Today, I not only have a fab new cover from Aven’s next book – Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista – but I also have guest post from Aven where she shares how her book covers come about. I’m delighted that Aven agreed to write this one for me as I love knowing all the background bits and pieces that happen before the book ends up in my hands.
I think this one looks and sounds great. And I’m excited as I have loved Aven’s previous books (Waiting for Prince Harry and Connectivity), they just springboard me straight into a happy zone. Don’t forget to add this one to your Goodreads TBR!
Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis
Published by Soul Mate Publishing on 10 Sept 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Recent college graduate Avery Andrews is ready to begin a new life in the big city. She’s landed an apartment in Chicago’s famed Lincoln Park neighborhood–and has her eye on the cute commodities trader just a floor above.
If Premier Airlines knew about her fear of flying, they never would have hired her to be their marketing assistant—but it’s not like Avery wants a lifelong career. Right now she simply wants a job to pay her bills…and fund a few little shopping excursions, too.
Her new lifestyle comes with a price tag, as Avery is not only faced with paying a ridiculous rent but finds she’s perceived as one of the vacant, husband-hunting fashionistas who live in the area. Avery resents this stereotype—so she doesn’t want a lifelong career, and she loves fashions she can’t afford, but that doesn’t mean she is empty-headed and spoiled, does it?
When an opportunity to participate in a documentary at work arises, Avery finds a two-fold solution to her problems. She’ll earn extra money for it, and the documentary will show her as a serious career woman, enabling her to shed that husband-hunting fashionista label for good.
When the camera is on, Avery attempts to be a motivated professional woman. But when she is challenged by Deacon Ryan, the videographer assigned to cover her story, Avery finds herself wanting things she was never supposed to want—like a lasting career—and Deacon. And Avery might just gain more from the experience than a perfect career image and extra cash to put in her Tory Burch wallet…
Guest Post from Aven: Cover Art – the journey from an idea in your head to the cover of your book
Ah, book covers. Don’t you love fabulous book covers? And I’ll admit it—I have purchased more than one book simply based on the fact I fell in love with a fun, gorgeous cover.
When I first became published, I knew the cover design would be critical to building the Aven Ellis brand of books. I knew one thing for sure—I didn’t want real people on my cover. I wanted my readers to be able to envision the couple with their own eyes. And I felt that putting people on the cover would take that fun away from them. So I immediately knew I would have silhouette art for the couple.
Next, I wanted to capture the setting of the book, which in the case of Connectivity was London and Chicago; while Waiting for Prince Harry is set in Dallas. I think skylines are romantic, and every one of my books showcases the city that I’m featuring in the story, so I love having the skyline element as part of it.
So okay, I had ideas for what I wanted on my cover, but how did the concept come to life? That is where my fabulous cover artist, Christy Caughie at Soul Mate Publishing, enters the picture.
Soul Mate provides authors a questionnaire to fill out that is very detailed for cover art requests. I told Christy all about my story, the vibe of the book (romantic and fun) what I didn’t want to see (real humans!), etc. And Christy just gets me so well. Would you believe the Connectivity cover was done in one draft? She captures the romance of my stories with colors and fonts. And if you look at my covers, you will see they all have that same look to them: gorgeous colors and fonts, beautiful skylines, and a glimpse of the couple you are about to read about it.
Now I’m pleased to share the newest cover, Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista, with you all here on Between My Lines. And I can’t wait to hear who you all cast as Avery and Deke once you read the story. After all, with a silhouette on the cover, casting is completely up to you.