Friday, February 27, 2015

Cover girl!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Our girl Betsy had her 18th birthday last October. We felt pretty lucky to still have her, as she's suffered with a number of pretty serious illnesses over the years (including lymphoma, which she beat!).  Last week was the 18th anniversary of our heading to the local (kill) shelter and picking up two four-month old kittens.

(That's Bonnie behind Betsy.  They were cuddled next to the heat run in the kitchen, the warmest place in the house.  Betsy still goes there on a regular basis. We lost our dear Bon-Bon four years ago.)

Recently, I found I own some foreign rights to my Victoria Square books. YAY!  Now readers in England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and a few other countries (where I'm not even sure you can download ebooks) will be able to read the books in this series.  But in order to get them there, I needed new covers.

Bonnie and Betsy were the inspiration for Mason and Della, Katie Bonner's two cats.  (Bonnie didn't mind being a stand-in for a boy kitty.  She was pretty laid back.) I sent the cover designer a picture of Betsy so she would know what kind of cat I wanted on the cover. I was shocked and pleased to see that she could actually USE the picture I sent.

For the next cover, I sent the designer my favorite picture of Bonnie and Betsy together, taken just a few months before we lost Bonnie, and she incorporated them both in cover for The Walled Flower. (Betsy was sitting on the little kitty afghan my mother made for her.  Pink really is her color, don't you think?)

When Mr. L sits in a certain chair, Betsy likes to sit with him.  In fact ON him. On his foot.  It looks silly, but--hey--that's what cats do.  (Betsy has always liked to hang off of furniture--so, why not people, too?

As you can see, the designer took that photo and incorporated Betsy into One Hot Murder, too. 

I don't know how much longer I'll get to have my sweet baby girl, but she, and Bonnie, will live on on these covers for many years to come.

I think Betsy will like that.

Amazon UK
Amazon AU

They're also available from iBooks and Kobo (if I could only find the links, I'd share them).


Hey, did you know the Cozy Chicks are having a Button-Up 'Til Spring Fling? Everyday we're posting pictures taken by some of our Cozy Chickadees with a Cozy Chick button, and asking our readers to caption them.  We'll be announcing the winners on Facebook every Friday and Saturday until March 20th.  Check out the Cozy Chicks Author Page to find who who will win!

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