Announcing the cover for my upcoming novella, The White Dress, the Autumn Leaves. Usually a cover reveal is that special moment when a publisher or cover artist sends along the cover to a writer. It’s like getting candy in your inbox, unwrapping a gift. In my case, I’m sharing this with you all fresh from Photoshop and Illustrator.
I think my eyes are still bleeding from all the pixel-pushing. 🙂
For me, graphic design like this–whether it’s a cover or a brochure or something else–is a real labor of love. It’s artwork just in the same way as one of my paintings, just in the way that my writing is also my art. Trying to work out just the right cover that will convey the essence of the characters, the mood of the piece…it’s a few parts vexing, a few parts awesome, and a whole lot of eye-bleeding.
But I do love it when a piece comes together.
The White Dress, the Autumn Leaves is both a tragic and romantic story. Coming up with the cover was tricky. It’s not a romance, because the story doesn’t have the traditional happy ending, and yet it’s a love story featuring erotic scenes between Jack and Meredith. Genre-wise, I suppose I’d have to call it an urban/modern fantasy, because it features some subtle magic. And yet, that magic is the type of thing I’ve experienced and many others have. If anything, it’s a contemporary Pagan story, however, it also wouldn’t fit under the category of mainstream contemporary fiction.
How to create a cover that conveys all that? At the core of the story is love and grief with subtle magic, and I feel I achieved that, after layers and layers and layers of Photoshop 🙂
About the book:
What would happen if you dreamed your own death? Meredith attends her first week-long pagan festival. She’s not sure what to expect, but it certainly isn’t Jack, who plays in a band that’s performing there. After a few sultry nights they realize they are falling in love.
As Meredith prepares for their wedding months later, she’s haunted by visions. Tragically, her dreams come true, and Jack finds himself grieving his lost love at a Samhain ritual. Is it possible for him to heal? And is it possible for Meredith to contact him from beyond the veil?
This urban fantasy features a spicy heat level, love and loss, and a subtle magic.
You can buy it direct from Jupiter Gardens Press on sale for $2.49, and save 10% on your entire purchase when you buy The White Dress, The Autumn Leaves AND use code “whitedress”. (No quotes.)