Guest Author Monday

Today I’m excited to have with us as our guest author — Kara Leigh Miller

Never Judge a Book by its Cover…Or Should You?

We’ve all heard that old saying, “never judge a book by its cover.” But, should you? Do you? Be honest!

I’ll admit it. I do.

Why? Because I’m a busy person, and I don’t have time to read dozens or even hundreds of book blurbs to find something that interests me. So, my first step in the process of elimination is the cover.

A book cover is a first impression.  It’s the first thing a potential reader sees. If it’s ugly, crowded, confusing, or just unappealing in anyway, the chances of a reader taking the time to read the blurb, let alone the book, are slim. Of course, like everything else, this is subjective. What one person finds visually appealing, another may not.

So, what exactly do I look for in a cover when I’m browsing books? A few different things: first of all, I like to be able to read both the title and the author’s name. If those two things are difficult to read then I assume the book will be the same way. Secondly, I like a cover that gives me a hint as to what the story is about. Third, I like simplicity. If a cover looks like a Where’s Waldo puzzle, I’m skipping it and moving on to the next. And finally, I like a cover with aesthetically pleasing colors. It could be the most fantastic cover, but if the color is wrong, I’m not going there.

Once I find a cover that piques my interest, I’ll take time to read the blurb. If the blurb entices me then I’ll spend a few minutes reading customer reviews. There are certain things I absolutely *hate* reading about in books, and if any of those things are mentioned in reviews, I’ll pass on reading the book. But, that’s a different post for a different day.

Now it’s time for all of you to be honest. Do you judge books by their covers? What are some things you like or hate to see on a cover?

Thanks Kara for that thought provoking article. I too judge a book by its cover. I think a cover is a first glimpse into what the book is about. And if the cover doesn’t intrigue me I may not give the story a second look. 

Today is a release day for you. Why don’t you tell my readers about The Georgia Corbins.

THEGEORGIACORBINS1600X2400Title: The Georgia Corbins

Author: Kara Leigh Miller

Publisher and Imprint: Entranced Publishing

Genre: YA contemporary romance

Release Date: June 10 2013

Length: 265 pages


Ali Philips never thought anything could be more devastating than the day Levi and Tucker Corbin, her two best friends—her only friends—moved away. Three years passed without a single phone call, text message, or email from them and she’s resolved to the fact that she will probably never see them again. Until one morning when she comes face-to-face with Levi Corbin in physics class.

Little does she know, the Corbins have returned to Haldeen with only one thing on their minds: winning Ali’s heart. Ali soon finds herself in the middle of a love triangle she doesn’t want any part of. As she tries to reclaim the friendships she’s lost and to adjust to the unfamiliar feelings she’s having, she struggles with making the one decision that will forever change their lives: Levi or Tucker Corbin?

She’s always had a special bond with Tucker and feels most comfortable when she’s with him. But Levi brings her to life in a way she didn’t think was possible and makes her feel things she didn’t think she would ever feel. Torn between the two, Ali is certain of only one thing–by the time it’s over, she’ll lose one of her best friends.


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To celebrate the release of The Georgia Corbins, Kara Leigh Miller is giving away exciting prizes. The Grand Prize, which is open to US residents only, includes a signed copy of The Georgia Corbins, The Georgia Corbins hardcover journal and postcards, The Georgia Corbins tote bag, Kara Leigh Miller pens and notebooks, and Legasea bookmarks.

Second and third prizes are an ebook copy of The Georgia Corbins, and one lucky person will win a first chapter critique. International entries are welcome. Good luck! Winners will be announced July 1st. Rafflecopter Giveaway


KLM_author photoAbout the Author:

Born and raised in the small town of Mexico, New York, Kara was an only child who was forced to find ways to entertain herself. Playing make believe with her Barbie dolls and stuffed animals was her first real taste of storytelling before she became old enough to develop a love affair with the written word. In early 2010, Kara picked up her very first erotic romance novel, and she was instantly hooked. She loves to write contemporary romance, erotica, and young adult romance. Currently she has several full-length novels in the works, a series of novellas, and a handful of short stories. Kara is an active member of the CNY Creative Writers Café and the CNY Romance Writers. Today, Kara resides in New Haven, New York with her husband, five kids, and three cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s thinking about reading and writing. And when she’s not doing that, she’s spending time with her family and friends.


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Thanks for stopping by today, Kara. I can’t wait to read about The Georgia Corbins.


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