ABA Hot Damn Look At That Book Cover-September Edition 4

Welcome back my Mother Cover Lovers to…

Hot Damn


So for those of you just tuning in you might have seen me accidentally post this post a tad undone. Well, ain’t that a kicker. I suppose that’s what happens when you find yourself trying to prep and accomplish your to-do list like a worker bee.

Let’s get this post right this time now. On our last post of Hot Damn, we switched gears this week from Goodreads top 20 to the American Booksellers Association (ABA) September 2019 Indie Next Great Reads.

Time to end the month with the last Hot Damn Buy on Cover alone. I’m curious as to what novels October has in store for our next window-shopping trip.


Take a gander at my last blog post, ABA HOT DAMN LOOK AT THAT COVER- September 3RD EDITION for the wonderful mission statement I selected from the ABA’s website. In this previous post, we also covered the American Booksellers Association and their top TEN picks for September.

Let’s scoot on down to the 11-20 top picks!


 If a book cover (designer, publisher, and marketing team) had done its job correctly, then you would’ve picked up that book and turned it over to find out more. So let’s have a bit of fun and do some window shopping.


No Blurbs, No Author Bias, Hands Down Picking a Book on Nothing but the Cover Art Alone.

41940245. sy475 Is it just me or are these people missing parts of their bodies?

Seriously though, the background blends in with their clothing it’s like they don’t even have garments on.  The lack of coloring in the imagery does allow the word bubbles of color to stand out nicely. After this, I’m sort of lost.

The novel is called Machine, though the imagery seems to have nothing to do with Machines. Am I overthinking what the term Machine means?

I’m not sure on the genre or what’s trying to be conveyed. Sadly, Pass.


43263696. sy475 I tell you what, there’s been a bunch of building covers this year. I’ve seen it in the Romance genre like hotcakes.

Now, this one doesn’t read Romance at all. So I have to wonder is it Women’s Fiction of plain Fiction. Usually, Women’s Fiction is a bit more feminine, so I’m leaning towards Fiction.

I do wish I had a bit more to go on or detailing elsewhere. Perhaps, they liked a more minimal cover. Even the font feels minimal.

Since I’m not sure and can’t read the blurb per the rules I’ll have to pass.



Why we meet again.

I liked that door handle before, and my opinion hasn’t changed yet.

I saw this lovely cover on the Goodreads top 20 lists for September, and I still reminded of the doorknob from Alice and Wonderland.

You can read my first reaction to this cover HERE.

It was a Hot Damn Buy then and one now.



41940236Now, I’m having a serious case of deja vu. It’s a tad worrisome since it’s the Whisper Man Novel.

I got a feeling Whisper Man is whispering to me… LOL. Just kidding. I do find it funny that Whisper Man made it on the ABA list for September since it was released back in August.

My first edition of Hot Damn window shopped this cover already.  You can read about my initial reaction here.

It was a Hot Damn buy then and still whispers to me now.


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Intriguing. I went to find this book cover and behold I discovered two.  Delima, Delima.

Hmm… I think this requires another post.  The flower cover reads better than the strange wavy lined cover.

For now, I’m passing, but please stay tuned. I want to dig deeper here to find out why there are two different covers already.


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Why are there double covers popping up this edition?

I get if different covers are released for different areas, but damn these covers are about as different as a thong and bikini underwear.  I’m going to have to put my detective bifocals on and trek into the far reaches of unknown to discover the reasoning for two different covers between different online listings. Stay tuned on an upcoming detective post.

For now, even with two different covers confusion, it’s still a Pass.


41088582If only floods were this pretty after they happened. The title eludes to perhaps a story of hardship. Even the tagline “Courage is a force of nature” really drives this home.

I find the contrast between the title, tag line, and cover to be quite compelling. Even the topographical gold lines overlaid on the title is a simple, but a nice touch.

I’m interested. Hot Damn I’d buy.





44587206. sy475 Do you see the hidden detail?

Take a moment and search the cover.

You don’t see it you say.  Take a look at the side closest to the spine of the cover (left). Doesn’t it look like some kind of numbers or another bit of imagery is hidden?

I could see 55 or the sky scrape of a city. Oh, I love this design and cover a lot. It’s nice to see a layered, yet minimal design. The floral cut into the blackish background.

I want to know more. Hot Damn I’d Buy.



43212925 Well, Calvin Bledsoe must be the one who started the match.

“A wild ride of a book,” you say. How wild are we talking? Like men wild? Thriller wild? Adventure wild? There’s fire and you know where there’s a fire there’s smoldering intensity.

I had a bit of fun there. I’m sure the cover makes since with the blurb, but per the rules, I can’t read the blurb. Which kinda sucks.

I think this one has a great artistic flair, but since I’m confused on genre I’d probably pass.




Well if it smells and looks historical, then it’s probably historical. Did you miss the big author name up top? Block that baby out now. I’m not sure whats to expect from the Tidelands.

The scenic artwork is soothing, perhaps wintery? I don’t dislike the artwork, but I’m not drawn to it either. Sadly, I’d probably walk right past this one to the flame on fire up top.  It’s a gorgeous cover but not for me.





So from the first top 10, I would walk away after any of my last-minute debates with these 2 on Cover alone.

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Though we did have some repeat offender Hot Damn Buys pop up again. These two covers I’d already said I’d buy in a lickety-split second. Honorable Hot Damn Culprits again.











For my newbie readers, you might be thinking…


Well, most of society, even those who claim to not be persuaded by this are in some small capacity. We buy clothes, food, movies, shows, products, ext. based on how it appears. How it is marketed. Imagery feeds the soul, the mind, and tantalizes its viewer. Creates desire, intrigue. Which is why getting the cover of a novel right is paramount for its author, genre, and readers.


Which books would you pick up and HOT DAMN BUY on impulse with imagery alone? Tell me your feels below in the comments.

That’s it for this month lovelies. Keep those eye’s peeled for next months Hot Damn.


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