Hey, lovies! My publishing houses have got me covered in a major way. Check it out!
This is the new Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man, ala Howard Books/Simon and Schuster. I actually had them design a cover with Jazz looking like I described him in the book (he can pass for White). But a lot of the people I showed the cover to GOT MAD! They kept saying, "Why did they make Jazz White?" I said, "Um, because he looks that way." But that didn't satisfy them. They wanted Jazz looking BLACK! They didn't care how he really looks! I folded and asked the art department to give me a more "ethnic", read that as "Black looking" Jazz so as not to cause a riot among these people. If I ever get a re-design, I'm going to insist that he looks like he does in the books, Mr. United Nations. But that guy is cute! Not as cute as Jazz, but...
And check out Bell! Honestly, she wouldn't wear her hair like that. You know she's into natural styles, to the horror of Carly and her mom. She probably wouldn't do that skirt either. She also wouldn't run in heels since she can scarcely stand in them. But she'd RAWK that purse!
Here is the cover for Death, Deceit, and Some Smooth Jazz. Notice Jazz doesn't look so happy on this one. I'd be ticked off too if I caught a case for killing my ex!
Hey! Did he kill his ex, skanky Kate???
I'll guess you'll have to wait until April to see!
I kinda think Bell is a little tall and skinny and, um, not like Bell here. But that's just me. And speaking of me, I'd say Bell looks a lot like me. And she oddly has my birthday. And skin color. And a good many of my thoughts, only she wears a size 10 and I wear a size 16! But hey, in books you can pretend to be somebody else and be a lot more fabulous than you are in real life.
Here they've got the braids right, but what is with the heels? It's a running joke in the books that Bell always trips in heels. They're a hazard to us! Whoops! I mean they're a hazard to her.
Now, you've seen this one for Zora and Nicky before, but personally, it's my favorite. Not that they didn't do a good job with the Amanda Bell Brown Mystery book covers, but I had the first set of covers from the ill-fated NavPress versions to compare them to. I think I'm still mourning those artful, fantastic covers, where Bell looked like me, even though she was a cartoon and her hair on the Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man cover was all wrong. And Death, Deceit, and Some Smooth Jazz had a SUGAR GLIDER on the cover! And it was purple! The cover that is, not the sugar glider, though he may have been purple, too. That was soooo cool.
But I'm sure I'll get used to these new covers and come to love them.
Please say right. Humor me!
Anyway here's Zora and Nicky. I'm gonna show it to you, again. Yes, the Design Works Group and David C. Cook put their foot in that one! I got to meet the geniuses behind this funky cover at ICRS. Wooo Hooo!
That doesn't mean this cover was without it's own drama. In the first version, Nicky, the guy, had these eyebrows that made him look like a serial killer to me. I asked them to change it. He was cute, but I needed Nicky to be a real hottie! So they gave me another Nicky. And uh, Zora would so not have that weave! But you know. What can you do!? Sistah do rawk those weaves, and these are stock photos. Nobody was going to spend a decade finding the perfect people in my mind.
Anyway, every reader brings to a book their own vision of what the characters look like. Your Jazz ain't mine, and so on. But it makes me wonder, if you saw these characters, would they stick in your mind as you read, even if the descriptions in the books are clearly different? Because the psychology behind cover designs is PICK UP THE BOOK! The images are made to compel you to pick it up and purchase before you read it. It's not necessarily true to the authors vision.
Anyway, you can pre-order these books, and covers! On Amazon! I'm getting a little excited. Can you tell??? I'm a writer! I'm a real writer!!! I'm on Amazon!!!! Even though you so won't see any of these covers posted on there yet. They're coming, lovies. And so are some fun reads, so hook a sistah up and pre-order.
Mwah! <-- that's a big ol' kiss, not a foreign language. And hey, tell me what YOU think.