Cover Love . . . With Cass Grafton

Posted on 7th August, 2020
Today I am delighted to welcome Cass Grafton to my blog. Cass is one of my fellow Sister Scribes and is here today to share her Cover Love for one of her books.


Covers have become such a complex part of my publishing life of late. I’m what’s known as a hybrid author, in that some of my books are with a publisher and others are published by me, and a few of those books have had three different covers over the years.


This is mainly because my publisher (Canelo Escape) has the digital editions and I’ve retained the paperback versions, so between them producing new eBook covers and me updating the original paperback covers to reflect the newer styling—a work in progress, with four new paperback updates coming this month—there are almost too many covers to choose from.


To further complicate the cover love, I write in three distinct sub-genres of romance: historical, time-travel (co-writes with Ada Bright) and contemporary. It’s almost like having to pick one favourite from your all-time most-loved period movie versus a comedic TV series or a modern rom-com!


In the end, however, the decision became easy. Earlier this year, I released my first contemporary romance with the publication of The Cottage in a Cornish Cove, and as I finally, for the first time in several years, have matching covers for both the ebook and paperback editions, it wins for me.




It’s received fabulous feedback and was also the recipient of the Cover of the Month award from ‘Chill with a Book Awards’ back in March.


That’s all down to the designer, of course. Mary Jayne Baker (of did an excellent job of capturing everything I wanted the cover to say, even though she admitted she’d never been to Cornwall.


We had a lot of fun creating the cover, with several exchanges along the lines of:


Me: Can you add a black cat?

MJB: Of course; and would you like a boat in the water?

Me: Yes, please! Ooo, you added a lighthouse, I love it, especially the little one on the spine!


I’m sure Mary Jayne won’t mind my sharing that she admitted to having a thing for lighthouses! There were shutters taken off the buildings—and a few put back on again; there were trees uprooted and trailing plants added to buildings until finally the finished look was achieved, and I’m as much in love with it today as I was when I first saw it.


The Cottage in a Cornish Cove is an uplifting story about love, dreams and first impressions, and although Anna, the main character, is looking out to sea on this cover, lost in those dreams, Heathcliff the cat is staring fixedly at the reader as if to say, what are you waiting for? Doesn’t this cover make you want to jump right in and start reading?


I really hope it does!



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The Cottage in a Cornish Cove is a heart-warming tale of discovering all you never wanted is exactly what you need.


Orphaned as a baby and raised by uncaring relatives, much of Anna Redding’s happiness as a child came from the long summer holidays spent with an elderly family friend, Aunt Meg, in the charming village of Polkerran.


With Aunt Meg’s passing, Anna is drawn back to the West Country, relocating to the Cornish cove where she was once so happy. Filled with memories, she hopes to perhaps open a B&B—and perhaps cross paths with Alex Tremayne again, a local boy she used to have a major crush on and who only had to walk past Anna to make her heart flutter.


Settling into her new life, and enjoying her work for the older, reclusive and—to be honest—often exasperating Oliver Seymour, Anna is delighted when Alex reappears in Polkerran and sweeps her off her feet.


The stars finally seem to be aligned, but just as Anna thinks all she’s ever wished for is within reach, a shock discovery brings everything under threat, and she realises she’s living a dream that isn’t hers to hold.


Can Anna rescue the new life she has made for herself and, when the testing moment comes, will anyone be there to hold her hand?



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A lovely blog, Susanna and Cass! Great info and inspiration for authors, both hybrid and traditional. A really super cover for "The Cottage in a Cornish Cove" and I'm sure the book will do very well - the perfect weather to read such a heart-warming and romantic tale! Thank you both. 🏡