Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover!

It’s what our mothers always told us, right?  Beautiful treasures can be found within the ugliest rocks.  Just look at those sparkling beauties inside geodes!  Well…..apparently, I had an ugly rock and I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry!

I discovered A Rose Beneath The Snow at Goodreads, an online community dedicated to readers, but also for authors to showcase their work.  It’s quite a nice website with some great features.  What had me flummoxed was to learn I had inadvertently made the Worst Book Cover List for 2012 (#227 out of 249 entries), but not with the current cover.  The one I used originally was replaced a couple of weeks later with the current, professionally designed one.  So, I registered, claimed the book as author and promptly uploaded the current cover – of course, now the correct cover has the distinction of being one of the worst.  Oh well…

So, I went looking across the internet for reader reactions to bad covers and some were quite humorous.  I also read that some believe that if they don’t like the cover–or the cover is deemed bad by someone else, it doesn’t bode well for the story.  I hope readers don’t really feel that way.  It has to be a terrible thing for an author to get stuck with a bad cover.  They have spent months, even years, writing their hearts out, and they want so much to shine!  Does this mean it doesn’t matter how a book cover looks?  Of course not.  Authors should always strive to present the best possible book cover but clinker covers can and do happen.  It’s part of publishing.

My husband tells me that even dismal recognition like being one of the Worst Book Covers of 2012 can be a positive thing when you’re trying to promote a book.  Bad press is still press, after all.  That definitely wasn’t the kind of recognition I was looking for.  However, if people are willing to look beyond the cover and give the book a read, they might discover something special inside the ugly rock.

When it’s all said and done, wouldn’t we rather have a treasure inside an ugly rock than an ugly rock hiding inside a beautiful treasure?  Mom’s advice was right!

Happy reading!

Heart of a Rose: Book 2 ~ A Rose in Summer has been published!

The exciting conclusion to A Rose Beneath the Snow! Miranda Kingswood has been reunited with the man who abandoned her, and she strives to discover why he has no memory of her. The Earl of Hawk, determined to secure his inheritance, declares that their marriage will last the required one year and after that he will seek a costly divorce.

Yet as the days pass, Lord Hawk finds himself drawn to the woman he swore to never love, and begins to wonder if his first impressions of her were completely wrong.

Miranda, now the Countess of Hawk, is mistress of Hawkesmier, her husband’s ancestral home on the ancient downs of Wiltshire. She despises the marriage pact she made with her husband. Can she convince him not to go through with it?

They fight each other and their growing desires while battling an unseen adversary who moves seamlessly through their lives. Will her secrets be revealed before it’s too late? Will he convince her that he is worthy of her trust? And will they discover the identity of their embittered foe before the love they were destined to share is destroyed?  (Rated: R)

A Rose in Summer begins where A Rose Beneath the Snow leaves off.

Ebook available now for $2.99  at Smashwords and other fine ebook retailers!

A Rose Beneath the Snow ~ Book 1 in the Heart of a Rose series is here!

A Rose Beneath the Snow is the story of one woman’s rise from the seedier side of Victorian London to the grand ballrooms of the aristocracy as she chases her mysterious beginnings and comes face to face with her past.

She had no name but…Miranda.

Raised in a notorious brothel without family or heritage, she knew only endless days of drudgery as a servant, shrinking from the life that would one day be forced upon her by those to whom she owed her daily existence.

She had no hope until…James.

The man who, with skill and tenderness, showed her what her future could be. He fulfilled her most ardent desires, explored with her the depths of love possible between a man and a woman — and betrayed her trust.

She feared the future without…her identity.

Alone, wounded, and armed with mysterious clues to her family, she begins an epic journey through Victorian London to find the answers she seeks—all the while hiding her past and shunning love and marriage. She wonders if she will ever again meet the man who spoke to her heart. And if she did, would it change the course of her destiny…and his?  (Rated: R)

Ebook available for $0.99 at Smashwords and other fine ebook retailers!


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Happy reading!