Calisa Rhose presents ~ Linda Joyce on new covers


I’m turning the Ranch over to sister Wild Rose Press author, Linda Joyce today. Find your seat with drink of choice and let’s see what she’s brought to the table, besides a beautiful book cover!

Welcome, Linda. The round pen is all yours.

Title: Bayou Born

Author: Linda Joyce


Genre: Contemporary Romance, sensual

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover Artist: Kim Mendoza

Release Date: February 2013

What do You Love about Book Covers? By Linda Joyce

I love the feeling I get when I connect to the image on a book cover. Different feelings lead me to different adventures in reading. Is the cover soothing, inviting, dark, or hot?

I’ve always been a visual person. It’s how I learn. For example, when I was in college, many of my friends would record class sessions and replay them when studying. Me? I might have recorded a particular class on a topic that I found daunting, however, how I learned class material was to take notes. Sometimes, I even rewrote them because I retain pictures in my mind of the notes on a page.

I paint when I have trouble connecting with my writing. It opens the door to a part of my brain in a magical way.

And that’s how I remember books–by their covers. It’s especially helpful when I enjoy reading books by authors with a long list of credits to their name.

I think Kim Mendoza did a fabulous job with the cover for Bayou Born. I love the colors. Love the trees draped with Spanish moss. She represented the South in a lovely way.

Here’s a peek inside my debut novel, Bayou Born.perf5.000x8.000.indd

Branna Lind’s self-esteem rests at the bottom of the Mississippi River. She canceled her “wedding of the decade,” though she isn’t saying why. She wants life on her own terms, no ready-made job in the family business, no safety net of close-knit kin, and no more betrayal.

College professor James Newbern prizes his bachelorhood. Experience has taught him beautiful women are high-maintenance trouble and Branna fits that type. He is happy to avoid her until the college vice president assigns him to mentor the newest hire—Branna.

Branna is on her way to a new life, but will the scars of the past send her running from love? If she doesn’t, will she convince James that she truly is his “type”?

The book is available through Amazon.

So, now tell me, what do you love about book covers?

I love the new feel of a cover. It’s like getting a present and I end up staring at mine for hours. Thanks for coming to hang out and chat about a great topic, Linda. Kim certainly did a fab job with your cover. 🙂


About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters and wife to a wonderful man of 35+ years. I'm also an avid seamstress, polymer clay artisan and die-hard crafter, always coming up with things to make with, and for, my six granddaughters and two grandsons. Check out my craft site when you have a moment. I'm also a small online business owner of Okie fLips on Etsy and Poshmark (eBay/Merkari coming soon), and I'm a published author of sensual romance. I write about stubborn men and women who don't take no for an answer, and there's always that golden HEA. Cowboys and first responders are my favorite contemporary heroes to write about. My light paranormal heroes are strong men ready to protect their women--not that they need protecting, since they are capable of caring for themselves.

Posted on 05/14/2013, in Book Covers, guest blogging, Pen of the Dreamer, The Wild Rose Press, Welcome and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Calisa,

    Again, thank you for the opportunity to share Bayou Born with your readers. I am thrilled by my cover and happy to share it with others.

    Warmest Regards,

    Linda Joyce


  2. Interesting cover, at first I thought it just a pretty bay, but then I noticed the sky couple kissing. It promises hidden surprises in your book.


  3. I love covers, more than titles and more than an aother’s name (even a favorite author), the cover always draws me in! Yours is great, Linda, thanks so much for sharing it with us!


    • Kristina,

      I attended a seminar once where the art department of a publisher came to present. They showed the changes the cover for a particular book went through before it became “the cover.” I love that there’s someone with an artistic eye who has the vision of a book from a few words from the author. That’s talent. I am very grateful for Kim Mendoza’s artistic gifts.


      Linda Joyce


  4. I agree, fabulous cover that makes me feel I’ll love your book — big congrats on it!


  5. I love getting new covers, whether they’re for my books or my authors at The Wild Rose Press. SO exciting! And I love it when the artist nails it. I think Bayou Born is fantastic! Looking forward to seeing the next Linda Joyce cover. Great post!


    • Me too, Alicia! I love the feeling that you helped make the book what it is for the author, and then the author is blessed with a cover that ties it all in. 🙂


    • Alicia,

      Thank you for leaving a note. I’m so glad you like the cover. My first peek at the cover made me go wide-eyed with delight. I was so pleased.


      Linda Joyce


  6. I’m a book cover person too. I love the moods they evoke. Like many readers, the cover is the first thing that attracts me to a book and compels me to look further. The cover for Bayou Born is lovely, especially the muted blend of blues and greens. Good luck with your release, Linda. I thought the blurb was great!


  7. Welcome, Linda! It’s so nice having you here today sharing your new cover and how that feels. 🙂


  8. Hi Calisa and Linda!

    Linda, I love your cover too. I find it so relaxing and peaceful. I’m a huge cover junkie and you got a fab one. Congrats 🙂


    • Good morning Christine! I know how you love covers. 🙂 You have some beautiful ones and a new one to boot! Thanks for stopping by.


    • Christine,

      Kim Mendoza at did a FABULOUS job, didn’t she? I had no idea what to expect and she WOWed me. I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do for book two – Bayou Bound.




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