It’s the last day of winter, time to freshen things up. Salute the last of the snowdrops and lay down in that bed of daffodils!
I’ve decided to give my novel a makeover for the new season. My agent had been asking for a while for new artwork for the cover but I have been holding onto the fuschia–such an uncommon color in today’s world, unique even, deserving of more prominence. The UK and the US can’t even agree on the spelling of it, that’s how unique it is. But then my lovely friend over at FashionAssist sent me the following painting by Barrie Maguire in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day but also because it reminded her of the young Kat in my novel Silk for the Feed Dogs and I suddenly saw things differently.
Isn’t the painting lovely? It captures perfectly the idea of a country lass at home in her environment, content with her lot––or plot. Whether she’s from Tortilla Flat, the last surviving stagecoach stop on the Apache Trail with a population of 6, or the foothills of the Alps where cowmen stroll the single cobbled street in yellow breeches and scarlet waistcoats, pluck said bumpkin out of her natural habitat and drop her from a great height into the upper echelons of the international fashion industry and see what hilarity ensues.
My novel cover should express the story of the novel as effectively as this painting. So, that’s where I need your help. From the selection of 4 below, tell me which artwork you prefer for the new cover: Even if you haven’t read it (yet?) give me your gut response. I’ve got an Excel sheet to record all votes. As you can see I’m not messing about.
1. Dynamic Hats and Cocktails
Don’t worry, my lovelies, if you bought a copy with the original cover, it’ll be a collectors item soon and you’ll become filthy rich with the sale of it. Promise. You are a trailblazer. You could collect them like my husband used to do with baseball cards. I could change it up every season if that tickles your fancy. You might buy a cabinet to display them all…
Anyhow, over to you.
Until final vote tally, the last of the fuchsia is still available. Limited time only. Collectors Edition. You can buy Silk for the Feed Dogs here.