Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover

By Jenn Windrow

I’ve been researching cover designs for Struck By Eros. What colors pop? What pictures entice? What font flows? What makes me look at a cover and pick up the book? Because let’s be honest, even though we’ve been told all our lives not to judge a book by it’s cover, we all do.

So, I’ve decided that for the next few months that is what I am going to do. I am going to judge, judge judge. Only read books based on their covers. Ignore the back blurb, the premise, resist cracking it open and taking a sneak peek.

I’m going in blind.

And I’ve found my first pretty to play with.

Splintered by A.G. Howard,


Look at the vibrant colors and fitting font and beautiful picture. I first saw this series at Barnes and Noble on an end cap, and I knew without picking it up that I would read this.

Here are a couple of snippets to entice you further if the cover art isn’t enough.

“I’ve been collecting bugs since I was ten; it’s the only way I can stop their whispers. Sticking a pin through the gut of an insect shuts it up pretty quick.”

and this one…

“Raising one hand, he tilts his hat to that sexy slant. “You want me. Admit it.”
Even if he’s partly right, I’ll never tell him. “Why would I want you?”
He lifts three fingers to countdown. “Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible.”
“Such an optimist.”
“My cup is never empty.”
“Too bad your brain is.” The words bite, but my smile softens with affection.”

How about you? Do you judge by the outward appearance, or do you flip and read first?


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