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Behind the Scenes of The Cover Making of Love Uncovered

September 15, 2017

I thought I'd show you some behind the scenes of how we came to the eventual beautiful cover of LOVE UNCOVERED.  First I chose an image from Shutter-stock.  I found the same designer that had drawn the couple on the front of Excess Baggage, as I wanted the series to look consistent.

I knew that my character Nicholas had tattoos and it wouldn't be right if they weren't added on.  So I contacted DMB drawings who have done work for me in the past.  I sent her some of the below images for inspiration and told her to just go with her gut.

 DMB was amazing, as usual, and came back with this beautiful image...

I sent this onto my designer, Yummy by Design.  We'd already talked about a similar style to Excess Baggage, so its in keeping with the design.  I wanted the background to represent Brighton, the book's setting.   We found these images that we decided we wanted to merge, but then we found that the illustration above didn't blend well with it.  So Yummy copied their design but with graphics.

 

 We loved the sunset of the first pic and the look of the pier on the second one.  The first merging went like this...

 Then we added in the carousel...

Yummy suggested a tattoo pen on the back and a magnifying glass over the word uncovered, representing her search for her Dad.  We also talked about bunting at the top to finish it off.  I originally asked for Pride like colours as there is a big scene at Gay Pride.  She sent me options in white and black text...

 

After seeing these I decided that I wanted the title to be in a similar brown to let it blend better.  We also decided that the pride colours weren't in keeping with the palette and also could give people the wrong impression that this was a LGBT book.  So we chose softer colours... 

 

However I wanted the bunting to frame the front cover more.  And that's how we got to this beauty!

 Don't forget to order LOVE UNCOVERED to find out what Brooke and Nicholas get up to!

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