J.J. DiBenedetto is showing off his new release, THE QUEEN OF EMERALD FALLS, on my blog today. Don't forget to enter J.J.'s giveaway. Welcome!
The cover for “The Queen of Emerald Falls” was designed by Rachel Rossano (www.rachelrossano.com), who’s an author in her own right as well as a talented designer.
I initially worked with her to redesign the covers for another series of mine, the Jane Barnaby Adventures, and she did an amazing job, so I went to her again for this book.
I’m thrilled with her work, and what makes her really great to work with is, since she’s an author herself, she already knows what readers are looking for and how to create an original design that also fits what readers are looking for in each genre.
Another reason the covers are so good is that I didn’t really direct her, which is a lesson I learned with my very first book. I worked with a very talented artist who hand-painted the cover to my specifications, and it was beautiful…and totally not right for the genre or reader expectations. It was a hard lesson but a valuable one!
The kitchen provided no relief from thoughts of her. The marble island brought back memories of Sheryl’s disastrous attempt to make French toast. A glance at the espresso machine called to mind the night she’d somehow caused it to spew hot coffee all over the floor. He still didn’t know how she’d managed that; according to the manufacturer, it was physically impossible for the machine to do what she’d made it do.
She’d made over his living room against his will, defiled his kitchen, done unspeakable things to the finest espresso machine money could buy, driven him to distraction in more ways than he could count - and yet, if she were to come walking back through his front door, Jon knew he’d most likely forget all that and kiss her as though both their lives depended on it.
He could call her. It would be the easiest thing in the world. And didn’t he tell his patients that most of the obstacles they complained about were of their own making, that they had the power to overcome them, that - usually, anyway - all they really had to do was get out of their own way?
He did. And it was absolutely true. It was also - as so many of those patients remarked at the end of sessions - far easier to tell someone else to do, than to do it oneself.