Low Midnight: January 2015

April 9, 2014

You want to see a new cover?  Of course you do:

Low Midnight

Here’s Cormac!  Art by Craig White, who’s done all the Kitty covers and I’m really glad he’s doing this one, too.  Low Midnight will be out in January 2015.  Yes, I know it’s a long wait.  There’ll be some sneak previews throughout the rest of the year, so stay tuned.

Something I feel needs to be said:  Cormac and Kitty do not hook up in this book.  The cover kind of makes it look like they might, but they do not.  At this point, it will never happen, because in order for that to happen I’d pretty much have to destroy all the work I’ve done building up the existing characters and relationships.  That just doesn’t sound appealing.

A word about the mustache: In the editorial letter for Kitty and The Midnight Hour, my editor at the time said “Lose Cormac’s mustache, it’s sleazy.”  And my first thought was, “But my Dad has a mustache.”  I know a dozen guys with mustaches who aren’t sleazy.  Thinking about it some more, I realized — this is a West thing.  This is a frontier thing, and my New York/East Coast editor didn’t get it.  Mustaches mean something different out here than they do there, and are viewed differently.  She was thinking porn star.  I was thinking cowboy.  So I put my foot down, explained what was going on, and kept the mustache.

I had more input on this cover than on just about any other cover on any of my books, and it was all about Cormac.  I got a string of emails asking for descriptions from the books, what he ought to look like, what he should be doing, etc.  I think it’s a little of that regional thing creeping in again:  my publisher, and its art and marketing departments, are based in New York, and I’m trying to get across this character who is rooted in his region and culture in the Rocky Mountain West.  There was also the challenge of making clear this is part of the series while introducing a new main character.  In the end the mustache as I imagined it (think Sam Elliott) was just a little too regional to land on the cover of a book that’s going to go everywhere.

So, here it is!  Low Midnight, which is about Cormac, Amelia, and a mystery with more layers than an onion…

 

14 Responses to “Low Midnight: January 2015”

  1. Beth Says:

    Hi Carrie! I was glad to read this post about you having more input into your cover design. I attended one of your book signings at Bookworks in Albuquerque (when you released Discord’s Apple), and I asked you about your cover designs. You said that you didn’t have much input – that the publisher actually took care of all that for you. I am a graphic designer, and I found that interesting that you didn’t have more of a say about how your story was portrayed on your book covers. I actually found it a little disturbing. Don’t get me wrong, your book covers are gorgeous, but I would have thought you would have had more of a say in the design and the feel of them. So, long story short, I really am glad to hear that you were able to work with the publisher to portray Cormac the way you see him….not the way they see him.🙂

  2. Erik K Says:

    Ooooo, that’s a pretty cover.

    I’m glad you feel that way about Cormac and Kitty, just as a reader speaking. At the beginning, of course, it could have gone that way, but right now, it would feel super unfaithful. Besides, it’s nice to have men and women be friends and partners WITHOUT feeling the need to bone. Because, you know, friendships like that happen all the time. Often, in books and movies, that sort of thing isn’t allowed for.

  3. Becca Says:

    To be honest I didn’t even notice a moustache at first. And I don’t think moustaches make guys sleezy, their actions do. My father and Hus and both have them and I have never gotten a sleeze vibe from either ( thank goodness! ) Then again… being from New York (upstate) my dad is more redneck and my husband a hippie rather than cowboys….

  4. carriev Says:

    Thanks, guys!

    Beth: Usually I’m happy to let the art department have their way with the covers. It’s important to remember that they’re less interested in accurately depicting what happens in the book and more interested in creating an image that will catch people’s attention and sell books. They seem to be doing a good job so far!

  5. Beth Says:

    Oh, absolutely they are! I guess I’m just a control freak…:D

  6. LupLun Says:

    I like. ^_^

  7. Thomas Stacey Says:

    I really like the cover! And thanks for the clarification about Cormac and Kitty, though I didn’t expect that as like you mentioned it would destroy/change too much of what you built up already. Kitty and the wolf in the background just reminds me, “Hey we’re still in Kitty’s world and Kitty and Ben will probably appear at least ‘some’.”.

    I really like how Cormac is portrayed though and the cowboy vibe comes across well, since there is no more modern cowboy character I can think of than him, even if he no longer has the gun.


  8. Do people often ask you about Cormac and Kitty, Carrie?

    Honestly it seems like something that anyone who’s read the series not only wouldn’t expect to see but likely wouldn’t WANT to see. Never underestimate the craziness of shippers, I guess.

    Anyways, I really enjoyed the Cormac-focused stories of Kitty’s Greatest Hits. Looking forward to Low Midnight. January feels so far away…

  9. Michael Says:

    At least he doesn’t have the oddly placed tattoo like Kitty’s tramp stamp on that earlier cover. At least, not that we can see.

  10. carriev Says:

    Thomas: That’s exactly what the cover is supposed to say, so hurrah!

    Alex: I used to get emailed about it all the time. Some of them were rather belligerent, i.e. “I won’t read any more of your books until Cormac and Kitty hook up.” I’ve stopped getting a lot of those, mainly because I think the people who really wanted them to hook up have stopped reading. I imagine I might start getting them again after this comes out…

  11. AngieC Says:

    I’m really looking forward to this one. Okay, I look forward to all your books, who am I kidding.

    To me, the cover says “This book is about Cormac. Kitty’s there but she’s not the focus.” I don’t see any hint of a (shudder) Kitty/Cormac pairing. He’s family.

    One of the things that I like about the Kitty books is the lack of bed hopping and weird paranormal sex. Not judging, not at all, there is a book for every storyline and a reader for every book and I have read some wonderful steamy paranormals but I liked that your main character met someone and fell in love, just like a regular person. And, since they love each other so much, she and Ben are faithful to each other and their marriage.


  12. So,probably no one will see this since it was written back in April. But I’ve been listening to the whole series over the last week or so(I’m about to listen to the last one now). BUT, I’m so very very happy to see that a Kitty/Cormac releationship is not happening. Because, I think this makes it one of the few female lead series without a love triangle and where the biggest focus of the story is not “OMG! who she going to end up with?” Kitty has other things in her live besides her love life. And it makes me so so happy to read a book like this. Thank you!!

  13. carriev Says:

    Hi Mary — I still check comments! Thank you so much for that — I realized pretty early on I had no interest in writing a love triangle. That seems to be where so many other series fall down because someone’s always going to be disappointed, and they feel artificially drawn out. So, thank you for getting it!


  14. Thanks so for the response!!! It amuses me that it’s actually way more surprising to have a happy couple.


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