Historical Romance 101: Favorite Book Covers

Welcome to another segment of Historical Romance 101. Today we will be discussing book covers, what we love about them and share some personal favorites. Please join in and visit the other fabulous ladies : Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tales, Amanda @ On A Book Bender, and Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook.

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I am excited to talk about book covers in historical romance. I have a deep love for a beautiful cover, and I am one of those types that like pretty much most romantic covers. Whether they be old or new, I highly respect those publishing companies that go hard into find a good cover to match the book in the right way. There are many aspects that go into making a good romance cover. A little while ago I stumbled across an article that talked about cover artists—You can read the full article HERE. Such as Jon Paul, Chris Cocozza, James Griffin and Alan Ayers. Many aspects go into a cover and even the stepback. Many of these artists work both traditionally and digitally in their works. They put alot of time and effort into creating a beautiful cover. It’s always interesting to see the changes in covers over the years. In the older romance covers, there was no digital imagery at all. Mostly it was mostly paintings and drawings from artists. There have been many changes over the years and the evolvement. I read on Historical Editorial, that in the 80’s where the Bodice Rippers, became known, those covers with scantily dressed women, was to appeal to men not women. I found that most interesting, But most women back in those days would hide these

There have been many changes over the years and the evolvement. I read on Historical Editorial, that in the 80’s where the Bodice Rippers, became known, those covers with scantily dressed women, was to appeal to men not women. I found that most interesting, But most women back in those days would hide these books, since there was a stigma of these covers and many misunderstandings about these books. I have read quite a few bodice rippers, and I will say this, many of them are TAME in comparison to many books written now.  But are some of the most realistic romances you can read. Since they show and portray real historical authenticity. The most popular of them are known as the Zebra romances. This is the one publishing company that was the most popular for these romances.

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Then around the 90’s and early 2000’s, we have the covers that show only images of objects and fancy lettering. Now these were quite popular, because many who read these didn’t feel the need to hide them away in their closets. I actually really fell in love with these when I first started reading romance and discovered some of my favorite books with these covers. I liked that the covers portrayed the stories quite well in various ways. In some covers we have images of castles or buildings and these covers are still popular in many historical covers. I just love a pretty castle or home.

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Then we have those “Out of the Curtain” covers. Where we see a cover that we see through a window or curtain on the side with a pretty landscape or setting relevant to the story line of the book. These are so fun, and I really like these covers because it really helps the reader picture the environment the author creates. Some will show a couple pose, it just depends on the cover.

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Next up we have those covers that show horses or a sense of adventure….usually, these covers go with the theme of “on the road” romances. I really like these covers quite a bit. For one I love horses (one of my favorite animals, they are so graceful and majestic) and they fit so well in historical romances.

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Up Next we have covers in two different groupings. I wanted to show Only Male Models and Female Models. This has been a trend in romance for quite a long time. I have enjoyed seeing these types of covers on romances, whether it’s a nice set of muscled manliness or some gorgeous dresses….I love both. And many times with these covers we have some great backdrops that sets the theme or set up of the story.

Male Models:

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Female Models

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Now, another popular style of romance covers are some beautiful scenery. I really like seeing these types of covers, and even though they aren’t as popular as they used to be….I still love seeing them quite a bit. Mostly because I love a great backdrop.

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Up Next, is a personal favorite, is pairs. I love seeing a great romance cover, but I love seeing both together in a sensual embrace of some kind. Especially if it has a pretty backdrop. These always convey the perfect set up for the story. These type of covers have evolved over the years and below are some of my favorites: both old and new.

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Finally I want to touch on stepback covers. These are still popular, although not as much as four to five years ago. These covers are an extension of the main front cover. Sometimes you would find these right behind the main cover or on the back. These depict sensual poses.

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