Judge a book by its cover?

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Or…maybe do. When I bring my kids to the library, they judge books SOLELY by their covers. Is there a dragon? Right on! Is there a boy on a broomstick? Yippee! Is there a fuzzy kitten? I want that book! I’ve tried to talk them into reading books with so-so covers and they react as if I’m suggesting they take a dip in boiling beezlenut oil or, you know, voluntarily go to the doctor for a shot. So when it comes to kids books, I’ve learned to consider the cover very carefully or risk an upturned nose and a brisk ‘forget it, Mom.’

But what about adult books? Shouldn’t we be able to skip the cover and get to the heart of it: is this book any good or am I going to be bitter that I just spent hours of my life I’m never getting back to read it?? Yes. We should be above covers and yet…

…I’m guilty. I love a good cover! I mean, a good cover will get me to throw down my hard earned money and buy the damn thing. It will get me over a blah review or a boring book jacket description. If the cover sings, if it draws me in, I’m a goner. It’s one of the reasons I can’t bring myself to love ebooks the way I love the print version. I want to see that cover the way it was meant to be!
Okay, now that I’ve confessed that I’m no better than a child when it comes to judging books, I want to share the cover of Happily Ever After (release date 3/4/14) with you. The folks at Touchstone Books did such a great job, I hope you judge it at least a little by its cover! (have a look here: http://amzn.to/18GYsl7 or here: http://elizabethmaxwellauthor.com/)

Do you have a favorite book cover? Do covers influence your decision about what to read next? Let me know: @maxwellwrites, http://on.fb.me/14DF6tM or email me: http://elizabethmaxwellauthor.com/contact/

Happy Reading Everyone!