My first romance novel is less than a month away from publication. Final edits, cover blurbs, front and back matter and other material remain incomplete, as does the cover. I’ve played around with a few ideas since I began writing the story, but haven’t settled on anything concrete.
To be honest, I often think of several covers, then have a difficult time choosing the one which bests suits the story, and one that will grab the reader’s attention and entice them to read.
Pockets of Wildflowers is about Olivia Luttlegrove. She lives alone on a farm in rural Nova Scotia. Her 300-acre spread is mostly forest with several dozen acres of hay, corn field and pasture. She raises Cotswold sheep for wool, Toggenburg goats for her personal milk consumption, chickens and a few cats. The excess milk is turned into yoghurt, cheese and butter, which she sells to neighbours.
Olivia’s father was killed in a freak accident at a nearby dairy farm, and her mother died six months before the accident, leaving her alone.
One stormy night in early May, a stranger arrives at her door. He’s beaten, drunk and burning up with fever. With the power out and no way to get him to Emergency, Olivia tends to the man until morning comes. She then offers John a job as a farmhand; he accepts.
The months that follow bring romance, mystery and murder as Olivia tries to learn where this stranger came from and why he came to Scarinish .
What do you think? Which grabs your attention. Which book would you want to read? Do you like one font over another? One picture but another font?
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