PURPLE HAIR AND STEPFORD WIVES...
Do you remember when I posted a picture of Josie, the heroine of the ESCAPE AROUND THE WORLD book I was writing last year -- the girl with purple hair who first appeared in The Bride's Baby which you can still download for free at here if you haven't already read it.
Here's a reminder in case you missed that post.
I posted it, you might recall, because I knew -- I've had a lot of covers -- that Josie would end up looking like a Stepford Wife on the cover artwork of the book. It's sad, but apparently a fact that readers are put off by anything remotely different, but I wanted you all to know how I saw her. Purple boots, Zandra Rhodes punk clothes - we had a lively discussion about bags if you remember - and that hair.
Black and purple. They were her trademark colours and she wore nothing else.
Anyway, just in case any of you thought I was being a little bit negative about it, the cover of A WEDDING A LEOPARD'S TREE LODGE was posted on Amazon today and here it is.
Actually, I think the model is the same woman who appeared on the cover of The Baby Plan -- a very elegant and dynamic business woman with a personal fortune, a world away from Josie in just about every way.
That said, it's a really lovely cover. No really. The nicest one I've had in a while.
And obviously the heroine's neat little green shirt couldn't possibly have been purple -- it would have clashed with that sunset.
Of course if they'd used a slightly different palette for the sky, mauves, pinks... They could even have made it reflect on her hair a little.
No. Not another word. Lips zipped.