the X-files, sue me.) Maybe the man on the cover is ill? The picture is provocative. The coloring is sad and lonely yet like the picture, the slight splash of red hints at pain. The cracked font bold yet raw feeling. Combine all of that, and I’m gonna guess this is going to be a bare bones, hard to tear your eyes away, but keep the Kleenex handy, page turner. Again, it could be about a modern day Beauty and the Beast, but I’m guessing probably not. But don’t quote me.
And lastly, Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote cover art by Anna Siroska . I like this cover. It’s so simple, it’s not a deep thoughtful cover, and yet there’s something about the picture of the model that was chosen. Is he guilty? Is he trepidatious? Anxious? Thoughtful? He reminds me of a guy who works in the back of a restaurant, or maybe is a struggling artist? I dunno, but he’s interesting. The font is outstanding, the colors blend beautifully, and it’s just so understated and yet cool looking. This one would be a cool movie poster for some rom-com or LGBT based movie. Maybe coming-of-age. Funny how I said it’s not a deep, thoughtful cover and yet here I am, thinking.
My point is that with all these wonderful covers, even if you have no clue at all what the story is about, the covers make you want to buy them to find out. So go ahead, pick it up, or click the links, you know you want to read the blurb. At the very worst, maybe it won’t be what you were looking for but at the very best, maybe it will be a gem you didn’t expect.
This is me signing out, have a great day and may all the good books be with you!
All thoughts and comments are the reviewers only and not the viewpoints of others. If I’ve made you angry, stepped on any toes, or otherwise ruffled any feathers, I do apologize. This is just for fun, and written in the hopes that it will help fledgling book authors and artists to grow and learn.
**On a side note I want to say that I and Lisa (the owner of TNA Reviews) try very hard to find the information for the artists connected to the covers, but sometimes they don’t have sites, or their publishing house doesn’t give them credit for some reason. I and Lisa even go so far as to email the authors/publishers in order to find out the artists who are involved so we can give them credit. I just wanted to clarify that when there are links missing such as the one for Tad Aronowicz on Paradox Lost, this is why. Not because we don’t fully support the artists. Cause we do!
4 thoughts on “She's Baa-aack – A.J. Corza's Got You Covered”
Great to have you back, A.J.! I missed these posts, and this one was so enjoyable that it makes up for all the lag time in between. (Almost.) You’re right, these are all beautiful covers. And if the most they do is grab your attention and make you want to know more, that’s a good thing in a place where there are lots of not-so-beautiful ones who tell you exactly what they’re about.
Awwwwwwww thank you.
I know I know, real life got in the way dammit. I’ll try and make it up to you I promise! (I’d offer Cabana folk and Pina Coladas perhaps?)
I’m so glad that my random musings that aren’t really falling under reviews (Lisa really is a saint for putting up with me) are falling under entertaining and not seeming as insane as I sometimes think they sound! I’m still debating on a review on not so beautiful covers but I honestly don’t want to make anyone feel bad ya know? This one was just kinda, hey, look at that, I never realized.
Then again, I tend to have tiny epiphanies a lot about the oddest things. :)
WELCOME BACK AJ! We missed you.
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Anne Cain’s covers for Fusion and Flare are featured in this great article by A.J. Corza about cover art that makes her want to pick up a book. I know I’m a tad biased, but I think Anne Cain did an outstanding job on all three covers from North Star as well as from Private Display of Affection. She’s amazing, and I know I’ve been very lucky to have her work on these covers.