Each Friday one of the members of The Indie Exchange will be showcasing one of their covers and telling us the story behind it. This week’s featured cover is from Family Ties by Louise Behiel. The cover was designed by Su Kopil at Earthly Charms.
Louise Behiel says: “This is my first book and I had a very clear idea of what I wanted. But since I have no graphic genes, I knew I’d be working with a professional. I wanted to help but to make a long story short, I couldn’t find the images to make my vision a reality.
I contacted several cover artists and Su responded immediately. I told her what I wanted and she went to work. But she had no more success finding my perfect images than I did. We went back and forth a bit, talking about the book. I was amazed at the questions she asked and her willingness to work with me to come up with the perfect cover. She was interested in getting to the kernel of the story and its nuances. After an exchange of emails, she offered to put together some ideas for me – something totally different. When I got her samples, I was amazed. It proved my tenet that I don’t know anything about graphic design. As soon as I opened this one, I had a visceral reaction and knew she’d designed the perfect cover for my first book.
Ironically, it is nothing like my vision, but the hero and heroine are brought together when one of her children comes through the old, broken fence between their yards. And the fence surrounding my hero’s heart has to be taken down before he can love the heroine. Su caught the theme of the book in her artwork in a way that I could never have imagined.”
Grayson Mills realized long ago that he’s unable to establish and sustain meaningful relationships – especially with women. He’s constructed a lifestyle that leaves him alone and his sexy new neighbor isn’t going to change his decision – especially since she has a horde of kids running around. Child psychologist Andie Bowen has four foster children, all with high emotional needs. Andie’s committed to the children and she’s not going to upset them by getting involved with a man who could never accept her family.
When six year old Chloe breaks into Gray’s home, Andie is appalled, until she realizes that Jamie, her clinging youngest child, has left her side for the first time in months. He’s looking at one of Gray’s treasures, a model car. As Gray realizes the importance of the boy’s behavior, he knows she will race out to buy a model but won’t have any idea how to build it, so he offers to help.
When an unknown assailant starts tormenting Andie’s family, Gray steps in to protect his neighbor and her family. At the same time, he has to confront the nightmares from his childhood that have returned with a vengeance. Together Andie and Gray will face his past while he struggles to keep Andie and her children safe.
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