2014 Cover Trends – Piers

My first prediction for 2014 cover trends involves an often overlooked background item, the simple wooden pier.   Beaches, oceans,  lakes, rivers, and even streams have  been  popular cover backgrounds but piers also add interest.  I’ve noticed that cover designers have placed piers in a more prominent position on several 2014 romance covers .

Piers visually signal action, i.e. people climbing in and out of boats, walking, sitting, fishing, daydreaming, or even a couple embracing and watching the sunset.  They can also trigger emotions and memories.   Sigh, I’m a fan.  What do you think of this trend?

Carolina Man

Berkley – March, 2014

The Widow's Walk

Harper Collins – May, 2014

The Summer They Never Fogot

Harlequin Romance – February, 2014

Evening Stars

Mira – February, 2014









Valentine’s Day Is Appreciation Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I will be buying myself a token of appreciation for Valentine’s Day. It’s a romance featuring Patience Bloom, an editor at Harlequin, discussing her romance journey and finding love in her forties. The synopsis reminds me of one of my favorite movie heroines, Joan Wilder, and I can’t wait to read it. The hardcover edition, eBook, and audio format release in February and the paperback edition releases in May. The cover is a whimsical cartoon cover and fits the subject perfectly. This little romance is a Valentine’s gift to myself this year.

Romance Is My Day Job

Dutton – February, 2014

My fondest memories from childhood are decorating my Valentine shoe box for school and selecting which Valentines I handed out to my classmates and grandparents.  I wish I had taken a photo or two of my creations but I’m sure they are much better in my memory than they were in reality.   My mother always had a small gift sitting on the end of my bed on Valentine’s morning.  I love that memory today.  It made me feel so special.

Valentine’s day is marketed as a day for romance but it’s a day for telling those you care about just how special they are to you.  Friends, relatives, co-workers, children,  and if we have a significant other in our lives, they all need to hear they are appreciated.   And last, but not least, we need to give ourselves a little love, too.  I wish everyone a day of appreciation on Valentine’s Day, 2014.

Covers always make me relate to the subject inside and the four covers below are all about the romance.  Enjoy!

Romance For Cynics

Harlequin – January, 2014

The Greek's Tiny Miracle

Harlequin – January, 2014

His Forever Valentine

Angel Creek Press
January, 2014

The Scandalous Duke Takes a Bride

St. Martin’s
February, 2014


Celebrating Black History Month – 2014

I watched an eye opening documentary on my local Chicago PBS channel Friday night which introduced me to another Black History hero. Whitney Young is often overlooked  because of the prominence of Martin Luther King but Young was a terrific advocate and trailblazer for African American economic opportunities.

PBS & Independent Lens produced a program about the man and his accomplishments and challenges. He was a moderate who produced results…a Civil Rights hero. Take a look at the trailer for the program which first aired in February, 2013. I’ll also include a link to the full documentary which runs 1:51 hours in length.

Find the full documentary here:

Independent Lens Documentary – Powerbroker – Whitney Young

You may have noticed that the design for Dear Publisher is new. I’ve switched to Word Press and a responsive design that is mobile friendly. You will still be able to visit the archives of the Dear Publisher blog when it was hosted by Serendipity blogs. Time will tell if it will be a good change or if I’ll switch back.

It’s also time to celebrate African American romance with covers from current AA romances.

Yours Forever

Harlequin Kimani Romance
March, 2014

From Across the Divide

January, 2014

Valentine's Fantasy

January, 2014

In The Light of Love

Harlequin Kimani Romance
January, 2014