Way back when (around June), my cover was blue (because of the water) but I never saw it. The art department felt it was too "soft" looking for a romantic suspense, that with the title and the color and the water and the seashell (the book takes place in Malibu), it didn't have the umph that it needed to be the lead title in the trilogy. So I got a title change and color change (to red) and I, personally, love the idea of red water. (And, frankly, my book content isn't "soft".)
Anyway, I just heard from my editor and the art department tweaked some more. They (and I don't really know who "they" are; sort of like most good government conspiracy theories "they" need no identity) felt that the woman in the picture needed movement. And they needed to tweak the art a bit to fit the fabulous, wonderful quote from NY Times Bestselling Author Mariah Stewart. (In case you can't read it, the quote is: "Taut, fast-paced suspense . . . a killer debut." Yeah, I'm excited. Can you tell?)
So, if I can figure out how to post images, here is the first cover:
And here is the revised cover:
The changes are small but noticeable. The same look and feel is there, but the woman is different, the dock longer and narrower, and the artist flipped the water so now the sun is coming from the left, not right.
I've been looking at the old cover for the last five months and I really, really loved it. But now the new cover is beginning to grow on me. Maybe after looking at it for five months I'll love it just as much as the original.