I’m thrilled to announce the release of NEVER FORGET, the 5th and final book in my Beacons of Hope lighthouse series! It’s a standalone novel set at Rose Island Lighthouse in Rhode Island inspired by Ida Lewis, a woman light keeper who worked at a lighthouse near Newport and was known for her bravery and for saving many lives.
There is something very special about the cover of NEVER FORGET. Take a look and see if you can guess what it is?!
If you guessed that my daughter is the cover model, then you are correct!
Almost all of my book covers have cover models hired by my publisher. The cover design team goes out with the model, has a photo shoot, takes dozens of pictures, and then returns to the office and narrows down which pictures they like the best before developing the cover.
With NEVER FORGET, we decided to do the same thing. My twin daughters were scheduled to have their senior pictures taken at a state park on Lake Huron. So I asked their photographer, Sarah Davis Photography, if we could take some time afterward to get pictures for the book cover. After all, my daughters are about the same age as the heroine in the book and are just as pretty (I think!).
Here are just a few of the pictures Sarah took of my daughters. Isn’t she talented!?
After getting lots of beautiful senior pictures, we rigged up a makeshift changing station on the beach, and my daughters donned the costumes that I borrowed from a family friend who thankfully happened to have an array of homemade old-fashioned clothing.
With the perfect evening light, golden sand, and the waves lapping gently in the background, the scene was set. We even happened to find life ring to use as a prop!
Sarah took dozens of pictures of both girls in their costumes. Here are just a few:
By the time darkness fell, we were well satisfied that we would have plenty of choices we could pass along to the cover designer. And we were right! I later met with Sarah, and we narrowed down the best pictures. From among those, this one made the final cut! (It was a tough choice since there were so many good pictures!)
To celebrate the release of NEVER FORGET, I’m giving away a copy of the book here on the blog today! Fill out the Rafflecopter form to enter!
NEVER FORGET has been one of the most memorable covers ever, one that I’ll cherish forever! What about you? What makes a cover especially memorable to you?
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