Be still my heart . . . we've got a cover for CRITICAL CARE, and I'm able to share it at last! What's that? You're feeling a little woozy, a bit light-headed, heart's skipping a beat? Don't worry, you're in good company. Most of the female "test market" for this cover had the same reaction--the author too. In my opinion, Tyndale House did a brilliant job in portraying the image of the book's hero, Sierra Mercy ER Director: Dr. Logan Caldwell. Also known as "McSnarly"--you see, he's got a reputation for being a bit . . . difficult. Which, of course, sets up immediate conflict with our heroine, Claire Avery. We see the crux of it in this back cover copy:
"Lord . . . heal my heart, move me forward."
"After her brother dies in a trauma room, nurse Claire Avery can no longer face the ER. She’s determined to make a fresh start--new hospital, new career in nursing education--move forward, no turning back. But her plans fall apart when she’s called to offer stress counseling for medical staff after a heartbreaking day care center explosion. Worse, she’s forced back to the ER, where she clashes with Logan Caldwell, a doctor who believes touchy-feely counseling is a waste of time. He demands his staff be as tough as he is. Yet he finds himself drawn to this nurse educator . . . who just might teach him the true meaning of healing."
Serious subject . . . seriously blue eyes. Personally, I love the combination. Because as a reader, the first thing that catches my attention is a book's cover. I have no doubt I'd walk across a crowded store to pick this book up. And secondly, I look for endorsements by authors I like. The words of best selling author, Harry Kraus MD, are right there on the front cover:
"Finally, a reason to turn off Grey's Anatomy and ER. This a realistic medical drama with heart."
So there we have it: Eye (and breath) catching cover, intriguing back cover copy, and stellar endorsement.
All combined to showcase the exciting and inspiring story I've worked hard and long to bring to my readers. I couldn't be more pleased. And I can hardly wait until June.
Thank you, Tyndale House. I think we've got it covered.
And . . . when exactly does the author get to meet the cover model? Anyone want to go with?