In my years as an author, I've probably received 15 or so covers for my novels, novellas and stories. And I have to tell you that they are always exciting. It never gets old. Finally there is a 'face' (so to speak) for the novel you've poured your heart and soul into. This past week I received the cover art for my latest novel--coming later this Fall.
Isn't it gorgeous! I made the graphic extra large because I just love looking at it.
With every title, I have to fill out a cover art worksheet to assist the cover artist in creating the most representative cover for the book. I have never had a specific, concrete idea for any of mine until this book. I had this great idea about a girl holding a prayer journal on the cover, and I wanted a logo for the Aubrey Christian Academy series. Well, that's exactly what I got. And each of the subsequent titles in the series will be similar.
I'm incredibly excited about the release of this book. It's been over three years since I've had a title out and even longer since I've had a new novel. This is also a special book. I dedicated it to all the teenagers I've taught over the years. They have all inspired me and I pray and hope I have inspired them too.
Here is the unedited blurb for the book:
I need Your help and sooner would be better than later. Wouldn't you
know it, just as soon as I decided to attempt the youth group 5-Day
Bible Study Challenge, my parents start acting stranger than ever and
heaping on loads of pressure all to get me into Julliard. My friend Amy
isn't any better, urging me to ask Luke Ryan to homecoming. As if the
cute, transfer jock would actually go out with me. I mean, we're kinda
friends, and I've enjoyed our Geometry study sessions, but in case
she hasn't noticed, I'm the invisible one at Aubrey Christian
Academy and I like it that way. On top of that, I have a feeling
Luke's concealing something troubling behind those chocolate-brown
eyes of his. I know I can be self-centered and a bit melodramatic, but I
really do want to seek Your will for my life. Then maybe I'll even
figure out which direction points up.
High School Junior,
Change-o-phobic & Complete Neurotic