I’m desperately in need of cover help.
Basically, I can’t decide between two different covers for the Christmas book that I’m about to republish. I’ve revised and extended it and I want it to be right. So I’m asking for advice here.
Please tell me which cover you think I should choose.
And, as a thank you, one lucky commenter, chosen at random, will receive a free copy of the book, whether the cover they choose turns out to be the final cover or not. [Competition now closed]
Context for cover help: what the book is about
The story was originally published as part of the Libertà anthology, I Hate Christmas. But, on re-reading it, I realised it needed more, especially in the timeslip section. So I’ve added quite a lot of words. Chapters even 😉
And I’ve given it a new title, too. It used to be One Christmas Tree To Go. Now, it’s
To a Blissful Christmas Reunion.
Since the hero is called Gabriel Bliss, I think that fits rather well. I hope you agree and you’ll forgive what might be a pretty awful pun. Lucy, the heroine, is certainly hoping for a blissful Christmas reunion. But there seem to be a lot of hurdles in the way.
Lucy Cairns and Gabriel Bliss were close once. But when Gabe returns after years away and rents land from Lucy’s millionaire father for a tree nursery, their relationship is far from blissful. Especially in the run-up to Christmas.
Christmas trees are a cash crop for Gabe’s struggling nursery, even though he hates Christmas. Lucy, too, has painful memories of the festive season, but she needs Gabe’s help to find the perfect tree for the manor house and the business guests who will be arriving on Christmas Eve. The pair are forced to do business together.
Gabe remains professional and distant. His time away has changed him, though he won’t say why. He refuses to get close to Lucy, insisting there’s too much of a gulf between the millionaire’s daughter and a dirty-fingered son of the soil like him. But then he chances on a 19th century image of Lucy’s manor house with the master and mistress standing proudly outside the main door.
And that married couple look exactly like Gabe and Lucy…
So, the cover help is to choose between these two:
Let’s call them Cover A Yellow Title (on the left), and Cover B White Title (on the right).
My question to you, dear readers, is which one do you prefer? You don’t have to give reasons. In fact, it may be better if you just go with your instant reaction. That’s what readers do in bookshops, after all, and when looking a book covers online.
So please tell me which immediately appeals. Is it Lucy with a pretty and confident smile in Cover A with the yellow title? Or thoughtful (possibly mischievous?) Lucy in Cover B with the white title.
Comments left until midnight on Tuesday 30th August will be entered.
On Wednesday 31st August, I’ll pick one comment at random from all those that have been left here on the blog. That lucky winner will receive the book as soon as I have copies (which will be very soon, I hope). In addition to the print book, the prize pack will also include a Libertà mini notebook and some rather nice chocolate. What’s not to like?
The winner will be announced on Wednesday here on this blog.
So please do leave a comment. You never know, you might be the winner.
Someone has to win the goodies, don’t they?
POSTSCRIPT: And the winner is…
Thank you to all those who left a comment, especially those who gave me advice on the covers. That was helpful. The voting was pretty even—12 votes for the yellow cover and 10 for the white one. I decided to go with the yellow cover and I’ve pasted in the final version below, so that you can see it.
The winner of the goodies, chosen at random from all those who commented, is
Ronwyn Proctor (who, as it happens, preferred the white cover that I’m not using). Ronwyn’s goodies will be on the way to her as soon as my print copies
of the book appear which may take a couple of weeks.
Congratulations, Ronwyn. Enjoy your prize.