Friday, February 8, 2013

Guest Post: Top 5 Self-Published Book Covers!

Today we have a great post by Paige Watson, author of Seeds of Eden. She's sharing her Top 5 Favorite Self-Published Book Covers! Check out the synopsis of Seeds of Eden and the find out her 5 favorite covers!

Evey has been reincarnated countless times throughout the course of history...but that doesn't mean she remembers any of it.

Every night in her dreams, Evey is forced to witness the execution of an innocent man. Though her dream never changes, she always begs a merciless king to spare the man’s life, but despite her efforts, he is continually beheaded before her eyes. For years she wondered why she was plagued with such horrible nightmares. But when a handsome new student arrives at her school, he’s able to provide her with the answers she seeks. The only thing more mystifying than Conrad’s presence is the 600 year old necklace he gives her. When she recognizes the necklace in a painting of Isabella I of Castile in her history class, she questions Conrad about it. He promises the necklace belongs to her, but the only problem is she’s never seen him or the necklace before in her life. Are her dreams simple visions from her twisted imagination? Or are they what Conrad claims, memories from her past lives?

Top 5 Favorite Self-Published Book Covers by Paige Watson:

1. Red Dawn (Book 2 of The Crossroads Academy) by J.J. Bonds

This cover has just the right about of beauty and mystery to draw me into the story and make me want to read it! I love the close up shot of the woman's face; I'm instantly drawn into the color contrast of the red mask and her bright green eyes. It's a gorgeous shot and the expression in her eyes combined with the way her mouth is positioned makes it look like she has a secret to tell and I want to find out what that secret is!
2. Just Remember to Breathe by Charles Sheehan-Miles
I like how simple this cover is. It's a picture of a man and a woman and yet it tells me what I need to know about the story. The lack of color in the picture and the man's expression is very haunting. From one look at it, I can tell it's going to be a heart wrenching story and I'm left wanting to find out just how the relationship between this man and woman turns out.
3. Taking Chances by Molly McAdams
Love triangle. That is the first thought that comes to mind when I see this cover. I see the girl cuddled up next to the guy who is probably her safe love interest and yet she is holding the hand of the guy covered in tattoos and trouble. Everyone loves a good love triangle and all of the emotions that go along with it. Who will she choose? Who will win her heart? Those are the questions I'm already asking and there's only one way to find out.
4. Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave by Sibel Hodge
This cover is simply powerful. The chained hands and feet of the woman in this picture is disturbing and horrific. Add in that the words Help Me are written on her outstretched hands, and it makes it so you can't tear your eyes away from this cover, no matter how much you may want to. Not only do I want to read this woman's story but I want to delve into the world she has been immersed in. I want to discover why she was forced into being a sex slave and above all else I want to know if she ever attained reprieve from it. This is a very moving and emotional cover that is no doubt backed by a story of similar caliber.
5. The Truth About Faking by Leigh T. Moore
I love this cover because it's a wonderful picture. The light shining on the surface of the water and the way it illuminates the faces of the two characters on this cover is beautiful. I'm instantly drawn in by the photograph on this picture but another thing that piques my curiosity is the title of the book. The book is titled The Truth About Faking. I find this so interesting because I can't help but wonder what this man and woman are faking. It certainly can't be their feelings for one another because the way they are looking at each other is anything but fake. Either way, I'm left wanting to know the story behind the cover.

What do you think of the covers? Do you have a favorite self-published cover? 

About the Author:

I was born in Peru, Indiana and moved to Estill Springs, Tennessee as a small child, where I lived until I was 18. I spent my freshman year of college at Middle Tennessee State University and from there, I transferred to East Tennessee State University where I later majored in Nursing. I graduated cum laude from ETSU in May 2011 with my Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. I have been working as a Registered Nurse in Bristol, Tennessee for almost two years.
In my spare time I enjoy writing, reading, and cooking. I love watching movies from any genre and am an avid movie buff. Some of my favorite films include A Love Song for Bobby Long, The Patriot, Inception, Pride and Prejudice, and The Notebook. I'll pretty much read any type of book and am currently reading The Hobbit. I live in Johnson City, Tennessee with my dog, Elle.

For more about Seeds of Eden check out these sites!


  1. I really like those covers. The sex slave one is exceptionally disturbing, though. But I suppose that's what the author was going for. I like the Taking Chances one (though I hear the book doesn't live up to the cover. Sadness!).

  2. Some of these covers don't even look like indie covers, they look like professionals from a fancy publishing house did them! The sex slave book is also a bit meh for a cover though. Still, I admit that for such an issue, the cover's tone suits the severity of this moral issue.

    Angie @ YA Novelties

  3. Beautiful covers! I especially love the Red Dawn one. These covers don't even look indie. It's impressive!

  4. Seeds of Eden sounds intriguing. I love the covers, Red Dawn and The Truth About Faking are beautiful. I love the lighting on The Truth About Faking. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie ~ Turner’s Antics


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