Elyse is killing it with the Cover Snark offerings lately. She sent us these classic Woodiwiss covers and naturally, the snark could not be contained. Elyse: This was the first romance I ever read and it had this cover. He’s missing the lower half of his body, he’s floating, and he’s wrapped in a velour blanket. WTF. Sarah: He looks like someone. WHO DOES HE LOOK LIKE. This is going to drive me nuts until … Continue reading Cover Snark: Some Good Old-Fashioned Woodiwiss
I received an ARC of this book in the mail, and the cover made me do a double take: Sarah: She's thinking, “No, sir, I will not accept your call. You don't dress appropriately for snow. I certainly don't trust you with my future.” This cover seriously baffles me. She's got a coat and gloves AND a fur muff, and he's all, “Cold doesn't bother me. I traipse about the English countryside with my shirt … Continue reading Cover Snark: Winter Weather Inappropriate
I received the following email from Lauren, and lo, it was a beautiful day that day, and every day since. So I was wandering around the book section of a op shop (charity shop) and a bunch of old categories caught my eye. of course, I immediately thought of the bitchery, and thought they'd probably appreciate some old school Australian Harlequin covers (and one silhouette). OH YES WE DO INDEED APPRECIATE. Come, appreciate with us! … Continue reading Covers From Days Of Yore: Things Are Blazing, Do You Understand?
Elyse emailed us the following cover while she was out book hunting: Elyse: First of all, the dude in front has a look on his face like the other guy farted. Second, WHAT IS IN THE FRYING PAN?! Are those sausages? Fries? Little fiery carrots? RedHeadedGirl: Is he frying tiny penises? Amanda: Seconding the tiny penises. Is it a romantic suspense where the killer goes all Hannibal, but takes penises and cooks them for his guests? Playing … Continue reading Cover Snark: What’s Cookin’ Your Dragon?
It’s the last day of the month, and so it’s time for another trip down Bitchery Memory Lane to check out some of the most popular reviews, posts, and comment threads in the past ten years of Smart Bitches. We’re leading up to our actual 10th anniversary, which is in January 2015, but until then, I hope you enjoy having a look through the lens of wayback as much as I do. Many thanks to … Continue reading 10 Years of Bitchery: September Retrospective: Covers and Snark!
So here's a thing that I find interesting: St. Martin's has produced two covers for Mia Gabriel's new book, Lord Savage, which came out on 9 September. There's one cover for the ebook version, and one for the print. Ready to see? Here's the print: And here's the ebook cover: Quite a difference, yes? The ebook says clearly to me, This here is a romance and there's probably kissing and more awaiting you inside! The … Continue reading Lord Savage of Print, Meet Lord Savage of Digital
Sometimes, you don't have to go too far to find excellent romance covers that make you confused, envious of the psychotropic drugs, or maybe a little unconfortable. We thought we'd share some of the most excellent specimens of covers from our own keeper shelves, and of course, we start with Red Headed Girl. RedHeadedGirl: This is just…. so blatant. Sarah: I was confused about what this cover art might be suggesting until I saw the droplets … Continue reading Cover Snark: Magic, Legs, and Scallops From RedHeadedGirl’s Bookshelf
Over the weekend, Susie Felber, daughter of the late and very awesome romance author Edith Layton, contacted me and many other excellent people (such as Love in the Margins) via Twitter to ask for help – specifically, help with cover images. Oh, sure, no problem. I have ZERO opinions about cover art. (Heh.) And we aren't huge Layton fans or anything, especially not Elyse, who wrote an entire entry detailing how Layton's books were her comfort … Continue reading Susie Felber, Edith Layton’s Daughter, Would Like Your Input on Regency eBook Covers!
On Saturday, Susanna Kearsley's The Firebird ( A | BN | K | ARe ) won the RITA® for Best Paranormal at the 2014 RWA convention. While I had no idea that was going to happen, I'm a little extra excited, because I'd been working on a Q&A with the Sourcebooks art and productions departments about the making of her covers, and had planned to post it today. Yay for timing! Season of Storms is … Continue reading The Making of a Susanna Kearsley Cover - Plus Giveaway
In the world of small town contemporary romance, there is a LOT of stitchin' going on. Quilt clubs, cookie clubs, cupcake clubs, quilted cookie-cake-pie clubs (WANT NOW). There are MANY. For example, there's no shortage of quilting mixed with a little (or a lot of) romance: No, I'm not sure what “Miss Pussy and the Quilting Club” is about, except for quilting and a woman named Miss Pussy. But it's not erotica, I … Continue reading Cover Snark: Elyse Found Our Quilting Group
Sometimes, image editing creates… things. And sometimes those things are book covers. And sometimes we remain baffled. Nah, with this set, we're pretty much always baffled. Sarah: The position of those grapes is NOT GOOD. Like either he's half grape, or he's got a globular digestive problem I don't want to know about or… I have to stop thinking about this now. Carrie: My attempt to broaden my reading hits a high point with this masterful … Continue reading Cover Snark: When Photoshop Goes Horribly Wrong. Again.
Because I'm unkind and I have email, I revealed a cover in pieces to RedHeadedGirl, Elyse, Carrie and Amanda, because if I dropped the whole glorious image… it’s just too much. I mean it – the foundation of the universe might crack if I revealed this thing all at once. It's that powerful. So, to start! Ready? According to the back cover copy (which is incredible), the hero is hunting something. Here's a hint – it … Continue reading Cover Snark: What Is He Hunting?
Recently, I came across a cover so incredible, so impossibly fuchsia and so bedecked with WTFery, I had to order a copy for my very own. When it arrived, it was more than I'd hoped. There were pieces of the cover illustration that were so baffling, it was a mercy that I didn't notice them all at once when looking at the image online. I might not have survived the onslaught of that much Old … Continue reading Cover Snark: Surrender In Pieces
I received an email from Emily, who wanted to draw my attention to a specific book she found in her library: I don't know if you've seen this before, but I couldn't help sharing. I was at my library and I signed out Loretta Chase's Viscount Vagabond. I wasn't sure what the cover would look like, because I knew old school ones were very over the top. I was picturing Fabio, fuchsia clinch, and what … Continue reading The Mysterious Viscount Vagabond’s Large Print Cover
Susan P. found a cover that was so fantastic, she took a picture of it and emailed it to me. YOU GUYS. This cover was so complete in every aspect of its WTFery that I had to buy a copy for my very own….so I could scan the cover into a huge, mondo-big epic-sized JPG of wonderment. When it arrived, and I performed the embiggening scanning actions to my satisfaction, I called upon the posse … Continue reading Cover Snark: Front or Back?
Amanda, Carrie, Elyse, RedHeadedGirl and I are here to help you learn about muscles. Specifically male muscles. The degree to which low body fat ratio and muscular definition have become omnipresent on romance covers means that we can all learn together about the intricacies of the human muscular system. It's getting to the point where I think I could pass an advanced anatomy exam about upper body male muscular structure just from all the flexing … Continue reading Covers and Muscles: Time for Our Anatomy Lesson