With the release of our latest Regency Romantics Box set, A Summer of Dukes, I have been thinking about covers recently and wondering just what readers – and authors – prefer. Perhaps a single gentleman on the cover is favourite, our "Duke" certainly seems perfectly at home in the picture above, doesn't he? And the cover of The Ton's Most Notorious Rake, my current Sarah Mallory Regency, has a very handsome hunk gracing the cover.
Yet the recent Italian version of the same book features a painting of an actual scene from the book and I find I quite like that, too, or perhaps it is just the author in me kicking in, because I like to think that someone has read the book!
And I have now received foreign copies of two of my Sarah Mallory books from the Scandalous Arrandales Series – Lithuania, in fact! – plus The Duke's Secret Heir in German, and they ALL have couples on the covers.
To balance this, several of my own Georgian or Regency Romances have pictures of the heroine on the cover, including these two:-
So, do you prefer to see a couple on a romance cover, or a single man or woman? Or perhaps it depends on the title or the story? I confess that I don't think I have a preference, but I am always intrigued to know what my publishers will choose next!
Do let me know what you think.
Melinda Hammond /Sarah Mallory