They always say that a great cover is half the battle to getting a reader to pick up the book and read the blurb. I’m a very visual person, so yep, I tend to look for the exciting covers, then titles and then the blurb, but the blurb has to sell me on the story or I won’t buy. On the other hand, without the great cover, I probably won’t pick up the book to read that blurb. Unless the book is by an “auto-buy” author or I’ve heard some great “buzz” about the book.
That said, as an author, it’s always a little unnerving waiting for the cover. And what does an author do when they aren’t fond of the cover? Is their publisher one who will allow them some say or will that author get stuck with a ho-hum cover? I’m very fortunate that I do have some say in the cover art. I’ve only rejected one cover and I didn’t really reject it; I just offered suggestions to make it better (imho). Of course, I did give a grunt when I saw the cover for On the Silver Edge of Time. Why? The hunky, half naked hero was the spitting image of my brother. Check out my website and look at the bio page. See if you don’t agree. I’d love to know who modeled for it.
Anyway, I got the cover two days ago for my December release, The Keeper of Moon Haven and OMG, I was floored, awed and very pleased. Behold – I give you a look at the cover.
The Keeper of Moon Haven will be available in December from Champagne Books.
On the southern fringes of the Mendip Hills sits the Castle Hamingjur, an abandoned structure most fear haunted. Yet, on the rare occasions when the Hunter’s Blue Moon occurs, the Keeper occupies this mysterious castle where he guards the bridge to Alfheim Haven.
Noreen Willshire discovers more than fairytales hidden between the pages of Beletania’s diary. She opens the ancient book and finds a bridge to a Faery Realm where all manner of mythical creatures reside. In her naïveté, she summons the Keeper before his scheduled time in the human realm. In that brief moment, the mysterious wizard touches her soul with more than magick. She promises to return the diary during Mefylleth, a time when the barriers between the two realms melt away, but danger stalks her path. Torn between her desire to make a new life for herself in America and her growing love for the Keeper, she must bridge the gap between magick and time to follow her heart.