I decided to change the title of Not the Marrying Kind to Patty’s Gamble. (This is the rewrite of The Keeping of Greg Wilson.) I took a look at the cover I was thinking of doing and while that cover is funny, I don’t think it best reflects the direction I’m going with my covers now. So I decided to change the cover, and while I was experimenting with a new cover, the title “Not the Marrying Kind” didn’t seem to fit the cover. So after brainstorming with Stephannie Beman, we came up with Patty’s Gamble, which is actually a good way to tie it into a series. This book is the planned second book for the Montana Series, and book one is called Mitch’s Win. Mitch’s Win has a poker game in the beginning where Mitch wins the freedom of a young woman whose brother had made her part of the bet. So I was thinking if I’m going with a poker kind of theme in the title, then I wanted something with the person’s first name and a suitable word to go with it. So I decided to use Patty because she’s the one who traps our poor unsuspecting hero, Greg, into marriage. After brainstorming words like wager, bet, “stakes her claim”, etc, Stephannie came up with gamble.
So now Not the Marrying Kind’s new title is Patty’s Gamble.
Here the old cover and title…
Here’s the new cover and title…
I should add that this is a tentative title and cover. I might end up changing parts of it or the whole thing. Nothing is set until I publish the book and even then, I’ve been known to fiddle with covers if they’re not working. One of the perks to self-publishing is that you can keep tweaking on things.
I really like the look of having a woman or man up front and either scenery or another person in the background when I do covers. I’m thinking the border where the title goes in for Patty’s Gamble might be a good one to also use for Mitch’s Win. It would help identify the Montana books, but it also says historical western and helps to set the tone of the books. This summer if all goes well, I am planning to make a trip to Lewistown, Montana to take pictures and get a feel for the history of the town. These books take place in the Lewistown area. With the Nebraska series, it’s easy to research because I live right in the Omaha area.
Since I have Patty up close in Patty’s Gamble and the title is based on her character, I figured I should have Mitch up close and Heather further away. However, it is much easier to find women for close ups than far away and get away with a more historical feel. So… we’ll see. If I need to put Heather up front, I will, but I’ll play around with putting her further back first.