Working hard on creating the right cover for my clients, I can’t help but get excited on release day. The book is shiny, polished, and ready for the world to dive into the escape of an author’s imagination. Yet for me, it’s like these debuts happen all at once–as if there’s this vast desert of wait between new releases and then BAM! new books spill out the woodwork. There are several new releases I plan on sharing as they come out within the next month or so.
To start things off, I thought I’d debut a piece of traditional art I’ve been working on and just finished today. You see, when my daughter was born, I painted a mural of her name in her bedroom. It fit perfectly. But two boys later, we had to move her to a smaller room and paint over the wall. She was a little heartbroken but I assured her I’d paint her a new one when I could. A little wiser this time, I decided to paint it on a canvas so if we move, or if she wants to redecorate her room as a teen, we’ll still have the original artwork. Though I’ve had the canvas for a while, I’ve finally had the time to make her a new painting for her room. I’ll have to say, for someone so used to digital media, painting font is a whole different ballgame.
Okay, on to the author debut! Out now is Caren Crane’s women’s fiction book Kick Start. As a Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart finalist, I’m sure Caren’s book will be worth the read. I really enjoyed working with her on this cover and you can get your copy of her book here. You can also visit her at www.carencrane.com.
Here’s the blurb about Caren’s novel:
When life stalls right in the middle of the journey, sometimes all it needs is a Kick Start
Linda Dowling’s husband traded her in for a younger model, and she clung to the only life and home her kids knew. Easiest thing by far when her heart was broken and her small town was filled with folks who commonly mistook their neighbor’s concerns for their own. But even in Cross Springs, NC, time moves on and heals the most grievous of wounds. Linda shakes things up, goes back to school and—gasp!—starts to date a younger man.
Suddenly everyone in Cross Springs has something to say about her life—and Linda is faced with hard choices. She has tried for years to live up to the expectations of Cross Springs’ society, but now she is remembering the girl she used to be, back before motherhood and self-doubt robbed her of her self-esteem. Should she bow to comfortable roles and old expectations? Or should she give herself a Kick Start and pursue the kind of love she never thought she would find?