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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cover Stories: The Language of Love by Deborah Reber

NewLangofLove.jpgHappy week o' Valentine! The Cover Story feature today is actually about two books. Deborah Reber, author of The Language of Love (one of the books in this two-book set) is here to tell the story behind the cover of Love, Love, Love, which also includes a book by Caroline Goode called Cupidity.

"If the cover story for my book Language of Love were to be made into a movie, it would have
as many twists and turns as any good romantic comedy.

"It all started with this cover, below right, which I LOVED. This original cover was illustrated by Ann Zeak, who has designed covers for the more than two dozen Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies, the series to which Language of Love originally belonged.

"In developing this cover, Simon Pulse asked for guidance regarding the physical description of my main characters Janna (Emma Waston pre-pixie haircut) and Julian (a scruffier version of a Zac Efron/Chace Crawford blend) and any insight I could provide on the setting for the book or a scene that might make for a good cover. And this is what they came back with, right.

"I absolutely love this cover, especially the color scheme, the adorable rain jacket and rain boots, and Seattle's landmark Space Needle in the background. The scene portrayed on the cover stems from the night that Janna and Julian fell in love. Awww...

"But then this cover went away..."

Read the rest of Deborah's Cover Story at melissacwalker.com.


Lorie Ann Grover said...

I <3 Deborah! So happy for her. I like both covers. The first had such a retro feel, right?

Melissa Walker said...

Yes, right? I love the new one though. I think it'll have broader appeal (though the old one is quirky-cute!)