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Monday, June 18, 2012

Cover Reveal!

Woot, woot!  I can now reveal the cover of my debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher (how weird and cool is it that I can say that?  My "debut novel"?!)

Voila!


I can't believe it!  It is so surreal that the tattered pieces of looseleaf I was scribbling furiously on all the way back in 2004 when I started writing FCF have now led to this!

I want to give a big shout-out and thank you to the cover artist, Chad at Sapphire Star Publishing and my publisher for bringing my vision to life.  From the time that I realized that Finding Claire Fletcher might actually be something I could show to other people, might be something I could approach agents and publishers with, I had this image of a woman in silouhette walking or running away down a lonely stretch of sidewalk--or in this case, an empty city park at night.  But I also wanted red in the cover somehow.  I wanted the cover to have a haunting, hazy kind of feel to it.  (Is it Claire?  Is it not Claire?)  It is amazing to me that SSP could take my "vision" and actually create it.  I'm extremely happy with what they've done.  Ecstatic actually.  I also love the ghostliness of the letters in the title.  Like Claire, they are there but they seem to be slipping away . . .

The hubs even likes this cover which is saying a lot since his standards in just about everything are way higher than the average person's and also since he is an artist himself! 

Anyway, the really cool thing about this is that it makes this whole publishing thing way more real for me.  Here is tangible, visual proof that a publisher believes in my book enough to want to put it out there for all the world to read!  I am simultaneously humbled and overjoyed!

Here is the synopsis to go with this fabulous cover:


Newly divorced and with his career in jeopardy, Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a beautiful woman he meets at a bar. The next morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving nothing behind but an address and a decade-old mystery. The address leads to the Fletcher family home where Claire’s siblings inform Connor that their fifteen-year-old sister was abducted from a city street ten years ago and is presumed dead.


During those ten years, Claire endured the cruel torture and depravity of the man who abducted her. Paralyzed by fear and too ashamed to return to her family, Claire is resigned to her life as Lynn, the identity her abductor forced upon her. Every time she attempts escape or betrays him in the smallest way, someone dies. Even now, her clandestine run-in with Connor Parks may have put his life at risk, as well as the lives of her family.


Connor is convinced that not only is Claire Fletcher alive, but that she is also the woman he met at the bar. Driven to see her again, he begins his own investigation, off the clock and without the police department's consent. He is determined to find her and unravel the mystery of her abduction and odd reemergence. But finding Claire Fletcher proves more dangerous than he anticipates. In fact, it may be deadly.


The book will be available 12/6/12!

So tell me, have you ever bought a book based on its cover?

27 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Lisa--the cover looks great! Haunting, moody, just exactly right. Can't wait to see it in print!

    Hmm, I don't think I've ever bought or not bought a book based solely on the cover, but 'bad' (or unappealing) covers carry more influence for me than good/appealing covers do. Either way, I'm reading jacket copy or first pages before making a final decision.

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  2. I *LOVE* your cover, so exciting :-D And the blurb is awesome too. A cover might make me look at the book, but the jacket copy and the first few pages are almost always what draws me in. And this one has me wanting :-D

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  3. Congrats! It's amazing that they managed to capture your vision so well. It looks great.

    And roll on December! The premise sounds right up my street. I'd love to read this. :D

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  4. AGH!!! So so so exciting! And dude, it looks creepy! I totally wish I could open it up right now. :D

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  5. It looks amazing! Can't wait for December.

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  6. Love the cover! It's so mysterious. Congrats!

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  7. Chad did a fantastic job encapsulating both your vision & the haunting feel of the story. And isn't it fun & thrilling to have something solid & tangible of your book? The synopsis perfectly expresses the best & most important aspects of the story. Everything about it is just fabulous! I can't wait to read it again!! Congrats, Lisa, you so deserve this!!!

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  8. Congrats Lisa, I'm sooooo excited for you! I cannot wait until FCF is out. I've been anxiously waiting since reading the excerpt months ago. I'm so glad you're realizing your dream & that we get to share it with you in here.

    Argh! Release dates for FCF & The Mistaken need to be sooner! :-)

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  9. Congrats!!!!!!!!!!! You are about to be published!!!!!! Cover is awesome.

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  10. One big giant YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Eek!! You have a cover! And a gorgeous one too. What a thrill to have a cover that actually reflects what you saw in your mind's eye. And, yes, I'll cop to buying books based solely on their cover art. If the cover is intriguing enough, I'll pick up a book and at least peruse the copy on the back or inside flap. It really does matter, as far as a physical book goes.

    Congrats!

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  12. I love it! It's absolutely perfect for your genre. :D Wow. I can't stop staring at it! I can't wait for FCF!

    CONGRATULATIONS! *Hugs*

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  13. Looks great, Lisa! So glad your vision for your MS translated so well to print. Woot!!

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  14. Congratulation!

    NICE cover.

    Kudos.

    Look forward to grabbing this up. Hooray.

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  15. That looks awesome! Best of luck with your publishing journey!
    Heather

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  16. Whoa, how exciting, and what an amazing cover. Congratulations!

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  17. You consider flea jumping acceptable!?

    Argh.

    Consider yourself beat about the head and shoulders with a wet noodle!

    - Mac

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  18. you need to turn off your no-reply

    I'm just saying...

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  19. That cover is stunning! So mysterious and sort of eerie. I love it. Congratulations!!! And the story sounds like it will keep me up late into the night reading. : )

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  20. Congratulations on your cover! I can't even imagine how excited you are! And yes, covers are very important to me. I know it shouldn't be, but I can't help it. :)

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  21. Many congratulations! Your book sounds great! And what a lovely cover... I think the image works really well for the book's plot. Hope it does well.

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  22. Congratulations again! My favorite thing about this cover is the color. It radiates such intensity, such heat! So eye-catching. You must be over the moon!

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  23. Congratulations, the cover looks great and the blurb - well I can't wait to see it!

    Newly blogging and seeking to connect with new people, so hope you don't mind, but am following you!

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  24. That looks really exciting - congrats! I'm struggling through writing my own mystery, and just now I'm having a hard time imagining that I'll ever be picking out cover art.

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  25. Congratulations! You must be so excited. THe cover looks very intriguing and the blurb is truly haunting:)
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  26. Wow Lisa, this cover is awesome!! Congratulations and I'm so happy for you that you are seeing your dream come true. I have definitely bought a book because of its cover, and this is one that would catch my eye for sure. Great job by the artist!

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