Friday, May 6, 2011

A cover! A title! Oh my!

For a couple weeks now, my book cover has been up on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

A few of you noticed and pointed it out to me, but I've had to refrain from making an official announcement about it. There was still some discussion happening behind the scenes at Sourcebooks, and a slim chance the title might change.

But the discussion has concluded, and the cover and title are both official.

And I have to tell you, I'm so freakin' thrilled with both that I literally cried when I first saw them. After years of hearing author horror stories about bad cover art, I feel ridiculously lucky to have gotten the most gorgeous, perfect, squeal-worthy cover for Making Waves.

Yes, that's the name of the book. And without further delay, here is the cover:
Most of you haven't read the book, so you'll have to trust me when I say I couldn't possibly envision a more perfect cover for this story. Seriously. I've been staring at it for two weeks now, afraid to blink in case it disappears.

I also got to see the official cover for the ARC (that's an advance reading copy – it's what goes to reviewers and book sellers and the occasional lucky contest winner). It's being printed right this moment, and here's what it looks like:
You should be able to click on either of those images to make them bigger. Personally, I'm planning to make them as big as possible and wallpaper my bedroom with them.

So what do you think? After over a year of buildup, was it worth it?

It certainly was for me. I think I need to go lie down now.

Don't worry, I've taped a copy of the cover to my ceiling for just such an occasion.

74 comments :

Danielle Spears said...

That is friggin awesome!!!! Love the cover! Congratulations :)

Sarah W said...

It's gorgeous -- I love how your name looks on the boat! And those feet . . . this makes it even more difficult to wait!

Joyce said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to read it!

Patty Blount said...

OH MY FREAKIN' GOD! IT'S GORGEOUS!

Yeah, I'd wallpaper a room with it, too.

Congrats!

muffintopmommy said...

Awesome cover! Love the name on the boat--well done! Can't wait to read it....

Michelle Wolfson said...

YAY! This cover was totally worth the wait. I absolutely love everything about it. And the book is even better. Everyone has quite a treat in store for them come August.

Gwen Hernandez said...

It's beautiful, Tawna!

Monica B.W. said...

Ohmigosh! AWESOME cover!!! <33 Can't wait to read your book!!!! :D

Anne Gallagher said...

Congratulations! I love your name on the boat.

Crystal Posey said...

WOW. I mean just wow! Congrats on such a beautiful cover!

Penelope said...

*SQUEAL!* I love it so much - congrats on an amazing cover. The pink, the name on the boat, the awesome bind - it all screams, "read me!" I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

abby mumford said...

congratulations! i bet it's really exciting for you to have such a sassy cover wrapped around your words. it's fantastic!

can't wait for august!

Teri Anne Stanley said...

I am so excited for you, I could just cry! Okay, maybe I have PMS, and I could just cry because it's May the 6th, but still.
congratulations!

Linda G. said...

You already know how thrilled I am for you, but let me say it again here: HOORAY!! I adore that cover, and I can't wait to see it on my bookshelf. :D

Kristina said...

Yay! Love it! :)

Summer Frey said...

I love it!!! I would definitely pick that book up. Love the cool colors and the distressing on the boat, and I really like the font of the title! Congratulations! Can't wait to read it. :)

KLM said...

It's awesome like you, Tawna!* Congrats!


*Although I confess I was expecting something with star-shaped pasties or a guy in a sequined thong. But this is OK too.

D. U. Okonkwo said...

How exciting - congratulations!

Katie Richie said...

Congratulations, Tawna. I'm thrilled your book has such a beautiful cover. I’m looking forward to reading it.

Kasie West said...

Oh, I love it! Congratulations on an awesome cover.

Pamala Knight said...

Your cover is GORGEOUS!! Congratulations on hitting the jackpot of awesome. Wishing you many, many sales.

Steph Schmidt said...

The spine is perfect! I hate browsing for something I want to read and can only remember the cover. Superb job Sourcebooks!

Sierra said...

YAY! That's a wonderful cover, and an even better tagline. I can't wait to read it! :D

Gemma Sidney said...

Congrats, Tawna. I think it looks fantastic. Really. Love the colours. Your name looks great on the side of a boat! :P

behlerblog.com said...

What you need is a purse of your cover art from I Can Haz Purse. Then you can carry it with you at all times.

Kimberly Sabatini said...

FINALLY!!!!! My favorite title and an AWESOME cover!!!!! It's Perfect!!!! So happy for you sistah!!!!!

Kimberly Sabatini said...

FINALLY!!!!! My favorite title and an AWESOME cover!!!!! It's Perfect!!!! So happy for you sistah!!!!!

Nicole in WI/Betty Curls said...

Congratulations its beautiful!! I can't wait to get my hands on it.

KAK said...

YAY! You got to keep the "original" title. Love the cover too. Congrats!

Abby Minard said...

It's awesome Tawna! How exciting- you must be simply over the moon right now! Congrats!

Trisha Leigh said...

THAT IS SO AMAZING AND I WOULD PICK IT UP IN A BOOKSTORE EVEN IF I DIDN'T KNOW HOW HILARIOUS AND ADORABLE YOU ARE IN "PERSON"

Okay. Sorry for the caps. BUT I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU.

