Thursday, November 19, 2020

Judge a Cover

Don't judge a book by the cover. 

How many times have you heard that bit of advice? 

Of course, it's usually a reference to a person, but sometimes it actually refers to a book. I know I've scrolled through online retailers, glancing at covers to see if it might be a story I'd enjoy. 

I'm having new covers created for the novellas in my Holly Price series, partly to set them apart from the "main" story line, but also because it's fun. And with the way 2020 is going, we need all the fun we can find. 

Step one in the process was reading all about current ideas and trends in cover design until my head spun. Then it was a matter of researching cover artists and wearing out my fingers and eyeballs perusing their websites and galleries. (Note to self, this is supposed to be fun.)

But I found several I liked! Score! 

The difficult part is deciding which cover to use. I asked my newsletter peeps - and of course, it was a tie. 

Head. Desk. 

So all you lovely website followers and Facebook gurus, weigh in! 

Double Down cover
Green cover for Double Down Fancy cover for Double Down

Cover 1 - Keep it the same as the rest of the series 

Cover 2 - Is Maddie the gold-digger the Kaufman clan claims? 

Cover 3 - Is Maddie an ice queen like Malbec Mayhem's Sofia appears to be? (This one is going to need a frame...)

Leave me a comment about your favorite! 


An award-winning author of financial mysteries, Cathy Perkins writes twisting dark suspense and light amateur sleuth stories.  When not writing, she battles with the beavers over the pond height or heads out on another travel adventure. She lives in Washington with her husband, children, several dogs and the resident deer herd.  Visit her at or on Facebook 

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She's hard at work on the sequel to The Body in the Beaver Pond, which was recently presented with the Claymore Award. 


  1. I'm redesigning my series covers, too, Cathy. I think it's best to have them all look related. Since #1 is a sibling of the rest of your series, I'd say, go with it.

  2. My vote is for number one although they are all fun!

  3. Cathy, definitely number two. The red stilettos, the long legs, the sex sells.

  4. Cathy, definitely number two. The red stilettos, the long legs...