I decided to change the name Mitch to Clayton. Clayton is Isaac Larson’s friend, and when I wrote Isaac’s Decision, I made a hint that Clayton was interested in someone but he didn’t say who. Remember that scene where Emily is dressed like a man and hunting with the guys and she’s trying to find out if Isaac liked the teacher or not? During that time, she found out Wiley liked her (and I do have a story planned for him), but Clayton said he wasn’t interested in anyone and Emily suspected he did but didn’t want to say.
Well, I’m going to modify Mitch’s Win, and Clayton, so it’ll be Clayton’s Win. The story will take place a few years after Isaac’s Decision. So the set up will be the same: Clayton will go in to the saloon to get his younger brother, Boaz, out of trouble, and while he’s there, he realizes a young woman is part of the bet. He gets married to her and there’s still the trouble with Boaz who is having trouble cleaning up his life after his wife died in childbirth. There’s more to the book than that, but Boaz is a part of it because I want to give Boaz his own story.
I had decided early on that Boaz would move to Nebraska to start a new life and end up with one of Dave and Mary’s daughters. Well, this will make Boaz’s story much easier to do since he’s already in Nebraska. I plan to match him up with Rachel Larson (Dave and Mary’s oldest daughter) who is also friends with Emily Craftsman. So they can meet through Emily, the matchmaker. I’m thinking Emily will continue to have a trick or two up her sleeve when it comes to the future Nebraska books.
Okay. So all of that background aside, I am trying to decide which cover might go best with the Nebraska books. I still have the title as Mitch’s Win at the moment, but I would switch it to Clayton’s Win. So any thoughts on which cover you’d rather see for Clayton’s book? Which cover says, “Read me!”
Edited to add: I can put a bride in the background for cover 2 as long as I find one that works with the lighting and colors. I find the colors to be the hardest part when putting one picture into another one. I like them to blend well together. 😀