Monday, June 23, 2014

THE BIG COVER REVEAL!



By Kate Collins


Ta da! Here it is!!! The long-awaited cover of my next mystery,  A ROOT AWAKENING, #16 in the Flower Shop Mystery series.  Isn’t it eye-catching? I love the colors – turquoise is one of my favorites -- and the way Abby’s little rescue mutt Seedy is gazing up at the tilted ladder leaning against the old Victorian. (Could that be a clue?)

But let me tell you, it didn’t start out eye-catching. In fact, it was, well -- how shall I put it – not so good on its first pass. It had me scratching my head and wondering, what the art department was thinking. They usually do a wonderful job. I’ve always liked the stylized design and the arch that separates the title from the picture. The Flower Shop Mysteries have a unique look that makes them easy to identify.

The problems with the cover on the first attempt were that the background colors were identical to one of my more recent books, and clashed with the first color of the house. And Abby’s outfit, well, trust me, her cousin Jillian, the wardrobe consultant, would’ve shuddered. No, make that she wouldn’t have let her leave the apartment.  See the initials on Abby’s bag? (Abigail Christine Knight Salvare = ACKS). Magnify them ten times. That’s how gigantic they were. (However, that might have actually passed Jillian’s inspection.)

I won’t even go into the dog’s body. If you remember, the last book had Seedy with four legs, and she has just three. But I explained that OOPS moment in my last newsletter. (If you haven’t signed up for it, go to my website, www.katecollinsbooks.com and do it now before you forget. I send a newsletter only before a new book, and it always has fun stuff inside.

But a good tweaking was all it took to make this cover a stand-out. And wait till you read the mystery inside. I promise a roller-coaster of a story that will have you hanging onto the sides with white knuckles. But don’t get white-knuckled yet. The book will be out February 3, 2015, and your hands will hurt.

All writers know how important it is to have a catchy cover. The wrong colors, the wrong “look” can kill sales. This is why we work with our editors and the art department to make them right.

Do you like this cover? If you have the other books in the series (the actual paperbacks), which is your favorite?

Have a happy week.

28 comments:

Mark Baker said...

I do love the cover. Congrats! And #16? Yikes. I only have *gulp* 13 to go to catch up.

Aurian said...

I do like the covers Kate! And I have all your books, I just have not read them all yet. But I will, someday ... My favourite cover is, I think, Snipped in the Bud.

Dru said...

I love this cover.

mary kennedy said...

Love this cover! And the turquoise really pops! Love little Seedy, too. Can't wait to read about Abby's adventures.

NoraA said...

Love the cover and your explanations of the tweak... Now you've tweaked my interest so I'll definitely have to read the book.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Lovely, lively cover, Kate! So glad you fought (and won!) the good fight. I am looking forward to this 16th (!!!!) adventure.

Hugsl

MJ

Karen in Ohio said...

I wonder which ones I'm missing. I thought I had all your books, but there are only 11 in the stack. Hmm.

My favorite is A Rose to a Kill. Love the roses on the cover!

Anonymous said...

I love it. I can't pick a favorite. That's just not possible. Huge congrats on the upcoming release.

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Fred said...

Great cover, as they all are. Can't pick a favorite

Kate Collins said...

Me, neither! LOL

Kate Collins said...

I tried, Fred. I tried.

Kate Collins said...

My website has them listed in order, Karen. I think you're referring to A ROSE FROM THE DEAD (the title still makes me laugh).

Kate Collins said...

Thanks, MJ!

Kate Collins said...

I'll be tweaking again when my newsletter comes out, Nora. LOL

Kate Collins said...

Thanks, Dru!

Kate Collins said...

Thanks, Mary.

Kate Collins said...

Thanks, Aurian. I just knew you would.

Kate Collins said...

Catch me if you can, Mark! Seriously, best of luck with your series.

Diane Vallere said...

I have always the look of your series! This looks like another winner. Good luck with it!

Karen in Ohio said...

Oh. Yeah! LOL

Kate Collins said...

Thanks, Diane!

Peggy Rancilio said...

The cover is great. Although I love all of your covers. That is what drew me to pick up the first book in this series. I have read them all so I just have to practice a little patience while I wait for this one to be released.

Anonymous said...

When will we see A Root Awakening in the stores?

Anonymous said...

I have read and love all of your books. I wish you had 2 a year come out. They are my favorites to read. Can't wait either for Abby and Marco to have a baby!
Judy

Nancy Krumnow said...

I love the cover Kate! I have read all of your books, in order, and anxiously await #16. Thanks for creating Abby and her adventures!

Robyn K said...

Beautiful cover. I love this series and can't wait to read this book!

Paula D said...

Love the Cover. Looking forward to # 16. I have 1-15 and have read them all. Love this series.

Kim said...

I really like this cover, very eye catching. I can't wait till the book comes out.