Weird (and not so weird) things about cover art at Harlequin:
1. No matter what color hair the hero in the novel really has, it’s probably going to be dark brown on the cover.
2. The person in the more dominant position on the cover is also usually the person who is more dominant in the story. It’s subliminal messaging, telling you subtly what the story is about.
3. Covers that prominently feature the hero’s torso (and little else) seem to sell better than every other kind of cover (this is anecdotal–I haven’t done an actual study, but am just going by what every author claims who’s had one of these mythical torso covers).
4. Object covers (featuring things instead of people), unless it’s for a bestselling author, sell horribly.
5. I can see no correlation at all between what I think are my most appealing covers and how well the book actually sells. It’s all a great big mystery (Of course there are many other factors affecting sales, but I find it strange that I can’t see any pattern. At ALL.).