Hello everyone! Today I'm so happy to be apart of the Hope's Betrayal Blog Tour, sponsored by Writer Marketing Services! Today I am hosting a Guest Post written by the Author herself, Grace Elliot. Thank you so much Grace! I will also be sharing my Review, so please continue down, and thank you for visiting! :)
Do You Judge a Book By Its Cover?
Hello, and a big thank you to Marissa for hosting me. Since Marissa's blog is about both books and film, my post is about the influence promotional art has on us. Have you ever bought a book based solely on a great cover? Have you been put off a movie because the poster was poor? Just how important is the art work?
Perhaps it's just me, but I thought the poster for the Oscar winning movie, 'Slumdog Millionaire' was terrible. For me the white background with two anaemic figures standing beneath ticker-tape did not reflect the tone and feel of the film. I'd even go so far as to say it misrepresented what Slumdog was about. The poster also had the strap-line 'Feel good movie of the year' - which considering themes such as poverty, child exploitation, prostitution and drug-dealing are at the heart story, makes this a rather odd choice. I went to see the film after hearing about it by word of mouth - I went despite the poster, not because of it, and was so glad I'd seen it.
Likewise, I recently read Fifty Shades of Grey. OK, hands up, I didn’t do my homework on this one and didn’t realise it was an erotic read. Again, I'd seen the cover featuring the bland grey tie, but it didn’t excite my interest. It was the buzz on the internet that made me buy it - and my opinion? Well, that's for another time….
On the other hand, as an Indie author, it's pretty much essential to have an eye-catching cover. The rationale being that the quality of the cover is a reflection of the story within, so with a poor, home-made looking cover, the reader may assume the same of the writing. I aim for my work to be as professional as possible and employ an editor and cover artist. I am in love with the cover image the talented Reese Dante produced for 'Hope's Betrayal' - he so perfectly captured the feline quality to Hope and her hypnotic green eyes.
So, fingers crossed the cover for 'Hope's Betrayal' (historical romance) has whetted your appetite, and just in case it has, here is the blurb!
One wild, winter's night two worlds collide.
Known for his ruthless efficiency, Captain George Huntley is sent to stamp out smuggling on the south coast of England. On a night raid, the Captain captures a smuggler, but finds his troubles are just beginning when the lad turns out to be a lass, Hope Tyler.
With Hope as bait, the Captain sets a trap to catch the rest of the gang. But in a battle of wills, with his reputation at stake, George Huntley starts to respect feisty, independent Hope. Challenged by her sea-green eyes and stubborn loyalty Huntley now faces a new threat - his growing attraction to a sworn enemy. But a love where either Hope betrays her own kind, or Captain Huntley is court-marshaled, is not an easy destiny to follow.
Wow, what a great Guest Post, thank you again Grace. From the Blurb given, I was definitely really intrigued to read this story, and throughout reading, and when I got to the end...I was not disappointed one bit! The story was very well thought out, and at one point there was an unexpected turn of events, an unexpected turn that I saw served the story, and you have to read to see what I'm talking about. Honestly there was not a part where I thought anything dragged; everything flowed really great, and the writing style, the language was all beautifully written, and it was like I was taken back to an older era of England, and I liked it. The characters were developed very well; we are given a good amount of background information, and for me, that's wonderful, as I need it to understand the characters better. Hope and George were wonderful to read, and you will see this type of romantic tension that seeps from them, as they know they should not fall for each other, but for some reason they cannot help it, but you have to see what different turns and obstacles are in front of them that betrays any happiness they seek with one another. This is a story that I really liked, and I'm now interested to read the first book in this Huntley Trilogy, so that is definitely going to be on my reading list soon. This novel was wonderful, and it is one I Recommend!
My Rating: 4.5/5
My Audience Rating: PG-13
Grace Elliot leads a double life as a veterinarian by day and author of historical romance by night. Grace believes intelligent people need to read romance as an antidote to the modern world. As an avid reader of historicals she turned to writing as a release from the emotionally draining side of veterinary work.
Grace lives near London and is addicted to cats. The Elliot household consists of five cats, two teenage sons, one husband, a guinea pig - and the latest addition - a bearded dragon!
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