Oooh! How exciting! Got an email over the weekend from Laura Sellars (my BFF who designs my book covers), and attached to it was the cover for The Secret Keeper Lets Go, Book #5 in the Secret Keeper series, due to release at the end of June. Maybe. Possibly. Most likely. I hope. Fingers crossed! Praying! Whew. Anyway, I wasn't expecting her to be finished with the cover yet, so that made her email even more delightful. I gleefully opened the attachment, and once again, I was bowled over by what I saw. It never fails to amaze me how she can capture the essence of a book she hasn't read. I mean, I didn't even tell her any of the plot points or summarize the themes (which is kind of dumb on my part, I know, but we have a good system going, so why mess with a good thing?) But she managed to take the brand she's already created for The Secret Keeper--the silhouette of the tree against a colorful background--and add the sort of detail and flourishes to perfectly hint at what's to come. Tee hee hee hee hee! Yay! Now you're going to study the picture and try to figure out what each leaf, bird, and squirrel (yes, there's a squirrel on this one!) means, aren't you? Good. You don't have too long to wait and wonder, though. Unless I go on vacation and decide not to come back. Or something tragic happens to me (shark attack). But in both of those instances, people close to me know where to find the files for the book, so they can publish it after my demise. Wow. This blog post just took a turn for the morbid, didn't it? Really, I'm just stalling, keeping you in suspense for a little longer before showing you the cover. I have a bit of a cruel streak. And a flair for the dramatic.
Okay, fine! Here it is! Get a good, hard look at it. Speculate. Study. Philosophize. And thank Laura Sellars for yet another fine piece of artwork. (Oh, and if you click on the picture, it will take you to the blog post with Chapter One of TSK LG, in case you haven't read it yet. But remember... there will be spoilers to the previous books, so read at your own risk if you haven't read Books 1-4 in the series.)