New York Times Bestselling Author

Cover Contest: Round II

Thanks so much to everyone for your lovely and lively compositions for the cover of The Orchid Affair. I will confess, I was absolutely staggered by the volume and variety of the entries. If asked to predict, I would have guessed that there would be around ten entries. Instead, at last count, there were seventy-two. Yup. That’s 72.

So here are the rules for Round II. I’ve posted the entries below in the order in which I received them (with the exception of the PDFs, but more about that in a moment). Each has a number at the lower left hand corner.

You can vote for your favorites by posting your top three by number, in descending order of preference, in the Comments section below, i.e. #1: 52, #2: 31, #3: 70. Makes sense? I’ll tally the votes and the top three will receive advance copies of The Orchid Affair.

Voting will remain open until Tuesday, August 10th.

Now, about those PDFs…. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get my website program to post the PDFs. PDF entrants, if you can convert yours to JPEGs, I can add them to this list. If not, if I can figure out how to post them, I’ll have a second mini-contest for the PDF entries. Sorry about that!

Also, if you sent me an entry and don’t see it here, just drop me an email and let me know.

Now… let the voting begin! Happy viewing!

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286 Comments

  1. Kayla on August 3, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Ooooh, there are so many to choose from! It’s too early in the morning for me to decide now; I’ll vote tomorrow 🙂

    Btw, for those who are interested, a petition requesting a cover more in keeping with tradition can be signed here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/865/428/694

  2. Jery on August 3, 2010 at 1:26 am

    I think #5 and #32 ‘fit’ with the other books the best, but I just really love #52!!

  3. Anna Kozlowski on August 3, 2010 at 2:44 am

    My personal favorites are #42, #5, and #22

  4. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on August 3, 2010 at 3:03 am

    Ok, since it’s totally wrong to vote for your own 😛 (But then Anna did that for me! Yeah one vote!) So here are my favs: #1:8 #2:41 #3:40. Good luck to everyone, so many great entries!

  5. m.d. on August 3, 2010 at 4:31 am

    they’re all so good!
    photoshop is amahhhzing
    but my votes have to go to #1:61 #2:27 #3:1 😀

  6. Jessica C on August 3, 2010 at 6:18 am

    I’m seriously impressed by the talent on display here. I couldn’t quite narrow it down to three favourite covers, so I have two covers tied for 3rd place 🙂

    First – Number 32
    Second – Number 26
    Third – Number 24 and 5

  7. rita on August 3, 2010 at 6:42 am

    a lot to choose from, but i have to say #61 is the best one

  8. Denise on August 3, 2010 at 6:53 am

    13,8,& 27

    This was a really fun contest!

  9. michelle on August 3, 2010 at 6:59 am

    woww to all of them,
    but my votes would be #1:61, #2:5 and #3:27 🙂

  10. Julie L. on August 3, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Wow, tough choices! Beautiful covers!

    64, 21, 8

  11. Stephanie on August 3, 2010 at 7:26 am

    22, 21 & 1

    But they’re all fantastic. 😀 It was a hard choice to make!

  12. Julie A. on August 3, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Its so hard to pick. but since i have to, i am gonna go with

    First – 37
    Second – 32
    third – 24

  13. anita on August 3, 2010 at 7:50 am

    I vote for #61 deffs!!!

  14. Jennifer on August 3, 2010 at 7:53 am

    This is so great! Lots of beautiful covers.

    #1: 21
    #2: 42
    #3: 25

  15. Nicole on August 3, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Wow! These are all amazing!

    #1: 32

    #2: 5

    #3: 20

  16. Elizabeth on August 3, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Love
    1 #29
    2 #57
    3 #59

  17. Petra on August 3, 2010 at 8:41 am

    They are all lovely!

    1: 21
    2: 26
    3: 66

  18. Kathi on August 3, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I really like them all, but 51 54 and 56 are my favorites.

  19. Courtney on August 3, 2010 at 8:50 am

    1: 21
    2: 42
    3: 41

  20. carole on August 3, 2010 at 8:56 am

    They are all beautiful!
    I vote for #39, #64, and #29

  21. AngelB on August 3, 2010 at 9:03 am

    #1: 26
    #2: 5
    #3: 64

  22. Bevin on August 3, 2010 at 9:04 am

    1: 52
    2: 55
    3: 8

  23. Jodi K on August 3, 2010 at 9:11 am

    1.18
    2. 20
    3.64

  24. Bekah on August 3, 2010 at 9:13 am

    This was a really tough decision. I am impressed with everyone’s entry (especially since I have no knack for photoshop myself!) but I have to say my favorites are #3-10, #2-41, and #1-16. Good luck to everyone who entered!!

  25. Christine on August 3, 2010 at 9:18 am

    1. 52
    2. 18
    3. 23

  26. Sebastian on August 3, 2010 at 9:21 am

    My favorites are:
    #8
    #13
    #27

  27. Debra R. Callaway on August 3, 2010 at 9:24 am

    My top favorites are:
    1-#63 even though it’s only an arm it still said to me that this belonged to this series
    2-#25
    3-#21
    I also really liked #13 and #41.
    I don’t care too much for #61, she’s too young, she looks like she’s about 12 but dressed to look older. It looks like it’s the same girl as #46 only in reverse.

