Welcome to my stop on the Never Forget Blog Tour hosted by Dani from Naughty & Nice.
For today's stop, I've got a great post by the lovely Emma Hart on how the cover for Never Forget came to be. If you haven't seen the cover, well... you'll definitely see it in today's post and it's gorgeous! I love the colors and it's just so cute!
Also, I'll be sharing with all of you Hart's book playlist for the book. If you know me, I love my bookish music so I'm totally stoked to see what you guys think of the songs! And like the title of this post states, there's a giveaway. Two, actually, so don't miss out on today's epicness!
About the book:
Author: Emma Hart
Release date: February 20, 2013
A city girl.
A small town boy.
A summer they'll never forget.
Spending the summer at her Grammy's in Lilac Bay, Devon, is city girl Alexis 'Lexy' Edwards idea of hell. That is, until she reconnects with her childhood friend, Jen, and meets Alec Johnson.
Alec is the kind of guy Lexy knows she needs to stay away from. He's the village flirt, ridiculously hot and very dangerous to her self control. But there's a problem – she can't seem to keep him out, even though she knows he'll break her heart.
As Alec slowly strips away Lexy's defences and the two embark on a summer romance she never wanted, their feelings grow to more than either expected. But nothing lasts forever, and reality intrudes.
As her world is shaken to it's core, Lexy's self made prediction comes true when she discovers she's spent six weeks surrounded by secrets. Kept out by her family and the only guy she's ever trusted, she falls apart.
And when Grammy tells her that 'you might not end up where you wanted to be, but you'll always end up where you're meant to be,' she has to figure out if her meant to be is back home in London, or if it's been in Devon the whole time.
About the author:
She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys. She has two new series planned as well as her New Adult Romance, Never Forget, due February 2013. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes.
Her debut YA series, The Mauve Legacy, is an Apple iBooks Bestseller - and this makes Emma excited.
Connect with Emma Hart: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Guest Post: Creating the Cover by Emma Hart
How many covers does it take to find the perfect one? For Never Forget, it was four. Yep.
The first image I picked, I loved – but as I started writing I realised it had no connection whatsoever to my story. So it was back to the drawing board. I searched for another image. I found one, and I made the second cover.
I didn't really like it that much, honestly.
It still wasn't right. It didn't match the feel of the book! The strongest theme in Never Forget is romance, and I wanted a cover that told you that. A cover that showed a prospective reader that it was cover to cover kisses and swooning. So I searched. Again.
Then I gave up. I figured the cover would come to me when it was ready. Annoyingly.
A close friend is working on her debut novel and I said I would help her with the cover, and I actually found the cover image for Never Forget whilst looking for the other image.
I found it when I wasn't even looking for it.
I knew instantly that the image was the one. I edited it – I actually spent hours on the lighting and effects to get it right. You could say I'm somewhat of a perfectionist...
When the image was edited to my standards, I cropped and resized it. I added text. I shared with my closest friends and betas. They swooned. I flailed. All was well.
Until it got to two weeks before the planned cover reveal and I decided the font was boring as hell.
I told you I was fussy.
I went back to the site I download my fonts from and I searched for ages for the font I finally ended up using – New Garden. It's not fancy, but it has just enough curvature in the little details for me to say 'yes' to it. As for the pink, well, I just like pink.
I sent it back to my friends and betas with the 'is this better?' question. Cue nail biting, hair pulling and face hiding. They all said yes and I stared at it for an undetermined amount of time. I made it the lock screen on my iPhone and looked at it a ridiculous amount of times a day.
And I didn't get sick of looking at it.
It was the cover. The image, the edits, the typography.. It was done.
The cover is important, not just to a reader, but also to a writer. I think the author has to really love her cover – and I mean really, really love it. It has to be something you'll never get bored of, because how can you expect someone to love your cover if you don't?
I'm thankful the cover reveal went so well with so many people saying how much they loved it – and are still saying it.
It's not much of a story, but I think it shows just how much work goes into a cover, especially if the author designs it themselves. Sure, I could hire someone to do it for me, but frankly I don't have the extra cash for that and it's way more fun doing it myself!
Never Forget Book Playlist:
Never Forget Blog Tour Giveaway Details:
One is INTERNATIONAL (US) and one is UK ONLY so please make sure you enter the correct one. If you're from the US and enter the UK one and win, another winner from the UK will be chosen, so just double check.
Both giveaways are for a Never Forget swag pack consisting of:
- one signed paperback copy
- a signed bookmark
- a Never Forget keyring
- a dolphin and anchor patterned beach bag
- a rope style charm bracelet
- and a waterproof Kindle/tablet case
There are also two (2) ebook copies of Never Forget up for grabs.
In total, there will be four winners. Good luck!
For INTERNATIONAL (US) bookworms:
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For UK ONLY bookworms:
a Rafflecopter giveaway