Friday, December 27, 2013
As you can see, once again, Cheryl VanAndel, Revell's Art Director, has given me a fabulous cover. What you may not know is how that cover was developed.
The first step was to choose the model. It took two tries and an extensive search for an appropriate wardrobe, but Cheryl finally found the perfect woman to portray Elizabeth. Once the model was chosen, she gave me a choice of several different gowns, including this one.
Once the gown was selected, it was time for the photo shoot. Out of all the pictures, Cheryl selected two and asked for my opinion.
This, as you can see, became the photo for the cover. You'll notice that it was flipped so that the model had a pose similar to those on the previous two Westward Winds covers.
Next came the background. As was true for the other two Westward Winds books, Cheryl used one of my husband's photographs. I was delighted! In case you were wondering, the building is the Union Pacific Railroad depot, which was completed at the time With Autumn's Return takes place. It's still a major landmark in Cheyenne, although the city no longer has passenger rail traffic. Thanks to talented artists and Photoshop, the modern elements like the tables and planters, were replaced with more historically correct grass.
The whole process took months, but at last we had a finished cover. I hope you agree with me that it's a winner.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
May your day be filled with love.
(And, in case you wondered, I found this somewhat unusual nativity scene in the Wyoming Historic Governors' Mansion as part of the Tinsel Through Time exhibit.)
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
I've included links to the most popular online sites, but I believe it'll also be available on others.
Here's the back cover copy to give you an idea what it's all about:
Celia Anderson doesn't need anything for Christmas except a few more boarders, which are hard to come by in this small mining town. She certainly doesn't have a husband on her Christmas wish list. But when a wandering carpenter finds lodging at her boarding house, she admits that she might remarry if she found the right man--the kind of man who would bring her roses for Christmas. It would take a miracle to get roses during a harsh Wyoming winter. But Christmas, after all, is the time for miracles . . .
Amanda Cabot invites readers to cozy up with a romantic, heartwarming tale of the greatest gift of all--love.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
What foods and other traditions do you use to mark the advent of Christmas?