Falling for You Blog Tour: Lisa Schroeder's Thoughts On Covers

Because Falling For You has lots of different elements to it, there were many ways the publisher could have gone with the cover. There's a strong theme of darkness and light so I thought they'd probably play with that somehow. Because Rae works in a flower shop, I thought they might do something with flowers, and I heard they tried, but nothing stood out enough. In the end, they decided to go with an image that almost looks like a movie poster and one that pushes the romantic elements of the book.

Will it cause teens to pick it up? I hope so! Only time will tell. I do worry a little that some will be turned off by the hot and sexy cover, thinking it's strictly a romance, because there is a lot more to it than just romance. But I do understand that no cover is going to hit on all the elements of a book.

I've come across a few covers lately that I just love, where the publisher is taking a bit of risk, I think, and I thought it would be fun to talk about how readers feel about doing something different.

Here is an upcoming YA novel titled BIRD by Crystal Chan. I love the image within the image, and how it feels like you're looking at a piece of art. I wonder if it takes longer to design something like this? I would love to see more artistic types of covers like this.

Or check out this one, FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick, that doesn't have much to it, really, but it says so much with so little. I like the simplicity of it, but I'm curious - what do teens think of something like this? John Greens THE FAULT IN OUR STARS was a pretty simple cover and that book has done all right.

And this one, ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell is also artistic and personally, I would love to see more drawn covers like this one. I think it's fun and different and really stands out in the sea of darker covers that always seems to dominate the shelves.

So tell me, readers, am I alone in liking these different and artistic types of covers? What kind of covers do YOU like? I'm also curious how much of a role the cover plays in you purchasing a book.

Lisa Schroeder is the author of four teen verse novels including I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME and its companion, CHASING BROOKLYN, FAR FROM YOU, and the Oregon Book Award finalist, THE DAY BEFORE. Her latest book for teens is a combination of prose and poetry and is titled FALLING FOR YOU. She's also the author of the middle grade novels IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES and SPRINKLES AND SECRETS. Her books have been translated into several languages and have been selected for state reading lists. She lives in Oregon with her husband, two sons, and the most adorable dog and cat in the entire world.

About the book:

Rae's always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet. But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her...and the less she wants to give.

As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. With Leo, she feels lighter, happier. And possessive Nathan becomes jealous.

Then a tragedy lands Rae in the ICU. Now, hovering between life and death, Rae must find the light amid the darkness…and the strength to fight for life and the love she deserves.

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Blog Tour Schedule:

1/1 Promo Post & Giveaway @ The Mod Podge Bookshelf
1/2 Interview & Review @ Book Chic Club
1/3 Guest Blog @ Kelsey Sutton
1/4 Review @ Mundie Moms
1/5 Promo Post @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
1/6 Review @ Hobbitsies
1/7 Interview @ 365 Days of Reading
1/8 Review @ Pure Imagination
1/9 Review @ Good Choice Reading
1/10 Interview & Review @ Kelsey R. Dickson
1/11 Guest Blog @ Girls in the Stacks
1/12 Review @ Reading Angel
1/13 Interview @ Through the Looking Glass Reviews
1/14 Promo Post @ Novel Novice
1/15 Review @ Books Complete Me
1/16 Promo Post @ The Story Siren
1/17 Review @ YA Bliss
1/18 Promo Post @ Acting Up With Books
1/19 Guest Blog @ YA Reads
1/20 Promo Post @ @ Book Hounds YA

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