Giveaway! plus: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Book Cover

I’ve kept this story to myself, except for sharing it with a few writer friends, then with my lovely bookworms (my read and review crew). Now I’ve decided to share it with my blog readers. It’s about something, that if you follow my books much, you may have already noticed.


I have a duet out this month for the Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance line. I’ve spent the month of September talking about those books, too. You can check out the book blurbs and Dear Reader letter in the last two blogs.

Today I’m doing a comparison with the UK book cover versus the North American. Same book, two continents (Canadian art department makes North American covers and UK does M&B covers). Since the UK is the home base for Medical Romance, theoretically, the author should see those covers first. But we don’t get the jpegs sent to us, so most of us go out fishing around the web to see which booksellers have it posted first. Usually Amazon wins. So at two months out I started checking the usual sites for any signs of my books. Finally, on UK Amazon, I found it! It was a man holding a baby. Fantastic right?


Boy was I disappointed. The man in question looked nothing like the Cole Montgomery I’d conjured up while writing the brilliant, Wyoming born-and-raised, son of a cattle rancher, neurosurgeon. He was once a junior rodeo champ, until a bad fall in high school. He knew his way around horses.


He was…well he was Josh Brolin in my mind.Josh-Brolin







What I saw on the UK cover was a scrawny guy who looked nothing like Josh Brolin holding an amazingly adorable baby. I realize the art department wanted to feature a baby on the cover, and that was great! But…the rest broke my heart.


As authors often do, when things go wrong, we contact our editors. Fortunately my editor puts up with my occasional nut-job shenanigans. By the time we authors get our book covers, we’ve often written a couple other books, which was true for me in this case, and that is what the editor is concentrating on, the newest books, not last year’s books!


I knew I couldn’t have the UK cover changed, it was already posted on all the usual book sites, right? But I begged for some intervention to occur with the North American cover, which hadn’t come out yet. Well, some e-mails must have flown between my editor in the UK and the NA art department, because a couple weeks later I was sent my US covers for the duet in jpeg form. When I opened Father for Her Newborn Baby I wanted to cry. It was gorgeous!


Then I laughed. They’d given the guy from the UK cover plastic surgery and sent him to the gym to build up his biceps!  They’d also put a different tint on the entire picture, baby was no longer in pink.  The subtle changes were amazing.


All I can say is, thank heavens for Photoshop!


QUESTION FOR READERS: Does a so-so book cover affect your book buying?

GIVEAWAY:   I have the UK version, duet to give away including: Hot-Shot Doc, Secret Dad Book #1, and Father for Her Newborn Baby book #2 Comment to win.

P.S. I am currently in Ireland, so I won’t choose a winner until I return. Comment as many times as you’d like for extra chances to win this book.




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13 Responses to Giveaway! plus: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Book Cover

  1. Helen says:

    Hi Lynne

    Oh I am looking forward to these 2 books I do love your stories ☺and for me I do love covers and yes they are normally why I pick a book up but it is the blur or an auto read author for me ☺

    Congrats on the release ☺

    Have Fun

    • Hi Helen,
      So happy to hear you will read these books. I worry that sometimes a cover might be so bad that a potential reader won’t even bother to read the blurb!

      Thanks for commenting.

  2. robena grant says:

    Both covers are gorgeous. And yes, I have one that I think does not represent the story in any way. I wish it could be changed, and maybe it will when I get those rights back. 🙂
    Have a superb trip. From the photos I’ve seen on FB it seems like you’re having a grand time in Ireland.

    • Hi Robena,

      I am indeed having a wonderful trip! Thank you for commenting on the topic. Book covers are the first thing people see, so an uninviting one may stop the reader from looking further. I hope not, but I know how I shop.

  3. Pam Lowery says:

    When it comes to your books, no, the cover doesn’t matter. I am going to read it anyway. But I do sometimes find myself reading a story, and find myself looking at the cover thinking, the couple doesn’t look anything like the description the author has given me in the book. Maybe the hair color is right, but that might be all. But that isn’t why I pick up a book to read, it’s the story. But I can see why it would drive you crazy, because it’s YOUR baby and you want the perfect image on the cover! Have fun in Ireland!

    • Hi Pam,
      You couldn’t have said it more perfectly. thank you. And thank you for cutting me slack if the cover doesn’t represent the story. I am so happy to know that it’s the content of the book that matters to you. I am so glad you read and enjoy my books.

  4. Amanda Ward says:

    Lynne the covers are eye-catching. Its the title that grabs me first, then I look at the back (or the blurb) and then at the cover. Believe me, I know from experience that you can never judge a book by its cover.
    I hope that one day there will be more ‘mature’ men on the covers rather than some of the pretty boys with their attempt at stubble. As a woman in her forties, it feels like I’m looking at my own son which is more than a tad strange.
    Congrats on your release
    Manda x

    • Oh, Manda, your words are music to my ears. I like your process! I know what you mean about cover models looking too close in age to our sons. It gets icky doesn’t it?

      I love to write older heroes but it’s hard to get the pitch past an editor. Cole is 40 in the book, his kid brother is 34. I only write twenty-somethings if assigned in a continuity. I like maturity, both emotional and physical in my characters. I also like heroines who have laugh lines, right?

      Thanks for commenting.

  5. So glad you could intervene. I had the wrong cover once and I was so blessed to be able to ask for a change. Have fun in Ireland! I did.

  6. GladysMP says:

    Yes, I do especially notice book covers. I have not been lucky enough to win an e-reader and I can’t stay on my computer long enough to read a book online, so I frequent our local book store…Barnes and Noble. Therefore book covers truly catch my eye and often tempt me to buy. I love visiting the book store.

    • Hi Gladys,
      I am so glad you stopped by to answer the blog question. I agree that an eye-catching cover will make a person pick up the book to read the blurb. If the blurb doesn’t catch the interest, then it doesn’t matter, but the cover got the person to pick it up in the first place, right?

  7. Congratulations to Manda Jane Ward of UK. You’ve won the book and it’s in the mail.