It’s six years (gasp) since Saving Saffron Sweeting was published, with two further novels set in the same village released since then… and a fourth coming in November!
Back then, I wanted clean, stylish covers, and preferred to avoid the trend of a single photo with text overlaid, which many authors chose. I was thrilled with my first cover and more than happy for the others to follow similar lines:
Recently, though, I started to feel times had moved on. Although the covers were attractive, I wasn’t sure they were sufficiently on target for the genre of romantic comedy. I still wanted something stylish, but also needed to signal a love story and, ideally, a village setting.
Many hours of browsing for inspiration followed, and then several more hours hunting down stock images which would serve my purpose. The actual design process was actually the easy part! So far, I’ve only updated the e-book covers. As you can imagine, there’s more involved with designing paperbacks, so they’ll follow along later. And here’s the result:
I’m more than a bit smitten with these, both from a design perspective but also what they tell the reader about each book. My husband likes to tease me that I enjoy pondering the cover more than I enjoy pondering the words that go inside. I hope that isn’t quite true, but there’s no denying the kick I get out of this part!
To celebrate these pretty new covers, Sweet Pursuits (the most recently published novel) is available at a special price of 99c / 99p until Friday May 17.
So if you have a friend who might enjoy a little escape to the fictional English village of Saffron Sweeting, please do let them know.