The cover of The Tavernier Stones by Stephen Parrish.
Subjective, of course, but as a cover, I would rate it as only "fair."Good colour, though.
However. There is much more to a book launch than just the cover. I've broken it down this way:
When the well-preserved body of a seventeenth century mapmaker floats to the surface of a bog in northern Germany, a 57 carat ruby clutched in his fist, the grisly discovery ignites a global race to find the fabled Taveriner Stones.
Look at the the two main elements:
the bog body-- all those images of bog burials and sacrifices flash in our minds-- all the aura of secret rituals and ancient crimes.
the ruby--instantly reminds us of those stories of buried hoards discovered by accident by a farmer plowing, by children investigating a cave, the workman and the hidden cache found behind the walls of an old house during renovation-- and the secret hope we all have to discover lost treasure.
Treasure, mystery, danger, intrigue!
This I rate as excellent.
Steve will give away a one carat diamond to the first person who can find an image of the one he's hidden somewhere on the web. Details of this contest here.
Whoa and damn! For my taste, this challenge beats out a Sony reader anytime.
Excellent, again. Now if someone named "Hope" wins the prize...
Title and Image.
A book title, of course, is important to grab a reader's attention. The Tavernier Stones title hints at all the things mentioned above; and Steve's author photo (see yesterday's post) fulfills a reader's expectation that an author look like someone who could write such a story. His bio will confirm it. Even better, the field jacket suggests Steve is a man who could find such treasure.
I rate both as good stuff.
In my private, secrit, book launch test, The Tavernier Stones scores 21 out of 25. Win!