What do you all think of it? Some interesting changes have been made from the cover originally planned for the mass market edition (which They decided not to do.)
I'm delighted with the mountain background and the colors that are very different from my previous book. The overall blueness of the first cover proposed looked a lot like the cover for my last book -- a little too easy to confuse the two. And I'm thrilled that they got rid of that Full Circle Farm Mystery tag which none of the previous books carry.
The two women on the cover kind of stopped me at first -- they don't look anything like my idea of Elizabeth and her sister Gloria -- whose story this is. But they do suggest two women with 'issues' -- which is very much the heart of the book.
I'm pretty sure that what's in play here with the choice of this cover is that my editor and the team at Random House are trying to find a wider audience for my books. This cover looks far more like Women's Fiction than Crime Fiction -- and Women's Fiction is a huge market. Plus, the mention of the Anthony nomination and the comparison to Sharyn McCrumb will tip off mystery readers that this is part of the mystery genre -- even without using the word mystery on the cover.
Perhaps the cover is a little too feminine to make a guy want to pick it up -- and I do have some male readers. But they could always conceal the book behind a protective covering of Field and Stream Magazine -- or read it as an e-book.
The italicized the still bothers me a little -- it looks interesting but it makes me want to read the title as Under THE Skin -- which make no sense.
But, in spite of all this petty carping, I'm very happy with the new cover -- and hope it will make lots of folks want to buy the book. That, in the long run, is the purpose of the cover.