FINAL Cover Reveal Giveaway Passion Rising

Posted February 17, 2018 by Julie in covers, GIVEAWAY, Julie and Johnathan, new releases / 13 Comments

LAST ONE

SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LAST GIVEAWAY!

This is the final cover in the Original Sin Series and I think it’s worth a little talk about covers in general. When you first become an author you think about your cover first. I imagine all authors are similar in that respect, ya know? When I was writing my first Junco book (Clutch) I had all kinds of ideas. I hired an artist over at DeviantArt to make my dream a reality. It’s a great cover and I still use it as the cover of the first omnibus edition. But that artist changed artistic direction and didn’t want to do anymore after he was done, so I got another guy, also wonderful. But eventually I changed them to the softer versions that are for sale now to try to appeal to women instead of men.

Funny, that lesson. 😉 Because when you’re writing romance it’s the same thing. You have a pool of “potential readers” out there when you publish a book and pretty much ALL OF THEM can figure out if a book is “their thing” by looking at the cover. So you know, fuck that saying don’t judge a book by its cover. I mean, it’s cool when you apply it to people or houses or whatever. But seriously, that adage has almost no relevance to books. Because the cover is the MAIN thing a book is judged on until it’s read.

AND… everyone has different expectations for a cover, right? Like… I read a lot of literary science fiction. I’m looking for a philosophical book so when I see a SF book with a spaceship on the cover, unless it’s like… a pastel drawing of a spaceship, I’m pretty sure that’s not my kind of book, ya know? I’m not into space battles. I’m into characters. So I actually like SF books with a person on the cover. And preferably not a full-action shot with guns drawn, but a face. I like a face. And if it’s got a little computer chip in the eye, I’m definitely gonna go take a look at that one.

So a cover is nothing more than an advertisement for what’s inside. If you like to read dirty erotica you look for a guy with abs. If you like chick lit you look for a cute-sy illustration with lots of lavish typography. If you like cozy mysteries that cartoon cupcake is your cue. Right? Right? 🙂

Our books are a little bit… literary. I mean, as far as dirty books go, they are. So even though a couple is my usual go-to for a cover (and I was making the Total Exposure and Pleasure of Panic covers as I did these for us – so yeah…) I like the idea of a “high-concept” cover. A symbol, if you will. Like Christen Grey’s tie on the cover of Fifty. Or the whole crown and leaf emblem on Outlander. Something to make a book and an author stand out.

Now here’s the thing. Covers go through trends, just like fashion. One year everyone has swirly typography, the next year everyone has a giant face, the next year it’s all about black and white, then next year it’s symbols… they go in and out of fashion like shoes. Which is why I just recently updated my old Rook &  Ronin Series covers. They had like ALL those trends lol! In one series!

The covers for this series were the first… disagreement… Johnathan and I had. He wanted one thing, I knew better… so we hashed that out and finally came up with the feather for book one. It’s a perfect symbol for that book. The whole series, really. For book two the shoes were… excuse the pun, a shoe-in. We didn’t have any disagreements on that at all. The one we haggled over the most was the watch for Flesh Into Fire. I love the watch, it’s HIS watch, by the way. Right off his very own wrist. And he came around about it so… bygones. 😉

So by the time we got to THIS cover for Passion Rising, we’d had these cover talks too many times, I think. It was tough though. How to convey a theme and still reach the right readers? Well, when you read this book you’ll understand how relevant our last cover is. The cologne bottle, the cuff links, the belt… all very sexy in the romance world. And perfect symbols for what this book is about. And we hope you enjoy looking at them all!

So, with out further ado… here’s the final cover for The Original Sin Series

by JA Huss and Johnathan McClain!

 

I have two more things to tell you about before I let you leave… haha

ONE is the release Day Blitz sign-ups for the books. If you like to help promote authors on your social media (or you’re a blogger) please consider signing up for one of these. It really helps us get the word out about our stories.

XPRESSO BLITZ (WEEK OF MARCH 5TH)

SIGN UP HERE: http://bit.ly/2Bxp5t3

GIVE ME BOOKS BLITZ (WEEK OF MARCH 12)

SIGN UP HERE: http://bit.ly/2nj10Rr

TWO is the signed book order form. We’re selling signed copies of Sin With Me (both signatures) and signed copies of The Company (You know that Johnathan and I are putting together a TV deal for that, right? We are…) So if you’d like to order a signed copy of one of those two books, CLICK HERE

ALL THE BOOKS ARE UP FOR PRE-ORDER NOW, INCLUDING THE AUDIOBOOKS!

Original Sin
Sin With Me

Sin With Me

Two accomplished writers come together to create unforgettable sexy romance. JA Huss is the New York Times bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today bestsellers list eighteen times. Johnathan McClain is a veteran actor and writer whose work, either performed or written, is probably airing on at least one of the channels on your television right now.

More info →
Buy from Audible.com
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Apple iBooks
Buy from Kobo
Buy from Barnes and Noble Nook
Angels Fall

Angels Fall

She’s not gonna fall for his charm. He’s gonna make sure that happens.They’re destined to be together. Even if Maddie doesn’t know it yet.
Sometimes your soul mate isn’t who you’d choose, it’s who you need. Good thing you don’t get to choose.

More info →
Buy from Audible.com
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Apple iBooks
Buy from Kobo
Buy from Barnes and Noble Nook
Flesh Into Fire

Flesh Into Fire

Her debt has been paid in blood and she wants revenge. His fight is still there, but now he’s got more at stake than himself.
The end is coming. But even if they win against Carlos, they can still lose each other.

More info →
Buy from Audible.com
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Apple iBooks
Buy from Barnes and Noble Nook
Buy from Kobo
Passion Rising

Passion Rising

They’re soul mates, but that’s no guarantee. They’ll need to rely on each other to find their happily ever after.
Because the fight never ends—it just gets easier with someone at your side.

More info →
Buy from Audible.com
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Apple iBooks
Buy from Barnes and Noble Nook
Buy from Kobo

GIVEAWAY!

Did you enter all the cover reveal giveaways? No?

ENTER Angels Fall Giveaway HERE

ENTER Flesh Into Fire Giveaway HERE

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please follow and like us:
0

Posted February 17, 2018 by Julie in covers, GIVEAWAY, Julie and Johnathan, new releases / 13 Comments


13 responses to “FINAL Cover Reveal Giveaway Passion Rising

  1. I sort of do judge a book by its cover. I have to say I’m tired of the “man’s ripped torso” covers. I love and appreciate unique covers–they catch my eye and make me at least read the synopsis.

  2. will_funreading

    I love all four covers. They are different and makes me wonder how each item (e.g. shoes, watch, belt, etc.) are mentioned and return the stories. I do think it is important that covers are ‘catchy’, it has to stand out from other and I think that these covers definitely stand out and make wonder about the story behind the cover.

  3. The first thing that catches my eye is a book cover but I won’t purchase the book before I read the blurb on the back. Can’t have one without the other!

  4. Only if the cover is the only thing I have to judge it by, like on the freebie giveaways where you have to click the cover to find out more about the book. I prefer going straight for a preview.

  5. quenkne

    I have to say that if I’m not familiar with the author, the cover most definitely draws me to a book but I don’t necessarily judge a book by it’s cover.