Got a question for you, fellow booklovers.
I write this series of books called the Cutthroat Business mysteries, right?
They're pretty good books, if I do say so myself, but they're hard to categorize. Not sweet enough for cozies, not enough sex for romantic suspense. Plus there's that pesky first person POV.
When I had the covers done for the series, I went with cute. Black silhouettes on brightly colored backgrounds. Like these:
However, I've been wondering if more people would pick up the books if they had different covers. Something less cute. More sexy.
So with that in mind, I spent a few hours this morning playing with GIMP. (Nice little photo manipulation program. Free. I haven't figured out how to do much with it yet, but I've grasped the basics.)
Here's what I came up with. Just two so far - it's hard to find more than a couple workable photographs with the same woman. I have one more, where she's holding a gun, but I'm saving it for a special occasion. Maybe book 3, Contract Pending. Lots of guns in that book. Savannah doesn't have any of them, but that's poetic license, right?
Like the silhouettes, these are brightly colored, but otherwise they're not really sweet at all. Nothing cozy about these. I like them, though. I'm just not sure anyone else will.
So what do you think, peeps? Stay with the old covers or make a few more new ones and go with those? If you were picking these up for the first time, which would grab your attention first?
And if you've read the books - and I hope some of you have - which do you think do the best job of visually capturing the feel of the series?
Inquiring minds want to know. :-)