Cover Love. . . With Elaine Roberts

Posted on 4th September, 2020

Today I'm delighted to welcome Elaine Roberts to my blog to take part in my Cover Love series. Elaine cherished a lifelong dream to be a published author and her dream came true when Aria signed her to write an historical trilogy based around the famous Foyle's bookshop in London. She is now writing a new trilogy. Here, Elaine shares her favourite book cover with us.

Once my novel has been written I wait nervously to see whether my editor at Aria, Head of Zeus likes it, after that curiosity about the cover kicks in. When I was asked to pick one of my four book covers as my favourite I thought this is going to be difficult because I love them all. The Foyles Bookshop Girls will always hold a place in my heart. It makes me proud because it’s my first one ever, and I naturally love it.


My latest book cover, The West End Girls, is a favourite for very different reasons. I do believe it’s eye catching because of the colours but it also fits in to the style of The Foyles Bookshop Girls series. However, one of the biggest draws of that cover is London’s Lyceum Theatre in the background. I have many happy memories of being in that theatre, and not just to see shows. I remember going there when I was in my late teens early twenties, many, many moons ago, when it was a ballroom. I remember being in awe the first time I saw it; it’s a magnificent building, inside and out. At that time there would have been a live band and a D.J. playing at weekends. I danced away for many hours and then had to walk home, practically back to Kent, at two-thirty in the morning.


The ladies dress on the cover is purple, and that’s my favourite colour and adds a great contrast to the background. I like the simplicity of it all, and yet the cover tells you everything. It tugs on my heartstrings for many reasons, although no one knew that when they were designing it.


Book Blurb



Growing up on a farm in the country, Annie Cradwell has always dreamt of singing on stage. So when she hears her friend Joyce has a room to spare in London, she sets off with best friend Rose for an adventure beyond anything they could have imagined. 

In London, Annie and Rose stumble into jobs at the Lyceum Theatre. Being a dresser to capricious star Kitty Smythe wasn't exactly what Annie had in mind. But then the musical director, Matthew Harris, offers her singing lessons. And Annie starts to wonder – could this be her chance? Or is it all too good to be true? 

With the threat of war in the air, everything is uncertain. Is there a place for hopes and dreams when so much is at stake? 

Annie, Rose and Joyce are three girls with very different dreams – but the same great friendship.

Amazon: The West End Girls


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Thank you Susanna for inviting me to your blog, it made me look at my covers with new eyes. Elaine Roberts xx