My second book in the Journey of Cornelia Rose Series is in the final stages prior to publishing. Here is a preview of the cover. The biggest questions: are the colors too bold? Is it too pink and purple?
I am drawn to bright colors. Anything sporting a scarlet dash on a royal blue background instantly grabs my attention.
But I need your feedback. What do you think?
Judge this book by its cover and tell me if you would read it.
In these days of bad news, disease, and isolation of unknown duration, I felt the need to introduce something bright and colorful to the world. Designing the cover with my illustrator, Kabir Shah has been a sunny spot in an otherwise rainy month of editing. Although I remind myself: What better to do than a tedious, detail-oriented task when stuck in quarantine and only able to work remotely? I still need the beam from those rays of saturated colors to cheer me on.
Admittedly, the cover might not be gender neutral enough to attract all readers of historical fiction. But realistically, far more women read historical romances than men. (Unfortunately for them!) I want to be true to my genre and give a hint of the story contained within, yet maintain a broad appeal. Impossible?
This book appeals to aficionados of both history and action/disaster. But, spoiler alert, there is a little romance. What would life be like without a little romance? Based on historical events in New York City in the 1850s and actual diaries of women on the Overland Trail, Cornelia Rose faces ship disasters and other deprivations along her journey, making for an exciting read.
I’m looking forward to your comments and emails.
In the meantime, I am almost finished with the editing, and hope to see an Advance Review Copy of the book soon. Let me know if you want to read it!
© Jane F. Collen April 24, 2020
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