07 June 2011

Giveaway: Did you have your beefcake today?

Did you have your beefcake today?

Personally, they can be my chocolate treat along with an incredible story. Like I said this weekend; "I'm an abs-obsessed, half-nekkid, sword-posing, ink-on-skin, beefcake cover ho." Nothing can grab my attention faster then a man-candy filled cover. I'm a very visual creature but I'm owning it, celebrating it, reveling in it and have shared lots of hot stuff with fellow book cover junkies.

Let me share some of itmwith you...after all; I'll grab any excuse to share some cover love :)

This is an a-list cover for me. Look at the headless heart throb of a bod standing there all confident! WANT! But also the background has a lot going on and I always like that as well.
Aaahhhhh, the strong back on covers always got me drooling a bit. It reminds me of Jessi St.James in KMM's Spell Of The Highlander. Jessi looked at the strong, muscled back of Cian MacKeltar and wanted to go primal on him. All rawr, biting and licking his back - I so can understand the impulse *grin*

Haven't we seen this cover model on a few other covers as well??  Next to the ripped guy the use of color hues also has a huge impact on me. I really like the blue tones in this one!

Sizzle and Burn, oh man, I've got that one down. The cover artist got my heart pounding for the men of the Delta Force! The cover screams; action, suspense and a hot blooded male! LOVE!

When I found Red Heat I went in a not so gracious swoon. Give me a ripped body, tats and a gleaming skin and my inner cover hussy is purring!!

It's good that next to covers I also read blurbs and catch up on info on the net because otherwise my impulse buying would've been spinning out of control!

But my question for this Celebrating The Romance giveaway is; How importants are covers to you? And more important, which ones make your heart beat faster? Any favorite cover model I should know about?

 The ground rules – yeah I know, not the most fun part but it has to be done!

* The giveaway is internationally (or where the Book Depository can deliver)
* The giveaway starts on June 7th and ends two weeks later, the winner will be announced a day later.
* You have a choice from a romance (and sub-genres) title released in the month of the giveaway, so that’s a whole heap of choice IMO ;) If you chose a print book - only via BookDepository.com. Or if you chose an e-book, it will depend if I have a payment option available to me. You can chose a book up to a price of $6,99
* If you win the ‘Celebrating the romance’ giveaway I’ll e-mail you (e-mail must be part of your profile/ a part of your comment or e-mailed to me) 
* I am not responsible for lost or damaged books. Once the order is placed it is out of my hands!

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  1. Do I have to choose at once? Cos I gues Heartless by Gail Carriger then, should be out late June :)

    Anyway models! Of course I drool over them and pick books cos of hotties. I am horrible really. But I do want to see heads

  2. I love these covers, can't ogle them enough lol

    A great cover definitely catches my eye but I need an appealing blurb too to convince me to buy it, but it is the icing on the cake for me.

    I like the Thea Harrison and Janet Chapman cover very much, as for cover models... the hottest one right now for me is Paul Marron!! He is on lots of covers right now.

  3. Great covers that catch the eye are always an attraction, but the storyline has to capture my attenion as well if I'm going to buy the book. Hunks on the cover don't hurt either. ;) I did love the cover for Mystical Warrior and a couple of my recent favs are:

    Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh
    Savage Nature by Christine Feehan

    Intriguing question and Thanks for the giveaway!


  4. I love good covers, but as a designer I may be bias.

    Don't know of any particular cover model, but I do prefer books with a couple or female heroine. Just so many manly ones... they start to blend :)

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  5. O Leontine, this blog really could have been written by me! Even my boyfriend thought that. I love covers, and he still thinks I buy them only because of the half naked man with the tattoo or something. Okay, it helps but the storyline is also very important.

    If I win, I go for J.R. Ward - Rebel.

    You already know where to find me.

  6. Definitely love the covers--recently paid attention to upcoming Erin McCarthy covers and Megan Hart guys. Loved the biker guy on a Lorie O'Clare novel recently. And of course, there ore the threesomes and more--lots of gorgeous guys on those covers. What's not to like? In this case, more is better!!

  7. I bet you won't be surprised to learn that covers are very important to me! But it's best if they're not like every other cover out there. Here are two covers that I really like:



  8. I'm a coverholic. I've found a lot of new authors to read because I decided to read the book from the look of the cover. I really like the Lord of the Underworld series covers. Oh and I really love the cover of The Nymph King.

    danni0113 AT gmail DOT com

  9. Cover first but the blurb must be tantalizing. Donna


  10. oh yeah, covers can make or break the deal. I love a sexy cover!!


  11. I too am a cover hussy.The cover is what attracts me to a book.then the blurb.
    Jaci Burton's the Perfect Play is my favorite.I love Jed Hill.Her next book Changing the Game has a hot cover too.

