Ironically, even in the digital age covers still play a role in stirring interest in books because one of the first things people see when looking for an eBook is the cover image.
I see some compliments come into my inbox or in comment sections of blog posts from time to time about my covers, and I have to be honest, I cannot take credit.
Here is a quick overview of how my covers came to be and a bit about the ladies who saved me from myself:
My first cover I made myself.
My second cover I made myself as well.
However, two weeks or so after I used this cover, I found two more books with the same lady/background so when an author friend of mine (Ava Stone) volunteered to help me find something else, I took her up on it.
I have to admit that I’m thrilled with her help. I have no seen the original lady on more than 12 books.
My third book, I made the cover for. But not without adjusting the font coloring and positioning for a while.
With the Groom Series I was at a loss. I’d made my others, but frankly, I’m not very creative. In a bind, and unsure what I was going to do, I jokingly put up the following–to which came emails begging me not to really use this.
Frankly, I hadn’t planned on it. My husband who can paint said he’d paint me a cover. Unfortunately, he waited so long he didn’t have the time and drew me one…
This time it wasn’t readers begging me not to use that, it was another author who wanted to have a frank discussion! So as the days neared, I got worried and started looking again. The idea that perhaps I could use silhouettes of a historic couple for the books in the series became an idea and I created another…
Not great, but it could have certainly been worse, I imagine.
Defeated, I contacted a cover artist. I’d never used one before and was a bit unsure. But, it had to be done so I sent an email to Dara England who is also an author and does cover art.
With literally days before the release of Her Sudden Groom, she sent me the following:
At the time, I didn’t yet have plans for a fourth book, but two days later I did and she sent over the fourth cover that afternoon:
There were a few changes such as she originally had Emma in green (to match her eyes like the blue on Caroline’s book matches hers) and Juliet in purple. I wanted those switched since Emma and Marcus put on a musicale (hence, the piano in the background) and Juliet in green since she wears a green dress the night her husband finally sees her as a woman. To make these covers, she gave me a questionnaire to fill out. One of the questions was: what do you picture on the cover? My answer was, no generous view of the bosom. Caroline is Alex’s wife and he might feel her breasts are for his viewing pleasure only, not that of the world.
As many of you might remember with my more recent two series I’ve had a few changes. The covers I presently have and the ones I plan to keep were all made by Lily Smith.
We discussed what my previous covers had in common and the trademark I’d made for my self: beautiful dress, little to no face, no heaving bosoms.
The first cover for my Banks Brothers’ Brides series, I had that photo and had been “sitting on it” for a while, waiting to use it. The moment I saw it, I knew it was Regina. However…as you can tell by my previous attempts at cover art, I’m really not good at merging a lot of elements and manipulating photos. I sent her the woman, she merged her into the background. The others in the series she found the pictures and put them together.
It took a few tries (mainly on Jilted) but we got it.
Lily also did my Officer Series books. We switched around the names on two of them, but other than that, these were her original selections and she had very little comments from me.
Clearly my cover-making days are over. How could I possibly compete?! Fortunately, both Dara England and Lily Smith are both still designing and doing a wonderful job at it.
Dara England: http://mycoverart.com
Lily Smith: http://www.coversbylily.com/#!home/mainPage