Do you JABBIC (judge a book by its cover)? What catches your eye – a sexy couple in an erotic pose? A smoky atmosphere obscuring a mysterious woman on a stone bridge? An olive in a martini glass?

Front cover designs are meant to capture the eye – and the imagination. They’re meant to tell you if you’re in for an erotic read or a romantic comedy. The back cover blurb gives more information. A peek inside, naturally, will tell you more. But it’s the cover that sells. Most of the time. And though likes and dislikes are subjective, there are some tried-and-true designs that draw people to books of specific genres.

The Immoral Virtue Trilogy, is dark, historical and erotic. The book covers show that… I hope.

Book cover - The Mark (Immoral Virtue #1)  Sexy, erotic pose

The Accused - Immoral Virtue #2 Book cover.  sexy couple in an Erotic pose

Both covers are now part of the Judge a Book by its Cover Contest (JABBIC), hosted by the Houston Bay Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. The contest’s aim is to promote authors and cover designers. The amazing woman who designed my covers deserves that promotion and I’m hoping, with a little help from your votes, she will. 

The Mark and The Accused are listed under the SEXIEST COVER category. An up-rating for them, if you love them, too, would be lovely.

So… please DO judge my book by its cover… by voting here on the page for JABBIC Entries for Sexiest Cover (reader voting ends 2/9/15. After that time, this link will not work because libraries and book sellers will take over the voting process)

Vote for your favorites in the other categories, too. Though I wish you luck deciding which appeal to you more since the entries this year are amazing.

My sincere thanks to the Houston Bay Area RWA for all their hard work hosting this contest.


Arla Dahl
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