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The Supernatural Stepback may sound like the dance you do when suddenly confronted with a group of really nasty-looking ghouls-- just step back and hope they didn't see you or smell you-- but never fear! Stepbacks do not mean you're in danger. The worst they can do is cause a dent in your wallet when they convince you to buy a book. You know how some books have a cover on the front, then you open the book to find a second cover? That's a stepback. I've been fortunate to have them on the last four books in the Love at Stake series.
I love stepbacks! Especially mine! I feel like I can say that since I have nothing to do with them. They're produced by the art department at HarperCollins. What I really love about them (other than the fact that they're beautifully done) is that they often tell a story all by themselves. Take a look at Exhibit A from All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire. On the cover, we see the heroine, Toni, patiently waiting in bed for her vampire lover. You can see him coming outside the window in the form of a bat. Then you turn the cover to the stepback and BAM!!! The vampire lover has arrived! And boy is he ready for action!
Here's Exhibit B from The Vampire and the Virgin. On the cover, the Virgin looks very healthy and enticing, but the Vampire-- he's looking a little too undead. Poor guy. What can we do to make him feel better? Just turn to the stepback. BAM! After sampling the virgin's charms, he has miraculously recovered his skin tone!
And now for Exhibit C from Eat Prey Love, which will release September 28th. On the cover, we see Carlos, the were-panther, on the prowl. He's looking very sexy and determined...and alone. Poor guy. He needs to find his mate. Turn to the stepback and BAM!Carlos has found a woman! YAY!!! Of course, if you want to know just how he finds a woman, you'll have to read the book!
Which of these covers do you like the best? Or do you have another favorite cover you'd like to mention? Leave a comment, and a winner at random will receive a signed copy of The Vampire and the Virgin. Be bold, be brave, be batty!