I have been blessed with some amazing friends and people who have agreed to make my cover photo possible. When I started writing I had a pretty clear image of what the main characters, Charlie and Jhett, looked like. I mean, they each have pretty distinct looks. I spent hours searching through stock photos and could find nothing that I liked. It was becoming clear to me that finding a tattooed guy with a blonde girl was extremely rare in photos. Go figure, right?
So I asked one of my good friends if he would be interested in taking the photo for my cover. I've always admired his work and knew that his unique creative eye would be perfect for what I had in mind to create a one-of-a-kind cover. And what did you know? He said yes and was even excited to get started brainstorming ideas with me.
The next step was to find my perfect models. The first person to get chosen was Charlie. I was browsing Facebook and saw one of my friends photo's and BAM - it clicked. She was my Charlie. So I again crossed my fingers and send her a text message explaining my crazy idea and asked if she was interested. Within seconds she had text messaged me back with one giant YES!!! She's so adorable and sometimes it cracks me up how similar her and Charlie really are. And what would you know, she's also been a huge cheerleader for me this whole crazy journey.
Then came the hard part - finding the perfect Jhett. He's rugged and covered in tattoos and let me tell you how difficult it is to find! I knew for me, having someone who was not like the men on the Harlequin Romance novels was important. Of course I was not opposed to a good looking guy, but I wanted a real person. So when the picture perfect person for Jhett randomly stumbled onto the crazy train and he actually agreed to join in and be Jhett for the cover, I was beyond pleased. I can tell you this - he does not disappoint!
The cover will be done by Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations in May. At the time that it was freezing cold here with rain and a little bit of snow. That was not going to work when Promise Me This took place during the summer....and on a beach! Well, we've finally been blessed with constant warmer weather and it looks like spring is actually upon us, so I think we're safe to start planning out the shoot! This makes me one happy author.
So this is the month that I'm wrapping up writing and starting the editing process AND I get to see my characters come to life thanks to three fantastic people - Chad, Cathleen, and Steven. It just truly makes me realize not only how blessed I am but how much I feel like this is what I'm supposed to be doing. So thanks again guys!
Now who is as excited as I am to see this cover?