Seductive Museum: My favorite cover for November 2009

Thursday, November 26

I absolutely love my pick this month.  I have chosen the cover from Seduce Me in Shadow by Shayla Black as my Gallery of Fine Cover Art pick from November 2009.  

I remember several months ago reading Shayla Blacks blog  post titled "The Big Switcheroo" and she was discussing the covers for her two new paranormal romance books in the Doomsday Brethren series that were coming out back to back and how she was initially distraught by them and did not feel they embodied the  heroes of the two books. You see, the current cover for Seduce Me in Shadow had been proposed for Possess Me at Midnight, and the current cover for Possess Me at Midnight was intended for Seduce Me in Shadow. When I first saw the covers I was immediately drawn to both of them, and after reading the blurbs my original thoughts were that the publisher had it correct the first time.  

I thought that the cover they proposed for Possess Me at Midnight was perfect (the current Seduce Me in Shadow cover that is this month's pick).  I thought it imbued the essence of the title (Possess Me at Midnight) and what I pictured "Ice", the hero, to be like visually.  It had a "cool" feeling much like the character's nickname, and after all it had the word "Midnight" in the title, hence the darker ambiance. 

As for Seduce Me in Shadow, whenever I hear the word "seduce" it always brings to mind a fiery passion of a hero with a devil may care attitude, hence the warm and fiery cover for Caden.  If I would have been the art department for these books, I would have thought it a home run upon submitting them for approval. 
Shayla, however, was distressed because she felt neither cover embodied  either heroes' personality.  I couldn't understand at the time why she felt the way she did having only read the blurbs (neither book had been released), but I have to say having just finished reading both of these books back to back I can completely understand why she felt the way she did.  I think the author's intervention in the cover art was justified 100%...the solution was relatively simple in the end.  They just switched the covers for both books.  Ice's character from Possess Me at Midnight, who is full of passion and rage that rules his actions, got the cover with the fiery  hero despite his nickname and title that was initially intended for Caden from Seduce Me in Shadow.  And Caden received the cover proposed for Ice.
Caden is wary of the magic world following a tragedy in his youth that involved the death of a brother.  Since that time he has shunned his heritage, estranged himself from his family, and has chosen a life of exile rather than risk another person that he cares for with the dangers from the world he was born to.  I think the replacement cover for Seduce Me in Shadow tries to tell that story in one visual image.  It shows how the hero is running from the past, and gives the impression by glancing off to the side...maybe even thinking about turning back, his possible reluctance to leave the safety of the cold, yet "safe" human existence he had been living.  While at the same time he could be seen as running towards the future he is hesitant to embrace.  Past, or present....which will he choose?  

Yeah, it's perfect...nowIn person, I love it even more than I did when seeing it online for the first time.  The colors are more vivid and it has foil lettering for the word "Shadow" which gives it that little bit extra.  And lets not forget the yumminess that is the shirtless cover model wearing the bad boy leather coat.  Big time yum!  It ALL works for me, hence the reason it is my favorite cover for November.  What was your favorite cover this month?

p.s. While this posted on the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, I prepared the post earlier in the don't worry I'm spending it with my family, which is the thing I am most thankful for :)

Seductive Museums-Gallery of Fine Cover Art monthly meme is hosted by Seductive Museums the last Thursday of every month.  Want to participate? Here's how:

  • Share your favorite romance novel cover from any of the romance novels you’ve read this month, and remember this has nothing to do with the actual content of the book…just the cover.
  • The romance novel can be a new release, a current release, or an older book. As long as it is in print, it is available for purchase (no preorders), and is classified as a romance then it qualifies (historical romance, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance...).
  • Present your book cover art on the last Thursday of the month (barring any special events) on your blog using the Seductive Museums icon and following these participation rules. Tell us what you love about the cover, and then link your choice to the current Seductive Museums Gallery.
  • The following week I will compile a list of the submitted book covers and I'll have a poll where you can vote for your favorites. At the end of the year I will list the top book covers for each month and you can vote for the top 5 covers of the year. Once the masterpiece of the year has been chosen we will honor the author and the cover artist with an award.

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