  28. Devan on August 3, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Great covers everyone!!!
    My top 3:

    1. #26
    2. #32
    3. #52

  29. Michelle on August 3, 2010 at 9:50 am

    That is a hard decision! I like 64, then 26 and 18, even though 18 goes a completely different direction than the other covers.

  30. Renee on August 3, 2010 at 9:58 am

    #5 (This one is AWESOME!)
    #21
    #42

  31. AmyMc on August 3, 2010 at 9:58 am

    My top 3:

    1. #5
    2. #42
    3. #64

    This was a GOOD contest. Thanks to everyone who went to the trouble of putting the covers together. This was some FUN viewing!

  32. Tara T. on August 3, 2010 at 10:04 am

    #56 is the best!

    #52

    #57

  33. Catie on August 3, 2010 at 10:39 am

    oooo

    #5
    #18
    #8

  34. Duchess in Denim on August 3, 2010 at 10:40 am

    5, 23, 32
    Kudos to everyone who entered! What a great display of creativity.

  35. Sarah.S on August 3, 2010 at 10:42 am

    do you guys think lauren will end up choosing one of these covers for the orchid affair? becuase there’re all so good…anyhow these are my votes:
    1-61
    2-2
    3-50

  36. Leslie on August 3, 2010 at 10:43 am

    My vote is for #5 followed VERY closely by #23!!

  37. Christy Kirby on August 3, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Thank you to all the readers who submitted entries. These were all lovely and I had a great time seeing them. Ms Willig’s readers have great taste!
    1st: 28
    2nd: 32
    3rd: 58

  38. Susan on August 3, 2010 at 10:54 am

    First of all, thanks to Kayla for the link to the petition. I signed it.

    There were so many lovely paintings to pick from, but I tried to pick based on which ones most resembled the previous books.

    My favorites were #5 and #42. And then I couldn’t decide b/w #s 17,25,26

  39. Kelsay Renae on August 3, 2010 at 10:57 am

    5, 18, 56

  40. Kristie on August 3, 2010 at 10:58 am

    #1) 27
    #2) 1
    #3) 10

    I really liked 27 and 1 the best, as the women in them looked like governesses, as the main character in The Orchid Affair is supposed to be. And 27 is different from the rest of the series, but I think it looks more mysterious than romantic. As for 10, I thought it looked more like it had been done by a French artist than the others, which appeals to the fact that the governess in the story is working in France.

    To answer Sarah S’s question, No, the Orchid Affair already has an official cover from the publishers that Lauren posted on 7/12 (http://laurenwillig.com/news/2010/07/12/orchid-affair-has-a-cover/)

  41. Michele Baldwin on August 3, 2010 at 11:00 am

    1: #32
    2: #5
    3: none, it was to hard to decide!

  42. Patti v on August 3, 2010 at 11:03 am

    These are all lovely my picks are
    53
    35
    41
    It was hard to pick three. I think there were some exceptional ones that I did not vote for because the did not have any flowers on them.

  43. Claire (The Captive Reader) on August 3, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Amazing covers!

    1. 15
    2. 5
    3. 21

  44. maria on August 3, 2010 at 11:27 am

    1. 5
    2. 32

  45. Beverly on August 3, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I love #5!! That was really hard, since there are so many beautiful covers.

  46. Liz on August 3, 2010 at 11:40 am

    1. 27
    2. 60
    3. 21

    They all are gorgeous!

  47. Veronika on August 3, 2010 at 11:53 am

    #1: 8 (I love the atmosphere and tone of this one–it’s less romance than mystery/gothic, but it makes me want to read the book more than any other cover)

    #2: 1 (I really like the rich colours and I think this one is the best match with all the previous covers, in being stylistically similar but giving a distinct sense of how the content and heroine of this novel are unique)

    #3: 27 (I like the effect of the frames and the way the heroine appears to be gazing outside of the portrait warily. Also, the typeface has a James Bond, thriller type feel to it that gives the cover a very ominous impression. A very intriguing cover, that makes me think of Browning’s “My Last Duchess,” with the tensions underlying what appears to simply be a portrait.)

  48. Heather on August 3, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Great job on all of the covers!

    1
    41
    5

  49. Caroline on August 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    1: 5
    2: 10 or 32 I like them equally
    3: 32

    Good Luck to all!

  50. Rachel on August 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    66
    1
    12

  51. P.M. on August 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    20
    21
    41

  52. Laura on August 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    1: 42
    2: 41
    3: 22

  53. Ivy on August 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    #1 1
    #2 20
    #3 43

  54. Barb on August 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    # 57
    # 56
    # 59

  55. Barb on August 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    # 57
    # 52
    # 59

  56. Svea on August 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    #1: 32
    #2: 64
    #3: 66

  57. Angie on August 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    1. #5
    2. #37
    3. #51
    it was really hard to choose because they all were beautiful.

  58. Susan on August 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    They are all very nice I like #5. #8.

  59. Diana on August 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    1: 21
    2: 5
    3: 9

  60. Maddie on August 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    1: 5
    2: 32
    3: 66

    i really wish that any one of the contest covers could be the real one… i guess i’m just too much of a purist!

