Tuesday, May 1, 2012

THE COLONEL'S DAUGHTER

Debby Giusti here!

A surprise arrived in an email today.  My publisher sent the cover for my next book, THE COLONEL'S DAUGHTER, an August Love Inspired Suspense.  As most of you know, authors submit detailed information, along with photos, explaining what they would like to see on their covers.  I've been lucky and have always loved what the Art Department created.

My story takes place on Fort Rickman, a fictional army post in Georgia.  The quarters where my heroine lives is a two-story brick home with a small front porch trimmed in white.  As you can see, the Art Department got it right, including the heroine standing at the upstairs window.

Do you have a funny cover story?  One you really, really liked?  One that was a terrible disappointment?  I hope the readers will share what they like to see on a cover and some of their favorites.

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti
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25 comments:

Ausjenny said...

Hi Debby like the cover. I like a cover to be connected with the book. I have read a book where the hero never wore dresses but on the cover she's wearing a dress. Also read one where the cover has a pet which seems to feature on the cover but there is no mention of it in the book at all. LI seems to do well with there covers.
I am not big at remembering things about a heroine etc like eye colour, hair colour etc so often dont notice if the cover couple is wrong. Although recently I know the hero had cerulean blue eyes as it was mentioned so many times it stuck. but most if they say at the beginning I may remember they are blue but not the shade. and often not the hair colour. In saying this I don't remember these facts in real life, often couldn't tell you what someone wore but could probably repeat the conversation we had almost word for word. Its the same if I visit someone unless I make it a point to remember details like wall colour, ornaments etc I couldn't tell you in detail about the place but could tell you what was said.

Julie Hilton Steele said...

I have noticed recently that the LI art department is doing a great job of detailed covers that match the book. Your book is a great example. There is something about reading along and then looked back at the cover going, "Hey, this is that scene!"

Nothing worse than covers you have seen on one book that are used later on another. Yuck!

Peace, Julie

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Ausjenny,

Glad you think the LI Art Department does a good job. I do too. Funny about the book you read that had a pet on the cover and no mention of it in the book. Also the dress or slacks issue. Sometimes the smallest detail either included or lacking in the cover art can be significant.

Always great to see you online!!!

Debby Giusti said...

Double dipping on cover art? Really? Oh my gosh, Julie! How funny. Well, not really.

Sometimes covers from one publisher will have a certain feel, perhaps soft with pastels or earthen colors. All my Military Investigations books are similar because they occur on the military post where many of the buildings look alike. :)

PamelaTracy said...

Awesome cover! I like houses on my books. My favorite cover, of my books, is Fugitive Family. Yup, like yours, a house.

Merrillee said...

I loved the cover of my last book, Montana Match--a snowy Montana scene with the hero and heroine walking hand-in-hand.

Valri said...

Cover art is a big thing for me! I even wrote Harlequin this year about it! It is a pet peeve for me when it's wrong! I'm a visual person and it bugs me to no end when the cover portrays a character one way and the author another way. That's what I said to Harlequin! They sent a nice email back to me saying they would work harder at getting it right. Over the years I've noticed glaring discrepancies like a heroine having totally different color of hair or like Ausjenny said, a pet when no pet is mentioned or super short hair when the author constantly mentions their "long, beautiful hair". Those are just a couple examples! I have loved the LI covers lately! The colors and scenes and characters have been fantastic!

Debby Giusti said...

I like house covers, too, Pam! Plus, LI often uses them for their suspense covers.

Good thing we like them, right? :)

Debby Giusti said...

Beautiful cover, Merrillee. Too bad we can't post it in the comments.

Maybe someone can...but I'm not smart enough to do anything high tech. :)

Debby Giusti said...

Valri, glad you wrote HQ with your pet peeve. Also glad they replied. I'm sure they took your letter to heart. Yes, the LI covers are lovely and usually spot on!

Jackie S. said...

The cover looks great, Debby.....can't wait to read your new book! Congrats!!

Julie Hilton Steele said...

I haven't seen it in the LI lines but in other publishing houses. I don't mind the same look at all. The same cover? Now that is just cheating. LI's art department rocks!

Debby Giusti said...

Waving to Jackie S!!!

Julie, you are so right! On both counts. Hugs!

Missy Tippens said...

Debby, it's a great cover!! I've been very pleased with all my covers.

Linda Goodnight said...

Debby, this cover is wonderful! No wonder you're happy. I'm one of those that doesn't like people on covers unless they are vague like your heroine. That way, I can imagine what I think the characters look like.

Do most readers like people on the covers?

Lenora said...

Beautiful cover, Debby. I got my August cover, too. I love it!
We'll be on the shelves together. Must behave!

Ausjenny said...

Linda, i think i am a bit like you I like the vague covers too with people where you dont see alot of detail.
I now get alot of books (besides LI) on kindle and I have to admit I often don't see the cover and when I do its black and white. admittedly I like to see the cover but I dont notice them as much with the kindle.

Eva Maria Hamilton said...

Congratulations Debby, it's a great cover!

squiresj said...

I love your cover. It is great. I would pick the book up. Of course I would also pick it up as it is Love Inspired and Iknow your name.
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Debby Giusti said...

Hi Missy,
You have beautiful covers...lots of kids and pets and sunshine! Always so inviting. :)

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Linda,

Seems LIS doesn't place people on the covers very often...unless the folks are somewhat obscure, as you mentioned.

Debby Giusti said...

You're too funny, Lenora!

Debby Giusti said...

Ausjenny, I miss not having a colorful cover with my Kindle.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Eva. Thanks!

Debby Giusti said...

SquiresJ...glad you like the cover. Hope you like the story too!