Always Remember Cover Reveal!

Last week, I received the final cover for my August 2013 release ALWAYS REMEMBER. Because we went through several designs, I thought I’d give you a behind the scenes peek at the cover process.

Originally, I’d found the image of a couple I wanted to use on the cover (below). Since ALWAYS REMEMBER takes place on a ranch outside of Cochrane, Alberta, I went with a western look. I loved the couple’s pose in this image and the look of the guy screamed babe-magnet. Yeah, he fit the image of Nate Coltrane just perfectly. But I didn’t like the woman’s snarky smile because it didn’t portray my heroine properly, so I asked my designer, Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs, to cover up her face.

Always Remember - Original Image

As usual, Kim did a super fab job on the cover and below is the first composition she sent me.


The cover is beautiful, isn’t it? In fact, when I first saw it, I thought it looked like a painting worthy of being hung on my wall. Except there was one problem with it. I felt readers could mistake this book for a historical romance.

So we went back to the drawing board and Kim came up with a more contemporary look.


Again, totally gorgeous. Now you know why Kim designs my covers. :) There was no way readers could mistake ALWAYS REMEMBER for a historical romance now, but the man looked like he belonged on a golf course instead of a ranch. We tried a cowboy hat on him. Uggg. And I really missed my cowboy hero from the first cover.

After some discussion, during which time we played with the first image to see if we could come up with something that I’d be happy with, I decided the original image of the couple — with that gorgeous cowboy guy — wouldn’t suit the contemporary cover I wanted.

We restarted the process and I headed online to gather new information to send to Kim. I looked at existing covers that projected the feel I wanted for my book (very contemporary) and went searching for an image of a couple that would represent Nate Coltrane and Jessie Adams, the hero and heroine from ALWAYS REMEMBER. At last, I resent my request and crossed my fingers.

Always Remember - POD Cover

And WOW! I’m totally in love with Kim’s design. With the purple hues and the romantic couple front and center, this cover is absolutely-perfectly stunning! I now have it as the desktop on my MacBook Air, my iPad, and my iPhone, so I can admire it every day before I get down to work on book two of the Rocky Mountain Romance series.

What are some of your favorite covers? Go ahead and leave links in the comments below. And out of the three covers above, would you have chosen one of the other covers? If so why? Hey, we’re all different and I get that and I’m very interested in how others perceive cover design.

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About Sheila Seabrook

Author of contemporary romance and women's fiction.

Posted on July 17, 2013, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. It is gorgeous! I’m like you, drawn to the blues and purples, and that couple: RAWR.

    Congrats, Sheila!

  2. I really liked the first one best. I read a lot of historical romance, and I have to say that did not come to mind at all when viewing the cover. The sexy cowboy in the background along with the . . . wistful?. . . expression on the heroine’s face pulled me in. And it’s a romantic, attractive cover. This is just my opinion, of course. I don’t mean any offense.

    I’m not as hip on the one you chose. My first impression was that it was a book on “How to Revive Your Sex Life”, or something along those lines. Again, please don’t take this as a negative, I’m just sharing my impression as you invited.

    But, it’s important YOU ( we can’t please everyone) love your cover choice, and it sounds like you really do. That makes me smile. I love your enthusiasm. And I know MANY people will feel the same about your choice as you do. May you find great success!

    • I love that you shared your honest opinion, Linda. It was such a difficult decision for me to make (okay, most decisions are LOL!). When I saw the first cover, I immediately fell in love with it and I had to stop and consider it for a long time. The sexy cowboy was my whole reason for selecting the original image. I loved him! I still do. 🙂 And the wistful — or maybe poignant? — expression on the heroine’s face really pulled me in too.

      Needless to say, I find it so interesting that you (a reader of historical romance) see that particular cover different than how I saw it. This tells me that I need to start browsing more romance covers instead of looking just at the contemporary covers. I used to read predominately historical romance, but haven’t for several years now. I’m going to go check them out again … both the covers and the books. 🙂

      Thank you so much for the great reply. It really helps someone like me — who has very little design sense — to see the elements through other’s eyes.

  3. Sheila, congrats on another successful book challenge. I love your cover and hope this story is as captivating as your other books 🙂

  4. They were all good covers. The one you chose was a great design and looks very sexy and contemporary.

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