Marketing, My Books, Writing

A new bloom on an old rose

Those of you who read my blog only in a reader or by email, will have to come online to see the preview of my brand new luscious book cover for The Brevity of Roses. In about a week, when I approve the new cover for print and ebook distribution, I’ll change the cover image here and other places online. For now, you can only view it in, and from, this post.

Michelle Davidson Argyle is the designer of my gorgeous new cover. She’s the author of Cinders, Monarch, and True Colors, and has a new novel coming out in May. She’s also a professional photographer. As I said in a previous post, I was already primed when she suggested Brevity would sell better with a new cover, I just hadn’t decided what to do about it. She offered a solution, and I couldn’t be happier I took her up on it.

As we discussed in the comments of my previous post, a book cover is usually the first thing you see, so it has a big job to do. When viewed online, where my book is sold exclusively, the cover needs to not only catch your eye, but tell you the genre and tone. In the span of one glance, it has to shout, “Hey, this is the book you’re looking for. Check it out.”

The word that comes to mind when I see this cover is tender. I love that because Brevity is a tender love story. I have to tell you, I never thought I’d allow pink on the cover, but after trying other font colors, it was clear that pink added the perfect pop. This cover tells me the story inside is everything these new back cover blurbs say it is.

Told in gorgeous, poetic tones, The Brevity of Roses will take you on a journey delving into three unique characters as delicate and beautiful as a rose itself. Lewis’ rich understanding of relationships is phenomenal.”  – Michelle Davidson Argyle, author of Monarch

“Grief, discovery, anguish, pleasure, rejection, acceptance, atonement, forgiveness—the rhythmic odes of marriage, friendship, family. A fine debut novel that reaches deep into a poet’s beating heart, lays it open, vulnerable to the bitter betrayals, and the joyful loyalties, of this thing we call Love.” – Kathryn Magendie, author of “the Graces Sagas,” Sweetie and Petey, publishing editor of Rose & Thorn.

Please do Michelle and I the honor of clicking on these images to see larger versions:



34 thoughts on “A new bloom on an old rose”

  1. Ohhh so much postivity here, I love it!!! 🙂

    Gorgeous, it really changes it – hard to believe it’s the same book!

    Fantastic blurbs – I wish you much success with it!

    (and I think your name is just the right size!)


    1. Yes, Jennifer, I almost feel like it’s a new book! I was a nervous about any suggestions I made to Michelle, that’s why I had to preview it first with you guys. 😉 Though, I probably shouldn’t have been, I expect she would have vetoed any suggestion that would ruin the design.


  2. I know I already tweeted this, but I really LOVE this cover. I think it is very intriguing and will really draw people to your book. I can’t wait to see what happens with it, especially as you start releasing more books.


  3. I have no idea how I missed this!! The cover is stunning, Linda. It really does draw you in and make you want to read it – I hope this is reflected in a bunch of sales, because you really deserve it. Michelle has done a beautiful job 🙂 Well done both of you!


  4. I’m a bit late to the party because I’ve been on a lovely, long vacation.

    How the world shifts when you disconnect from the internet for a few weeks — including a dramatic change in your book cover. You totally nailed your genre brand! Kudos to you and Michelle. I wish you lots of success with your new look.


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