I'm mucho excited here. I wasn't planning on posting today, but something changed: I just received the cover for Tower of Strength!
Opening the file for the first time is always nerve-wracking: will the cover be something I like, love, am indifferent to, or totally despise?
It's pretty rare for an author to have much say in a cover or in the title (more on that Friday on my Writer's Journey series). So you kinda hold your breath and hope that marketing and you are on the same page.
To be honest, I've had a range of reactions to my covers. Today? All happiness. Here it is, in all its glory:
Isn't it pretty? (I'm really liking the green.)
Since the vast majority of my readers haven't read it yet, I have to point out why it's so perfect. Before the book opens, Tabitha leaves Manti as a young bride (which totally fits, because doesn't she look like a bride?! I know!) And the book closes at Christmas time (which makes the winter scape fit). It's like symbolically morphing two periods into one.
I'm not sure yet (because I haven't seen the credits), but the temple and the girl both look they're by the same artists who did the work on my three other historicals: Al Rounds is my temple artist (I know he doesn't do paintings just for my books; they're licensed after he's done them, but I'm claiming him anyway), and William Whitaker is the one who's painted all my girls.
I've been waiting for this release a long time. I started drafting it nearly two years ago, and the thrill of uncovering the story is still with me. (I blogged about one big moment I had with the story here.)
Suddenly this one is feeling real. I now have an idea of what it will look like when I hold it for the first time. It's no longer just a bunch of words on my computer screen and a story with fictional people wandering around my head, but an actual book.
(You'd think that by book six this kind of thing would get old. Trust me; it doesn't. For me, it only gets better!)
I just ate WAY too much chocolate in celebration. I need a drink of water . . .
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