Yes the infamous Romance Cover Contest is back, and you can vote once a day from February 1 through 28! The theme for the year is sizzling red heads, or demure red heads, or….well take a look at the contestants.
The contest is easy enough. Just consider our stellar examples of outrageous romance covers, and pick your favorite. We don’t define favorite, you have to do that! Toss your vote in the bucket at the store or enter with an email or comment on the website or Facebook page. We do tally the votes to see how the tastes of the Owens Valley amaze us, but a winner is drawn randomly from all of the votes. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE READ THE BOOK, OR EVER READ THE BOOK. We are just light heartedly judging these books by their covers! Of course if you want to read the book, we will save it for you in March!
Grand prize is a $25 gift certificate, good throughout the store!
Here are the contestants:
#1 Capture the Sun by Shirl Henke
This novel features a “flame-haired beauty” suffering a forced marriage in the Montana wilderness, with a few fringe benefits and a forbidden love. Published in 1988, it interestingly uses pink watercolors to capture the searing Western sky…
#2 Valor’s Reward by Jean R. Ewing
A Regency Romance (notice the high waisted dress?) has the requisite Lord in conflict with our red haired heroine, at least for a while. Their conflict went to an extreme with shots fired and injury inflicted, how romantic is that? Despite the historic subject, this choice was published in 1996.
#3 Ready, Aim….I Do! by Debra Webb
Intrigue for this red head, a CIA Special Agent appropriately named Ginger, is a sham marriage to another special agent who is in mortal danger. Not a typical honeymoon, apparently! This one is recent, published in 2013.
#4 A Warrior’s Passion by Margaret Moore
Wales is the romantic location choice for this fully clothed option. Misty hills, castles, and flowing red locks on the heroine is romantic perfection! This is a 1998 publication
#5 Shadow Dance by Anne Stuart
His are the flowing locks on this classic cover, and red curls are demurely tucked away. Despite his name, Valerian, a sedative herb, and some confusing cross dressing, the inside teaser on this one is plenty steamy. I don’t think anyone stays demure too long in this 1993 classic.
#6 Misery by Stephen King
What?! Stephen King? Well look inside my friends! Not only is it a red headed heroine, but the male looks suspiciously like Mr. King himself! If you don’t remember the story line in Misery, the main character is an author, Paul Sheldon, and his book is featured inside.
So take a minute and cast your vote with an email or comment! Or come in and take a closer look. We love to hear your opinions and observations!