I've just been sent the cover sketch for my next Molly book, called Bless the Bride. It's absolutely gorgeous. I wish I could show it to you, but it's top secret at the moment.
The only problem is that it isn't right for the story. The story does lead up to Molly's wedding, it's true, but most of it takes place in the dark, dangerous alleyways of New York's Chinatown.
So here is the dilemma--should the cover reflect the dangerous backstreets of Chinatown or should it relfect the excitement of leading up to Molly's wedding? I fear if the cover looks too romantic it will put off my male fans. And there are so many interesting insights into Chinese life in this book which might attract readers of history and culture.
You can see it's a juggling act. The gorgeous cover would entice readers who like their mysteries a little romantic, but then they'd be disappointed because the book isn't all about romance. However brides sell better than Chinese backstreets.
So, dear readers--how much does the cover influence you when you buy a book? Are you annoyed when the cover doesn't truly represent the story?