Walk into a bookstore and you will more than likely encounter a table or a display right in front. Either the New Releases or the Staff Picks. All those brand new books sitting upright, staring at you like hungry puppies waiting for you to take them home.
Sure, you’ll grab one that looks interesting, flip over to the back and read the synopsis, the blurbs, the author’s bio. You may even open up to Page One and start reading the notorious First Line. Then you’ll go back to where you started.
It attracts us because we SEE it before we read it. There’s a world being presented in a snapshot. The world created by the author. It may be based on a real place or it might be a fantasy kingdom. That cover has got to let you know something about that world.
My new novel, Ark City Confidential, a Prohibition-era crime story, is being released by The Wild Rose Press on January 11, 2017. It tells of a disfigured World War I vet working as a beat cop in Arkansas City, KS and encountering a dangerous man who just might be a Chicago gangster hiding out in the town. It is filled with period details of a time long gone but not long forgotten.
So that you may experience the world I have created, I will be revealing the cover on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. Your comments and feedback will be graciously appreciated.