  61. Marian Berthoud on August 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    1) 23
    2) 12
    3) 1

  62. Elizabeth on August 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    1: 42
    2: 8
    3: 5

  63. Tracy on August 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    #1 25
    #2 17
    #3 5

  64. Katelin on August 3, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I vote for 8, 59, and 66.

  65. Cho on August 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Too many choices! Okay, #1: 21, #2: 5, #3: 10.

  66. Kristie on August 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    #21, #9 and #1. 🙂

  67. Christin on August 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    favorites:

    #32
    #51
    #5

  68. Ashley on August 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    #1: 21
    #2: 42
    #3: 68
    They’re all so pretty, it was hard to choose just 3!

  69. Sheila on August 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    1–55
    2–5

    3–1

    Wow…toughest decision I have made in a long time….they are all outstanding.

  70. Michelle on August 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    18, 57, 32

  71. Tami on August 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    #1: 42 – those EYES! Put that up on any bookstore shelf, with the cover facing the customer, and you’d sell a TON I’d say!!!

    #2: 5 – classy/classic and colourful

    #3: tie between 32 and 60 – both very intriguing!!

  72. Emma on August 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    1: #25
    2: #26
    3: #17

    I really like the fact that these ones have the same style as the previous ones. Furthermore I think these are really classy

  73. Jenny on August 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    1: 21
    2: 26
    3: 5

    This are leagues beyond the real cover! Everyone did an awesome job!

  74. Ella on August 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    9, 10, 15

    Great job everyone.

  75. Diya on August 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Amazing work to all the participants!

    5
    21
    41

  76. Jessica on August 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    1. #64
    2. #41
    3. #42

  77. coyote rose on August 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I’m going with 5, 32, and 64. They are fantastic. I wish the publisher was going with any of those

  78. Celeste on August 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    So hard, but my vote:
    #1: 9
    #2: 63
    #3: 45

  79. Edward on August 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    9, 10, 15

  80. LeeB. on August 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I like:

    30/35
    53

  81. Brenda on August 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Wow, is an understatement on these beautiful covers. Very difficult to choose among them at all. Here are my choices:
    No. 1 – 8
    No. 2 – 16
    No. 3 – 13
    Honorable mentions: 1, 2, 37

    Kayla thank you for setting up the petition to sign. I too have signed it.

  82. Trish on August 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    1: 18
    2: 26
    3: 27

  83. Stephanie Ball on August 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    1. 30
    2. 9
    3. 15

    honorable mentions 8 and 18 but they don’t look enough like the other covers to fit in.

  84. Stephanie Ball on August 3, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    i also tried to avoid covers that have been done, dark pink, red, blue, green.

    covers i voted for Silver, teal, and a much lighter green blue would work great and not redundant in the covers.

  85. Katie Kelly on August 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    1. 12
    2. 28
    3. 48

  86. Nikki on August 3, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    So hard to decide!
    1-26
    2-32
    3-41

  87. Lia on August 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    18
    26
    32

  88. Kathy McIntosh on August 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    What fun! So much talent, so hard to choose.
    My favorites:
    32, 35, 42

  89. eriley on August 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    1 – #20
    2 – #8
    3 – #36

  90. Rachel on August 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    1. 5
    2. 17
    3. 21

  91. Erica D on August 3, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    5, 12, 41 in that order =D

  92. Ava on August 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I’d have to say #1, with 16 and 5 tied for second. I like the painting on 16 best of the lot, but prefer the parchment-and-wax-seal look that matches so well with the rest of the series.

  93. Vizelle on August 3, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    5,32, and 48. I’m so impressed with everyone’s entries!

  94. Shannon C on August 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    1. 26
    2. 32
    3. 42

  95. Dan on August 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    18.
    17.
    32.

  96. Angie on August 3, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    This contest has been so fun, these are all great!!
    18.
    17.
    16.

  97. Corinne on August 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    1) – 5
    2) – 8
    3) – 37

  98. Jessica on August 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    18
    17
    32

  99. Marian the Librarian on August 3, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I’m having problems with number 5 looking so much like the cover for Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell.

    #1)20
    #2)21
    #3)22

  100. Jody on August 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    #1: 5
    #2: 26
    #3: 9

  101. Gretta on August 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    1. 21
    2. 25
    3. 32

  102. Squirrel on August 3, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Nice artwork by some fantastic designers!
    9, 30, 48

  103. Abby on August 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I like 16, 5 and 26- but they’re all lovely.

  104. Jeanne on August 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    1. #1
    2. #42
    3. #16

  105. Sarah on August 3, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    They’re all so beautiful and diverse I could barely pick the top 5 let alone 3.

    #1: 54
    #2: 42
    #3: 55

  106. Kate P on August 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    1. #5
    2. #52
    3. #32

  107. Stephanie Ball on August 3, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    ya 5 does look like Marrying Mozart. its the same picture. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SR2Q1E/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=014303457X&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0XJ6QQ5K56GG8GB10RGW

    doubt no matter how much we all like it Lauren could use it as a dust jacket.

  108. cmd (yes the famous one) on August 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    9 is obviously the only choice here. It’s easily the best because after all it is 9 and stuff. The only way I can quantify the greatness of 9 is by saying it is the only cover officially approved by the great Tafflesberg the undisputed leader in book cover coolocity judging. So yeah it’s 9. Goooooo 9!

