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Kristie recently mentioned something I have been scrambling to write about for days. She noticed how Margaret Moore's covers went from classy (when she was with Harlequin) to slutty (Avon) and then back to classy once she made a return to Harlequin. I have to say that I've got another author to add to the from CLASSY TO SLUTTY BOOK COVER CLUB: Kathryn Caskie. You'd have to be an utter moron not to see how dramatically the covers to Caskie's novels have changed ever since she decided to leave Warner Publishing and join forces with Avon. Check it out and judge for yourselves. I don't think the cover is terrible...I like having a sexy couple to envision while reading a good book (and hey, if I don't...I just picture Gerard Butler and myself), but the change is dramatic, to be sure (historical romance novel talk has rubbed off on me...I find myself giving office playboys nicknames such as Jeff the Saint or Alex "Lucifer" Jones).
Do slutty covers mean bad books? Only asking because Quinn and Kleypas covers (recent ones) are tasteful and you know all you need to know about the quality of their books. Hmmm....no clue...perhaps it's a right of passage. New authors get the stereotypical bodice ripper covers and the veterans (who've paid their dues) get the tasteful, more sophisticated ones with trees and flowers on them. Food for thought....
Minor Disclaimer: Cannot stress this enough....I have no problem with covers such as Caskie's...it's just the dramatic change in them that got my attention. I'm just trying to figure out how Avon's COVER ART Dept gets its ideas...cause it's obviously not from reading the book, as many fans well know (hasn't anyone read a book with a blonde heroine and then looked at the cover and realized the lady on it was a brunette?).