Earlier this month, K. Leah shared about the evolving covers of her Finding Home Series in this post. I’ve always loved her beautiful, soft, romantic covers! It got me thinking about other series whose covers have made an impression.
Like K. Leah, I have a professional background in graphic design and have designed all of my books’ covers as well as the covers of several collections. Maybe that’s part of the reason I feel a real sense of satisfaction when looking at a series whose covers are perfectly complimentary—a truly perfect “set.”
While each individual cover should certainly be able to stand on its own, let’s look at some Contemporary Christian Romance series whose covers band together for a great “read me!” impression.
Much like K. Leah’s series mentioned above, Emily Conrad’s Rhythms of Redemption series just oozes with romance. I’m not typically a huge fan of covers with faces on them (I like to imagine for myself what characters look like), but these are done subtly with just the right hint of personality. The colors used on each cover are “soft,” if that makes sense, and compliment each other so well.
One thing a series should be is recognizable at a glance. I can’t think of another set more instantly recognizable to me than Elizabeth Maddrey’s Peacock Hill Romance series! Whenever I’ve come across one of these covers, I think “Oh, that’s a Peacock Hill book!” The bright, happy colors and little details invite me in to explore the artwork and make me want to read.
If we’re talking about series with a visual punch, we’ve got to mention Sarah Monzon’s Sewing in SoCal series! Punchy colors, punchy expressions, and punchy one-word/name titles. So fresh and fun! There’s no mistaking these books belong together.
Denise Hunter’s Riverbend Romance series might be my favorite covers. Gorgeous landscapes? Check. Beautiful depth and light? Check. Great font choices (remember, I’m a graphic design nerd)? Check. Elements that suggest unique activities for couples without showing the people? Check. They get bonus points for being set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, which is one of my favorite places on earth. Simply wonderful!
I suppose it’s allowed to also mention my own series whose covers I love. (Thanks for indulging me!) The covers of my Laurel Cove Romance series were so fun to design. I wanted each to accomplish a few things: reflect the distinct seasons during which each story takes place, subtly weave in nature, and include couples (no faces, of course) who are close but whose actions suggest an active journey or emotion. I hope that’s conveyed when you look at these covers.