Friday, 9 December 2016

About the Cover: What Lies Beneath the Mask

If you haven't seen the amazing cover that the super talented Debbie Cassidy made for me yet then here it is! Plus can check out her facebook page and website to see more awesome covers she's made!

What Lies Beneath the Mask released on December 1st! It'll be just $0.99 (or £0.99!) until 1st January! 

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Even before I first contacted Debbie about doing my cover I had an idea of what I wanted, and I was astounded by not just how well she managed to capture that, but also how far past what I imagined it turned out! Even though it's the cover for one of my books I can't stop looking at it! 

While What Lies Beneath the Mask is a romance story, and is also a loose retelling of The Phantom of the Opera (it started life as a more faithful retelling!) the most important part of the story for me is Annabelle's journey and the way in which she starts to heal after leaving her abusive relationship with Toby. I liked writing Annabelle a lot, she had her weaknesses, not least because at the beginning she tries to push Jack away, but she also has an incredible strength to just keep going. Which was why I knew that she had to be alone on the cover, this story is about her, Jack and the other characters are secondary to that. 

When I saw the stock image that was used (even though the woman in it was originally blonde) I knew it was right. I'd been clear in my head that the expression of the woman was going to be one of the most important things for me, because laughing and smiling just weren't right for the story, and this just stood out. The idea for me was that there was more going on beneath the front that people, and in this case specifically Annabelle, put on for people, and that removing the mask was something that showed true trust on her part. Hence the mask on the cover and in the title. 

I think that's pretty much it! This is just a case of me having a lot of thoughts about these things and wanting to share them all! 


3 years ago, assistant director and aspiring concept artist Annabelle escaped from an abusive relationship, and now the past is back to haunt her. Feeling drawn to the handsome and charming star of her amateur theatre group’s production of the Phantom of the Opera, Annabelle has to fight her demons if she’s to follow her heart. But is Jack enough to free her from her memories, or has her ex-boyfriend still got her in his grasp?

Loosely based on the Phantom of the Opera.

What Lies Beneath the Mask released on December 1st! It'll be just $0.99 (or £0.99!) until 1st January! 

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