Violetta Rand: Romance book covers—taking a chance on a nontraditional theme…

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Lovers kissing?



the ale horn?



I’m no artist, but I love art. That said, when I first entered the literary world, intent on writing a Viking series, I knew I wanted to choose a unique theme for my book covers. And my idea in no way reflected traditional romance. In fact, when I suggested weapons, everyone looked at me like I was a bit crazy—except my husband, who thinks swords, axes, and shields are cool.

One problem, he doesn’t read romance.


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As every writer and reader knows, the cover helps sell the book. It’s like the shiniest/prettiest package under the Christmas tree or at a birthday party, likely to get the most attention. Would potential readers overlook my books if I didn’t follow the expected path?

After admiring, and sometimes salivating, over many of the beautiful romance covers I found on vendor sites, I decided to stick with my idea. Chances are (what I was thinking at the time), since it’s a Viking series, the readers will know exactly what they’re getting. It’s a gamble when you venture off the path.

I’m happy to report it worked out for the Blind Series.

However, as I’m moving into other genres (NA and Highlander) with a new publisher, my covers are going to drastically change. It’s exciting. And a little scary. Like I said, I’m not an artist. But I have some pretty bold ideas and certain designs catch my eye. I’m expecting my first cover in my NA series soon. I hope I love it.

As a reader or writer, what facets of a cover catch your eye?


Trivia Question:

What weapon is on the cover of Blind Mercy?

Follow Victoria Vane:

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VICTORIA VANE is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance with works ranging from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her books have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. She lives the beautiful upstate of South Carolina with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.

16 Responses

  1. dholcomb1

    the cover, and the title–those combined, will trigger me to read the publisher copy to see if I want to buy it

  2. Amber Dane

    As a writer, I like weapons, armor, castles, knights- anything with that medieval feel. As a reader it works the same. For NA or other romance- couples or eye-catching objects work to get me to possibly buy. Congrats to you on your upcoming NA novel!

  3. Maggi Andersen

    They’re handsome and unusual, Violetta and they stand out.

  4. carolcork

    Violetta, your covers are uniquely different and fit your Viking series perfectly. I do like traditional covers as well, particularly those by Jon Paul Ferrara.

  5. Meggan Connors

    I have to say, I love your covers! I think they are quite fantastic.

    I think, for me, it’s bold colors, whether the black and gold of your covers, the crimson of a ball gown, or even the dark background of mine. I like contrast and drama. But that’s me. 🙂