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.”
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?).
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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