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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Guest Post and Giveaway Lions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears Oh My! by Candace Havens

Published July 22nd, 2013

Description:

A Montana town where no one is who they seem....  Everything about runaway heiress Ainsley McLeon screamed trouble—from her luscious midnight locks to her Louboutin-clad toes.  Yet sexy, stoic bar owner Luc couldn’t deny the instant connection he felt to the tempting stranger…or the long-dead feelings she evoked.  She could work in his pub until her truck was fixed but after that she had to leave town for good.  Ainsley traveled with her own emotional baggage and there was no way she'd fall for the bear-tempered Luc...no matter how many passionate nights she spent in his bed or how safe she felt in his muscular arms. Can these two opposites find love in the middle of a blizzard, or will Luc's darker side and Ainsley's past catch up with them?

GUEST POST
How important is the cover for the Paranormal Romance Genre?

Paranormal covers, I think sometimes more than any genre, are incredibly important. I’m a paranormal reader and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought a book because of the cover. Shallow? Maybe? But I feel like many times the covers give us that first hint about what a book is about. It can tell a reader everything from what the characters might look like, to setting the tone for the novel. I love the cover for “Lions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears, Oh My!” I can say that, because I had very little to do with the origination of that cover.

To give you some idea of the process, my publisher hired an artist to do a cover for the book. The hot guy was on the front, but the original background was kind of sunshine and rainbows. It didn’t fit the book, which is set in Montana in the winter. There are shifters involved, so I had her darken the background and add the moon, as it does play a part in the story.

As the Editorial Director of the Covet line, I’m involved in the production of all of the covers now. While some of our sister lines go for the same colors and branding, we are a little different. Our research has shown that paranormal readers like those distinctive covers. Like I mentioned before, I know I do. We try to make the covers fit the story. Sometimes you’ll see a couple, other times a hot guy. Our books have a lot of romance and we like to show that on our covers when we can. I love what we’ve done so far with Covet, I hope you do, too.

And I’m curious about your favorite covers from paranormal romances you’ve enjoyed.

Thank you for letting me hang out with you guys! 

MB:  Thank you, Candace Havens!
I like your cover and I share your opinion about how important a book cover is from the moment you have more than title and author on it.

About the author:

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written twelve novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. She is also in the anthology Spirited, the proceeds of which help a literacy organization.

Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards.

She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country.

Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.



Author's Giveaway:a Rafflecopter giveaway

23 comments:

paula said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Corina Lungeanu said...

Awesome!

Andreea Ilie said...

Tipul de pe coperta e asa de woow!!Titlul are ceva care te atrage.. :D

CCAM said...

Nu-i asa??? Si acel "Oh My!" ma amuza teribil; deja l-am zapacit pe GZM cu diverse "tonalitati" :P

Cioburi de vise said...

Coperta are un design frumos ! <3

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Stephanie Fredrick said...

Another book for the TBR pile. Love the cover and title.

CCAM said...

@Stephanie - Yes! and I like that "oh my!", It promises some humor...

Debby said...

Great looking book.

Deathnote said...

Cool cover. Sounds funny and sexy...

Eva Millien said...

Thanks for sharing your post and the giveaway. This book is great and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

Chaotic Karma said...

The book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

~Veronica Vasquez~

DANIELA said...

Great cover, thanks for the giveaway!

donnas said...

Awesome book.

koko14 said...

Super design al copertii !!

jmcgaugh said...

Definitely a good choice to darken the cover and add the moon.

Marta Vieira said...

gr8 giveaway

Ashtrie Karana Putrie said...

Sexy book cover *drolling*

Adelle said...

Yay! Thanks!

Vero G. Jimenez said...

New book for my shelf C:

Spring ofHealth said...

Fantastic Book! Thankyou for the giveaway :)

Petra Vars√°nyi

Spring ofHealth said...

Fantastic Book! Thankyou for the giveaway :)

skyline1210 said...

Mmmm... the cover, me likes, a lot :D