Berry on Top is my next release. I’ve been sitting on the cover for this over a month now, eager to share it! I set the novel to pre-order last week, so I can finally share the cover far and wide.
You may have noticed that my Farm Fresh Romance covers are unique. I love that about them! I love the fact that they’re illustrated rather than stock photos any other author might also choose.
What you may not know is how covers such as these come to be. My cover designer and illustrator also happens to be my daughter, which is special and fun. We work together on the concepts, then she does a photo shoot for reference, and then she digitally draws, colors, and shades the cover.
While it’s helpful if the models have a similar appearance to the characters, it’s not necessary. Hanna is more concerned about clothing style and poses.
In this case, she asked friends of hers if she could come over and do a model shoot. It turns out the woman is a fan of my Farm Fresh Romance books, so she was thrilled to do it! She and her husband got a fun photo shoot out of the deal.
Berry on Top features a single dad with custody of his not-quite-six-year-old twins. The modeling couple has a son about that age, and my oldest granddaughter stood in for the female twin. The two kids had a great time hamming it up for the camera as my daughter tried different poses to see which would work best on the cover.
Hanna sent me her favorite photos via Dropbox and we quickly narrowed down the ones we preferred. Then she sketched the characters and gave them a basic color scheme before showing it to me again. From there we went back and forth on the amount of scruff on the hero’s face and fine-tuned a few other aspects. With the characters well set, she finalized the backdrop and snow.
What do you think? For me, this cover bumps Wild Mint Tea over and takes its place as my favorite of the series.
Berry on Top
Liz Nemesek’s first visit home in forever is tough enough before Mason Waterman shows up. Despite her best efforts, she’s never forgotten — or forgiven — him for the hurt he once caused.
Former bad boy Mason Waterman has returned to northern Idaho to raise his five-year-old twins. The kids are determined to find a new mommy, but Liz is the last person they should latch onto… and the last person he should find himself falling for. Again.
If Mason has really changed, can Liz re-open her heart to him… and to the God who could have prevented her decade of heartache?