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Friday, 9 August 2013

Browsing Bookcovers with Maryde &her guest - Author Sasha Cottman

Hello again,
                and welcome back to Browsing Bookcovers. Today I'd like you to say Hi to Sasha Cottman.
So Sasha, what Book you are currently reading or about to relax with.
I am just about to start reading Fiona McIntosh’s Fields of Gold. It is not really a romance novel, rather a 560 page saga. I haven’t been reading for a while so felt I needed to step out of my comfort zone and read something different. 

Is it a traditional print or e-book? Do you have a preference for one or the other?
This is actually a traditional print book I picked up in a real bookshop near work. I have lots of ebooks as well and would say I am starting to migrant most of my book purchases to ebooks. What could be better than having all your books at your fingertips? I also like the concept that if I want a book I can just go online and buy one. I did that last year while in Thailand and bought a book while sitting by the poolside.
Did the cover have any influence at all on you choosing this Book?
I saw Fiona’s name and having heard her speak at a Penguin writers day earlier this year, thought I would give one of her books a try.
If there were 10 books covered in White Paper, with only the title on the front, would that be enough for you to purchase one?
Probably, I think most titles give you an idea of the sort of book it is, but covers are still fun.
Which leads to the question, have you read a book that was plain on the outside but a great read on the inside?
The first copy of Lord of the Rings I ever bought was a plain black one with the eye of Sauron on the cover. The book inside blew my mind it was so amazing.
 A cover which I just don’t get is Just One Touch by Debra Mullins. The story is actually very good, but I don’t know what the cover artist was thinking when they put a half -naked man and woman on top of a galloping horse. The poor heroine looks like she is going to fall at any moment.
 Hmmm, I see what you mean. Lovely countryside though. :)

Here I have listed different kinds of covers - which ones attract your interest best?  (choose as many as you like)Bright & Bold, Simple but Elegant, Sharp &Action Packed, Busy &Exciting, Gentle & Slow.
I like Bright and Bold, Simple but Elegant for romance novels. Sharp and Action packed if I am looking for say a spy novel. I don’t like covers with too much happening, I think it confuses the purchaser.
Please Share 2 or 3 of your favourite Bookcovers and tell us what drew you to them?

      A Romance cover which really works is Leisl Leighton’s Killing Me Softly. I get chills when I look at it, the drama is right on the cover and draws me in.
        I am number Four by Pittacus Lore has great colour and graphics. A fun YA read which I really enjoyed.

Do you like to see full or partial figures on your Bookcovers? Why?
I do like full figures on my bookcovers, I am not a fan of the headless heroine.
If there was an animal on the cover, would that grab your interest, thinking there was an animal in the story?
I don’t think I have ever chosen a book because there was an animal on the cover. I think I am more a people person. That said, an animal on the cover would not put me off buying a book.

We all know that an author may or may not have a great deal to say in the final design of their Cover Art. Over time I have spoken to many authors and some prefer not to have the features of any figures, be seen face on, as it tends to give the reader a preconceived idea of the Hero or Heroine. Do you think there’s some truth in that? And does it matter to you?
The person on the front of the cover doesn't impact on how I visualise the hero or heroine, though I am a bit of a sucker for the beautiful ballgowns and jewels which many Regency novels have on their covers, but as you can see sometimes it does go wrong.

Thank you Sasha for participating on Browsing Bookcovers and sharing your views.
Now it's time to say a HUGE -  
Congratulations Sasha on the Release of your First Novel -  Letter from a Rake.
Please share a little about yourself, your books, what you write and what you enjoy to read.
Having not read romance novels before starting to write them, I have had a lot of catching up to do and so over the past couple of years Regency romance novels are the only thing I have read. I am trying to branch out and read outside romance again to keep my mind fresh. I love history, biographical and fantasy fiction books.

About Letter from a Rake

The unconventional Miss Millie Ashton, recently arrived from India, finds England a cold and dismal place. The fashionable ladies of London society look down their noses at her and it isn't long before Millie is planning her return to the country she considers home.

When Millie befriends the high-spirited Lucy Radley, she also meets Lucy's handsome brother, 'Alex the Great' and things take a turn for the better. Alex, the Marquess of Brooke, is considered the most eligible bachelor in London, yet he appears fascinated by the independent Millie. Against the odds, their unlikely friendship deepens. But Alex has a secret and when a love letter goes astray, it threatens to destroy all their happiness...

Letter from a Rake is Sasha's debut book and you can find Letter from a Rake at these stores
Also Available at Google Play, Readcloud, Angus & Robertson & Booki.sh

About the Author
Born in England, but raised in Australia, Sasha has a love for both countries. Having her heart in two places has created a love for travel, which at last count was to over 55 countries. A travel guide is always on her pile of new books to read.
Five years ago, Sasha accidently enrolled in a romance writing course. Other than Pride and Prejudice she had never read a romance book before. She soon discovered that the world of historical romance allowed her to combine her love of history with the passion of romance writing.
Sasha has an MBA as well as post graduate qualifications in electronic media. Having worked as an accountant in a media group for many years, she now finds herself in the unique position of having seen both the business and creative sides of publishing.
Sasha lives in Melbourne with her husband, teenage daughter and a cat who thinks sitting on the keyboard is being helpful. Her family have managed to find all but one of her secret chocolate hiding places.
When not writing, she is busy working full time as a Chartered Accountant. On the weekends Sasha loves walking on the beach while devising new ways to torture her characters.

You can find out more about Sasha and her Books Here
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Sasha Cottman said...

Thanks for having me on your blog Maryde, it was great fun looking for favourite book covers.

Leisl Leighton said...

Lovely article, Sasha and thanks for liking my book cover - I love it too. I think yours is beautiful in its simplicity as well - like a lovely Anne Gracie cover.

Kerrie Paterson said...

I love Leisl's cover too :)

Lovely to read more about you, Sasha!

Maryde said...

Pleasure to have you here Sasha :)

Maryde said...

Hi Leisl & Kerrie,
There are so many outstanding covers out there that we sometimes miss, OS I for one am glad to have several brought to my attention by my guests :)
Unfortunately I am often tempted to buy the book then... Dangerous job this Browsing Bookcovers :)
Thanks for dropping by ladies :)

s e gilchrist said...

Congratulations Sasha on your new release. I must say that your cover is lovely - far better than the one with the couple on a horse - lol.

Sasha Cottman said...

Thanks Suzanne,
Knowing a bit about the publishing business, from working in publishing for a number of years, I understand how little control authors have over their covers. It's so pleasing when you hear an author who thinks the cover artist has captured the spirit of their book. Thanks for dropping by Mary's blog, its a very interesting place.

Joanna Lloyd said...

Great to hear your views about different covers, Sasha. I love your cover as it has an air of mystery about it and I do get sick of the swooning, half-clad heroine. Am about to read your book as well.

Maryde said...

Thanks for calling SE, & Joanna, I agree I'm also enjoying the changes in Bookcovers. A little more interesting with less scantly clad bodies I think :)