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Timeless: The Back Cover

We’re now less than three months away from my upcoming release, Timeless.  It’s written and edited. I’ve turned in the front and back matter like the acknowledgements and dedications. I’ve been going through all the final checklists lists and details to prepare the official documents for print. My task for this week was to approve the cover proofs. This doesn’t mean the actual cover designed as that was done months ago. (You can see my blog on that here.) Cover proofs are when we check the details like making sure my name is spelled correctly on the font and on the spine. Or making sure the fonts are consistent with my pervious books. We check to make sure my bio is up to date and the photo is properly accredited.

Interesting side note on my new author photo: The official credit goes to Jackson Spangler. That’s right, my son took the shot while we were in Ptown this year. He was 5 at the time. I’m not certain on this, but I’m willing to bet that’s the youngest author photographer BSB has ever published.


Not bad, huh?  I also chose this one because the blue background of Ptown harbor fits perfectly with the blues on the cover of Timeless, even if the horizon is slightly askew.

So anyway, I have a multi-sectioned checklist of things to fine-tooth comb before the cover can be approved. The biggest piece on the back though is the blurb. I know that those short little paragraphs will likely be all that most people have to go on when trying to decide whether or not to buy the book, (Not you dear blog readers, I promise you will have much more information and backstory before this one launches) and that short synopsis or teaser will either pique their interest enough for them to spend hard earned money, or it won’t, and my book will go back on the shelf. I have about 500 words to give you the basics of the story along with enough style and enough mystery to hook you in without giving too much away. Characters, plot, conflict, intrigue, and a hint of romance all in half a page. It’s not an easy task, but it’s an essential one.

I actually withheld that blurb when I posted the cover earlier because it’s so important it deserves a reveal of its own. So without further ado here’s the part of the cover to Timeless that carries more weight than even a picture taken by my son.

What would you change about your past if you had the chance? What if you didn’t have a choice? 

Stevie Geller doesn’t do conflict. She likes her job as a successful novelist and playwright because it allows her to peacefully ensconce herself in her New York City loft, avoid human interactions, and leave personal drama for the page and stage. When her agent asks her to return to her hometown of Darlington, Illinois, to accept an award, she agrees only because he promises the process will be quick and easy. One panic attack and concussion later, Stevie is forced to confront her past in ways that seem to defy reality. As if befriending a social outcast and confronting high school bullies weren’t enough, she also finds herself falling for a closeted teacher. Along the way, Stevie must decide if some things are worth fighting for. In her rush to escape the past, will she leave behind a better future, or are some conflicts really timeless?

So?  What do you think?  Did it help interest you enough to read Timeless? Let me know in the comments below.


January 21, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. This TOTALLY sounds exactly like a book I read! Oh yeah…

    Comment by Lynda Sandoval | January 21, 2014 | Reply

    • Good. I forgot you hadn’t see the blurb yet!

      Comment by rachelspangler | January 21, 2014 | Reply

  2. Yep. Congratulations on the blog. Love the blue in the picture, but even more importantly, the smile matches the sunshine glinting off the water. The blurb is enticing. It captured the premise of a character with some social hang-ups, her journey in having those exposed, and the promise of an entertaining read to see what happens next because of the circumstances she finds herself in. I’d buy it.

    Comment by solargrrl | January 21, 2014 | Reply

    • Thank you Karen! It’s hard not to smile when an adorable little boy points a camera at you. And I’m glad the blurb worked for you too!

      Comment by rachelspangler | January 21, 2014 | Reply

  3. Excellent blurb! (And photo! Well done, Jackson!). Cannot wait to read it.

    Comment by JULIANN RICH | January 21, 2014 | Reply

  4. I think that’s a great summary! And I loooove the new picture. How special that Jackson took it?!?

    Comment by Barb D. | January 21, 2014 | Reply

    • Glad you think it fits Barb. You’re one of about four people who can say that with authority! And yes, I love that Jackson took the picture.

      Comment by rachelspangler | January 21, 2014 | Reply

  5. Love that photo. Wasn’t it your birthday that day? 🙂

    Comment by Melissa Brayden | January 21, 2014 | Reply

    • Yes it was Melissa, it was quite a day. Maybe I need to do a blog on the story behind that picture.

      Comment by rachelspangler | January 21, 2014 | Reply

  6. Great picture by Jackson. Plus the blurb has me ready to order.

    Comment by Donna MacArthur | January 21, 2014 | Reply

  7. Awesome! I had no doubt that I was going to read it, but the blurb seals the deal! Can’t wait.

    Comment by claireccolorado | January 21, 2014 | Reply

  8. Great picture! Good blurb but I’ll buy it just because is says Rachel Spangler on the front!


    Comment by cw | January 26, 2014 | Reply

  9. […] told you about and the settings in NYC and Darlington.  I told you about the cover: Front and back. I even told you about my new author photo.  Many of you have followed this project on social […]

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