by Christyne Butler
“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
A familiar saying, one my mother often said to me when I’d complain there was no way she could understand the dramas I was going through while growing up, usually during the craziness that was high school.
Well, things are changing again.
Starting with the August 2013 releases, Special Editions will be once again undergoing a cover redesign and I am honored to be part of the latest change in the artwork with my next book, THE MAVERICK’S SUMMER LOVE, book 2 in the “Montana Maverick: Rust Creek Cowboys” continuity.
Sometimes change is hard, especially when it comes to something that is beloved and familiar. In this case, the new look for Special Editions is a bit different without the wide blue banner down the left side. The blue color is still there, but it’s been redesigned into a banner with the name of the series inside and moved to across the top of the book.
However, blue wasn’t always the color associated with Special Editions.
The very first Special Edition, TERMS OF SURRENDER by Janet Daily, came out in January 1982, back when they were called Silhouette Special Editions.
The covers were highlighted with light purple at the top of the book cover with name of the line spelled out in a fancy scrolled front.
And don’t you love that “The Longer, More Absorbing Romance” tag line in the lower corner?
That light purple color scheme stayed until late eighties when, for a few years, the covers were without any special color blocking, allowing for the artwork to reach all four corners, much like the newest Special Edition covers. The cover for Lindsey McKenna’s RETURN OF A HERO is a favorite of mine (as are all her books in her “Love And Glory” series!)
Then in the 90’s and thru the first part of 2000 the color blocking was back on top, this time in shades of coral, pink, purple, aqua and the familiar Special Edition blue. Personally, I love the pretty color for BORN INNOCENT by our own Christine Rimmer.
In November of 2000, the blue stripe moved from the top of the cover to the left side with the words “Special Edition” in a larger gold font, a look most current readers are familiar with.
My first cover was for my June 2009 release, THE COWBOY’S SECOND CHANCE and I was very proud to have earned my blue stripe! And other than the word Silhouette being replaced by Harlequin in the upper left corner in April of 2011, the covers pretty much stayed the same until this year.
And you know what else stayed the same? The stories.
Special Editions are still the same wonderful, emotional, compelling stories where a reader can find themes covering everything from babies to brides, cops to cowboys, military men (and women!) to millionaires and just about everything in between! Sensuality levels can be found at every level from subtle to sizzling and we have strong heroes, dynamic heroines, and terrific secondary characters, be it family, friends, or pets and especially those characters who are just waiting for their chance at happily ever after (we love our series within series by our favorite authors!) Most importantly? Happy endings are guaranteed!
So what do you think of the latest design change? Love it right off the bat (like me!) or do you need a bit of time to get used to it? Share and I’ll choose one name to win a $15 gift card at Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com and a signed copy of THE MAVERICK’S SUMMER LOVE as soon as I get my advanced copies!