The publishers at eLectio were very patient with me as we went through about seven cover possibilities. I didn't feel the original ones they sent were quite right for the tone of the book, and they diligently returned to the "drawing board" to try again. Finally, my husband submitted a book cover for their consideration (he is a graphic artist by profession), and they accepted it.
So....finally (drum roll) here it is!
I really, really love it! I think it perfectly conveys the love triangle, the background setting of the hills of Tennessee, and the country music aspect of the story.
Here's a synopsis of the novel:
Attorney Landon Kingsley craves order and normalcy, and aside from his well-hidden vice of smoking, he lives the life everyone expects from him in his hometown of Kingsport, Tennessee. Recently engaged to beautiful nursing student, April May, Landon’s new fiancée is everything he could want in a wife. She is devoted to her faith and family, and she truly loves him.
April’s cousin, Ella Casey, has returned to Kingsport after ten years of pursuing a career as a country music singer in Nashville. Ella’s failed career and affair with a married music producer scandalizes her in the eyes of the town, but her legal troubles drive her to Landon for help. Landon finds himself increasingly attracted to Ella and more discontent than ever with the path he has chosen for his life. Amid a firestorm of family and town gossip, Landon is tormented by his past and the complicated decision of whether to listen to God’s voice or follow his own desires.
SONG FROM THE ASHES, a modern retelling of the classic Edith Wharton novel The Age of Innocence, explores the dilemma between the pursuit of dreams and personal happiness versus contentment in God’s plan for marriage and love.
Thanks for everyone's patience and encouragement!
Three weeks until book release on August 1st!