Thursday, 24 April 2014

Guest Post : Finding the Perfect cover by Lynne Silver

Let's give a warm welcome to our guest today, Lynne Silver author of Desperate Match, as you read her post please remember to leave your comments

Finding the Perfect cover

Guest Blog post by Lynne Silver
Cover art is hands down the most fun part of book releases. If you work with a publisher, you complete a form called a “Cover Art Form.” (Pretty creative, right?) It usually asks things about the tone of the book, physical descriptions of the characters, and one even asked my opinion about the types of covers I like. And then you get the cover from the publisher and sometimes it’s awesome and Just what you had in mind (Desire Unmatched or Love Technically) and Sometimes. It’s just not. (I’ll be discreet and not name names.)
Therefore, I was totally excited to finally have full cover control when I went to self-publish the 5th book in my Coded for Love Series. Finally, I’d get EXACTLY what I wanted. Right?
Well- eventually I did, but it took a lot of iterations. The most difficult thing my cover artist and I had to deal with was the disability of my hero. Rowan is minus his right arm. Yeah, not much in the way of one-armed romance cover stock art out there.
Too many hands!
There was no way we could feature a man alone on the cover like some of the books in the series. Problem solved by going with stock art that shows a couple. The woman could hide the man’s arm.
Next problem is finding just the right couple for the cover image. Either he’s perfect, and she’s all wrong or vice versa. And just when I thought I’d finally found the perfect stock photo, I learned it was a special photo and cost nearly three times the others. Not in the budget.
Too Smiley
Back to square one. My designer did an amazing job of offering me choices- this couple with her hair lightened and his hair darkened. Or what about this couple, and photoshop out the weird jangly earrings? Too many choices. But finally, after many iterations, I think we got it right. What do you think?

Desperate Match by Lynne Silver

Series: Coded for Love #5
Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance
Publication: March 27, 2014
Abused wife, Jill Thompson knows she has to get out of her bad marriage. Like yesterday. With no money, no job and no friends, this small town girl can’t find a safe harbor. But when she sees a news report that The Program, a US military base, is seeking women to be matches for their genetically enhanced soldiers, she sees her opportunity. If she is lucky enough to be a match, her snake-mean husband, Jack, won’t be able to find her, let alone hurt her ever again.

Rowan Blacker, is the only soldier of his cohort to request a breed match. He’s the newest soldier on campus and thanks to his genetic defect, he feels like an outcast. Matching and breeding with a woman will help him fit in with the team. Unfortunately Rowan’s match is nothing like the sexy, fun woman he was hoping to romance. The woman they claim is his perfect DNA match, is a scared shell of a woman carrying a trunkful of emotional baggage. Against their better judgment, they move in together and as Jill shakes off the shackles of abuse, their attraction ignites.

Engineered with superior strength, agility and acumen, the genetically enhanced soldiers of the top secret Program do the dangerous assignments no one else can. Now, they’re tasked with one additional job. Breed.

But finding and convincing their perfect DNA match they are the right men for the job may be their most dangerous mission to date. And the hottest. Good thing, they’re Coded for Love.

About The Author

By day, Lynne Silver lives the suburban soccer mom life; volunteering with the PTA, doing laundry and working. By night she enters the sensuous world of alpha males and passionate heroines. She calls the nation’s capital home and lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again, preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand.

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