First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who came out to the Strawberry Festival on Sunday despite the forecasted storms. We were very lucky that they didn't roll in until evening!
I was surprised by how many people asked if the model on the cover of this novel was me or my daughter. While that would have been very cool, I'm afraid it's much cheaper to use a stock photo. I guess she does bear some resemblance to me, now that I look at it closely.
The background of the cover is the Ridgely Train Station, which was recently renovated by the Ridgely Historical Society. Rick and Cathy Schwab did not know I intended to use it on the cover of a novel when they began working on restoring it to its earlier appearance. As luck would have it, it was finished at precisely the time I was ready to call my graphic designer (Jody Christian of Christian Graphic Designs in Annapolis) to come out and take photos.
She always works her magic, photo-shopping, texturizing, and tweaking until we have a beautiful cover!
As an interesting side note, if you look at the covers of books 1 and 3 in my first series, OF WIND AND SKY, the model actually is yours truly. I have my face averted so that you cannot clearly see me, since I am representing two completely different characters on those covers! I was able to borrow those dresses from the Queen Anne's Historical Society in Centreville, MD.
Ridgely Train Station, 1897