Have you all seen the cover of the books in Sherry Thomas’s Lady Sherlock series? THE ART OF THEFT, the next book in that series releases on Oct. 15, 2019. I just saw a post on Instagram with her new cover, and it is gorgeous!
Sherry’s books have always been ahead of the curve, and this cover convinced me we have a revolution happening in romance novel covers. We’ve all seen the colorful covers on the latest contemporary women’s fiction/ romances. Helen Hoang’s latest release, THE BRIDE TEST, is a great example of one of these sleek, modern covers.
But one thing we haven’t seen much of is these illustrated covers on historical romance novels. I’ve been wondering if the historical was going to go the way of the contemporary romance and experiment with a new look, and I have to say, I wasn’t convinced it was going to happen.
Then I saw Sherry’s new cover. It’s not an illustration, and the Lady Sherlock books also aren’t strictly romance novels. Amazon categorizes THE ART OF THEFT as a “Historical Mystery” first, with a secondary ranking as a “Victorian Historical Romance.”
Still, that cover…
Do you all think historical romance is moving away from the “hero or heroine, hero + heroine, or gorgeous gown” covers and in a more creative direction? Do you think we should be going there? Have you seen any really great historical romance covers you think are challenging the historical romance status quo?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!