I’m so excited to be able to share the shiny new cover for the second book in the Little Somerby series, Springtime At The Cider Kitchen. I adored the cover for my first novel, The Second Chance Tea Shop, and I never thought I’d love another one as much, but, can I let you in on a secret? I think I love this one even more!
Having spent a good chunk of the summer holidays editing book 2, and then a good chunk of September looking through my publisher’s copy edit of the final manuscript, I’m more than ready to let this book go out into the world. I’ve lived it, breathed it, thought about it, for well over a year (well, pretty much since I finished writing book 1, actually, so two and a half years), and I can’t wait to see how readers respond to it when it’s released on 1st January (isn’t that a lovely New Year’s Day gift?).
There’s so much to love about the cover. I immediately noticed the unity of fonts from the first book, which firmly establishes it as part of the same series. Then there’s the gorgeous apple blossom around the edge of the page. Then there’s the swallow, who I need to think of a name for (answers in a tweet, please!). I love the barn/restaurant, and I love the little touches that hint about plot and theme – the cider apples, the cats, the kitchen utensils in the window, the herbs in pots…I could go on. But what I love the most is that I get to share, again, the contents of my head with people who want to find out what happened next in Little Somerby, after the snow fell and the question was popped.
Of course, it’s tough to actually hand it over and know that there will be no more tweaking of the story, but I think I’m ready for that, and I hope you enjoy reading this one as much as I enjoyed writing it. As for me, well, I’m now on to the first draft of book 3, so watch this space!
What do you think? Feel free to comment :).