Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Hinky Hockey?

Stephani Hecht is the author of the Blue Line Hockey romance series, published by Extacy books.  The first book in the series came out at the beginning of 2011, and the 5th title, shown below, came out in May of the same year.


Why am I telling you this? you might ask. Well.

In a few days Silver Publishing is going to be releasing a Hockey-themed romance title, called Blue Line.  And here is the cover.


Yes, I know the underlying stock photo is not exclusive, but when you put it all together--this is not a good look.

7 comments:

Amber said...

Huh.

Is the implication that it's intentional? Because it strikes me as a weird coincidence. Very weird, considering the guy's not even dressed for hockey, but it's clear that a lot of work went into that second cover (not a slapped together job, that's some professional design work). In fact, the second one looks much nicer. Not sure what the point of deliberately copying an old one would be.

But it reminds me of the fact that Kensington published two different novels in fall 2012 titled "Red" and by an author whose first name was Kate. I was confused when I first saw it, thinking it was a different cover for the same book. Not sure why they'd do that...

Emily Veinglory said...

My thought is pretty much what you said. It's a pretty weird coincidence given that the stock photo seems not to be implicitly hockey-related.

M Barnette said...

Is it the same cover artist perhaps? I know a few who reuse images for similar themed books at different publishers. I've seen it happen more than once too.

ShellBell said...

Definitely confusing for me when the same stock photo is used on too many covers as I always have to double check whether or not I have the eBook! Latest confusion for me was The Case of the Cupid by Amber Kell and RJ Scott. Same stock photo used for one of the main characters in William's House, also by Amber Kell. I'm not too fussed if it is intentional/laziness or just a coincidence but it is confusing, and more so when it involves the same author...

Shelley

Anonymous said...

Is Blue Line a common hockey term? Otherwise I find it suspicious that the book not only has a VERY similar cover with the same model, but the title is also the same as Stephanie's Blue Line series title. But maybe a blue line in hockey is the equivalent of the one yard line in football and isn't unique in any way. I dunno, never watched hockey.

Seeley deBorn said...

There are two blue lines on a hockey rink. They separate each team's area from the neutral zone in the middle. The neutral zone (aka centre ice) is split in half by a red centre line. There are various rules associated with the crossing of lines, in particular the blue ones.

The covers... seem way too coincidental.

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