Exclusive Cover Re-Reveal: The Cat’s Meow (Witch’s Brew #1) by Stacey Kennedy

March 18, 2013 Cover Reveal, Exclusive Content 16

I received the coolest email earlier this month from the fine folks at Entangled publishing.  We’re big fans of Entangled publishing.  We review a lot of their titles and, fans or not, we’re still going to mention things we don’t love.  Case in point, Kristina recently reviewed an Entangled title that she loved, calling it, “an action packed urban fantasy with a wonderfully elaborate mystery plot at its core.”  But, she started her review like this, “Don’t let the cutesy cover fool you…”

We make it a point to pay a lot of attention to cover art here at ATUF.  The good, the bad, and the vomit out of your eyes awful.  We comment weekly on cover reveals, praise/denounce the covers of the titles we review, and maintain a MASSIVE (several actually) pinboard with all the new covers we spot.

In the four years since we’ve been covering and commenting on covers, not once has a publisher reached out to us and said, “We listened to your thoughts and redesigned the cover.”   Well, not once until Entangled emailed me recently.  Not only did they redesign the cover with a look that is so much better for the book, but they asked if we would like to exclusively reveal it to the world.

I think I sent back the fastest email in history saying, ‘YES! We’d love to reveal the new cover for THE CAT’S MEOW (Witch’s Brew #1) by Stacey Kennedy.”

Original Cover

The Cat's Meow (Witch's Brew, #1)

It’s not a terrible cover, but the cutesy tone and chick-lit cartoon style is really a miss for  the story.   And it’s not a cover that makes me want to read the description and ultimately buy the book (which is kind of the whole point of a cover, right?).

Redesigned Cover

new cover for The Cat's Meow

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The new cover, however, says to me, “Hey, stop!  I’m urban fantasy with a sexy, magical edge.  I’m probably going to swear at you and deliver some chills and a little heat.”  That’s a message that is going to grab my attention.  Here’s the new redesign:

So what does this cover say to you?  Which version do you like better? 


Libby is an Enchantress—a witch gifted by the Goddess to conjure spells. When a magical presence is detected around a recent string of feline slayings, Libby takes the case to uncover the reasons behind the odd deaths. Much to her displeasure, the coven also sends a sexy warlock, Kale, to assist her.

While having the muscle around proves to be useful, fighting the attraction between them is worse than a hex, especially considering Kale is keeping secrets. But soon, Libby has bigger problems than the elusive warlock when her spells turn up clues that point to something far more sinister than slaughtered cats.

Now Libby has landed herself in the midst of an uprising. She trusts no one and isn’t safe—not from the warlocks stirring up trouble. Not from the worrisome rebellion she can’t escape. And certainly not from Kale, who is weaving a very dangerous spell over her heart.


Published December 13th 2012 by Entangled Publishing
(Please note that this cover is so new that it hasn’t even been changed on Amazon yet!)

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16 Responses to “Exclusive Cover Re-Reveal: The Cat’s Meow (Witch’s Brew #1) by Stacey Kennedy”

  1. Lee

    I completely get the critique of the original cover but I actually like it better than the new one. The first cover did make me stop and take a look and I purchased it when it was first released. But I still need to read the book so this is a wholly uninformed opinion! 🙂

  2. Daelith

    The second cover would grab my attention. The first I would not have given more than a glance and moved right on by it.

  3. Carin W

    I liked the first cover but the second says urban fantasy far more than the first. Of course I like cute lol!

  4. Jenn (Tynga's Reviews)

    The first cover would be great if THE CAT’S MEOW was a really fluffy novel but it’s got more grit to it than that so I think the second cover does a much better job of capturing the essence of the bok.

    It’s so amazing that they actually took what you said and did something about the cover! Yay!

  5. Janel

    I actually prefer the first cover over the second one. The first one would make me stop and read the back just because it’s a little bit different than other UF covers, but I’d completely ignore the second one. I can’t quite put my finger on why though; the model? Unoriginal?

  6. erinf1

    I like the redesigned cover better. Seems to fit the story/genre better. But I liked the first one too1

  7. Kimberlee MacLean

    I agree completely. I loved the original cover but it indicates a witty light-hearted read, which isn’t congruent with the book description. The second cover keeps the thread . . . it’s more consistent.

  8. Ardi Alspach

    I agree with the author of the post. I work in publishing myself, and I’m glad to see they took your advice. The second cover is much better than the first!

  9. Coley

    I honestly never would have picked up the original. Those covers don’t appeal to me at all and I don’t think that I will want to read what is inside. Sometimes I miss out, sure, but the cutsie look doesn’t appeal to what I want (a gritty urban fantasy book with a kick ass heroine). The new one makes me want to read it. I saw it on the feed and went WANT! Thanks guys, you saved a book from having a lame cover!

  10. [email protected] cats

    I’m actually really glad they changed the cover on this one. I love the original cover but it’s so so so very much like another series I read (the VV Inn by CJ Ellisson). At first I thought it was another book in CJ’s series and after I realized it wasn’t it really put me off the book.

    Sounds like the new cover is much more fitting as well. I always appreciate that in a cover.


  11. ws101

    I actually like the first, the new cover looks cheap and generic. I absolutely hate a lot of the UF covers because they look so tacky. Nothing worse than a bad photoshop with stock images. The first one at least looked good in its own right.

    They should have kept the cartoon style of the original and simply made it reflect the story better. The days when people thought that graphic art couldn’t be dark and gritty have been dead a long time now. It would have been miles better than that cover that looks like they shopped on the mildly surprised looking woman with too much eyeliner.

  12. [email protected]

    I love both covers! I was thrilled to design the new cover and work along side the Entangled Group. Stacey Kennedy’s writing is fantastic and I hope the new design spreads more love to this fantastic story.

  13. Froggy

    I really prefer the first. The 2nd doesn’t grab me the way the first does. The 2nd looks like so many other indie books I would of just kept going unless I saw your name. The first one had attitude and personality. yes its cutesy but it stood out.

  14. Mina

    I’m so with Coley: I never would have picked up the book with the original cover! Although I read Kristinas review and liked what she wrote about the story, I couldn’t bring myself to buy a book that looks like something my toddler-niece could have pinned to her bedroom-wall.
    Like anyone else, I judge books by the cover [yep, I know, especially in UF and PNR we probably shouldn’t blabla]- and the new one shouts: UF, cool heroine! … And so the book just made it to my tbr-pile. Congrats, publisher!