Going with a small press for my debut novel Love and Cupcakes, I didn’t know what to expect when it came to my cover. But I didn’t think I’d have much say in the design. And I was a little worried—okay closer to terrified is probably more accurate—that I wouldn’t love my cover. As a quasi-designer, I am super critical of book covers. Contrary to the old adage, I will judge a book by its cover. Then I’ll let its words sway me to read or move onto the next one. But a good design is what first hooks me.

But this was my book cover. It would represent my words, my characters, my story. I wanted it to be perfect. And holy wow, did Swoon Romance deliver. They nailed the magic and the romance and the oh-my-God-Jack-and-Graham-are-so-freakin’-adorable-I-could-die vibe. See?

Love and Cupcakes

I want to hug this cover, cuddle with it, buy it a nice fancy dinner and ask it to marry me. That’s how much I love it.