Here is the cover for The Button:
I wanted to carry over a theme from This Second Chance with the red eyes, but I couldn’t come up with an idea for this cover as easily as I had in the past. At first, I took pictures of pay phones to use, but that didn’t seem to capture the essence of the story. Then, I came up with the idea to use bullets, and a button or the things Lynn finds in her bed (yes, the button does say what Lynn’s does in the book). But, it still needed something else, so the final touch was Zelina’s wings that I wore last Halloween. The next thing I needed was something to put it all on. In the closet where costumes are stored, next to the wings there was the velvet cape that became the background. Once I took several pictures I picked the top three and sent them over to my cover designer Monica Gibson. She added the graphics and eyes that pulled it all together. I had many options for title colors, but I think the red stood out the best.
I’m heading into my final edit before sending it in for its professional edit in mid-July. I have to thank the Beta Readers who are taking time out of their busy schedules to give feedback. It is much appreciated and been very insightful so far! Thank you, thank you! If all goes well there should be an end of summer release!
Here is a poem that I feel relates to this story from my upcoming poetry book: Just Her Poetry:
I feel it when I’m uncomfortable.
It is always there hiding…waiting.
That shallow breath…
That tight grip…that feeling.
It draws my attention
Back to where it came from.
A time when I wasn’t so strong.
I was helpless,
I was young,
I’m none of those things now…
Yet, it stays.
It’s an unwanted guest
That lurks in my body
That has over-stayed…
It seems unaware
That it isn’t wanted anymore
So, I carefully guide it to the door…
Fumbling with the lock.
It clings to the doorway
Hanging on to my past
Smiling, I gently push it out…
We are both free as I release it.
There will be no blog on July 1st. I’ll be off the final road-trip of the year, but will be back on July 8th. Happy 4th of July– may your day sparkle like the night skies!
Embrace your inner child by reading a book! D.L. Finn