Blog by VONNIE DAVIS -- International, Award-Winning Romance Author: Adventurous...Humorous...Amorous.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

My First Book Cover -- Where are my tissues??

All writers imagine what their first book cover will look like. We make suggestions to the graphic artists or the publishers. We wait. We wonder. Then when the finished product wiggles into our mailbox like a cocoon about to burst, we take a deep breath and click on the attachment, eager to see the book cover butterfly that bursts forth on our screens. Smiles bloom. A whoosh of air escapes and we realize we've been holding our breath in anticipation...or fear. Our eyes drink in every aspect, every artistic nuance of the cover and then it lands on our names. A long-held dream come true: my name on the cover of a book. And the tears start. This was my experience last night.

Enemy Of The KingRae Monet, a talented graphic artist at The Wild Rose Press and the one I'd requested because of her beautiful cover for Beth Trissels's Enemy of the King, did a super job on my cover as well. She'd taken my garbled "wants" and turned them into a cover that is perfect for my contemporary romance set in the Hill Country of Texas. Did I cry when I first saw it? Does chocolate melt in your mouth?

Here's a blurb about Storm's Interlude:

Nurse Rachel Dennison comes to Texas determined to prepare her new patient for a second round of chemo. What she isn’t counting on is her patient’s twin brother, Storm Masterson.

Half Native American with the ability to have “vision dreams,” Storm dreams about Rachel for three nights before her arrival. Both are unprepared for the firestorm of emotions their first chance encounter ignites. Even so, Storm has two things Rachel won’t abide: a domineering personality and a fiancĂ©e.


Yet, ultimately, it is Rachel’s past—an abusive, maniacal ex-boyfriend—that threatens to keep them apart…and Storm’s dreams that bring them together again.


Thank you, Rae, for a job well-done. Doing the happy dance here in Lynchburg, Virginia. Hugs to you and your fabulous talent, Rae Monet.

10 comments:

Linda Morris, Romance writer said...

Looks great! Congratulations!

Beth Trissel said...

Awwwwww, I didn't know you asked for Rae because of my Enemy of the King cover. How kewl is that? Well, she did a fabulous job and your cover is gorgeous, Vonnie. I loved your post on how you felt and your story sounds wonderful too. :)

Leigh D'Ansey said...

A lovely cover, Vonnie. Rae also did my cover for 'Kincaid's Call'. Best of luck for the future.

Jill James said...

Vonnie, a beautiful cover. Rae did mine too. She is a true artist. She took my ramblings and made a cover I love. Good luck on your release!!

Rae Monet said...

Hey Vonnie, I'm honored to have done your first cover and have it work for you! There's no greater pleasure for an artist when a author loves their cover and cries out about it. Thanks guys!

The Viking Princess said...

Congrats on the cover. It's beautiful.

Rhiannon said...

You brought a tear to my eye, Vonnie. It's a huge accomplishment and now it's also a tangible thing. Rae did a fabulous job. A book as great as Storm's Interlude deserves the best!

Stephanie St.Clair said...

It's beautiful! Congratulations, Vonnie!

Lynne Roberts said...

Congratulations on a gorgeous cover! Rae is talented! The excerpt sounds intriguing too! Great job.

Jenna Howard said...

What a gorgeous cover, Vonnie.

Congrats!