The Horrible Covers & Posters of Yesteryear

Since we’re coming upon a brand new year, I thought it’d be fun to post the horrible covers I had made but (fortunately) never published with the book.  Thankfully, I found great cover artists to take over this task, though I still have to go over and have some past ones redone, such as the ones in Across the Stars.  (This will take some time to do, but eventually, it’ll happen.)

The sad thing is, I was really trying on some of them.  Ready for a laugh?   Here we go!  If you want, vote for the one that is worst!


Movie Poster for Shotgun Groom for a blog interview.

shotgun groom book poster horror

Shotgun Groom 


To Have and To Hold

These were really posters for interviews, but you can tell I didn’t even bother putting text on the second image because the first was so bad.

Mitch’s Win Cover

The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife

If I was writing horror, these are what the covers might have looked like.  As it was, they were only for the interviews.

Forever Yours

I have not written this yet.  It will be Mary and Dave’s third book.  Someone recently asked about it, and I don’t have room to write it in 2016.  Those slots are already taken up.  The soonest I could publish, or write, this would be 2017.  Needless to say, I will not be using this cover so we can all breathe a sigh of relief.  🙂

Foever Yours mock up

Falling In Love With Her Husband

While this isn’t as horrible as the ones above, it definitely leaves a lot to be desires. (I used to be able to make a box around a white image, but WordPress has changed its toolbar so I don’t know how to do it.  The white cover is another reason this sucks.  Never do white covers unless you have a border.

falling in love with her husband ebook


Patty’s Gamble

These, of course, were done for fun.  Greg Wilson would have claimed the cover on the left, and Patty Dixon would have claimed the one on the right.


About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to other genres, but her first love is historical romance. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and a couple of children. To find out more about her books, go to
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5 Responses to The Horrible Covers & Posters of Yesteryear

  1. It looks like you’re suffering, in some of these, from “floating head syndrome”. LOL

  2. Kristy James says:

    Cute! Did you use GIMP or Photoshop?

    • I used GIMP. I have no idea how to work with Photoshop. Do you either any of these programs?

      • Kristy James says:

        I use GIMP. I sent you an email last night (or this morning?) showing you what I’ve been able to do with them. The tutorials for it on YouTube are great!

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