I got lucky last night. Every so often in anticipation of a new release I google the title in hopes of seeing the cover. Last night I found Her Colorado Man on amazon. I’m in love. Again. I didn’t think they could match Her Montana Man for favorite covers of all time, but this is right up there.
When I was asked to title this book, marketing wanted a title that screamed western. Now this cover doesn’t scream western to me, but that’s okay, because it so perfectly captures the story. This shows an evening scene during the National Mining and Industrial Exposition of 1882 in Denver, Colorado. My heroine, Mariah Spangler fills a man’s shoes at her family’s brewery, and this is her first experience dressing up and presenting herself as a lady. This is also the night Wes Burrows proposes they make their marriage real.
Thank you God, he has a face! I am not fond of the covers that cut off heads. I spend all my time looking at it, wondering what in the world the person looks like. I’ve probably had about an equal number of heroine-only or hero-only covers, less hats and flowers, and a bigger share of couples. This couple is perfect. Does he look as though he came all the way from the Yukon to be her make-believe husband?
The story itself was a couple of years in the making. When I get an idea, it’s a snippet. A glimmer of something that excites me. Here my idea was that a man in Alaska would get letters from a young boy and come to the states, pretending to be the father the boy yearned for. Making this idea believable took several tries and many versions of the plot before I finally had all characters motivated enough to pull it off. Mariah has allowed her entire family and the town of Ruby Creek to believe she has a husband off in the gold fields, so when this husband shows up, she is trapped into going along with the charade.
The rest was magic. I love it when that happens. I always figure the more impossible a plot sounds while I’m planning it, the more beautifully it will work once I make it possible. I’m working on another one like that right now.
Her Colorado Man will be a Rhapsody book club release in hardcover at the end of November, the same time it’s released in paperback. Can’t wait to have one of those in my hands!
So, what do you think?