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Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for THE TRUTH ABOUT HAPPILY EVER AFTER!

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We are bouncing off the walls with excitement about the cover directions for Karole Cozzo's third book, The Truth About Happily Ever After! In this enchanting contemporary, a theme park princess has to put her life back together after her Happily Ever After falls apart. Here's a longer synopsis:

"Alyssa Callahan, Cinderella at the Enchanted Dominion, is all about the princess life. She wears her tiara when cleaning the bathroom. She believes that being a princess is about more than wearing a pretty dress and smiling—it’s about behaving with grace, and kindness, and giving others a hand up when they’re down. And most of all, Alyssa believes in happily ever after. So when her relationship with Jake, her real life Prince Charming, goes south, Alyssa is committed to doing everything in her power to save it. After all, fairy tales are only real if you keep on believing in them.

But when life douses Alyssa with a cold dose of reality and crushes her dreams for a future that ends with 'and they lived happily ever after,' she’s forced to reconsider everything she believes about friendship and love. And now that it’s Alyssa’s turn to need a hand up, her friend Miller Austin, energetic and lovable Kangzagoo the Kangaroo at the park, is there to help her to her feet. Miller doesn’t have the Prince pedigree, but over time, he shows Alyssa that she’s stronger and more resilient than she ever believed and perfect just as she is, princess or not. And maybe, once Alyssa’s willing to give up on the idea of her fairy tale, Miller will be the one to show her that sometimes you find your happily-ever-after where you least expected to."

Swoon designers Becca S. and Eileen S. have come up with four fantastic cover options for you to choose from, and have shared some thoughts about their inspiration behind each one. Remember, the below images aren't necessarily final. These are just directions, so there will probably be some tweaks made before the book hits the shelves. (For more information about the difference between a cover direction and the final cover click here.)

To view enlarged images, right click the image to view it in a new tab. Cover voting will close at noon EST on Monday, June 20.

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Becca S.'s Frog Prince Cover

Someone once told me "You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince." This is SO true for The Truth About Happily Ever After, where a character exhausts herself kissing a "frog" before she realizes he's not actually a prince! I fell in love with the idea of showing an actual frog, happily accepting kisses, on the cover, but alas! He's been kissed and is still just a frog! It feels like the perfect tone for this sweet, lighthearted story.

    

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Eileen S.'s Shoe Cover

The single glass slipper is such an iconic symbol of the Cinderella story, and I wanted to play with that idea. Alyssa wears pumps covered in Swarovski crystals, so I removed some and scattered them about to represent the harsher, crumbling reality behind her picture-perfect facade. I added the silhouette of a castle to help make the fairy tale/amusement park connection, and chose a lovely soft blue to complement the feminine, hand-drawn type.

    

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Becca S.'s Boxing Gloves Cover

I love the idea that Alyssa keeps a scrapbook of her wedding ideas. Who hasn't at some point let themselves guiltily daydream about their own wedding, if only for a moment? This cover is about Alyssa having to rearrange her own ideas about the future. It's the original scrapbook of her fairytale wedding, with the unexpected romance, and the unexpected personal power that comes with her taking kickboxing pasted on top! Like the story, it's all about having your happily ever after, but finding it in an unexpected way.

     

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Eileen S.'s Crown Cover

This type-driven cover was inspired by all the tiaras I saw in my photo research! I wanted to see if I could make all or part of the title fit into the crown, and this option worked out the best. The castle and rollercoaster at the bottom bring in the amusement park element, and the imagery works with the subtitle nicely. It's a simple cover but eye catching and fun.

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