Now that my first book in the Ladies of Harper’s Station series has been out for about 6 weeks, reviews are accruing and readers are starting to ask about the next story. Since Emma and Malachi have successfully found their happy ending in No Other Will Do, everyone wants to know what will happen with shopkeeper Tori Adams and freighter Ben Porter.
If you are a regular reader of the Inspired by Life and Fiction blog, you might recall a post I wrote last year inviting our readers to help me plot a story. You can find that brainstorming session here. Well, Tori and Ben’s tale is that story! And since you all were so extremely helpful in providing ideas and inspiration, I thought it only right that you be the first to see the new cover.
And I hope that it is worth the wait. (Pun fully intended.)
So, drumroll please . . .
Novella covers have much smaller budgets than covers for full-length novels, but I must say that I am extremely pleased with how this one turned out. It might even be one of my favorites of all my covers for how well it captures the essence of my story.
First – I actually have a full face on the cover! And it’s a gorgeous face at that. Her clothing is fitting for the time period, and the blue on her shirt really brings out her eyes and creates a lovely contrast for her hair.
Second – Her expression captures so much of Tori’s personality. Determined to keep men at arm’s length, she keeps herself closed off from relationships – the crossed arms – yet the longer she knows the kind-hearted, self-sacrificing freighter, and the more obvious his attempts to court her become, the harder it is to remain indifferent – hence the eyes sneaking a peek even while she holds her body stiff.
Third – I got Ben and his wagon on the cover. Yay! The picture of his tying down the goods is perfect! Now, the one downside is that the man on the cover is nowhere near the size of my “mountain” of a hero. Ben is a tall man with a powerful build, part of the reason Tori is afraid to let him get close. She knows what it is like to be at the mercy of a man larger and stronger than herself, and she vowed never to be that vulnerable again. The man on the cover doesn’t exude that raw power or overwhelming size, but since he’s pictured at a distance, I’m choosing to believe that he would look much larger up close. 🙂
Fourth – The setting is perfect. Very Texas-y.
Worth the Wait won’t be out until January, and it’s not available for pre-order yet, but I just had to share it with the very people who helped create the story.
So what do you think? Was it worth the wait?