What Makes a Cover Catch Your Eye?

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Ever been wandering through the grocery store when a book caught your eye? You picked it up, glanced at the back cover blurb, looked at the cover again, and suddenly you had to have it. You simply couldn’t leave the store without it.

I used to do this all the time. It was how I bought most of my books. Once I started writing with an eye toward publication (thereby having far less time to read), I began to carefully research each book before I purchased it. My days of impulse buying were over.

Yeah right.

I did stick to my guns for a while. I swear I did. But then…I was walking through the grocery store last week, and this caught my eye.

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Sure enough, within minutes I was the proud owner of a shiny new book.

So what was it about this particular book that drew me? The open-shirted guy didn’t hurt (heh), but let’s face it, a lot of romances have those on the cover. In this case, I think it was a combination of several things that really caught my eye: the swirly background, the antique scrolling on the lower right-hand side, and the catchy title. Ok, the guy is worth mentioning again. Smile

What makes a cover stand out for you? What makes it so alluring that you simply must pick the book up? Can you remember the last book that hooked you by its cover alone?

I’ll be taking a break from blogging on Friday to spend time with family, but I’ll be back next Monday. I wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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