The fact that Bellflower even has a cover is a beautiful miracle in and of itself! I figured that if I was just going to start out by offering the short story for free to newsletter subscribers, I didn't really have to have a cover. And the fact that I didn't have one a week ago seemed enough to confirm to me that it wasn't going to go up on a bookseller site in time for Forget Me Not's blog tour.
Well, Lena Goldfinch (my cover designer/formatter/mentor/friend) generously took the time to put together a cover - and not just any old cover, but a gorgeous, perfectly suited one!! I found a stock photo of a bellflower on burlap that I really liked, and I figured that if Lena could very kindly add the title and my author name, that would do just fine. Well, Lena took the bellflower from that stock photo and added it to the background from Forget Me Not's cover, adjusting the tones and including a line about Bellflower being the prequel to Forget Me Not. And isn't is just wonderful??
Bellflower is set in Virginia City, Nevada (five years before the start of Forget Me Not), so the background fits well. Plus, the darker tones of the cover, the title font, and the flower (of course) are just right for this Beauty and the Beast retelling. I really couldn't be more pleased!
Would you like a chance to read this short story for FREE?
Despite the fact that I now have a cover, I still want to offer this short story to my newsletter subscribers first and see how that goes. So all you have to do to get an e-copy is sign up for my newsletter (HERE or via the link under the blog header) and then follow the instructions that will be in the first edition, which I'm sending out on Wednesday! I'm only planning on sending out my newsletter four times a year (once per season), so each edition will be special, with extras and exciting information. In addition to the short-story offer in this winter one, there will also be links, news, and a really fun interview. Can't wait to share it with you!
What are your thoughts on the cover? Do you enjoy short stories?