  12. I love looking a covers but I never buy a book based on what the cover looks like. If the blurb sounds good or if I know an authors work and every once in a while I buy books based on what people are saying about the book.

    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  13. I admit, I'm a bit of a cover whore. I love the artwork especially if it has a smokin' hot male bod on the cover!! :D

  14. I use the cover to gauge the level of "spiciness" in the book. I'm all for naked male torsos on the cover, but I might choose to get an e-book if the picture is something I don't want to be carrying around in public. =)
    tiredwkids at live dot com

  15. This covers are fabulous! I only knew a couple of them. I'd love Embraced by Blood by Laurie London. That comes out at the end of the month!

    rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

  16. Love the covers!! Yes, I will admit, a good cover or cover model will make me pick up a book for a better look and then some. Another book with a great cover is "Game Over" by Taylor Keating.

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  17. Covers are not super important to me, more what's on the inside. But hey, if I find a a great book I love and it happens to have a fabulous cover... who am I to complain? ;-)


  18. Honestly, although an eye catching cover can get me to at least pick up a book, I've never actually bought one based on the cover alone. Anyway, I know it's heresy, but the standard beefcake covers don't usually attract me. To me, they all look exactly the same so they don't usually catch my attention. I'm much more attracted to covers that are clever or different. I will say though that the recent Jaci Burton book was the one exception to that - that cover definitely did attract me LOL.

    Jen at delux dot com

  19. I try and peruse all the new books and a good cover will usually draw my attention first, but it is the author and/or the blurb that will influence my purchase the most. On the other hand a dull cover may not even pique my curiosity enough to flip the book over and look at the back.

    lnxam97 (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. Fabulous covers!! My all-time fave is "The Perfect Play" by Jaci Burton - I pretty much bought that book for the cover tho the story was good too ;-)

    smaccall AT comcast.net

  21. Umh, so hard to decide. The hunk in Red Heat has the most virile torso, but I don't like that tattoo that much. Can you beam the real guys to me in Oz? I need close examination.

    Chemical Fusion

  22. I love chest-covers! :) I could stare at them for ages!
    Covers are important but I don't decide if I buy a book because of the cover. The blurb or excerpt is much more important or the author is an auto-buy for me anyway.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. I think covers are very important, the first I look at is the cover not the blurb. My favourite covers are the pretty ones like the ones from the Mercy Thompson or Night Huntress series.


  24. Cover is very important to me.. There's some case, when I want to read the book based on cover alone, or buy it, because I love it's cover! I don't care with the story, as long as the cover great (but it so rare, LOL!).

    My favorite cover, I don't have any, but I can say I love Tony Mauro's work (he do Archangel's Kiss and Consort's cover, and both is my favorite), then any cover do by Dos Santos is good too (ex, Kitty Kat series by Gini Koch!)

    My favorite cover model? I know someone above mention Paul Marron, but he's my favorite too! I collect book with him as the cover LOL (and I love it, when he is the model for Lothaire's book!).. Any other model that I can introduce to you? Hmm, I just know a few. Like Nathan Kamp, Jed Hill, and Jimmy Thomas :).

  25. As I read the majority of my books on my kindle I rarely look at covers...I look more at reviews!

    My all time favorite book cover is The Perfect Play with Jed Hill on the cover! I have to pull it out and droll by it (because I can't drool on it...it would ruin it) just because it is so hot)!

    Thank you!
    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  26. I read a lot of erotic romance stories, and appreciate a sexy torso shot on the cover. See a lot of my favorites already listed, but would add:

    Blood Law by Karin Tabke
    The Hell's Eight and Shadow Wrangler's series covers by Sarah McCarty.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  27. Those who say don't judge a book by its cover don't know what they are talking about! Of course a cover is there to make a first impression, and try to influence us readers.

    There are the yummy covers which make me stare at them until I hallucinate like Jaci Burton's The Perfect Play. Then there are the cute and quirky, and the sweet ones, like All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins, the artisticly so beautiful you can't help but stare: like Embers by Laura Bickle, and the atmospheric titillating ones like Anything You Want by Erin Nicholas. These are just a few that come to mind right now ;-) Covers are important and they do matter!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  28. Covers are very important! Despite, the wisdom to not judge a book by its covers, it's something that I can't help. I love covers that are interesting and creative, appropriate for the story. Some of the most beautiful covers I've seen is from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. Very artsy but also relevant to the SF genre.

    Secondary, is the description. Once my attention is caught, then I focus on what the story is all about. I think covers pare especially important for new authors. I've discovered many new authors from simply being intrigued by the cover and going back to read their backlisted books (sometimes with less than ideal covers).



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