One of the most exciting and terrifying things for an author is seeing your book cover for the first time because the truth is covers sell books. Last week, I received an email from my publisher saying the cover for Murder in a Basket was complete. With trepidation, I opened the photo file for a peek and sighed with relief.
I’m very happy with the result and hope you are too! The novel takes place during October in Ohio, and I think the artist captured the season perfectly.
I showed it to a friend, and she said, “You have another dead hand on the cover. That must be your thing!” I realized she was right as there is a much smaller hand on the cover of Maid of Murder. It will be interesting to see if the third book will have one too.
Here’s a short blurb about the book:
College librarian India Hayes thought the worst thing about the Stripling Founders’ Festival was her pink gingham pioneer dress until she discovered the body of a free-spirited basket weaver on the festival grounds. The basket weaver leaves behind an angry blacksmith husband, a confused adopted son, greedy siblings, a dysfunctional artists’ co-op, and a labradoodle with a two-million-dollar trust in his name. Despite the wrath of her college’s provost and protests by handsome police detective Rick Mains, India finds herself playing sleuth as well as foster-owner to the two-million-dollar dog. With her own eccentric family commenting from the sidelines and her Irish-centric landlady as volunteer sidekick, India must discover the truth before she has a permanent canine houseguest or ends up the next victim in the basket weaver’s murder.
Release is February 8, 2012