Friday, February 25, 2011

Contest & Giveaway: Boyfriend From Hell

I need your help in choosing the cover for my new novel, Boyfriend From Hell. To entice you into helping me, I am giving away some awesome swag. The contest is easy. All you need to do to qualify is look at the three covers below and tell me in the comments section which of the three covers you like best. Easy Peasy:
Cover #1

Cover #2

Cover #3

Here's an idea of what the book is about:

Have you ever had a boyfriend from hell?

You know the kind: guy who messes with your life so much he turns it into Swiss cheese. Or maybe he was the guy who followed you home like a lost puppy, then turned into the pit bull you couldn't get rid of, no matter how hard you tried. Or maybe he was abusive.

I'm sure we've all had a bad boyfriend or two (or girlfriend in my case). My new novel, Boyfriend From Hell, is about a boyfriend from hell--literally. It's a YA paranormal like Never Slow Dance With A Zombie, but I've cut back on the comedy a bit in this one. It's the story of Megan Barnett, the fifteen year-old daughter of a 39 year-old single mom, Suze. When Suze decides it's time she had a man in her life, Megan is not happy. With good reason:

"First off, if anyone in my family should be dating, it should be me. I'm primo dating age here. How's it going to look if my mother has a boyfriend and I don't?" So Megan and Suze both set out to meet boyfriends. That's when all hell breaks loose.

Prizes: ARCs (when they are available in April) or a tee shirt. 2 prizes in all.

Open to all.

Offer ends: March 4, 2011


Of the three book covers above, which do you like best?

Tell me the answer and leave your email address in comments. On March 5th I will hold a random drawing of all who left comments. There will be two winners who will receive their choice of an ARC or an I Survived A Boyfriend From Hell tee shirt. I will email the winners and post the winning cover design on the blog. (photo of the tee coming soon)

Thanks for your help.


  1. I like Cover #1 the best, hands down!

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  2. I liked to cover 1 and 2, but the 1 is better XD It's a funny cover.

  3. I like cover 1. It is different from what is out there, and it makes me look twice at it.

  4. I like cover 2 the best. I tend to overlook books with cartoon covers when I am searching for a new one.
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  5. Hi E!

    Just stopping by! My post is up for your cover contest. Love all the covers... which one will win??

    Dottie :)

  6. Hey E,

    I'm generally not a fan of people/photos on covers of books. It always makes me think of Harlequin romance novels or "based on the major motion picture" books. I think #1 is clever and catchy, and it's a great incorporation of the title font. :)

    Good luck picking one. They'll all be great!

    Oh yeah:

  7. Hello!

    My choice is number 1. If the bit has some comedy to it, I think cover 1 is a bit light-hearted compared to the other two.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  8. I like #2 cover best !

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  9. I like cover #2 the best.

  10. I think cover #1 is really clever.

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  11. I pick number 1. I think it's the most unique and seems fun and interesting.


  12. I pick number 1 as well! It's funny and stands out. I like number 2 too, but number 1 is more unique!


  13. I like cover #1.
    It has a modern look with the different similes, and shows out of all the guys Megan could have picked from she chooses hell-boy. (Who couldn't relate?)
    Plus, I like the 'e' is a pitchfork.
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  14. Hi E. I am all for number 1.
    Book #1
    Makes me think that the book will be a good lighthearted take on boyfriend type relationships. I chuckled at the cover because I even recognized a couple of my old boyfriends in the different cartoon expressed faces.

    Book #2
    This cover did strike me because of the beautiful, yet piercing darkness of his eyes. It made me think of the boyfriend as "evil", and the book as a possible heavy read for a teen. (If indeed he is evil in the book, then message well taken);-)

    Nice looking couple, but I saw it, and immediately got the impression that the couple in this book is having relations. Being that I am a mother to a teenager, I would not buy the book soley based on the cover, fearing that it may be too much for my young/mid teen.

    Bottom line for me: All 3 covers can work, depending on your target audience. I love #1 best, because there are no real people on the cover, so 'anyone' can pick up the book and identify with just the title, and cartoon facial expressions alone. Then WE get to picture our own crummy ex boyfriends from hell, in those faces, lol. Good Luck! Lynette J. (

  15. Hi E!

    I think cover number one is the best!!! I can't wait to read it.

  16. Cover #1! FOr sure - it is quirky enough and relevant! I love it!

  17. Cover 1 is definitely the best. It'll stand out much more on a shelf and us easier to remember.

  18. I like Cover 2 alot and I think it would be cool to have a little pitchfork for the pupil of his eye. Maybe a red one. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  19. Cover 1 pops the most, IMHO.

