Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning – Albert Einstein
Is questioning the same as second guessing? If so, then I am all over the above quote. In my life in general, but more so in my writing life.
Case in point. These two covers.
Both stories are part of the same series -- Dearly Beloved --. Both have basically the same heat level, both involve characters with baggage; loss, abuse, parents with children trying to move on. Struggles for happiness.
Would you know that from looking at the covers? How about by reading the blurbs?
Night Stars and Mourning Doves
Elyse Monroe may be her sister's maid of honor, but that doesn't mean she has to follow the bride's example and fall in love. Battle-scarred and weary from previous relationships, she has no desire to take a chance on another--no matter how many hints her little sister drops about the best man. Devastating life events have taken a toll on Eric Matthews. After losing his wife and unborn daughter, he's come home to heal. Serving as best man at his kid brother's wedding is the only relationship he cares to contemplate--no matter how attractive the maid of honor. Thrown together again and again by wedding duties, Elyse and Eric reluctantly agree to explore a possible relationship--only to have their casual date turn into a glorious night of passion. Can two hearts, convinced a happily ever after will never happen, recognize love when it finds them?
Only If You Dare
All the pleasure and none of the pain, that's what Cynthia Buckingham wants in a relationship these days. A one-night stand with Jonah Colt seems to fit that bill perfectly. Newly divorced, she's too busy planning her daughter's wedding for any serious involvement. Besides, her true passion is helping victims of PTSD reclaim their lives. Waking up after spending the night with a woman he barely knows, Jonah is stunned to realize sex for the sake of sex isn't enough for him anymore. A veteran of more military battles than he cares to count, he wants to forget it all and focus on peaceful civilian life. Except flashbacks won't allow it. Falling for Cynthia makes Jonah regret his weakened state, but he'd rather hide the truth than face it. When she sets aside everything she believes in to help him heal, can he accept her help--and her love?
The cover for Night Stars and Mourning Doves was created for me from my artwork sheet. Thinking I had learned something along the lines of ‘sex sells’ when the time in my life came to create the cover for Only If You Dare, I chose the picture, hoping to get that book noticed more.
I’m not sure it did.
So what do you think? Which cover do you think is more noticeable? And why?
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