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
26 thoughts on ““The Button” Cover Reveal and a Poem”
🌹You have done a marvelous job creating this cover, Denise! It’s both eye-catching and intriguing! Your poem is an awesome addition to your Cover Real. Congratulations!
Thank you Soooz! Makes me happy to hear you like it 🙂
I love the book cover!! Great job. And, your poem truly spoke to me as I am sure it will others. The line “It clings to the doorway, hanging on to my past…” Powerful!
Thank you Karen! I am glad it spoke to you– it was a line I really felt deeply.
Great book cover, Denise. And, your poem is truly amazing. Like Karen, I was drawn to the line, “It clings to the doorway, hanging on to my past…” WOW. ♥
Thanks Gwen:) i am glad that is the line resonating because it was one I worked on to achieve!
Denise, that’s a fabulous cover! I think you and your designer did an outstanding job with putting it together. I’m looking forward to the story. As always, your poetry speaks strongly. Like Gwen and Karen, I found the line “It clings to the doorway, hanging on to my past” made such a strong impact. Enjoy your road trip and have an happy July 4th!!
Thanks Mae, I was worried for a while I wouldn’t come up with an idea for the cover:) I am so happy to hear my poetry is recieved well. Hope you have a great 4th, too. Should be a wonderful trip to Oregon:)
Stunning! Congrats. Covers are the hardest to get right.
They are…then one day you just know its right!
I like the cover, Denise. It reflects the story very well. Ienjoyed seeing the button upside down. LOL
Thanks John I am glad to hear you think it reflects the story. Yes, I didn’t think it work with the button right side up…lol
I know I’m supposed to be looking at the eyes, but the peacock feathers drew me in.
Love the poem, Denise. I’ve not written poetry (except for the few cases where a novel required it) in a long time. You’re inspiring me to get back into it.
Wishing you safe and happy travels!
I’m a big fan of peacock feathers they demanded a spot on the cover:)
Thanks Staci! I hope I get to read your poetry soon. I have a feeling it will be great:)
Thank you looking forward to our trip!
Hi Denise, I love how you blend all the elements in your cover in such a seamless, yet compelling way. Thanks for giving us a great taster with your poem too!
Have a great trip, and July 1st is Canada Day, so you’re right to take a break. 🙂 Happy July 4th!
Thank you. I am glad to hear you liked the cover and enjoyed the poem Eden. Happy Canada Day! I’m happy to celebrate it and the 4th;)
How awesome, Denise! And, yes this cover does tie into “This Second Chance,” but stands on its own accord as well. Great job. Congrats!
Thank you Jan! Had to bring those eyes along:)
Bravo to you, Denise! The cover lures one in that’s for sure. Awesome job!
Love the poem, too. I can relate to this unwanted presence, as I’m sure many others can as well. You captured it beautifully, as always. Thanks for sharing.
Have an awesome road trip! I’ll keep an eye out for your pictures on Instagram. Cheers! 🙂
Thank you Natalie…good to hear:)
Glad you felt that way about the poem!
Should be a great roadtrip to Oregon. Yes, always something beautiful to share along the way.
Very creative and artistic cover, Denise! Well done. Great poem too! 😀 xx
Thank you Vashti:) Glad you enjoyed the poem, too!
Awesome cover for your new book, Denise! <3 xo
Awesome cover, Denise! And the poem–very poignant. Definitely sets a mood! Have fun on your trip, and good luck with the book!
Thank you Julie:) Glad the poem set a mood…I was hoping to for that. Its always fun to head to Oregon and visit my son!