  109. Veronica on August 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    #5
    #26
    #32

  110. Emily on August 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    15. 9.

  111. Rebecca on August 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    1. 32
    2. 48
    3. 34

  112. amanda b. on August 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    #16
    #37
    #40

    i love all of the entries!! everyone did so good!!!

  113. Loramir on August 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Hmmm, tough decisions! I tended to go with ones that match the covers of the rest of the series, and also those that included flowers.

    #12
    This one just caught my eye, and I think it’s the best executed as well – it looks really professional and the picture is lovely.

    #41
    Not sure why this person changed the title on their covers but I like the look and style of this one.

    #1
    I like that this one has a more governess-ish feel.

  114. Jennifer S. on August 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    #40, #16, and #37

  115. Megan on August 3, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    So hard to choose!!!

    #1: 22
    #2: 60
    #3: 5

  116. ashlie on August 3, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    1-40, 2-32, 3-37

  117. Jackie on August 4, 2010 at 12:21 am

    I like numbers 5 and 41. They are similar to some of the others and fit the theme.

  118. Haylehailey on August 4, 2010 at 12:30 am

    1:9
    2:15
    3:14

  119. Deanna on August 4, 2010 at 2:03 am

    So many good ones!
    #32
    #26
    #25

  120. sara m on August 4, 2010 at 2:09 am

    #1: 32
    #2: 16
    #3: 59

  121. Kelsey on August 4, 2010 at 3:37 am

    1st- #5
    2nd- #23
    3rd- #47

  122. Cindy J. on August 4, 2010 at 9:05 am

    1.#40
    2.#16
    3.#37

    I had fun looking at all of these. Beautiful!

  123. Sandra on August 4, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I like:

    40
    37
    16

  124. Gail M. on August 4, 2010 at 9:56 am

    So many wonderful entries. I spent entirely too long deciding! My picks are
    #1:5 #2:14 #3:23

  125. J on August 4, 2010 at 11:15 am

    #1: 13
    #2: 27
    #3: 32

  126. Victoria on August 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    1. 42
    2. 17
    3. 22

  127. Nicole N on August 4, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    #1 – 5
    #2 – 23
    #3 – 41

  128. Carolyn on August 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    1:52 2:28 3:26

  129. Matt B on August 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    first choice: #16
    second choice: #37

  130. Sarah on August 4, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    16
    37
    40

  131. Lisa on August 4, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    16 -1
    40 -2
    37 -3

  132. Kristen on August 4, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I vote for 16, 37, 40

  133. Carrie on August 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    1. 16
    2. 37
    3. 40

  134. Stephanie Ball on August 4, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    after the last few votes i think we have people with voting multiple times under different names or having friends vote. That is find but it looks to me like they are stacking votes. maybe we need a recount. I had friends vote, yes. They heard about the contest. but how often does the same three numbers in same order appear 8 times in the last 22 votes. i cant say its hard to keep those out but still. stacking is wrong. it keeps those from winning who should win. who won by talent.

  135. Alex on August 4, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    32
    12
    41
    22

    I had to pick more than three, I just loved too many!

  136. Sheryl on August 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    #1. 16
    #2. 37
    #3. 40

  137. Meg on August 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    1) 58
    2) 63
    3) 66

    It was a brilliant contest, fun to do, and the entries are absolutely spectacular!

  138. Angie on August 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    #66 for me. It’s a hard choice though.

  139. Angie on August 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Not trying to vote twice, but missed I could vote for 3: first:#66; second:#9; Third: #5

  140. Abby Stevens on August 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Wow, there are so many lovely covers. I wish I would have taken the time to have entered!

    1. 64
    2. 20
    3. 05

  141. amy on August 4, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    4, 66, 31

  142. Ayla Constantino on August 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    #1 8
    #2 25
    #3 66

  143. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on August 4, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I agree Stephanie, telling your friends about it is one thing, logging in with different names is another. Also, just for the record, I told my friends just to vote, not to vote just for me!

  144. Ashley on August 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    #1: 5
    #2: 1
    #3: 32

  145. Morgan on August 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    5, 41, and 26

  146. maryann on August 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    love, love, love
    #16, 37, 40!

  147. Kaitlyn on August 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    1.52
    2.42
    3.22

    Great covers!

  148. Amanda on August 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    1. 26
    2. 17
    3. 32

  149. Tina Russell on August 4, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    #1. 16 #2. 37 #3. 40

  150. L. Frank on August 4, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    1. 15
    2. 16
    3. 55

    Those were my top three. Though, really, I thought all of the covers were lovely and creative.

  151. Teje on August 4, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    1. 18
    2. 56
    3. 26

    Have to say there many others that appealed as well.

  152. Nana on August 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    #1: 16 #2: 37 #3: 40

  153. Amy on August 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I can’t believe how many great submissions there were; #5 is just beautiful! 5 ftw!

  154. Megan-Elise on August 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    1# 52
    2# 13
    3# 5

    These were all so awesome! 8 seemed especially apt also.

  155. Meredith on August 4, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    1 – #5
    2 – #21
    3 – #26

    How much fun to pore through them!

