A while back WhiteFire acquired a spunky, urbane contemporary called I Always Cry at Weddings. Set in Manhattan and featuring a modern woman who makes the crazy decision to follow her heart instead of what society says she ought to pursue, this is a novel unlike any we've published before, more geared to cross over to mainstream readers than our other titles.
I'd been stewing over the cover ever since we signed the contract, wondering what direction we'd go for it. When the author got her questionnaire back to me and pointed me toward popular trends in mainstream contemporaries, I knew we'd be treading new--fun!--ground.
See, almost all my other fiction covers had called for a model photo. This one didn't. For this one, we deliberately wanted to avoid an actual photograph of a person. Something that featured either an object or an illustrations...or maybe a combination thereof. We wanted something more like The Help.
Or Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing.
My first thought was cake toppers...
At the very least, it got a reaction, LOL. So we still very nearly went that way. But I thought, "Okay, let me try one more thing." I went back to searching for illustrations and fond one of a bride on www.all-free-download.com. I hit on this one.
I saw what she meant...and I thought it was the bouquet doing it. So I took it out of her hands...and then had to put those hands somewhere. "Attitude," I thought. "Ava needs to have some attitude." So I erased her current arms and drew her some new ones. And this was it!
And voila! Something totally new for me, but the reaction has been fabulous. Everyone loves the feel, the look, the colors, and the pop of red. And I know the book's going to be a hit too. Written with a very modern voice, about a very modern woman, this is a story that tackles the realities of life for most women today...and then puts a unique spin on it all. Like so:
Ava Larson is going to bring all the other brides to tears.
Engaged to a wealthy NYC socialite's son, Ava is ready to set the city abuzz with her glamorous wedding. At least until she realizes her relationship isn't what it should be. Then, in a move as daring as a red satin dress, she does the unthinkable--she calls it all off and makes a promise to God that from now on, she'll save sex for marriage.
She's convinced the future is hers for the taking, especially when an undercover cop promises a new romance...and an unexpected friendship with the homeless guy under her stoop brightens her days.
But when her carefully balanced life teeters out of control, weddings aren't the only thing to make her cry. Ava has to figure out what life she really wants to live...and what in the world love really means
So what did you think? Do you like where we settled?