The Great Cover Up

I just stood there. Looking at her. Something about the way the light hit her front piqued my interest.

“You know you want to pick me up,” she said. “Go ahead. Touch me. Lay your hands on me.”

But there were so many others around. I wasn’t sure if she was worth my time. I walked away and left her. Moved out among the stacks. Sniffed my way around.

But she had enticed me. I kept wondering what might be inside her. So, I went back.

“Go ahead. Take a chance. Turn me over,” she persisted.

I did. There, on her back, I saw more of what she’d been trying to show me. More of what I needed to know.

I put my hands on her. I picked her up. I took her home with me.

Now, I cannot leave her alone. I cannot take my eyes off her. I simply cannot.

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This could be a dialogue between you, a prospective reader, and whatever turns out to be the cover that we are presently creating for Unspeakable Things: A Novel.

Hopefully, the cover will be more than pretty, for it must attract prospective readers. It must strike an emotional chord with them. Snag them with preconceptions. Shout quality. Provoke them to wonder what is inside the book. Stimulate them to buy it.

A book cover must do all of those things and more, while competing with thousands of other book covers on mountains of other books stacked around, all playing the same seduction game.

As does the plot of Unspeakable Things: A Novel. A masterful seduction triggers its plot, which spirals off, twisting and turning, entangling the most unlikely characters, all of who will take you on the most unexpected page-turning ride and sometimes leave you gasping for breath.

And the irony of it: I must lure you into buying the novel about a masterful seduction by, in part, seducing you with the front cover of the book. Wish me luck. I will report back.

Life 101, Blog 5, July 26, 2016

Copyright 2016. Jackie Warren Tatum