Jun 19, 2014

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Authors Answer: My Favorite Foreign Cover (plus giveaway)


Book covers.  There is just something about the cover of a book that makes we bookaholics quiver.  We anticipate a book’s release but we also anticipate a book’s cover release.  They are just so gosh darn pretty and they draw us in, making us want to read a book even more than we already do. 

It’s tough to imagine, when we walk into a bookstore to stare at all the pretties, that there are many more covers, different interpretations, for these same books that we have never seen!  I am talking about the covers for the foreign editions. 

I thought it would be a fun post to ask some of our favorite authors to see which of their foreign book cover they like the most.  At the same time, it will introduce you guys to some covers that you may not have ever seen.  

Jeaniene Frost
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“This is the German cover for my seventh Night Huntress novel, called Up From The Grave in English. I don’t know what it’s called in German, so if you sprechen sie Deutsch, please tell me what it says ;). I really love this cover because it shows Cat, my heroine of the series, a lot like how I picture her. The model doesn’t look tough or badass; she looks young, lovely and gentle. That’s how Cat would look…right up until she stabbed you through the heart or ripped your head off. Cat’s young, sweet appearance was her disguise, and she loved being discounted as harmless because of her looks. Furthermore, in my books, a vampire’s eyes turn green when their emotions flare, so the model’s bright green eyes was a nice touch.”

Julie James

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“I couldn’t decide which of my foreign book covers is my favorite, so I took a poll on my Facebook page and asked readers to decide. I got a wide variety of responses—clearly, there are just too many great covers to choose from! But, the cover that received the most votes was the Indonesian cover of LOVE IRRESISTIBLY. I think it might be the heroine’s hair—which I totally covet. :)”

Kelley Armstrong

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armstrongB“My answer might be a little different from most. My favourite foreign covers are the weird ones, the ones where I can’t help but suspect the art folks knew little about the book and just picked something they thought would sell. The best are my Polish covers. I have two faves there. In second place is the cover for my cowritten middle-grade Loki’s Wolves. Like the English cover, it shows the two main kids and wolves. Except…well, zombies must sell really well in Poland, because the kids look undead. The winner, though, is the Polish cover for Stolen, the second in my Otherworld series.  The book is about a female werewolf who is taken captive for medical research. The cover…appears to be a woman transforming into a tree. Also, she’s wearing a gown diaphanous enough to show everything. The books sell quite well in Poland, though, so I’m not going to argue. I definitely won’t say it’s “better” than my US cover, but it’s a whole lot more interesting!”

Jennifer Estep

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“So Julie asked me to talk about some of the foreign covers for my books today. I really like the German covers for my Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. Every cover is basically white, with a different color for the girl’s eyes and the type. It’s very minimalist, but I think that it’s a cool, interesting look for the series.

estepBThe German covers for my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series are also interesting. They are sort of similar to my Mythos Academy covers in that a woman’s face is a big part of the cover.

But I have to say that I still like the U.S. covers the best, especially for my Elemental Assassin series. Tony Mauro, the cover artist for that series, has done a great job of capturing my main character, Gin Blanco, and the city of Ashland. So those will probably always be among my favorite covers.

What about you guys? What are some of your favorite book covers?”

Thank you SO much to Jeaniene, Julie, Kelley and Jennifer for telling us all about their favorite foreign covers today.  It’s just incredible how differently the stories are interpreted in each country to cause the designers to come up with such unique covers!

Now for the giveaway.  I am going to give to TWO lucky winners any TWO books from the participating authors.  So the winner can pick any book of their choosing by Jeaniene Frost, Julie James, Kelley Armstrong and/or Jennifer Estep.  To enter, just leave a comment below answering Jennifer’s question:  What are some of your favorite book covers?  The covers you mention don’t need to be international – they could be US covers too.  Please leave your comment by Wednesday June 25th 2014 11:59pm EST.  Giveaway open to anywhere the Book Depository ships.  Good luck!


  1. Lisa Badstübner says:

    I like the German cover because I can read the books only in German (and in English… but that’s not so easy) 😉 In German the next Book of the Night Huntress series is called: “Betörende Dunkelheit” and in English it would means “beguilingly Darkness” 😉 I like the US covers because they have a very cool title. 😉

  2. I don’t have a favorite cover but I usually like the US covers of most books. I’ve been impressed with one or two Bulgarian covers but I kind of like the original covers more. Some of the Bulgarian covers I do like are for Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  3. I’m in love with the paperback covers of Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series. I also often used the Night Huntress series wallpapers 🙂 Though that German version of Up From the Grave is woah.
    Other Cover Lust club members: Pepper Winters’ Debt Inheritance , Kresley Cole’s Lothaire, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Cloak and Silence, J.R. Ward’s Lover Avenged – and I better stop myself here 😉

  4. Holly Wright says:

    My favourite cover is probably Splintered by A G Howard just because it’s so colourful and vibrant. It really stands out.

  5. Raven Blackburn says:

    Jeaniene Frost: Just like Lisa said, Up from the Grave is titled Beguiling Darkness.
    I had the first 4 Cat and Bones books in German, but then I started buying the English ones and realized that whole lines are missing in the German versions. And some of the girls on the covers don’t even look like Cat.
    Or Leila. The girl on the first Vlad and Leila book has red hair. Sometimes I feel like they don’t even read the book or atleast get a description of the characters.


    As for my favorite foreign cover, I have to say I love Richelle Mead’s Succubus covers. The German ones. I think there are two different German covers and while the older ones are beautiful too, I had to imagine Georgina Kincaid as the cover model of the new covers. She is just so beautiful.


  6. I really like the covers of Patricia Briggs ‘s Mercy Thompson books. The Daniel Dos Santos ones. I think it’s cool that the tattoos change depending on what’s going on in the book.

  7. Stefanie says:

    I like the German cover of “Wedding Night” by Sophie Kinsella plus most of her UK covers. The German covers of Paige Toon’s books are adorable as well. And last but not least I really like all covers of the books from Lucinda Riley and Julie James.

  8. Gloria Landavazo says:

    I like the covers from all of the grave yard series!!

  9. I generally like the US covers better but I must say Julie James’ Indonesian cover is prettier.

  10. I love the book covers for the Fever series by KMM and the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger.

  11. I really like the Psy-Changeling covers, especially the most recent ones.

  12. Damaris says:

    I love the cover of the 2nd book in the Vampire Empire Trilogy by Clay and Susan Griffith. Here’s a link – hope it works. 🙂

  13. Damaris says:

    Going to try again…hopefully it works this time.


  14. I find that seeing foreign covers, especially the UK versions make me appreciate the North American covers more. Probably my favorite covers are Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold set or Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series (with the Lords and their butterfly tattoos, not the second edition ones). And I agree, it has to be the hair of the cover model for Julie James’ novel because it’s gorgeous!

  15. Cassandra Hicks says:

    I love Jeaniene’s covers and covers by Lori Foster, Tara Sivec, JR Ward, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, plus many others. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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