Friday, January 9, 2009

We've Got It Covered

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?


Mocha with Linda said...

He's nice looking, but I'd rather have coffee with the author and get to read the book.


Barbara said...

Great cover. Looking forward to reading the book when it comes out.


Janna said...

Good cover - it will make people stop and take another look!

CandaceCalvert said...

Linda--let's plan that. And thank you again for your enthusiasm. :-)

CandaceCalvert said...

Barbara--thank you so much, and I appreciate your stopping by the blog.

CandaceCalvert said...


Thank you. Yes, stop, look . . . then take home and read. :-)

Mona Risk said...

Gorgeous cover. What a hero? Tell me at which hospital does he work? I am on my way.

Andi said...

Nice cover! I can't wait to read the book!

CandaceCalvert said...
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CandaceCalvert said...

Mona--like I told a nurse from Seattle: if you see him, page me stat!
Thanks for stopping by the blog.

Andie--thank you for the kind words. I'm really happy with the cover, and now can't wait to share the book.

Anonymous said...

I won't comment on the cover. Ahem! Anyway....but I WILL comment on your work. I thoroughly enjoyed the excerpt. Breath of fresh air. Thank you. I would love to see the book when it comes out, but alas! I live in Chile. It will have to wait until I visit the States. It has been a blessing to get a glimpse of your heart on Twitter.
Colleen Shine Phillips

CandaceCalvert said...

Colleen, I visited your wonderful website and must thank you for all that you do to encourage others. And for taking time to visit my (budding) website and read the first chapter of CRITICAL CARE. Living in Chile should NOT delay your full read. If you'll send me your mailing address, I would be honored to include you as an "influencer" and mail you the book.



Unknown said...

Candace, I'd LOVE to be one of your reviewers:-) Email me, or talk with the reps at Tyndale..they know me WELL there:-)

CandaceCalvert said...

Deena, I'd be honored to have you review CRITICAL CARE. We'll absolutely get the book to you. :-)

Thank you!