It’s a rare moment of pure joy for a writer. For the person who spent hours, if not years, creating the words that fill a book, that first glimpse of the cover of a book can be moving and oddly emotional. t’s a rare moment of pure joy for a writer. For the person who spent hours, if not years, creating the words that fill a book, that first glimpse of the cover of a book can be moving and oddly emotional. I vividly remember when my editor slipped the image of my first book out of a folder and passed it across the table to me. Immediately, I recalled the sight of my slippery, red firstborn being held up for me to see after delivery.
Today I am sharing the lovely and atmospheric cover of Gone But Not Forgotten, which will be released on July 4, 2023, when I’ll be celebrating more than Independence Day. But for now, I am delighted by the image of a forlorn and rattled young woman facing the deadly secrets the city of Boston holds for her against a murky autumn sky. I like that the artist conjured a vision of my protagonist, Olivia Rose Taylor, that isn’t pretty and perfect. Her hair is a mess, windblown, and her coat seems to be thrown on. She feels frantic and overpowered by the weight of historical buildings in Boston. You get a sense that the woman is in deep trouble, and she is.
Olivia, a law student nearing graduation, is desperate to start a family with her husband, who is completing a psychiatric residency in Boston. But first, Olivia must determine who her family of origin is, a secret her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, has kept from her, ostensibly to protect her. When her mother signs a check in a name not her own, Olivia believes she has a clue to her past and sets off on a search that collides with death and destiny.
Bravo to the artists who design book covers and bring joy to authors and entice readers with images of what lies between the covers.