Touch Of The Wolf's first place finish came as no surprise since readers had begun sending me this cover for more than six months prior to the book's release. At every stage of the proceedings, this cover beat the competition with a sizable margin.
Here are some of the comments we received about Touch of the Wolf, and since we focused on illustrator Franco in a previous column, his work was singled out by many of our voters:
Touch of the Wolf
Heart of the Dove
|Here is a sampling of the comments we received on the cover for Heart of the Dove:
|Among those comments we received on Biting the Sun are these:
Biting the Sun
dba One By Two
|Melissa chose the cover of Eternity as her favorite "because of its whimsy." For Vicki, it was simply "the most interesting of the bunch." She found the other covers too "mystical," and with "no feeling of science fiction or futuristic stories"|
The Veiled Web
|Veiled Web, in fifth place, repeats what we see in Contemporary where an extreme close-up, Love Potion, took sixth place. Both covers had hands in them as well, this one more so than on the cover of Love Potion. This background is also a little more complex with computer circuitry. Is it a coincidence that two extreme close-ups placed just about the same, with voters looking closely at facial features and expressive hands? I don't think so.||I think we're looking at a possible new trend. If you doubt me, the voters put Midnight Enchantment in sixth place, while commenting on its extreme close-up of the vampire's eyes and the tree as "doing it" for them. Jaycee told us that, "for this paranormal lover, a perfect cover of a dark, fantasy vampire book. That it also perfectly
reflects the story is a big plus." And, from Joan, we heard that, "The haunting eyes and spooky tree get your heartbeat going."
The Stone and the Maiden
Tim & Greg Hildebrand,
Biting the Sun
|The Stone And The Maiden took seventh place with voters being turned on by the bright purple, the gold foil bird and the old-fashioned fairy tale hero and heroine with the castle. Not everyone could handle the purple and the gold bird but those who could, loved it.||The Silver Metal Lover, done by the same artist as Biting The Sun, filled eighth place. This is even more modernistic and chiefly artists and SF/Fantasy romance aficionados voted for it.|
|Love Potion #9 came in ninth place and also had its fans. It wasn't disliked but it didn't seem to grab the number of voters that the others did. The cover's dominant color is orange - perhaps some of our voters reacted negatively to that? We did, however, hear from some readers who loved it. Mary Alice, for one, wrote, "This cover is light and whimsical and entices the reader to pick it up and find out what's inside."|
Love Potion #9
My vote is for the eighth place, Silver Metal Lover, and I have a confession to make. This is my favorite cover in the entire competition and anyone who tried to nudge it out of this contest ran into a severe uphill battle: me. I love this cover so much that I haven't let myself read the underlying novel because I'm afraid that it will ruin the cover for me, even though the novel is considered a classic albeit with a brand-new cover. Sorry, Vicki, but I have to disagree with your assessment that "The Silver Metal Lover looks like the Tin Man gone hippie."
What did I buy? Oh, what woe my credit card shows, because I bought all of them except for three. I could not find Midnight Enchantment and The Stone And The Maiden in my local bookstores otherwise I'm sure I would have "fallen". I did not like the story line of Heart Of The Dove but I constantly was picking the book up in the bookstores due to the cover. Katarina solved the problem for me by sending me the cover flat from Sweden!
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