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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. 🙂