About Traci Jo Stotts
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Always one to daydream, I’m often teased for the many bits and pieces of paper with notes and ideas for different books littering my desk. After spending most of my life in rural Nevada, I’ve recently moved to Washington.
To my husband and sons…I finished!
Why book covers are so important
I really didn’t have any visions of what the cover for From Shattered Pieces would look like. I purposely ignored that part of the process. I filled out the cover worksheet and daydreamed about how I was going to feel when I saw it. Once I knew it was on its way, I was giddy with excitement.
The e-mail came with cover art in the subject line. I knew this was too important to open on my phone so I powered up my laptop and sat, anxiously waiting. I clicked the attachment and that feeling I was anticipating wasn’t there. The cover was beautiful. I loved the font and the shattered pieces flying this way and that. The model on the cover just didn’t reflect the story. Ian, the main character in FSP, is a tomboy and the model was pretty glamorous. It was almost too beautiful.
This being my first experience, I wasn’t sure how to voice my concerns. The artists have a worksheet with limited information to go by. I am sure it’s not a dig at the artist’s work to say it’s too beautiful, but it was hard to speak up nevertheless.
I asked for something a little different (with not a moment to spare), and was lucky enough to be able to look for an image that better reflected the overall feel of Ian’s story.
Again, I pushed away any images that tried to creep into my mind. I knew the cover artist was more than capable of delivering a fabulous cover, and boy, did she ever! The moment I opened the second attachment, I felt it. “THIS IS IT! THIS IS HER! THIS IS IAN’S STORY!” I couldn’t stop staring at it!
I’m in love with the artwork for From Shattered Pieces and I’m so thankful to have worked with such an amazing artist! It was important for me to love the cover. It’s the first connection reader’s have with the story. So, I disagree with the old saying Don’t judge a book by its cover. For me, it’s the first impression and when I look at the cover of From Shattered Pieces… I’m impressed!
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Ian had no intention of running away. She lived with her abusive parents for sixteen years, so surely she could endure two more. But something changed the night she fought back.
Leaving home was one thing but being on the streets of Reno brings scary to a whole new level. A chance run-in with Jubal proves to be both a blessing and a curse.
Now, Ian must come to terms with who she is and what she must do to survive.
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