Saturday, January 24, 2009

Last Glass of Wine by Bekki Lynn

Did you design the cover? I designed the layout and presented it to the cover artist.

Did your publisher design the cover?
The cover artist working for my publisher took my idea and perfected it, using an alternate photo of the same couple.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design?
Oh, yes. I’m a hands on author who believes a cover must relate to the story and the characters.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.
There are unique points throughout the story where the Cole is sharing a glass of wine with Lana as boss/employee. The Last Glass of Wine she has is significant in that it’s the last glass they share. For more, you’ll have to read.

Who is the cover artist?
Jinger Heaston

Are you happy with the cover?
The original photo I’d chosen showed a more aggressive sensuality that was more fitting to the story overall, but it didn’t quite fit the glass. This photo works wonderful in showing the love and caring that brings it to a wonderful, sentimental end. I’m thrilled with it.

If not, what would you change and why? One
thing I would change is the font of the author name, but that was my doing, my mistake.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.
The couple in the wine glass is what makes the cover. I’ve never before seen a couple so fitting to the characters within the book.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share.

Yes, I’d be remiss to leave out the photographer. Lev Dolgachov is the wonderful photographer who took an entire series of photos of this couple. His work is moving, suggestive and I could literally take his photos and write a story around them. His work has been used on many covers, including this couple. And you’ll find another photo of this couple on my website. Needless to say, I plan on using more of his work.

Please provide your website link.

What is the link to buy your book?


Lindsay Townsend said...

Excellent blog! I agree about making the cover art match the characters and the emotions of the book. This is one of my all-time favourite covers!

Bekki Lynn said...

Oh, thank you, Lindsay. It thrills me to know others feel the same way.

And I'm so tickled beyond pink that you love the cover.


Savanna Kougar said...

Hi Bekki, I always adore the story behind beautiful cover art. LAST GLASS OF WINE is one of my fave covers. Thanks for sharing.

Bekki Lynn said...

Thanks, Savanna.

I like knowing those little tidbits as well.


fiona said...

how nice and refreshing to see someone making interesting and informative blog work .well done and good luck with sales of the book

Siladitya said...

Did Steve Harvey copy the book title Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man

and theme from an earlier book?

Book with same title & theme copyrighted and published by Sharon P. Carson in 2003

CHICAGO, IL – Sharon P. Carson the author of the original title: Act Like A Lady –Think Like A Man, watched the February 27th episode of the Ophra show on which Steve Harvey was promoting his book of the same title. She was hoping that Steve would reveal to Oprah where he got the title and the theme for the book. It just seemed odd to her that his book had the same title and theme as her book that was copy written in 2003.

Upon subsequently purchasing the book, she found some interesting parallels and realized that it is not unusual for a high profiled person to take a great title and theme, rewrite a book and use their celebrity status to sell it. This she says happens too often to the unsung poets, authors and entrepreneurs of the world.

Steve wrote in his book that his hope was to “empower you with a wide-open look into the minds of men”. Sharon P. Carson wrote in her book in 2003 that her hope was for women to gain some insight into how men think in terms of relationships. Sharon also noted that in chapter 8 of Steve Harvey’s book titled “Why Men Cheat” he came to the same conclusion that she did in chapter 37 of her book, titled “Why would a man cheat”, and the answer was, “because they can”.

Sharon actively promoted her book before the release in January 2009 of Steve Harvey’s book, and would not like to see her promotion efforts hindered. She feels that her book has much to offer from a woman’s perspective and seeks to empower women to practice self love and tough love in relationships.

Before the publication of Steve Harvey’s book of the same title, Sharon bought the domain name: from which she has been selling her book. She has also held seminars with women at a Chicago University in promotion of her book, and can be viewed on the following youtube clip as she was being interviewed on a cable television program about her book in 2007

Mindful of all the self - published poets and authors who have a hard time finding publishers for their works, Sharon is currently consulting with attorneys regarding her options, and hopes that her book with the first and original title of Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man will finally receive the recognition it deserves for the wisdom, encouragement, and empowerment that it provides to women.