Do judge books by their covers. I certainly do. It's a marketing thing.
I love, love, love this cover. It's my main character in #Philia, Emily. You can't see her eyes, and that's good -- because just enough of her face is not shown for you, the reader, to get a vision in your head. But know what you do see, is my author vision and how the graphic designer made it happen.
I've read books where the cover doesn't match the story or characters. For example, in one of my favorite contemporary romance novels, the heroine had blonde hair, yet on the cover they chose brown hair on the model.
My publisher is awesome and gives authors a lot of input on the cover art direction. Of course the publisher has a game plan with marketing, and my pub hit this cover out of the park. It completely matches my vision.
From the cover, you can see the marching band, and you can see Emily with a whistle around her neck. You'll have to read the book to learn more.
I'm super excited about this cover and can't wait for my book to come out, June 1, 2016.