Books, beautiful books!

Both dogs are on the outside back cover, too.

Excitement all round when my author copies of HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS arrived from Penguin in New York. The cover is gorgeous, with the two dogs– sad-eyed Mack (the big black one) and cute Bessie (the purse-sized pooch in the purse!) The band around the title is a wonderful fuchsia colored foil-and Serena is wearing purple, my favorite color. This was the first time I saw the back of the book—and it’s as lovely as the front.

I find it awe-inspiring to see the first draft of the cover and discover how the cover artist and designer have interpreted my imaginary people. Of course with the trend for “headless” people on covers, it’s just their bodies we see but I love the way Serena and Nick look.  (BTW, I like the headless trend as it lets my imagination fill in the faces of the characters in a book.) The first version of the cover had Mack as a German shepherd. While the big mutt might have some German shepherd, he is very definitely black and the final version has him as the correct color!

I, husband,  and daughter were all thrilled when we opened the big boxes of my books—my books!—the only creature left unmoved by it all was Tabitha—as her expression shows. “Don’t tell me that’s another book about dogs,” it could say. “When are you going to write a book about the superior feline species?” Or, more likely, “Get those books out quick smart so I can have the box.”

Tabitha just wants the box!

WHAT I’M READING NOW:  C.C Coburn’s The Sheriff and the Baby (Harlequin American Romance) is a sweet, heart-warming story with a touch of mystery and a whole lot of humor set in small-town Colorado. C.C and I became buddies when we were both striving to get published and this is her second book. I’m really enjoying it!

10 thoughts on “Books, beautiful books!

  1. I discovered you last night on the Writerspace chats and love your books. Thanks for sharing with us. brendab

    • Thanks Brenda. One of the best things about writing books with animals in them is that I get to connect with like-minded people who love animals and books! It was such fun to chat with you (and Miss Kallie!) on Writerspace–and thanks so much for visiting my blog.

  2. Kandy, Just read the first the first 5 pages of Love Is a Four Letter Word and I already love your book. Been kinda crazy around here but finally got to pull your book from my to be read stack. lol.. Thanks again for this great book. Miss Kallie is asleep on the step stool I used to load my books on to my new shelves. I am so excited for my new shelves and finally getitng my books out of boxes. Will keep you posted on my reading..

    • Hi misskallie, I’m so glad you are enjoying the first pages of LOVE IS A FOUR-LEGGED WORD–I sure hope you enjoy the rest…
      I would love to see a photo of Miss Kallie and have her included in my Pet Gallery on my website. Email me if you would like to see her there!

  3. Kandy I Just Finished “Home Is Where th Bark Is” And I just Loved it..You are so good at weaving a Beautiful story..I will be back for more and Have Already Put 2 on My Holiday List for Friends and Family..A Feel Good,well writen Novel…What a Joy..

  4. Susan, thank you so much for your lovely comments on HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS. I can’t tell you the pleasure your feedback gives me!
    I’m so glad you enjoyed the story–and that you got in touch to let me know…

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