Ever since June, I’ve been waiting to see this cover. I’d thought about how to go about getting the perfect cover for this story two years ago when I first wrote the book, but I didn’t think it would work. My vision was to have the students who inspired the characters as models on the cover, but I’d been discouraged when I’d approached one of the parents. When I asked her, in a vague sort of way, how she’d feel if an author approached her to have her son on the cover of a book, she replied that it’d be rather creepy. So, I set my dreams aside.
However, in June after finishing An Unforeseen Adventure, I shared in a facebook message with the students that they were the ones in the story. I added the parents I had contact with, and to my surprise all the parents accepted the idea of having their child do a photo session for the stock photos! That began our planning. The week of the 4th of July, we met together on a very windy afternoon on the Southern Oregon Coast at Battle Rock in Port Orford. The boys, one mom, my husband (the photographer) and I wandered down the bluff to the beach. I shared my idea with my husband, Eric Wyatt Photography, and he took various photos from various angles. Within fifteen minutes we were finished.
When we returned home, Eric uploaded the photos to a dropbox, and I shared it with Amalia Chitulescu from Romania. She then worked her magic and created this wonderful cover. What do you think? Do you like it?
Protect their community or protect their discovery?
For eighth graders Chace, Harley, Will, and Cherise, that’s a life-changing question after they find a dragon’s egg while hunting for thundereggs on the beach. Toss in summer jobs, family struggles, and a National Security Agent, and their summer vacation just became complicated.
Can they find a solution that won’t leave their hearts broken or their community in flames?
An Unexpected Adventure is now available for pre-order on most sales channels. You can pick yours up today. Keep an eye out for an upcoming giveaway as well.