Pick Your Feehan Hair

Sometimes, you’re just not sure if a cover is going to work. I imagine this happens to everyone in publishing. Maybe there’s two perfect covers, or two perfect models, and you can’t pick the right one. Sometimes, it’s just a question of hair. Uber curl or long and blonde?

Which do you choose? How about both! Uber-alert reader Tracey sent me a heads-up about these two… heads.

Exhibit A: the paperback cover

Exhibit B: the ebook cover

Which do you like better?

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  1. 1

    It’s amazing how a picture can look so different just by changing the hair style. A similar effect happens with colors of clothing and shoes. Dereon Shoes makes a sandal called henna the same shoe in fuchsia looks completely different than in yellow. I’ve also seen the same effect with shirts and skirts of different colors. It’s interesting to think about.

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    Gabriele says:

    It doesn’t look at all as if it’s the same guy, I agree. The first looks like a bit like he blowdries his hair and wonders where he dropped his blackberry.

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    Courtney says:

    If cover B’s hair didn’t look photoshoppy, I’d prefer it. Cover A is too reminiscent of 90s boy bands and The Princess Bride’s Wesley (pre Dread Pirate Roberts)

  4. 4

    Wow, that is weird. I’m dying to know why they changed it. Did the author protest when the paperback was released and the pub finally submitted to change it in the digital? Did the market shift and everyone from Team Sawyer defected to Team Sayid? Also, which hair actually belongs to the original model? Or is there a whole industry providing blank bald model men with add-your-own ‘dos, a la Wooly Willy?

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    Bibliophile says:

    I voted for the dark ‘n curly because the other one makes him look too much like David Spade.

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    aussiegirl says:

    You haven’t given us the third option… neither.  LOL I agree Bib he does look too much like david spade and the dark haired one does look like a bad photoshop job

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    Aliza Mann says:

    The second guy is obviously wearing a toupee. One that previously belonged to Tom Selleck.

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    Miranda says:

    I like the first hair. The second picture looks like it needs a good wash or he’s gone a bit heavy on the gel.

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    Lindsay says:

    He looks a bit sketch on both covers, but I think the second one is a bit of an improvement. On that first cover, his tan is too dark for his hair, and it makes him look jaundiced.

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    ocelott says:

    Did the market shift and everyone from Team Sawyer defected to Team Sayid?

    Thanks, Cara.  Now there’s milk all over my keyboard.

    meaning25.  Meaning there are 25 other hairstyles for this cover?  Bring on the mullet version!

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    Tina C. says:

    I’m not much for blonds—I liked Sawyer, but I’ve been Team Sayid since Naveen Andrews played Kip in The English Patient.  Still, that second cover looks like such a bad Photoshop job that I can hardly stand to look at him, so I guess I vote for the blond.

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    Gabriele says:

    I hope I’ll live to see the day when digital editions let you build your own cover. You’d get a choice of backdrops, bodies, faces, toupees, props, and pick and mix. That might be fun.

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    Carin says:

    These covers remind me of differences between US/North American covers and editions for other areas.  Sherrilyn Kenyon’s site shows seemingly endless covers.  Here’s a page for just one of her books.

    If you click through the thumbnails, it’s amazing what Kyrian looks like in different countries!

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    LadyRhian says:

    I gotta go for guy #2. #1’s expression looks like he’s gonna have to tell the heroine he’s the product of 20 generations of inbreeding.

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    Deb says:

    I went with model #1 because he looked more appropriate to the background.  Model #2 looks like a corporate up-and-comer who got lost on one of those teamwork field trips.

    Also, they’ve heightened the contrast of the background in #2.  Perhaps model #1 with the background of #2 would be the best way to go!

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    Donna says:

    It doesn’t appear #2 has anyplace to carry his tube of Brylcreem, which he obviously applies several times a day. On the other hand, #1 could probably get by with just touching up his highlights every four or five weeks…so based on practicality, I have to go with #1.

