One of my favorite parts in the process of writing a novel is getting my first glimpse of the cover. I'm a very visual person so I love seeing my heroine come to life in the world I've created. At the outset, after the contract is signed, I turn in a sheet describing the characters in my book, the symbols if any, the time period, and a description of the clothing. I also try to convey a "mood" that describes my story. From that one piece of paper, the wonderful graphic artists that my publisher, Barbour, hires, create masterpieces. I really don't know how they do it, but I've been thrilled with most all of my covers.
This is not the final copy, but I thought it was so beautiful, I had to share. For those of you who have read my latest release, The Red Siren, the girl in the picture is Hope, Faith's sister. She is a seductress, a woman who believes her beauty is her only asset and who craves the attention of men to fill the void in her heart.
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