  156. Rebecca on August 4, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    There are so many beautiful covers to choose from, but I’ll have to go with —

    #1
    #5
    #52

    Good luck, everyone!

  157. Virginia on August 4, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    1: 32
    2: 26
    3: 9

  158. Anonymous on August 4, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    #1
    #66
    #64

  159. Yvette on August 4, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    1: 15
    2: 5
    3: 8

    I’m a little sad that 15 didn’t get very many votes so far. I look at that cover and I think – grey for Miss Grey. And then I look at that face and think that here is someone who is professionally meek, but who went to spy-school and then jumped strait into spy-dom … feet first into the deep end.

  160. Kayla on August 4, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    63
    32
    46

  161. Amy on August 4, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    5
    23
    17

  162. Katharine on August 5, 2010 at 12:16 am

    This is tough.

    #1: 5
    #2: 20
    #3: 22

  163. Theresa on August 5, 2010 at 12:29 am

    1. 23
    2. 5
    3. 21

  164. Carli on August 5, 2010 at 12:40 am

    My votes are

    1: 66
    2: 32
    3: 52

  165. Janine on August 5, 2010 at 4:13 am

    My votes:

    #1 = 52
    #2 = 42
    #3 = 5

  166. Charis on August 5, 2010 at 7:16 am

    There wasn’t really one that jumped out at me as an overall favorite. I kept wishing I could take elements from various ones to make my own cover. That being said, the one that I preferred was 58. After that it would be 55 and 20.

  167. carolyn on August 5, 2010 at 7:45 am

    My choices are 8 and 55.

  168. Janice K on August 5, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I like 16, 37, 40

  169. Erin G. on August 5, 2010 at 8:57 am

    My top 3 in order:
    #5
    #1
    #43

  170. Debbie on August 5, 2010 at 9:01 am

    They are all beautiful in their own ways, but I particularly like #3 and #41.

  171. Lauren Trofin on August 5, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Wow – I can’t believe how many beautiful covers there are! My personal favors are #26,#25, and #1.

  172. Bryan on August 5, 2010 at 10:23 am

    1: 52
    I feel out of all the above posted cover portrayals 52 fittingly exudes the tone an emotion of an affair compared to most others.
    2: 21
    Probably the most fitting when it comes to following previous books artistic themes. Very strong amounts of red.
    3: 18
    Personally I do enjoy the image of this cover greatly, hands down would be my favorite if the text had a border behind it.

  173. Darlene Ferland on August 5, 2010 at 10:33 am

    30 and 35 were very similar – here are my choices in order:

    30/35 is #1
    32 is #2 and
    64 is #3
    ( I love 58 but it doesn’t seem to flow with the other covers.)

  174. Olivia on August 5, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I really like:

    1. #42
    2. #60
    3. #16

    These are all sooo beautiful. (And correct me if I’m wrong, but #42 is also the portrait used in the cover of a “Dear, America” book: “When Will This Cruel War be Over?”, I believe…)

  175. Holly Schwartz on August 5, 2010 at 10:47 am

    # 5
    # 23
    # 64

    Thank you for the chance to win.
    Holly from Kentucky

  176. Chris on August 5, 2010 at 10:48 am

    1. #42
    2. #41
    3. #30

  177. Ana on August 5, 2010 at 11:25 am

    1. 52
    2. 7
    3. 57

  178. Shandi on August 5, 2010 at 11:27 am

    52
    68
    33

  179. Georgia on August 5, 2010 at 11:28 am

    What a difficult decision!
    1. 52
    2. 55
    3. 15
    Honorable mention to #8 because it required more than photoshopping!

  180. Rachel on August 5, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    #1 5
    #2 51
    #3 64

  181. Jenny on August 5, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    #1 43
    #2 20
    #3 42

  182. Megan on August 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    #1 – 16
    #2 – 37
    #3 – 40

  183. Denise on August 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    think i found where all the 16, 37, 40 votes are coming from…. Fair or not? Guess it’s up to Lauren to decide that.

    http://knittinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

    Saved a screenshot just in case the post disappears now.

  184. Lauren on August 5, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Hi, all! It seemed like a good time to play Queen of the Site and pop in with a few ground rules for voting.

    Okay: inviting your friends to view the covers and vote, as long as you make it clear that they should exercise their own judgment in choosing and not blindly vote a straight ticket. (Into which this current instance falls.)

    Not okay: logging in under multiple names to vote for yourself. (Thank goodness, we have no signs of anyone doing that!)

    If anything else comes up, feel free to email me!

  185. Ashlee on August 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    These are my favorites:

    1: 57
    2: 42
    3: 5

    Everyone did a wonderful job! Can’t wait to see who wins!

  186. Faye on August 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    O my goodness! Soo Many!
    Everyone did such a great job!

    1. 5 – beautiful
    2. 52- agree with Bryan, its an affair!
    3. 57- love how this brings up the fence from the chapter sneak peak! The way they seem to shy away from each other!!

  187. Stephanie Ball on August 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I think if the 16, 37, 40 person gets in the top three they should be removed. most of their votes were stacked. She actually would be tied for third currently if not for one getting confused and voting in the wrong spot because they have never been to the site before LOL.

