As promised, here’s a look at Pat Esden’s book cover for A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart Book #1) – Kensington Books (March 2016).
Yesterday, we talked about What Makes a Good Book Cover? It doesn’t happen by accident, and it certainly didn’t for Pat’s novel. There were probably designers, analytics, statistics, and a vast experience of what sells and what just doesn’t. So what makes this cover work?
A Great Book Cover Example
A Hold On Me is in the new adult category. You’ll notice the subject on the cover is about the right age for the intended audience, and of course, she’s beautiful. But let’s face it. We like looking at pretty things. It speaks to our primal human instincts.
What I like best about it is the subtle contrast of the font. I’m crazy about the typeset and the soft yellow against the dark hair. Both Pat’s name and the title really stand out without having to yell at you. An accident? Again, I’m sure it took countless trial runs of various fonts. But then, perfection isn’t easy.
Let’s have a look at A Hold On Me
She never wanted to return.
He wants nothing more than for her to leave.
But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.
Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It’s a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue—until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine—and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie’s mother died in a suspicious accident.
Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he’s a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support—Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can’t even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie’s own longings—and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she’ll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy…
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PAT ESDEN would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts. An antique-dealing florist by trade, she’s also a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.