When I saw my book cover for the first time a few weeks ago, I cried. Not only because it was my own cover (I've shared two others on novella collections), but because the art team gave me the picture of Marjorie and baby Laura that I had imagined in my mind and heart. Seriously, they couldn't have done a better job.
Yesterday, Erica shared about her first Love Inspired Historical cover. She talked about the art sheet we have to fill out, and how time-consuming it is--but I'm reminded of why they ask us to fill those out with such detail. It enables them to create a cover like this:
Isn't that the sweetest picture ever? What I love is that in the story, Marjorie has never held a baby in her life...but within days, she's cuddling Laura as if the baby had been made for her arms. I can feel the love Marjorie has for Laura in this scene.
A couple months ago, I wrote two blog posts about the images I gave the art team for my September release, A Mother in the Making. You can go here to see more images for the hero and heroine, and here to see more images for the setting ideas.
This is the picture I sent for the heroine, Marjorie Maren.
|Actress Kate Hudson|
I also sent pictures of the third-floor day nursery under the attic eaves that plays a part in my story.
The cover they created is heart-warming, tender, and period-authentic. It is a wonderful representation of my story and the characters inside the book. I'm in love!
To celebrate the release of my debut cover, I'm offering an advance copy to one blog reader! I should have my author copies a couple months before the release date. As soon as I do, I'll mail it to the winner. Please fill out the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win (U.S. citizens only).
Here's a little more about the book:
Practical, steady, levelheaded: all qualities single father Dr. John Orton expects in both a governess and a wife. But his children's temporary governess Miss Marjorie Maren seems set on finding him an impractical woman to love…despite his plans of marrying solely for convenience. Nothing could be more exasperating to the handsome widower—except his increasing interest in Marjorie.
Vivacious and fun-loving: that's the kind of bride the reserved doctor needs. Before Marjorie leaves to pursue her acting dreams, she intends to match him with a suitable wife candidate. Yet growing affection for her four charges and their dashing father has awakened a new hope—that she might be his perfect bride. But can she convince her employer to take a chance on love and claim real happiness before it slips away?
Your Turn: What do you love to see on a book cover (people, animals, babies, outdoor/indoor scenes)? Does the cover influence your decision to buy and read a book?
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