  188. Katie on August 5, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I love #5 and #18 is very pretty, though it does not match the series at all!
    #1 5.
    #2 42.
    #3 18.

  189. Debbie R. on August 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    They are all lovely in their own way, however, these are my favorites:

    #1 – 32
    #2 – 23
    #3 – 18

  190. Julie on August 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    First place – 37
    Second – 24
    Third – 64

  191. Allison on August 5, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    my top 3:

    #41
    #22
    #42

    great job everybody!!

  192. Amanda on August 5, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    My top 3:

    #1 – 32
    #2 – 54
    #3 – 22

  193. Krystal on August 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    My top 3:

    1 – #5
    2- #20
    3- #42

    It was so hard to only pick three – great job everyone!

  194. Pam Doyne on August 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Beautiful~~~

    16…37…40

  195. Andrea Clark on August 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Ok – tough to vote because they are all gorgeous.

    But:

    #1 – Cover 26

    #2 – Cover 15 (which is almost identical to Cover 12 except 15 has a border I like – but both creators should get a prize if either one is picked)

    and #3 – 59

    Honourable mention would be #52 – excellent cover but almost too ominous but excellent!!

    When looking at the covers I also considered which one(s) would grab my attention in a bookstore and make me pick up the book for a second closer look.

    Andrea

  196. melike uzun on August 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    They all look beautiful… My top 3:

    # 52

    # 54

    # 57

  197. Claire Alley on August 5, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    21, 7, 59

  198. Greta Stone on August 5, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    #5, 18, 60 …tough choice though.

  199. Lulu on August 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I had a very difficult time narrowing it down to just three covers. After much debate and reordering of the numbers, here is my selection:

    #1 = 23
    #2 = 42
    #3 = 30

  200. Sarah Barton on August 5, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    #5 definitely looks like that IS the cover!!!!
    #1
    #16

  201. Melissa on August 5, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    #5!

  202. Penny Magas on August 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    They are all lovely! And while some say to keep the covers similar, since each book can stand on its own (except they are addictive – ;you can’t read just one!’) I think the covers can all be different too. My favorite is #18,

  203. Lisa on August 5, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    I don’t think it’s really fair to be upset with someone for asking their friends to vote. We all know (or should know) that this is very common in the social media age. I’ve had friends email or Facebook me to ask me to vote for their babies in cute baby contests, their recipes in recipe contests, and themselves to be contestants on Big Brother. I don’t see anything unfair or unequal about this because everyone has the same opportunity to ask their friends to vote.

    If you wanted a contest to be judged on pure talent, you’d have an independent panel of graphic designers come in and decide whose cover is the best. That’s not the way this contest was set up. That being said, even if it were, I think Ms. 16 37 40 would still be quite a contender. I love those broody eyes of Number 16! You can tell there’s something brewing under there…

    Just my two cents. 🙂

  204. chbs on August 5, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I like 5, 32 and 66

  205. Stephanie on August 6, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Lisa, i would put more credence in what you say if you were not one of the people she told to vote for her. Yes you can tell people to vote. But telling people to vote for just you is very wrong in this kind of contest. I appreciate you are defending your friend but stacking votes i still very wrong. ..

    On a good note you did admit she asked you to vote for her.. thanks makes things easier.

  206. Sara Lindsey on August 6, 2010 at 1:39 am

    So many incredible covers – if Penguin needs some more talented designers, they needn’t look too far!

    I couldn’t choose just 3, so I decided to choose my top three traditional picks (covers that resemble Lauren’s earlier books) and my top 3 new directions.

    Traditional
    #1: 21
    #2: 5
    #3: 60

    New Directions
    #1: 27
    #2: 40
    #3: 8

  207. Sue S on August 6, 2010 at 1:55 am

    I’ll write the ones I like here so I can remember and then narrow it hopefully to the 3 favorite. I’m kind of looking for something like the other covers. I’m not familiar enough with the story but I thought that Lauren said the person wore mostly dark colors. I was looking for a different color than the ones we already have, tho’ one I really liked had similar colors so I had to take it off. I love #5 but a similar color dress to another, #9, #15 but kind of reminds me of a Jane Eyre, #16, #22, #32, #41, #42, #50. Okay let me see now: #1 choice is 16, #2 is 22, and #3 is 41. Thanks for the opportunity to see all the creativity.

  208. Kris on August 6, 2010 at 9:49 am

    5
    22
    41

  209. Kendra on August 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Wow! These are all so fantastic – makes me feel incredibly un-creative for not being as talented…;-)

    My Favorites:
    1. #5
    2. #64
    3. #32

  210. Jerrica on August 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    So cool!

    I love

    1 – #5
    2 – #18
    3 – #48

  211. Tom on August 6, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    1.52
    2.59
    3.69

  212. the husband on August 6, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Hello, this is “Mr. 16-37-40”.

    To any contestants who are becoming anxious because of my wife’s excellent book covers & the incredible amount of votes they’ve earned, I would advise you to invest your time instead in telling all of YOUR friends to vote. This is a fair contest. I understand a good competitive spirit, but to repeatedly berate and besmirch a complete stranger because you don’t like the way they’re winning is doing yourself a disservice. There are no stacked votes here, only a well-broadcast contestant. Lauren herself posted a comment and told you there is no evidence of stacked votes, and yet still, you want her removed.

