Just got my cover art (love it!) for the upcoming novel coming out this holiday season. Blue Lake Christmas Mystery is my first Christmas novel. I love reading Christmas novels and always wanted to write one, so feeling very pleased with myself for finally doing it.
Another first, my publisher is bringing out as a mystery, not women’s fiction. I’m excited about that as I’m working on another mystery and have a third planned for Winter 2017.
Blue Lake Christmas Mystery is a cozy read, although there is a murder at a holiday dinner party, perhaps resulting in a slight mix-up with the title, which was quickly fixed.
Nothing beats the feeling of seeing your story captured in cover art. At least for me, it has always been a delight.
Some of the things I love about my upcoming release cover art … well, Luke. He’s a laborer with his own landscaping business, so he comes by those muscles through hard work. The shirtless thing — this is my 8th book, it’s women’s fiction, and it’s the first time a character is bare-chested. But this fits Luke, too, since mowing lawns in the summer can be hot work and he’s been known to strip off his shirt on 90 degree days.
You might notice a darker tone to this story … that’s because it is. While Luke and Chloe fall in love, things are falling apart around them, especially Chloe’s ex-husband. This story deals with divorce, addiction, and other dark subject matter. So that little bit of a darker tone in the cover conveys that this will not be a light romance, despite Luke’s pecs:)
I love how cover artist Angela Anderson captured Chloe and got a little bit of Blue Lake into the background of the photo. I wondered how she’s deal with the title, which is a bit unwieldy. Love how she pulled the L in “rule” up to the apostrophe in “Luke’s” and how she changed up the color a shade or two on #1. I just love everything about it.
Book’s not out yet, but should be available for pre-order soon. Meanwhile, I just want to stare at the cover:)