Not long ago, Becky Wade revealed her wonderful new cover here on this blog. And since Becky and I have books releasing about the same time next year, I thought it would be fun to follow in her footsteps.
This cover design takes me in a slightly different direction than most of my previous covers. My covers have been known for creating a scene, as if someone had taken a snapshot from a page in my story and captured it in visual format. I love that style (especially when I can manage to get my hero on the cover somewhere – ha!), but for reasons that will soon become clear, that style just wouldn’t work for this story.
You might recall a previous post I did when I asked for help in coming up with title ideas for this book. (Notice that my publisher did settle on one of the choices we discussed in that post. Yay!) I introduced my heroine to you, Evangeline Hamilton. A young woman with a big heart and two impossible to ignore mismatched eyes. Eva has heterochromia. This is a huge part of her identity and plays a significant role in the story. Plus it’s just a cool character trait. So, I needed a cover that would offer a close-up on Eva in order to highlight her eyes. This wouldn’t be possible with my current cover style. So we changed things up a bit.
I have to say that I’m very pleased with how it turned out. Her eyes are front and center and immediately noticeable. The art director has mentioned that he might work with intensifying the colors of the eyes a bit more to fit the dramatic eye color I had envisioned. I hope he does, but even if that doesn’t come about, this still looks like Evangeline to me.
Perhaps because my covers are usually so stylized, it’s rare for me to see more than one iteration of a cover before the team makes their decision. But this time, they were torn between two final options and allowed me to weigh in.
Here is the other version they offered:
Same model, different pose, different clothing. I decided that I liked the first one better. Eva’s eyes were much more noticeable in the first where she faced the camera more directly. And while the second pose gave the heroine more of a feisty, independent look, the first one captured Eva’s sweetness and kind heart. Plus the white blouse blended better with the clouds and the lacy title area.
Weren’t they clever to mimic the heterochromia in the title? I LOVE that!
The only thing I liked better about the second option was having the word “Eye” blue in the title. I personally liked having the colored words in the title match the order of Eva’s eyes. And with the blue color popping more – the word “Eye” has more story significance than the word “More” so it made sense to me to have that be the word with the greatest pop. However, the art department felt doing so would skew the balance, so they decided to switch the word color order. They certainly know more about these things than I do, so I bow to their greater experience. Besides, they put my hero on the cover, so they get big props for that. Ha!
The book is now available for pre-order from Amazon. Other retailers should be getting it soon.
Here’s the blurb:
Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes–one bright blue, the other dark brown–Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world’s judgments, and Eva has two–Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.
Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father’s death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach’s sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?
- So what are your thoughts on the new look for my cover?
- Which iteration do you like best?