The Making of a Book

The writing of a book is not always hard. Editing and cover creation, well, those are different stories.

I hate editing my own books. I love doing it for others. It’s not that I feel like my books are my babies or anything, but I just don’t see the missing pieces, because I know the story. AND I’ve probably written multiple versions of it. The problem lies in that I have written MULTIPLE versions. I add a paragraph here, delete one there, put a snippet in here, or delete one there. And in the end, I forget which part is IN the story and which part I’ve deleted. 🙁 And sometimes those pesky words like very, like, was, really … sneak in and ruin a perfectly good sentence. haha

I promised y’all a couple of weeks ago a sneak peek at the new cover, etc. But it’s not done yet. So, I thought I’d show you my process in cover creation. Keep in mind that none of these are the final covers. I have to change the people as the lighting is all wrong, and I haven’t bought any of these pics yet (thus the lines across them). BUT I wanted to put a post out and show y’all part of my process. I hope to the cover, and the book, finalized in the next week. It’s taking me FAR longer than I wanted.

Version 1:

I like it, but something is off, and I can’t quite decide what. So I asked a friend.

Which led to version 2: And the deletion of the heart. I also changed the font on the word Love. I also flipped the couple and the house in the background. Then I noticed the lighting. The shadows on the couple do not coincide with the shadows from the house. 🙁

SO … I have to go back to the drawing board for the couple and see if I can find a picture that is closer than this one. I also kind of need to reread the story to remember what color their hair is. 😮

I played around more than this, but these are the ones I actually saved.

As for the story, it’s been through several names … Double Trouble, Twin Trouble, and a few others before I decided and LOVED Love Under Construction.

I haven’t written the official blurb, but here’s a hint about the story:

Cassie Nichols made one mistake. And her life falls apart because of it. She loses her job, and her home, and doesn’t have any prospects of finding new ones. Out of options, she searches for her co-conspirator.

Kade Grimaldi is the typical oldest child … responsible, dependable, reliable, and used to cleaning up his younger brother’s messes. When one of those messes knocks on his front door, he’s not sure what to do.

Both find more than they were expecting.

Rough, but you get the gist. 🙂

I know this is short, but I’m working hard to get this (both the post and the book) done.

Have a blessed day,


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