Marsha Canham's Blog

November 9, 2010

No, you’re not seeing things

Filed under: Uncategorized — marshacanham @ 9:21 pm

I’ve made a new cover for Swept Away.


It wasn’t that I didn’t like the old one…I did.  Sort of.  I mean, just because I couldn’t get the colour of the sunset right, or just because I had to chop the poor fellow’s head off because he had a crew cut didn’t necessarily mean I wasn’t pleased with how it turned out.  It was only my second attempt at designing a cover.  And I did spend nearly four hours painstakingly cutting out the pic of the tiny ship in the background and painstakingly, pixel by pixel taking out the background that showed through the rigging and around the sails.  Anal pixelling is all part of the fun of making up my own covers.  It actually helps me think, even after I go a little cross-eyed doing it.

Nope, bottom line was, I liked the covers for Bound by the Heart and The Wind and the Sea better.  I liked the font, the faded images, the colour scheme and, since all three books had elements of the sea in them, I figured I could get away with using the same general theme.

FINDING something that conveyed the feeling of being Swept Away was another matter entirely.  I must have googled every windswept keyword and tag I could think of, trying to find just the right background to set the mood.  I belong to a great email loop comprised of authors from the website, and we all toss our covers out while we’re doing them to get some input/criticism/comments.  I whined about my dilemma over finding something that looked swept away, but when I DID find something I thought would work, they all vetoed it.  Dunno why.  I thought it was perfect.


So…back at the drawing board, I found a cool wave I could use.  And as much I love the photos on Jimmy Thomas’s site, I used two of them already, so I searched, again, for something a little different.  I hope no one misses the pink sunset.  It has actually been selling very well on Amazon…better than BBTH, which makes me a bit leery about changing the cover, but…I’ll give it a try and see what happens.  If people would rather see the pink sunset cover, I can put it back *S*

What do YOU think?



  1. Can I like both…..hard to choose one over the other for me.

    Comment by abigail-madison chase — November 9, 2010 @ 10:16 pm | Reply

    • Of course you can *g*. If I didn’t actually like the first one, I wouldn’t have used it. I just like the second one a bit more because it fits in with TWATS and BBTH. I really like the cover for CR, so I’m not about to tinker with that one, but the other three line up nicely side by side.

      Comment by marshacanham — November 10, 2010 @ 1:22 pm | Reply

  2. I much prefer the cover with the ship. I think the guy with the wave looks kinda cheesy, and your books are definitely not cheesy. But hey, I have been wrong about covers before, as you know.

    Comment by Sherri Browning Erwin — November 10, 2010 @ 12:01 am | Reply

    • Cheesy? *gasps and faints…drags upright again* Cheesy? *faints again* All my hard work…hours and hours of pixelating…and Filbert calls it cheesy? I think I’m traumatized. Yes, that’s it. I am. Definitely traumatized. LOL

      Like I said, I’m keeping the sunset one in reserve just in case. *g*


      Comment by marshacanham — November 10, 2010 @ 1:19 pm | Reply

  3. I think the same as Sherry. I like the first one. The guy in the second cover makes it look like the ones in the 80’s and a bit “cheese”, sorry,sorry don’t hate me.

    Comment by Susana — November 10, 2010 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

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