Book Covers – Romance and Erotica

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Romance and Erotica


In the romance and erotica genre, the legibility of the title is not as important as the image and the emotion conveyed. In my wife’s book A Christmas Fling, a Magical Tale of Romance and Adventure, I worked to convey a winter love in the San Francisco Bay Area. I made the most prominent aspect of the cover be the couple’s love for each other. I used frost and Christmas colors to convey the winter, and I set the Golden Gate Bridge as a background to clarify the proper setting.

Accurately portraying the experience was what mattered most in creating the cover for Beth’s book Touchstone of Love, a Time-Travel Romance. The couple convey the passion, the clock conveys the time-travel aspect, and the cathedral in the background along with their couple’s dress indicates the time period of the story.

For Liz Adams’s erotic version of Alice in Wonderland, Alice’s Sexual Discovery in a Wonderful Land, I put the attention on the couple’s passion for each other and used aspects of surrealism to convey the imaginative experience the readers would have. The other-worldly background, the curly letters, the purple tones, all helped with portraying the imaginative experience readers could expect to have.

Liz Adams’s erotic version of Goldilocks, Goldie’s Locks and the Three Men, takes place in contemporary times. Though the title suggests a menage of sorts, Liz wanted me to be sure to clarify with the cover that the story was not a menage story. I kept the image to only one man, and since Liz’s tale had much to do with locks of hair, I highlighted the hair and placed it in the background of the title.

In Liz Adams’s erotic version of Red Riding Hood, Amy “Red” Riding’s Hood, the story mostly takes place in the woods, so I used that backdrop for the cover. Also, since the hero is a werewolf, I combined the human form with the wolf’s eyes to portray the danger the heroine must face.

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