Monday, November 21, 2011

Fairytale Cover!

Here it is, hot off the virtual press, the cover for my next novel, which will be out in electronic format the second week of December. Like the previous one, this one was designed by Jenn Reese of Tiger Bright Studios (

The design process for this was interesting. Jenn found the image of the woman and paparazzi, which we both thought was perfect for the book's theme. The main character of this one is a woman who catches the eye of a Hollywood actor. The first cover, with just the image, was beautiful but the colors made it look more like a thriller than a women's fiction book.

So we went back to the virtual drawing board and Jenn found this image of a picture frame and put the two together. Then I sent it and a couple of other options around to friends and family, and everyone chose this image. However, they thought that the picture frame was a mirror.

When I heard that, I was afraid we'd have to go back to the drawing board again. I called my sister and asked her why she thought it was a mirror, and as she spelled out her reaction to me, I realized we were hitting all the right notes. She got that the story would be about a woman who didn't like paparazzi attention. She felt that the cover portrayed someone looking on at a life they didn't want. Given she and everyone else I spoke to had the right reaction, I decided I didn't care if the image was a little ambiguous, and so Jenn touched it up and here it is!

I absolutely love the title block. I'll be taking those same elements into the text of the book itself, similar to what I did with Paint Me True. Which means I'll be going through the manuscript, editing, and putting the internal design together this week. My goal is to make this book free for the month of December - my Christmas present to everyone who's given my Kindle published work a chance. With luck it'll be available through Amazon, Nook, and iBookstore at this price - or from me, via email.

Off to editing I go. Wish me luck! I had a lot of fun writing this one, and I hope that comes through in the book.

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