And seriously? Maybe the best tagline EVER.

Brandi Guthrie said...

Beautiful! Congratulations!

Sandy said...

Yes, the year of waiting and wondering was so totally worth it!!! Congratulations on getting such a fabulous cover!!! I can't wait for the book to be in stores :)

Sarah said...

Oh how exciting!

Might have to see if I can find a beach just so I can read your book on it :)

Congratulations.

Harley May said...

Lurves.

You squeal on, girl. Squeal on.

sylsome said...

Congratulations! It's wonderful :) I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

sylsome said...

Congratulations! It's wonderful :) I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

Daisy Whitney said...

Yay!!! Beautiful cover!

Elizabeth Ryann said...

It's so very pretty!!! Congratulations!!

Dee DeTarsio said...

Gorgeous cover, Tawna! Congratulations--I can't wait to read it!

Candyland said...

Woooo! Nice cover! And the book is pretty good too!

Christopher said...

Congratulations! Great looking cover and sounds like you're tickled pink over it! (Literally.)

Looking forward to having my own copy in my bookcase :)

Judy,Judy,Judy. said...

It looks fabulous. I can't wait to buy my very own copy and read it.

Delilah Marvelle said...

OMgosh, Tawna!!! It's PERFECT in so many ways and I can't WAIT to get my hands on it! Whoo-hoo and congrats on scoring an AMAZING cover!!!

ashelynn hetland said...

That is gorgeous, Tawna! I think I need to make some connections with Sourcebooks so I can get an ARC of this. :)

jill said...

fantastic cover! I love the font and placement of your name - it stands out beautifully and fits into the design perfectly.

now maybe Powell's or Barnes and Nobel will let me pre-order in the store.

So excited to finally get to read it (counts up weeks - still too many away, darnit!)

Brooklyn Ann said...

YAY!!!! The name on the boat is epic awesome. :)

Tawna Fenske said...

Thanks so much for all the kind words about the cover! I'm over-the-moon thrilled with it, and I'm glad you guys like it, too!

Tawna

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

It is fan-freaking-TAS-tic! Congratulations.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

It is fan-freaking-TAS-tic! Congratulations.

Malin said...

I adore it! Those sexy ankles - and sand! And a boat! *swoon*

Suzanne Perazzini said...

This cover and the blurb would absolutely make me want to read it. And I think the wallpapering idea is quite justified.

Suzanne

Sadie Hart said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous cover!!! Love the title as well, congrats!

kd easley said...

Love your cover. So excited for you.

grace said...

Prettyyyyyyyy!

Mercedes said...

Gorgeous cover! Definitely attention grabbing and attractive. Congratulations! :D

A.M. Swan said...

I'm late to comment - but AWESOME! Congratulations! I've never been a Romance reader but I can't wait to read my first - Making Waves! How exciting.

Jen J. Danna said...

Absolutely awesome! It looks wonderful and you must be so excited. Congratulations! :)

Lindsay said...

I LOVE it! I forgetting that it's your book so when I glance at it, I'm always surprised to find your name.

Kathy Altman said...

Wow, Tawna! You've come a long way, babe! I remember your "Snow Bitch" days at eHarl. :-) I am so, so happy for you! Wahoo!! The cover is *beautiful*, and will be sure to garner many impulse buys! I can't wait to read "Making Waves"!

Claire Dawn said...

Congrats!

Even not having read the book, I think it's perfect. From your blog, I feel like your romance won't be as bodice-ripper-y, not that it won't be steamy, but there'll be so much more going on. So I'm really glad you don't have a cover with a half-naked dude on it.:)


I really love how big your name is, too :)

Amanda said...

Love it!

Jan Markley said...

That's a great cover! Enjoy every moment of this!

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Congrats! It's bright, beautiful, and perfect for summer. :D

HoldenLyric said...

Beautiful! :]

Girl Friday said...

Love your cover, congratulations! I love that it's not all half-naked and cheesy.

But most of all I love the line 'She always wanted to belong... just not to a dysfunctional pirate crew' - that totally sold me - I know after seeing that it's not going to be any run-of-the-mill romance (obviously reading yr blog I knew that already, but...) - if it was down to me I would SO put that line on the cover.

Can't wait to read it!

cemwilson said...

So exciting! What a writer's dream to have such a fab cover. I just pre-ordered. As a loyal blog reader, I can't wait to read it!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Fantastic! It's absolutely lovely -- and I love the blurb on the back cover, too.

Still liked Pirate Bitch, though.

Will check it out on Amazon, pronto. Hope there's a Kindle version!

Jen Greyson | Author said...

It must be surreal!!
Congrats, it's amazing! Excited to see it on a shelf near me sometime soon :)

London Mabel said...

Eyecatching, gorgeous. Congrats!

lynnrush said...

Oh my. This cover is great! How exciting!!

Matthew MacNish said...

Why yes, I see I did miss a cover post. It looks great. I love the bright, fresh colors, the variety of fonts (especially love the way your name looks on the boat), and the lack of a bare-chested, long-haired mimbo with a dreamy stare.

LR said...

Gorgeous cover! Looking forward to reading it. :)

Plamena Schmidt said...

Wow! That cover does seem perfect for the book!