I can honestly say that I’ve never had a bad cover. Bethany House has a phenomenal Art Department, and I’ve been blessed with some truly wonderful covers. However, when I first saw the cover for my e-single novella, A Cowboy Unmatched, I was a little confused.
You see, in my novella, the heroine Clara is 9 months pregnant. Nowhere in the story does she sport the svelte figure of the lovely cover model seen to the right. Now don’t get me wrong . . . I like the cover just fine – artistically. But it just didn’t fit the story. I’d been hoping to get Neill Archer, my hero, on the cover, but as you can see from the collage below – my publisher wanted each of the e-singles to have the same basic brand.
Being the glass-is-half-full type of person that I am, I willingly went along with this strategy. However, I did have fun poking a little fun at the cover with my fans when I first debuted the picture on Facebook. One of my friends came back with this clever quip:
“It’s amazing what a good corset can do.”
How fun is that? I loved it. We all got into the spirit of things, and pretty soon I was signing Clara up to do some modeling for the 1891 Montgomery Ward Catalog – “Just had a baby? With our high performance corset, no one will ever know.” You know she would be sure to boost sales with such an awe-inspiring testimonial. Ha!
These 4 novellas first released as part of the collection, A Match Made in Texas. Last week, they became available as e-singles, which means you can download a single novella for only $1.99 on Amazon ($2.99 on B&N). They all tie in together, but they can be read separately as well.
This is my final Archer Brother tale. I just couldn’t leave those men behind without giving Neill, the youngest of the bunch, a good woman of his own. I included a more detailed description at the end of the post.
So now, I’d love to hear from you.
- Does it bother you when a book cover doesn’t match the story?
- How would you spin Clara’s exceedingly flat tummy to make my e-single cover work?
A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer
Tired of living in the shadow of his older brothers, Neill Archer leaves the family ranch, determined to prove himself his own man. After two years of doing everything from laying railroad track to driving cattle, he’s nearly saved enough to purchase his own spread. While passing through a small town in the Texas panhandle, a handwritten ad literally falls into his lap during the local church service and convinces Neill that God is steering him toward his next job.
There are two things Clara Danvers cannot hide—her grandmother’s Comanche blood and her hugely pregnant stomach. After her husband got himself shot cheating at cards six months back, she has worked hard to make the shabby cabin he’d left behind truly hers. But there are some things a pregnant woman can’t repair, and a leaky roof is one of them. When a handsome cowboy shows up at her door with a tale about a nameless woman hiring him to fix her roof, she’s suspicious but desperate enough to let him work.
Scarred by the men who have failed her in the past, Clara is forced to trust the stranger when danger threatens her child. Neill might prove to be an able protector, but can she trust him with the battered remains of her heart?