Anyone who’s ever talked to me at length about writing fantasies knows that one of my biggest dreams — after being published in the first place – was to have a book of mine translated into a foreign language. Well, it finally happened! The Polish edition of A Summer in Europe has made it through translation and copyediting and, at long last, cover art!
According to the online program I used to try to read the words on the jacket, “Wakacje w Europie” means “Holidays in Europe,” although a friend with a Polish background translated it as “A European Vacation.” (I like it either way!) And the line underneath the title, “Upewnij się, że masz ważny paszport – po przeczytaniu tej powieści zechcesz podążyć śladami jej bohaterów” means (roughly) “Make sure you have a valid passport – after reading this novel you’ll want to follow in the footsteps of her heroes.”
Seriously, I’m in love with this cover, and I haven’t even seen it on the actual book yet! It won’t be released by the Polish publisher Prószyński i S-ka until June 18th. I can’t wait!! It brings out those old travel daydreams again for me…sigh. (Don’t you just want to go to Italy right now, too?! Or, if not, where would you like to go for a getaway?)
I was, however, a big fan of the U.S./Canada cover that Kristine Mills, my Kensington designer, created, too. A different visual interpretation of the story but, also, very beautiful! Which image catches your eye first? Do certain colors draw you in more than others? For me, the golden-orange hues of the original, plus the charming Lake Como scene, were what made me fall in love with the cover the first time around. But this new version has that gorgeous deep purple. And it features Venice, one of my favorite cities in the world! So, for me, it’s hard to choose…
In other exciting, writing-related news, paperback copies of On Any Given Sundae are now available — as well as the ebook version, of course! The cover artist who designed the eyecatching front cover of my first romantic comedy, Kim Killion, blew me away with her creativity and sense of fun, as did Rebecca Young, a new designer who created the front cover of my most recent release, Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match.
So, in celebration of talented designers everywhere, I’m giving away one PDF copy of ‘Perfect Match’ to one commenter on this blog post!! Random drawing to be held this coming Sunday night, and I’ll post the winner’s name in the comments section.
Good luck and, for everyone celebrating here in the States, have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend, too!