Friday, July 21, 2006

Black and White. . . the spectrum

Here's my all-time worst cover. The book was a sweet, sexy Tudor romp originally titled "Knaves and Hearts." Then the title was changed and they decided to experiment with the cover. . . and the book came out the week Iraq invaded Kuwait and America was rolling toward war. Nobody was reading, much less books with forbidding black covers and steamy neo-porn step-backs. sigh.

I've had a lot of really nice covers, but this may bemy favorite. I got to have input on this one: I asked that the knight be running into and tilting the last T in "test." And I loved the big red banner with NYT Bestseller.


anne said...

that's a VERY strange cover, betina!

jeez. we might have to vote for worst when this is over.... :D

love the husband test. great eye and skill went into that. everything ties together. cute all the way around.

Michele said...

Yes, that was the very best cover! The Husband Test was also the very best read, as well. :-)

Betina Krahn said...

Anne, you ought to see the inside of the cover! Aghhhh! And ah, Michele, The Husband Test. . . one of the sweetest and most loving books I've written. If only I could find the buttons that led there again.

anne frasier said...

sometimes i think the path to those really special books can't be found again.

Candace said...

I absolutely loved "Caught in the Act." And you're absolutely right--the cover didn't fit the story at all, nor give any indication of the tender, funny love story inside. If most of your readers are like me, though, they picked it up because of the author's name--not because of the cover.

Betina Krahn said...

Thanks for the kind words, Candace! Unfortunately not nearly enough readers picked it up in spite of the black and red cover.