These books are no lollipops…!

In the 1934 song by Shirley Temple, the “Good Ship Lollipop” travels to a candy land with the lollipop being a symbol of childhood innocence and pleasure. The Chordettes in 1954, gave the lollipop a different twist by associating a cute guy to appetitive desires…

The definition of a lollipop is: “A large, flat, rounded boiled sweet on the end of a stick,” so hardly comparable to the form of a book. Though in terms of content, FAAS KRAMER novels appeal to appetitive desires and offer a pleasurable read, but they are certainly not of childhood innocence.

In fact, with an advised reading age of 16+ the novels of FAAS KRAMER are more like “Lollipop Girl” by Mika is a warning against falling in love too fast, or more precisely, engaging in sex too quickly. The lyric, “Sucking too hard on your lollipop” gives a whole new meaning to the candy on a stick. The accompanying video is a cartoon with bright, vivid colours and this was precisely the intent for my latest book cover for DEATH IS A RIDDLE, released this month.

In line with tradition, I adapted the covers of DEATH COMES TWICE (2014) and DEATH IS A CHALLENGE (2017) too, to form a family of bright, fluorescent designs: Appealing but with caution, not only for nudity and sex, but just as much regarding foul language, callous brutality and wrenching emotions.

These new covers are my fifth creations used for publication and at the bottom of this page, you can see all the earlier versions. “Why change the cover?” I hear you say. Well, in my blog Judging a book by it’s cover, I discussed the perceived importance of the blurb and cover and the influence these have on appeal and, ultimately, sales. Think of your favourite books and count how many times these have changed with time.

Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder, changing cover designs is not only about changing the attractiveness and associated appeal, it is also about adapting to changing perceptions and tastes, which seemingly mature over time. This is much more evident for the exterior. The interior remains largely untouched. As I explained in my blog Sex Maniac? this is much more impactful to change and may also meddle with the writing frame of mind during conception. This is something I’m not willing to compromise on. At least not yet, and that is just fine…

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