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    Pam says:

    Frankly, I think this cover would be preferable as a chest shot.  I have trouble equating sullen and sexy.  However, I’m wondering if the hair might have been changed due to the recent brouhaha over YA covers that misrepresented the ethnicity of major characters.  There were multiple blog posts on the topic, and it may even have been mentioned in SBTB.  I can’t recall.  I just googled “book covers race fail” and hit the mother lode.  Here’s one with several useful links:



    So I’m wondering if this ill-advised hair adjustment is a response to a potential PR faux pas.  Personally, I’d be more offended with the notion that just because your name is Vega you inevitably look like Eric Estrada above the hairline.

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    CaroleM says:

    What’s really funny is I saw this pb in the store yesterday and in spite of loving Christine Feehan, that blond guy looked like such a dork I didn’t even want him in my house. So I didn’t buy it solely because of the guy’s hair.  How shallow is that???  Sigh.

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    Ruby Duvall says:

    I’ve had my own share of angst about covers and their quality and/or contents. When I’ve finished a novel and am at the exciting stage of thinking up blurbs and covers, I have this idea in my mind of what I think a super-sexy cover would be, and 75% of the time, it’s not at all possible for the art department to pull it off due to resources and time—and sometimes, they disagree with my vision entirely.

    My third book was about corporate secrets at a tobacco company that sells futuristic cigarettes called Blues that have no carcinogens and which burn blue. The cover ended up putting a cigarette in the hand of the hero, who doesn’t smoke! I just wanted a cigarette in an ashtray on the nightstand of their mussed-up bed as they went at it like rabbits.

    As for Feehan’s cover (I love her!!!), it seems like the first hairstyle is the model’s natural hair, which is why it looks better than the Photoshopped hairstyle in the second cover. Also, the second hairstyle seems to have way too much hair product in it, so my vote is for the first hairstyle!

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    ME2 says:

    As a general rule, I don’t like blondes but I don’t like the brunette’s hair-style.

    Therefore, I’d have to vote for the blonde ‘do on the brunette.

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    Anon76 says:

    I’m not a real fan of either cover.

    The blonde hair emphasizes a facial expression that is rather on the dopey side. Like he’s saying, “Huh? Whut? Dude, where’s my car?”

    The dark hair changes it to more of a “mouth-breathing neanderthal” look.

    At least that’s how they come across to me. LOL

  22. 22
    Vicki says:

    I would say neither rings my chimes. I did vote for B because, as mentioned above, A looks too David Spade. I like David Spade but not on my Feehan. Also, both covers, the guy looks dazed as in where am I and what am I doing naked in this jungle. I hope that is not what they wanted to project.

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    Clover Q says:

    The blond hair looks like it’s more in danger of catching fire. That would be very hot indeed…

    Actually maybe that should have been an option. One cover could have had a guy with fire for hair. Can’t run your fingers through it without getting burned. Maybe it’s some kind of metaphor?

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    Jody W. says:

    What does the hero supposedly look like? I’d go with whichever is closer.

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    Nadia says:

    In most cases, I like ‘em dark over fair, but there is something just not right about the second shot.  Possibly, it’s the thought that no matter how well he burned up the sheets the night before, I’m gonna have a hard time getting all that product out of my pillowcase the morning after.

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    P.N. Elrod says:

    I’ll take either one if they can fix my toilet and mow the damn lawn.

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    holly says:

    uhm, I think the model in general looks kind of intensely dim. However, my first thought was, “gee, well, what does the actual male character in the book look like?” I mean, here’s a situation where they could actually attempt to match at least the hair color to that of the hero’s.

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    Lori S. says:

    I dunno, both of them look pretty stunned at their ability to ignite a forst fire with their explosive flatulence.

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    Kristina says:

    I’ll pick whichever one FITS THE CHARACTER!!!  I hate covers that are totally unrelated to the main characters.  If this guy is blond then use the blonde hair!!  If he’s dark and curly or maybe latino then use the dark hair.  Should be no question, based on the character.

  30. 30

    I personally like the first cover guy better, even though I’m not a fan of blond guys at all.  But the second guy looks so much more appropriate in a burning jungle setting….

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