Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ever seen a Christmas Piano Tree?

I asked myself that question when I was looking for ideas for a cover for my holiday romance, A Christmas Piano Tree. 

You can’t stick a picture of a Christmas tree on a piano…and the story is a romance. Got to have gorgeous hero and pretty heroine on the cover…but where to start?

That’s when I decided to take a cover class from Andris Bear and Lily Smith through the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.

Andris and Lily critiqued and gave suggestions to my cover until I got it right. Thank you, ladies!! I highly recommend their class if you want to do your own covers. Lily and Andris are awesome!

I love for stock photos, and since I have somewhat of an art background, I enjoy the process of cover design (once upon another life I studied design for the theatre). Here is a Spanish-theme sketch I did for a Vegas-type extravaganza.

Jina Bacarr's photo.
I’ve always had a love for design since I was a kid and I drew pictures in my dad’s encyclopedias (remember those?).

Here's a sketch for a dress design I did at age 11. Somehow it has survived numerous moves around the country and overseas…

What kind of covers do you enjoy for Christmas books?

I totally enjoyed putting the cover together for “The Christmas Piano Tree,” the story of a pretty young war widow who re-discovers the magic of the holiday season with the help of a homeless vet and an old piano. I hope you like it.


Check out my Christmas Piano Tree Pinterest board!


Casey Crow said...

beautiful cover, Jina!

Jina Bacarr said...

Thanks, Casey! Making your own covers is fun...and rewarding. Finding the core of your story to showcase on your cover is so important...

Dalton Diaz said...

Those are gorgeous! I'm so jealous. I can't even draw a good stick figure. Wish I were kidding!

Jina Bacarr said...

Thanks, Dalton -- very kind. What's more important is that you can WRITE!!