Judging a Book by its Cover

I know, I know, we should never judge a book by its cover! But I think most of us, at least in some part, do.

In a split second, art can speak to you on a personal level as nothing else can. Done right, it can spark desire, passion, intensity, and adventure. It can motivate you to do better, be happier, to improve in areas you wish you were stronger.

Art can do a lot, which means so can a cover.

Art Inspiration

Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite covers of all time! And, if you haven’t seen the covers for Call of the Sirens yet, they are at the bottom of the post.

Life After Series by Julie Hall

I am in love with the bright colors in each cover! Though the basic aesthetic is the same from one cover to the next, because of the model’s position, the background, and (mostly!) her expression the covers are totally different. The set of covers tells a story in themselves with each book adding more chaos to the background and a more lethal looking weapon into the main character’s hand. Also, I love the power that radiates from her expression by the time you get to the last book.

I haven’t read the Life After trilogy yet, but it is at the top of my TBR list. Julie also has some amazing book trailers for each of them that you should totally check out.


Splintered Series by A.G. Howard

Yes, please! Maybe I’m just in love with covers with a lot of colors and the seamless transition from one book to the next. My favorite of these covers is Splintered. The main character’s face just pops from the page and I can’t help but search the edges for more detail.

Covers for Call of the Sirens

Releasing Call of the Sirens earlier this year took a lot more than “just” writing the story. Amid the neverending rewrites and revisions was learning about the million different ways to get my books out into the world, formatting them so the words look pretty on your ereader, and creating a cover that would speak to you just like the ones above speak to me.

Originally I customized covers full of meaning, symbolism, and hand-illustrated design. I fell in love with the covers, but Amazon did not. So, I tried again. Here’s what we ended up with and, once again, I’m in love.












Since releasing the new covers, I’ve had awesome feedback on them. And, don’t worry, The Harrowing’s cover will be revealed soon! (Keep an eye on Instagram and Facebook to see it).

Do you have any favorite book covers?