So today is the official release of the cover for the final book in the Seasons of Love series, Winter Heart, which will be released in one month. And I was thrilled to have that release happen over at Love Bytes. Click Right Here and you can see it!
The cover was done by the incomparable Paul Richmond and I couldn’t be more pleased. He’s done several of my covers of the last six years or so including all four covers for the Seasons of Love series.
I don’t think the wondrous Dani Maas, who runs Love Bytes, will mind me including the story of the covers for this series right here….
So well over a month ago the amazing Paul Richmond sent me the cover for Winter Heart. Did I like it? he wondered. Did I like it? OMG! I nearly went out of y mind. Conceptually it was just what I’d been dreaming of for at least two years. Visually it was simply stunning.
The thing was, I couldn’t reveal it! I was champing at the bit with excitement. I had to wait. It’s been agonizing.
But now and finally the time has arrived.
This is the fourth and final cover for the fourth and final novel where we will finally see how Wyatt Dolan, the true heart of series, finally finds true love!
You know years ago I was introduced to the work of an amazing artist by the name of Alphonse Mucha. His art blew me away. At nineteen or so, I wasn’t aware of the style know as Art Nouveau. But I fell head over heels in love. The only thing about his work that made a young gay man sad was that Mucha did hundreds of paintings of women, but only a handful were of men. I longed for his art to include more men! But alas, Alphonse Mucha was long dead.
When Paul Richmond was given the assignment for coming up with the covers for the Seasons of Love series, I had no idea at all of what they should look like. And then he asked me a question.
“Have you ever heard of Alphonse Mucha?”
W-what? Had I ever heard of Alphonse Mucha?
“He was an artist I really love,” he continued. “But all he did was pictures of women. I always wanted to do a series influenced by his work, but do them in that “what if Mucha did paintings of men?”
My eyes went wide. I could believe it. Alphonse Mucha-style men? And for my books?
“And since he did a number of paintings with the four seasons theme, and your books are the four seasons, why not?”
Well I didn’t need convincing! I was laughing! I was crying! I was dancing! And I was thinking of one of the best friends I ever had—who had just recently passed away and had been the one to introduce me to Alphonse Mucha—and how thrilled she would have been about my covers.
Nope, I didn’t need any convincing at all!
And here is the information on the book!
Series: Seasons of Love: Book Four
Release date: October 20, 2016
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Published by Dreamspinner Press
For over ten years, Wyatt Dolan defined himself as the lover of Howard Wallace. Howard made sure Wyatt’s self-worth depended on that role. So when Howard dumps him, he is lost at sea in a storm, without a rudder. If it wasn’t for his supportive friends, he doesn’t know what he’d do. Finally, after a series of disasters, he escapes to Camp Sanctuary—a sacred place to him—where he can be alone, try to put his past behind him, and find a new direction for his life.
Kevin Owens is a lonely man. He is very intelligent—several apps he created have gone on to make him a comfortable living—but he is also quite shy and is uncomfortable making conversation. The death of his dear friend and former lover after a long illness leaves him grieving, confused, and adrift. Then a dream guides him to Camp Sanctuary, only to find that the one cabin with a wood-burning stove has already been reserved. And worse, by a man he’s had a secret crush on for years—Wyatt Dolan.
When a snowstorm knocks out power at the Camp, Wyatt and Kevin must share the same cabin to stay warm, and very soon, magickal things begin to happen.