Dishing Junk – The act of dispensing ideas of little value in a casual or silly manner.

I feel the need again to showcase a few covers that had me going …

WTF Book Covers

Vampire Edition!

Once again, I must reiterate…you never get a second chance to make a first impression. People do judge books by their covers. There are covers that are obviously done by the author’s themselves, like this one:

Just One Taste (The V V Inn, Free Short + Half of Book 1) by C.J. Ellisson

I think she might be holding a cup there? I understand this is a Free Short, but the point is for it to get read. And clip art with a pink gradient, to me doesn’t say read me. Maybe for a blog button…

Then there are covers that are done by the publishers. I’ve never been a fan of Christine Feehan’s covers…but this one, I can’t figure out if he is supposed to be holding up the scrollwork on his shoulders and praying to a flower, what is he doing? Then is that a dragon penis? I think he is being attacked by his own penis actually! I did download the HUGE cover, and it is a dragon wing that is the general region of his lower parts, not a penis. But, really that is what I thought at first glance. Not to mention the guy is sniffing a flower or praying to it — all with badly rasterized text on top of everything, with a kicker of an outer glow to give it that cozy feeling. Cover designers…if your text is jagged, that is not a good thing and a glow is meant to have an opacity. Just an FYI.

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Then there are the ones that were actually done by PAID designers. The author paid someone to do this. They actually wanted the faded out disembodied head look — the floating eye in the top left hand corner. Also, please note the badly merged images…you’ll see this in the blatant line through the girls reflected head and also in two spots to the left of the image. I do have to say, I like the typography though.

Stock Wars!

Who wears the stock girl better? I of all people understand the awesome that is a great stock photo, but the downer of using stock is that anyone can download it…and use it however they want.

Who wins?

Vampires: The Recent Undead by Paula Gurun

Loved (Book #2 in the Vampire Journals) by Morgan Rice

Mirror, Mirror by Phaedra Weldon

or

Nightside by Michelle L. Crocker

XO,

Rachel Rivera