Cover Cafe, a website focused on the best and worst romance novel cover art, announced on June 28, 2010 the winners of its Annual Cover Contest. Among works published in 2009, Nora Roberts’ April 2009 release, Vision in White, received the first place award for best contemporary cover. Vision in White is the first volume in Roberts’ Bride Quartet.
The contest judges praised many facets of the design of the Vision in White cover. “This shows every little girl’s fantasy of a beautiful wedding,” one judge remarked. “I love the graceful look of this cover.”
“I loved this cover from the moment I saw it,” said another. “It’s fresh and modern and really captures the best of both romance and chick lit.”
“The composition here is just stunning,” commented a third judge.” It’s wonderful with the title, and gives us a gorgeous visual while still leaving a lot to the imagination. Also, I kind of want those shoes!”
In addition to the first place award for the design of the Vision in White cover, Cover Cafe presented nine additional awards in this category. The cover of Crash Into Me by Jill Sorenson took second place; Marlo Schalesky’s If Tomorrow Never Comes, third; Barbara Elsborg’s Strangers, fourth: Stef Ann Holm’s All That You Are, fifth; Calista Fox’s Object of Desire, sixth; Lori Wilde’s Sand, Sun…Seduction, seventh; Sadie Callahan’s Lone Star Woman, eighth; Alison Kent’s No Limits, ninth; and Lisa G. Riley’s Caught Up In The Rapture, tenth. Photos of these covers appear in the slideshow accompanying this article.
Also included in the slideshow are photos of the first place winners in Cover Cafe’s five other award categories. The cover of Maria V. Snyder’s Sea Glass received the Alternate Reality category award. Lisa Kleypas’s Tempt Me at Twilight won in the Historical category. Nicola Cornick’s The Scandals of an Innocent took top place in the Two-Cover category. The Silhouette Nocturne anthology Midnight Craving won in the Series category.
The final, and perhaps most entertaining, category which Cover Cafe includes in its awards is that of the Worst cover. Cover Cafe judges consider this category “a guilty pleasure,” adding, “As much as we love the beautiful covers in the other categories, it’s such fun to see the covers that have gone so horribly wrong!” The cover design for Werewolf Sanctuary by Eva Gordon was the unfortunate winner of this year’s worst cover award.
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