    I voted for my wife’s covers not because “She told me to vote for hers” as she has been accused. The motivation behind my vote is that I think she deserves to win. I saw the effort and the hours she put into researching the story, the characters, the author, and the art style involved. She wasn’t just making something she thought would look pretty. She was designing something that she felt was right for the book. Then I saw how much effort she put into designing the cover. I saw the process behind all three of her covers, and I saw how much they meant to her.

    God bless, and great job EVERYBODY!

  213. Lauren on August 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Hi, all!

    I just wanted to jump in to second what “Mr. 16-37-40″ said about the amazing job done by everyone.

    Like him, I’d like to urge everyone to reach out to their friends and family so that the maximum number of people can enjoy the fruits of your creativity. The thought, effort, and talent that has gone into these covers is incredible. It’s truly awesome, in the original sense of the word.

    If anyone has any concerns, questions, or comments about the voting process or your fellow contestants, I strongly urge you to email me about it off-list, so that we can avoid an echo effect and minimize hurt feelings all around.

    Thanks so much to everyone for your time and your talent! I’ll be posting all of the covers in an album on Facebook and– if you’re all okay with it– I also want to make a permanent spot for them on the Diversions page, since they’re too pretty not to place here permanently. But more about that later….

    Back to Pink IX!

  214. Brody on August 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Relax people-
    as for Mr. above
    I’m sure your wife put in many many hours, and they are beautiful covers.
    And so did everyone else who contributed to the contest, so lets not forget those in the defensive post.

    Now everyone has their own opinion- if people vote for numbers they’re told to and not by the contest directions- its on them.

    That being said…

    10
    28
    52

    in no particular order b.c. i like them all the same

  215. Lysa on August 6, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    congrats to everyone who posted covers! they all look wonderful, you all did a marvelous job!

    37, 52, 18 have my votes!

  216. Matthew on August 6, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    #16
    #37
    #40

  217. Beth on August 6, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    #16, #37, & #40 takes my vote!!

  218. Stephanie Ball on August 6, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Agreed everyone put in lots of effort and time into their covers and it shows.

  219. Rachael on August 6, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    #51-16-40

  220. Aleah on August 6, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    #5, #60, #52.

    Gorgeous work, everyone!!

  221. John S. on August 6, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    #1: 17
    #2: 37
    #3: 40

  222. Jacky Pina on August 7, 2010 at 2:34 am

    Number 5!!!!!!!!!!!!

  223. Beachreader on August 7, 2010 at 9:51 am

    #1- 58
    #2- 53
    #3- 1

  224. Slater on August 7, 2010 at 11:17 am

    1. 16
    2. 37
    3. 40

  225. Cheli on August 7, 2010 at 11:42 am

    #1 – 52

    #2 – 66

    #3 – 32

  226. christina on August 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    so many good ones it’s hard to choose!

    1 – 1
    2 – 66
    3 – 40

  227. [email protected] on August 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    How fun! I like…

    1)#1

    2)#5

    3#15

  228. Shel on August 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Wow, so many entries – my picks:

    #1: 5
    #2: 59
    #3: 25

  229. aly on August 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    So many delightful choices….

    My picks would be
    #1 — 64
    #2 — 20
    #3 — 14

  230. Lauren on August 7, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    #5 and #32 are my favorites

  231. alice on August 7, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    1. #5
    2. #41
    3. #32

  232. Emily on August 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    #1- 16
    #2- 20
    #3- 42

  233. Vicky on August 8, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    1. 26
    2. 5
    3. 32

  234. kimberli on August 8, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    My favorites based on how they’d pop-off our bookstore shelves!

    #5, #23, #64

  235. Teddy on August 9, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Wow, it looks like a lot of talented people out there. However there are also some covers that look very similar to other covers I have seen. Even after getting rid of those, it was very hard to choose.

    Here’s what I decided on: 1, 3, and 64

  236. Amy on August 9, 2010 at 9:43 am

    how am I to choose!

    52
    10
    5

  237. Leon on August 9, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Congrats to all!

    8
    17
    52

  238. Deb/LavenderRose on August 9, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I vote for:
    5, 13, and 20
    Many fabulous covers, though. How will you decide???? I don’t know how they’ve done it! My little feathery hat’s off to all of them….

  239. Deanna on August 9, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I love #5. It looks like a Willig cover.

  240. Kimberly on August 9, 2010 at 11:09 am

    #1
    #5
    #22/#66 Tie

  241. Mo on August 9, 2010 at 11:32 am

    32

  242. Vera on August 9, 2010 at 11:34 am

    #5 or #41 – those stood out the most to me

  243. Sabrina Bradley on August 9, 2010 at 11:35 am

    #1 – 28
    #2 – 16
    #3 – 66

  244. Mary on August 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    #1-18
    #2-32
    #3-54

  245. Pam on August 9, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    These are all so amazing! I had so much fun with this.

    While debating whether or not it would be tacky to give one or two of my votes to myself, I was reminded by a friend of the end of Election (uh-oh spoilers!) when Paul votes for evil Tracy Flick instead of for himself and she then wins by one vote. So, in order to not ruin Matthew Broderick’s life (kidding), here goes:

    #1: 66
    #2: 1
    #3: 16 (I absolutely love 32 but 16 looks more like the way I imagine Laura)

    (And no, I did not vote a straight Me Me Me ticket.)

