Nearly two years ago, I wrote a blog post about the process involved in creating some of the covers for my books. I talked about my traditionally published books and the first two books in my indie series, Front Porch Promises. Here are the first three books in the series. Each book cover features a front porch.
The cover for A PLACE TO CALL HOME is how I pictured the front porch of my heroine’s bed-and-breakfast. The cover for A LOVE TO CALL MINE has a porch that resembles the porch of the triple-decker house where my hero shares an apartment with two other guys. The hero and heroine have a few conversations while they sit on the front porch. I was able to find stock photos to use for both of these covers. Then my cover designer put everything together.
When I started thinking about the third book in the series, A FAMILY TO CALL OURS, I wanted a porch with two adult chairs and one child’s chair because the heroine of the story is a widow with a young girl. I searched and searched for a stock photo that featured two adult chairs and a child’s chair on a front porch. I only found one, and it was a drab, black and white photo that I didn’t like at all. So I wondered whether I could take my own photo to use on the cover.
A year ago, we made a trip back to the town where we lived in Florida before we moved to Arizona. I knew several houses that had front porches that I thought I might use. So armed with my camera, I took these photos.
I loved the adult chairs, but I wasn’t really happy with the child’s chair, the only one I could find to buy. I had been hoping to find a chair like the one I had purchased for my granddaughter a couple of years earlier, but I found none in any local store. By the time I did find this Dora the Explorer chair, the sun had cast a shadow that made the photos pretty much useless. So I came away without a picture I could use for my cover.
A month later we went to Ohio to visit long-time friends ahead of our trip to the Kentucky Derby. We had never been to their new house, and I was so excited when I saw their front porch. She had two adult chairs. Again I needed a child’s chair. We went to a local store, but again came up empty. While we were going back to the car, we met my friend’s former neighbor. We started talking and discovered that her granddaughter had a small rocking chair. She said we could borrow it. Here are some of the photos I took after we got the child’s chair.
I think you can see which photo we used for the cover. I sent the photo to my cover designer, and she created the cover while we were still there visiting. My friend was thrilled to have her front porch on the cover of my book.
You may also notice the progression of the number of chairs. Book 1, one chair. Book 2, two chairs. Book 3, three chairs. So is book 4 going to have four chairs? No. Not only does book 4, A SONG TO CALL OURS, not have four chairs. It has no chairs. The book also changes settings. Instead of the story being set near Boston, the series moves to Tennessee, along with the heroine, as she heads to Nashville, where she hopes to realize her dream of becoming a singer/songwriter. But the cover still has a front porch. Here it is.
I came across this photo while I was searching for front porches. I knew immediately that it was perfect for this story. What do you think?
You can read excerpts for the first three books in the series on my website. A SONG TO CALL OURS will be available later this year. You can get information about its release by signing up for my newsletter. I always have a drawing for special giveaways for my newsletter subscribers. You can sign up to receive my monthly newsletter here.
I will be giving away an e-book copy of the second book in the series, A LOVE TO CALL MINE, to one person who leaves a comment. I will draw the winner’s name on May 26, 2017 at 9PM PDT.
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