My husband calls the writing business a roller coaster. One day you finish that manuscript, and you know it’s the best you can make it, and that feels incredibly good. The next day, you see a review for the last book, and someone absolutely hated everything about it, and that can sink you into a black hole for weeks!
But sometimes, everything comes together. That happened to me this week. You see, as part of my contract with Love Inspired Books, I provided thoughts on what the cover might look like for my first novel for them, The Irresistible Earl, which will be out in June. Now, I am no artist. I had a dear friend who passed away who was an amazing artist, so I know what an artist can produce. I sadly lack that gene. But I blathered away on my art fact sheet, telling the folks at Love Inspired that I envisioned the hero to look a bit like Daniel Craig, giving them examples of nineteenth century clothing and interiors, and suggesting that, given the title, we might want to center on the hero on the cover. I have been waiting patiently (okay, with fear and trembling) to see what they would make of all that.
The cover showed up on Amazon on Thursday. And, oh, what a lovely job those artists at Love Inspired did!
Meet Chase Dearborn, Earl of Allyndale. [Swoon-worthy sigh.] Is he perfect? No, but he has character, he looks like he could be standing in a nineteenth century room, and the warm colors evoke the tone of the book.
Sometimes, it just comes together.