Talking About Book Covers with HelenKay Dimon

HelenKay Dimon iconLet’s talk about covers for a few minutes. Before ebooks exploded and back when there were a lot of different bookstore chains readers could visit, I used to spend a lot of time wandering around and looking at covers. I’d go to a bookstore and check out the books on the tables and endcaps. I’d pick ones off the shelves. Often what made me pick up a book was the cover. In fact, that was almost always what made me pick up a book.

A lot of people say they don’t care about covers. I still do. And I love romantic suspense covers. They tend to have one of two types of photos – a sexy couple or a sexy guy alone. I’m a fan of both, but I really like the hot-alpha-guy covers. They totally telegraph what’s going to be in the book. For FALLING HARD, the Avon art department did a great job. The tattoos are right. The look of the hero is right. The mood is right. You can tell by looking at it that the book stars a tough, determined protector type. He is the kind of guy who steps up when there’s a problem. You don’t even need to turn the book over and read the cover blurb to know that.

And then there’s the gun.  The hero on the cover – West Brown – is holding a weapon. That, alone, tells you a lot of what you need to know about him. The casual clothes, the gun, the sure stance – those all work.

Regency historicals tend to have women in pretty dresses on the covers. A lot of small town romances have porches or chairs without people these days. Sexy romances have beautiful people in sexy poses. With so many reading choices out there, I really love when I can get an idea of a book just from looking at the cover. So, if you look at FALLING HARD and think quiet marine in a dangerous situation, you’re right. 🙂

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Book cover Falling HardFalling Hard Bad Boys Undercover # 2 by HelenKay Dimon
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Avon Books


After a grueling assignment with the black ops force known as the Alliance, Weston Brown is craving downtime. Instead, he’s pulled into his deadliest operation, in the one place he never wanted to see again. No-nonsense and so damn hot, Lexi Turner lied to get him to her mountain clinic in Pakistan. But the threat is terrifyingly real.

Lexi has been asking too many questions, drawing the wrong kind of attention. As soon as she lays eyes on West, she can tell he’s quiet—yet tough—and has a rescue complex which will come in handy for going up against the world’s most ruthless gunrunners.

Cut off from the rest of the Alliance, Lexi and West navigate the brutal terrain and a primal sexual attraction. Sticking around has never been West’s way, but now he’ll use every resource to keep Lexi by his side, safe from a killer who leaves no loose ends behind.

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About HelenKay

HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce attorney turned full-time romance author. Odd transition, right? She has sold over thirty novels, novellas and shorts to numerous publishers, including Kensington, Harlequin and Penguin, Samhain, Carina Press, and HarperCollins. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. But the best part of the job is never having to wear pantyhose.

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