Spring Madness -Covers Redux

It must be spring! Yep, it’s time to redo my covers… ONCE AGAIN! Gack!

What happened? Well, for my popular “Angelo’s Hearth” series I kept hearing little comments like:

  • “I love these books, but the covers… Ewww!!” -a major reviewer and fan
  • “You know, if Matt would just redo these covers, these books might actually sell.” -a skilled cover designer
  • “Oh my gosh, you’ve really got to fix these.” -a publisher friend

Not being the sharpest tack in the office supplies drawer, I still got the message…eventually. Now mind you this is my second-best selling series after my “Night Stalkers” series. Everyone agreed that the covers were well branded and the quality of the design was good. This series has also been completed, the story arc is complete (at least I think so). Going back to a finished series…do I really want to do that?

What the heck was the problem anyway?! Some of my buddies at WMG Publishing spent an hour with me and about halfway through I had to sit down, hard, because my knees had just gone out. Here are a few of the comments:

  • Your name is hard to read.
  • There’s no contrast between the title and your name.
  • In the last six months, because of the recent huge successes in erotica, contemporary romances are moving away from large couples in the foreground and are now shifting to smaller couples in the background.
  • They’re looking at me out of the page and that’s totally freaking me out!
  • They’re out of proportion with their background.
  • They’re blue.

That last comment was the real shocker, and the one that made me sit down abruptly. It was a real “Duh!” moment. I had gone to a lot of trouble to brand to that blue because these are set in Seattle where there are a thousand shades of blue between lakes, ocean, and sky and they’re always shifting. HOWEVER, blue is not a warm, inviting, romantic! color. These are charming, contemporary romances about a group of friends finding love and success in Seattle. And I’ve been pushing away readers with my cool blues rather than inviting them in with warmer and softer colors. SIGH!

The good news is, as an indie publisher working in the modern world, I have control of these covers and can rebrand them.

So, here’s the cover reveal of the whole M.L. Buchman “Angelo’s Hearth” series in order (old vs. new) that is already moving into all of the retailers and distributors. Let me know what you think!

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Series: Angelo's Hearth

Come to “Angelo’s Hearth Tuscan Ristorante.” The food is glorious, the women stunning (at times literally), and love is always found in the heart of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. (The series is now complete!)

ROAD MAP TO ANGELO’S HEARTH

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Where Dreams Are Born

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Where Dreams Are Born

Where Dreams Reside

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Where Dreams Reside
Maria’s Christmas Table

Where Dreams Unfold

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Where Dreams Unfold

Where Dreams Are Written

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Where Dreams Are Written

Where Dreams Taste Like Chocolate

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Where Dreams Taste Like Chocolate

Where Dreams Books 1-3

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Where Dreams Books 1-3

Where Dreams Books 4-5

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Where Dreams Books 4-5

Where Dreams Are Sewn

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Where Dreams Are Sewn

Where Dreams Are Well Done

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Where Dreams Are Well Done

While I was at it, I also upgraded my recent release of Wildfire at Dawn to better match the series look set by my traditional publisher with Pure Heat.

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Series: Firehawks

Emily Beale and Mark Henderson may have retired from the military, but they haven’t retired from trouble. They lead a team of the best heli-aviation wildland firefighters in the business. But sometimes what you find in the woods can be far more sinister than expected. Recurring “Night Stalkers” characters and a whole new cast of men and women who are the very best; they can only hope they’re good enough.

“The action and romance in this book will keep you glued to the pages.” –Fresh Fiction, Pure Heat
Top 10 Romance of Spring 2014 –Publishers Weekly, Pure Heat starred review
“Will blow the readers’ minds and leave them awestruck.” Romantic Times, Pure Heat 4-1/2 stars, TOP PICK

ROAD MAP TO FIREHAWKS

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Looking for the Fire

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Looking for the Fire

Pure Heat

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Pure Heat

Fire Light Fire Bright

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Fire Light Fire Bright

Wildfire at Dawn

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Wildfire at Dawn
Wildfire Smokejumper Trilogy

Full Blaze

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Full Blaze

Wildfire at Larch Creek

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Wildfire at Larch Creek

Fire at Gray Wolf Lookout

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Fire at Gray Wolf Lookout

Hot Point

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Hot Point

Wildfire on the Skagit

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Wildfire on the Skagit
Blaze Atop Swallow Hill Lookout

Fire Light Cabin Bright

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Fire Light Cabin Bright

Road to the Fire’s Heart

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Road to the Fire’s Heart

Summer of Fire and Heart

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Summer of Fire and Heart

Firelights of Christmas

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Firelights of Christmas

Flash of Fire

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Flash of Fire

2 thoughts on “Spring Madness -Covers Redux”

  1. Very nice, Matt – not only are the covers inviting (but I don’t dislike the original ones) but you were able to add that you are an NPR, etc. author and a stronger quote. Well, done! Keep inspiring me!

    1. I personally really liked the old ones, I spent many hours finding (and sometimes creating) those couples, they just weren’t good marketing.

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