Sunday, March 27, 2011

My Books Arrived!

by Leann

After a bad news winter, spring has finally arrived. Okay, we went straight into summer this past week and will be officially doing spring next week. That's how the temperature goes in Texas this time of year. With spring, however, came the first copies of my new release. An April book that's set during the summer. I've given up ever trying to have fictional seasons match the real season. If I do, I'm betting the publisher would change the release date. (Just kidding!)

For me, this has been an especially long wait. Though I loved my last book (The Cat, The Professor and The Poison) I did not love the cover. As soon as I got my hands on a picture of The Cat, The Lady and The Liar's cover, I switched my facebook profile to that one. I was so glad they listened to me about what might make an interesting cover--and I must say, they stayed pretty true to my suggestions. But that red shoe? Not my idea--but genius.

When that box of books arrives, I do get excited. But this time, with my shoulder finally improving and the beautiful azaleas and red bud trees blooming, I feel something special. Maybe this has more to do with the book itself--my editor's favorite of all time and maybe mine, too. Or maybe it's just that I can put that other cover I didn't "love" behind me once and for all.

How about you? How important is the cover art? The title? The colors? I'm liking my little green spring book!

P.S. If you would like to help our friend ConneryBeagle, all proceeds from the sale of The Heart of Dog, an ebook short story collection, will go for his medical care. Download the book, available in all formats, here: