Cover Makeover and Free Download!

Lady Em's Indiscretion Original CoverThis is the original cover for my sexy novella, Lady Em’s Indiscretion. I think it’s lovely, as are all my covers from Kim Killion. However, it turns out to have been an error in branding.

After publishing it, I learned that some readers do not read book descriptions before buying. There were complaints that it was too short and too sexy. My guess is the cover and title were too much like the cover and title of Lady Dearing’s Masquerade and misled some people into thinking Lady Em’s Indiscretion would be another long historical, sexy but with many other story elements. This, even though the description included the words “sexy” and “novella”. 

Lady Em's Indiscretion - New Cover
Anyway, there’s no point in blaming readers. So after a while, I asked Kim Killion to do a different cover, one that would make the heat level more obvious. Here’s what she came up with. Although I’m sad the folly had to go, since the switch reviews have been consistently positive. I only wish I’d done it sooner. Live and learn.

What readers are saying now:

“What a great story. A sweet romance of hope everlasting and the power of physical attraction. I really enjoyed the read, quick and very fun.”

“I don’t think the bad reviewers were really paying attention to what they were buying. This is a SHORT and sensual story, well worth the 99 cents I paid for it. It is well-written and sexy, and the author has a good sense of the time period.”

Lady Em’s Indiscretion is free on Amazon today through February 4. Just please do NOT download if you are looking for a sweet traditional Regency!

Which cover do you like best? What sorts of covers signal sexy to you?


About Elena Greene

Elena Greene grew up reading anything she could lay her hands on, including her mother's Georgette Heyer novels. She also enjoyed writing but decided to pursue a more practical career in software engineering. Fate intervened when she was sent on a three year international assignment to England, where she was inspired to start writing romances set in the Regency. Her books have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Desert Rose Golden Quill and the Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club's award for Best Regency Romance of 2005 and made the Kindle Top 100 list in 2011. When not writing, Elena enjoys swimming, cooking, meditation, playing the piano, volunteer work and craft projects. She lives in upstate New York with her two daughters and more yarn, wire and beads than she would like to admit.
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6 Responses to Cover Makeover and Free Download!

  1. I love both of the covers and while I guess they depict different aspects of Regency romance I never assume anything simply from a cover. I always read the back cover blurb and often reviews and synopses on Amazon before I buy.

    • Elena Greene says:

      Louisa, I think you may be the exception.

      It’s also just me confusing readers, since I started out writing sweet traditional Regencies (the first two, anyway) and have gotten more sensual from book to book. So now I’m trying to at least make the sensuality more clear with my covers.

  2. The trouble with sexy historical covers is that rarely do the two coincide, so you have to settle (usually) for the sexy and ignore the wrong hairstyles, lingerie straps, nail polish and so on. I think this one does the job, Elena, and let’s hope for many downloads (I just grabbed one!)

    • Elena Greene says:

      Thanks, Janet! And I agree, it’s tricky finding the right images. In this case, simple seemed best and having a single-image cover versus the split image cover may be helping to differentiate it from my full length titles.

  3. LenoreJ says:

    Thank you for the lagniappe! Can’t wait to dive into Lady Em’s Indiscretion.

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