  246. Suzanne on August 9, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    #1: 18
    #2: 24
    #3: 52

  247. Linda Robertson on August 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    1. 56
    2. 18
    3. 42

    All three are really too close to call. Please please please, no decapitated heroines!!!

  248. Jessica S. on August 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I like 63.

    But I also liked 5, 20, 41, 42…and a mess of others!

  249. Dayana on August 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Wow taht’s a lot of votes. I have to admit that there were a lot of amazing covers. So my votes are:

    No. 18 (Just freaking love it >.<!!!)
    No. 40 (Give me a warm comfy adventure-awaits feeling)
    No. 55 (Dunno, but it just feels right for Lauren. The backdrop could be in France or in England!!!)

    Well there you go ^.^!!!

  250. Caitlin on August 9, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    18
    56
    57

  251. Lauren Ashley on August 9, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    1: #32
    2: #26
    3: #27

  252. Rebecca Crane on August 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    1: #5
    2: #66
    3: #41

  253. Helen Deitelzweig on August 9, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    These are all fantastic! My choices are:

    1: #5
    2: #9
    3: #32

  254. Corrin on August 9, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    1. 16
    2. 40
    3. 37

  255. Kristen on August 9, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I vote #5. Simply lovely.

  256. Melanie C on August 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    These are my choices!
    #1.5
    #2.32
    #3.52

  257. sania on August 9, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    So much fun but so hard to choose! I’ll have to go with 5, 26, 32. But really, they’re all so very pretty!

  258. becky dowd on August 10, 2010 at 6:16 am

    #23
    #26
    #66

  259. Laura on August 10, 2010 at 9:09 am

    hmmm….

    52
    5
    57

  260. Becki on August 10, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Tough tough tough

    8
    29
    52

    nice job everyone!

  261. Shannon on August 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    1. 40
    2. 16
    3. 37

  262. Joanne on August 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Everyone did such a great job!

    29
    59
    52

  263. Shannon on August 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    There are so many! But 5, 23, 41 are my favorites.

  264. Tonya on August 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    28
    69
    32

    In keeping w/ an educated independant woman but also keeping close to time period & past covers these are my picks.

    Congratulations to all those that showed their talent in their entries!

  265. Jamie on August 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Wow, there’s a lot to choose from, but 41,42, & 60 seem to fit best with the rest of the series.

  266. Hilary on August 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    An impressive group. In choosing among them I was looking for something that would have a sense of mystery, that would indicate the period in which the novel was set, and would have strong but appropriate type treatment. My favorites are, in order: (1) 64; (2) 66; and (3) 23.

    Congratulations to all.

  267. Marlo on August 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    First: 16
    Second: 40
    Third: 26

  268. Amy Morford on August 10, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    15
    3
    32

  269. colleen bernardo on August 10, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    love all the covers but 32,47 and 66 are my favorites.

  270. kylene on August 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    16. 37. 40. thankyou.

  271. Allison on August 10, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    1. 15
    2. 5
    3. 26

  272. Stefanie on August 10, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    #5
    #32
    #55

  273. Nancy A on August 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    So many to choose from! This was tough. I will go with: #1 26 #2 32 #3 60

  274. Jane on August 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    After much dithering, I vote for 2, 8, and 28. I really can’t rank them! Just choosing only 3 was hard enough. I liked 14 almost well enough to rule out one of the three–it catches your opening so well!

    Jane

  275. Amber on August 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    My favorites:

    #9
    # 28
    #65

    Can’t wait to read the book !

  276. Joannah on August 10, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I vote:

    1. #17
    2. #18
    3. #8

    Vote for 17 and 18!!! 🙂

  277. Laura Young on August 10, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    My top three

    1. 28
    2. 32
    3. 49

  278. Ann F on August 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    #3: 26
    #2: 5
    #1: 52

  279. Stephanie on August 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    29!
    52!

  280. Susan on August 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    #1~66 #2~ 55 #3~41 It is very hard to choose! I like those that kept with the wrap and sealing wax. I wanted an orchid somewhere, and I wanted something interesting , a bit mysterious to draw my curiosity. I did want her whole head. Some others were great, like 21, but I had trouble with the color, so very red, and her face… Thought provoking! Thanks for the contest!

  281. Sara G. on August 10, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    My first choice is : 5, my second is : 17 and third is : 23
    🙂

    good job you guys! 😀

  282. am7 on August 11, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Sorry if my voting is late. These covers are really lovely. Everyone should be really proud of themselves. It has been so hard to choose.
    My favorites:
    3:#8
    2:#16
    1: 28
    But seriously I loved so many of them!!!!

  283. Jennifer on August 11, 2010 at 12:55 am

    First choice: #63
    Second choice: #16

  284. Melissa on August 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    #20, 21, and 22 are amazing, and follow the design of your previous books in the most wonderful way. Lovely!

  285. Nemo on August 13, 2010 at 2:44 am

    1st choice: #1
    2nd choice: #63
    3rd choice: #66

  286. Lauren on August 19, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    32
    5
    22

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