I’ve been talking about the reinvention of this book (#SimplyWickedredux) for a couple of weeks now. I need a new cover. Heroine is a rising…well…wicked starlet in love with the reserved CEO of a British multinational. She’s overcome tragedy and is now daring and irreverent, while he’s practical and almost (but not quite) no-nonsense. Did I mention that she’s 22 and he’s 36, and the older brother of her college roommate? She’s the only child of American parents, a bit spoiled, and a take charge kind of person with a fun personality who believes in living each day to its fullest. He’s the oldest son of a British Lord and Lady who works hard and is trying to prove himself capable of running the company. She wants him, is determined to have him, and she scares the be-Jesus out of him. He’s more than attracted, but believes he’s too old for her and avoids her as if she thinks football is actually the same as American football. The fact that his family adores her, and would like nothing more than to welcome her into the bosom of the family, affords him no help AT ALL.
Because she’s all the things described above and there’s lots of humor in the book, it’s tempting to go with a somewhat whimsical cover. However, there’s danger running throughout the book as well, as the characters travel from London to Chicago and back again. Which is why when it was originally published in ’08, the publisher went with the cover above. I like the cover, but it really isn’t a fit for the book. I could go with another cover in the same vein as that one, but again, not really a fit. It’s difficult to find/develop something that incorporates both humor and danger.
Yeah. It’s a quandary, all right.