My wonderful cover artist, Charlotte K, Volnek, Charlie, has been working on the cover for TAINTED. She has done all of my covers, and I love her work. The heroine and hero are full-on 50. So I don’t want someone who looks 20. Charlie and I have been looking at lots of pics of blonde women with short hair. Some look ridiculously young. Others, I think, that’s too old. I didn’t look like that when I was 50. (I’m pretty sure I didn’t) LOL But, folks, finding that right combination of maturity, strength, beauty, and seriousness is tough.
So I’m going to show you a couple of the things we’re considering. Not the entire cover since we’re not there. I’ll show you the entire one once we’ve got it figured out, which should be in the next couple of weeks.
Part of the Title—love the trees and mountains but think the font for Tainted needs to be scarier looking. What do you think?
Here’s the pup. Isn’t he adorable? I need to make a few changes to the book to describe him better, but that’s pretty easy. This little guy looks more like our Simon than he does our Charley, but he’s too cute, not to use.
Jackets are a big thing in the book even though it’s summer. Summer in Red River can get really chilly. Nothing like Texas. Which of course is the whole reason to go to Red River in the summer. (I’ve been posting Red River pics on Facebook commemorating the vacation this week that isn’t.)
And here’s a suggestion for inside of the house. I posted on FB a pic of the house, I used as a model for the book.
Still have a bit more editing to do on the book, but I’ve put together some of the front and back sections. May make September, but certainly early October. After attending the virtual marketing conference this weekend, I’ve been reminded of how important getting the book out there for pre-orders is. And also to search for folks willing to read the book before it comes out to leave a review on release day. So please let me know if any of you are interested in that. I’ll ask again in my August newsletter.
Here’s a real pic of Red River my SIL took when they went in June. I sent it to Charlie to give her an idea of what the area looks like.
Before I became an author, I never knew how much went into coming up with a cover. How important to you is the book cover? Even in an e-book. So I used the word “mature in the TAGS and thought, hmmm. What does that mean now a days? Maybe not 50?
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