My husband and I spent the last two weeks visiting our families in Michigan and then Kentucky. It was the first time we have been able to see all four grandchildren at once as they live in two different states. As it was, our daughter-in-law chose that particular time to return to Michigan, with our grandson, to visit her family. It was a wonderful visit that gave us a much needed grandbaby fix.
The drive was nice, as always. My husband and I always enjoy that part, as we get to spend quality time together, just talking, and dreaming about the future. This trip was even more exciting this time, as somewhere in West Virginia I received an e-mail from my publisher, showcasing several cover options, for my new book.
I waited for what seemed like forever for them to download, and then there in big bold print, was my book title and my name. I must admit seeing the cover come to life had me in tears. They were happy tears, big wet rolling down the cheek tears at that.
I rejected the first two covers outright as they did not relate to the story but I really liked the one with the horses. It, along with the red, which I had told him I love, just popped. It was perfect. Or so I thought.
A bit later during our drive, I got a call from someone who had also seen the cover suggesting that maybe I should take a closer look. I did and sure enough I found out that one of the horses was… a stallion. The thing is it did not look so critical when viewing it on my little two inch phone screen. Not to panic we would be stopping at a motel shortly and I would take a closer look.
So, after several very long hours, we were checked into our motel and I was waiting for my e-mail to come up. When it did, there he was in all his glory. He was a very…ummm… “happy” horse. My husband assured me I was making too much out of the “issue”. I think it must be a guy thing as that was the same thing my publisher said. Still, now that my attention had been directed to the “problem”, that is all I saw when I looked at the cover.
I wanted to see the stunning red cover, with TEARS OF BETRAYAL standing out in bold, looking at me print. I wanted to see my name proudly displayed, after so many years of waiting. I wanted to see that my book was finally coming to life, but instead each time I looked at the cover all I saw, was a very happy horse. Okay so most of the time I didn’t even see the horse. I saw “it”, like a beacon, demanding that I stare at it. Oh no, this would not do. It wasn’t fair. The cover was perfect, with the exception, of this one glaring issue.
I called my publisher. who I am sure thought I was a psycho, as I was ranting, and worrying over this happy little horse. I said we needed another horse. Our horse was too… happy. We needed a horse stand in. He said it was not that big of a problem, but I explained to him that beings I intend to blow up my cover to poster size, it would indeed be a problem.
Finally I e-mailed him, and asked if he could do surgery on the horse. I mean there is a white fence behind the horse surely white out would work, right? He assured me he would take care of it, and for me to relax and enjoy my vacation.
Sure enough, true to his word, he sent me back the cover and all the problems had been solved. I was happy, my husband was happy, my publisher and editor were happy. The only one that was no-longer happy was the horse!
As of this writing, I am pleased to announce that the editing has been completed, the horse has been castrated, my picture has been taken for the cover and after eleven years in the making Tears of Betrayal has officially gone to print! We will get the proof in a couple of weeks and then, if there are no issues, Tears of Betrayal will be available for all to purchase around the second week in October.
I am looking forward to holding the finished product in my hand, and reading it again, and again. But even more than that, I am looking forward to discussing it with others, who hopefully, enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
I feel the characters have come to life, and that I really know them. They are some of my closest friends, “people” who I have spent a great deal of time with over the years. I cannot wait for others to meet and get to know each of them.
Now that the editing process is complete I have time to visit other “friends” that I have made along the way. I have a host of other books that have been on the back burner of late and I have truly missed them. It is time for me get back to work. I am happy with the way things are going and I have plenty more stories to tell!