  20. I definitely like cover choice #1. I like the notion of teen doodles and they are humorous and contemporary as well. I am not a fan of the usage of random photos of gorgeous people on book covers. It's done a lot and the titles don't individually pop.

  21. #1 would make me want to take a look at it if I were browsing through a bookstore. The others I would ignore.

  22. The first cover is definitely my choice - it's different enough to stick out from the crowd.

  23. Wow. I feel a little weird here, but I'm going to say #3.


  24. I prefer #1. Of the three covers #1 is the most interesting.

    Covers 2 and 3 don't really shout "boyfriend from hell."

    But if the target audience is more ya prn/urban fantasy versus just ya the covers generally tend to have faces/people versus drawings.

    Congrats on your upcoming new release!


  25. 100% #1 Thanks!


  26. Two is so hot, that's my choice! I see #1 is popular, I just don't see it. :/

  27. Cover #1 is the best in my opinion, the guy for #2 is hot though!

  28. I like cover #2 best. There's something edgy and mysterious about the eyes.

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  29. #1 is the only one that I would be drawn to based on cover alone. I love it!!

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  30. I like #1 the best!!

  31. I like #1! It's cute and intriguing, and it relates most to the description. Love it!


  32. I love Cover #1!

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  33. #1 is fun but I think #2 is better.

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  34. I love cover #1. It's clever and fun!

    - Jackie

    jacqueline.c.goodman AT gmail DOT com

  35. My favorite is number one!

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  36. I like the first cover best.....The other covers are fine but they're a bit over dramatic - of course, over dramatic is good for teens. :)

  37. I like Cover 1, it's the most obvious boyfriend from hell. And it's funny, yet simple :)


  38. I like cover #1 as well!


  39. Definitely cover #1!!
    It stands out as compared to the others and it goes with the summary you gave... so its the obvious choice! =)

  40. Cover #1 stands out and will definitely catch my eye when in a bookstore. It also fits better with the description. Cover #2 and #3 will get lost in the sea of similar covers out there.

  41. I love 3 but I think 1 is the best!!

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  43. Definitely the first one, its eye catching, the use of colour, red and white really stands out and also to let the readers know that the book got a sense of humor and not a really serious book

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  44. The one I like the most is cover #1
    It is original and looks way muuuuuch better than the other ones


  45. Cover #1 is the best for me. It's funny. I don't like covers #2 and #3 because it makes me think of harlequin books.

  46. COver 3 might have worked minus the arrow thingy.

    For me, cover 1 is the best! It looks so light and funny. :)

  47. Oh dear, I don't like any of them! The first one looks childish, the second one looks unprofessional and the in the third you can barely see the people. If I saw any of these covers I would pick it up off a shelf. If it was edited a bit, I'd say the second one! :/

  48. I'm not a fan of either :/ im sorry! If I had to pick one I would say the 1st, but if I was going on cover alone, I would probably skip over them!

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  49. Honestly, I don't really care for any of them. If I had to choose, I'd go with #1

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  50. I'd have to say number 3. If this is a more serious book, 1 looks too cheesy to me. 2 would be my second choice.

    me at kearytaylor dot com

  51. Cover#2
    Those eyes! angel or demon!

  52. Cover #1 is my favorite

  53. I like cover #1: it's the most eye-catching and interesting, especially if the book is going to have humor.

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  54. Definitely #2. Good looks can be deceiving, right?!

    Thanks for the chance!


  55. Hi, stopping by from Eleni @ La Femme Readers blog. :)

    I think for a YA book, #1 is the best cover for your book. It's cute and doesn't make it look too serious like the other two would. I like the other two book covers, but I think #1 would be great for YA.

    I'm going to add Boyfriend from Hell to my Goodreads. It sounds really good. :)

    -Amanda, the Vintage Bookworm

  56. Cover 1, definitely.

  57. I like the first one! More unique!


  58. I really like Cover#1, I find it funny =)


  59. I like #1 it is very different from what is out now. It really stands out IMO!!

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  60. I love Cover #1!

  61. cover #1 looks awesome!! :)

  62. I would definitely buy cover 1!

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  63. Cover 1 is the best! The text and picture placement on the other two aren't very eye catching, but 1 has humor to it that is captivating!


    It's cool you're letting your followers help! Being a part of history is always awesome!

  64. Definitely cover #1, I'm lovin' the pitch fork! ;)

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  65. I would pick up #1 first. Two is good, but I think #1 is more fun!