That’s what one reviewer said about the cover on the first book (Yuletide Baby) of my new series, Cowboy Country. And boy, is she right. Harlequin’s art department planned out a specific identifying feel for the series and I have to say I love it. Close-ups of cute cowboys and adorable babies. What more could a writer ask for?
The process for cover art at Harlequin is a bit different than other publishers. Authors fill out an Art Fact Sheet including character pages, a short synopsis of the book and three scene suggestions. I always provide pictures of how I think the characters look, as well as of various background details. But other than that I have very little input into the process.
Covers are never exactly as I pictured it in my mind, but for the most part I’ve been happy with the results. In the original cover for The Christmas Groom the guy on the cover has dark-brown hair, whereas my hero in the book has white-blond hair. However, it’s such a breathtaking cover that I wasn’t about to complain. I’ll admit to being slightly disappointed with the buzz-cut shaved redheaded boys on The Nanny’s Twin Blessings when the twins in my book were tow-headed with Carey Grant comb-overs. And yes, I had sent pictures. Then of course was the real doozy—the time my cover art for The Forgiving Heart was accidentally switched with Irene Brand’s The Test of Love and it was too late to do anything about it since the books had already been printed.
So what about you? What draws you to a cover? People? Scenery? Are you disappointed when the characters don’t look like the descriptions in the book?
I’m also hosting a giveaway. Simply visit my books page on my website (http://www.debkastnerbooks.com/books.html) as well (and don’t forget to consider my Cowboy Country covers that are on this blog!) and post below which one of my covers is your favorite. If you win I’ll give you an autographed copy of that book.
Deb Kastner’s next release with Harlequin Love Inspired, The Cowboy’s Forever Family, will be available in stores in late February and on Kindle March first.