Cover Reveal for The Gun Also Rises

Kristin 5chadler is the winner of a copy of one of my books. Kristin watch for an email from me! Thanks to all of you who entered!

It’s always exciting to see your next book up for pre-order. I’m especially excited about The Gun Also Rises because it uses a real bit of history as part of the plot. But more on that on another day.


Here’s the blurb for the book:

A wealthy widow has asked Sarah Winston to sell her massive collection of mysteries through her garage sale business. While sorting through piles of books stashed in the woman’s attic, Sarah is amazed to discover a case of lost Hemingway stories, stolen from a train in Paris back in 1922. How did they end up in Belle Winthrop Granville’s attic in Ellington, Massachusetts, almost one hundred years later?

Before Sarah can get any answers, Belle is assaulted, the case is stolen, a maid is killed, and Sarah herself is dodging bullets. And when rumors spread that Belle has a limited edition of The Sun Also Rises in her house, Sarah is soon mixed up with a mobster, the fanatical League of Literary Treasure Hunters, and a hard-to-read rare book dealer. With someone willing to kill for the Hemingway, Sarah has to race to catch the culprit—or the bell may toll for her . . .

Thank you to the amazing team at Kensington for the great cover and back cover copy! And in case you missed it Kensington also did a fantastic job on Julia Henry‘s (it’s stunning) and Liz Mugavero’s (it made me laugh) new covers. Click on their names for a link to their posts. All three of our books come out on January 29, 2019! We will be celebrating here on the blog!

Readers: Fess up — do you ever buy a book based on the cover? I’m going to give away a copy of one of my books (your choice) to someone who leaves a comment!


125 Thoughts

  1. If a book cover or title appeals to me, I will pick it up to read the synopsis but I don’t always buy.

  2. I do admit that the covers are a HUGE draw for me! This cover is one of them! That typewriter is a dream!
    Congratulations on the book. I do enjoy this series!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. Yep, especially if it looks cozy or humorous (and I will bypass those that look like they have too much sex and/or violence).

  4. Congratulations on the new book. I love the cover. Yes, absolutely, I will pick up a book based on the cover, and like a previous comment, reading the synopsis seals the deal..

  5. Yes, of course. Books have to draw you in, and the cover will get your attention to read the blurb about the contents! Love your books – they really feel like home, since I lived at Fort Devens for 3 years (back when it was still active) and often went to Hanscomb.

  6. Congratulations on the upcoming release of “The Gun Also Rises”. Very interested in the learn what real bit of history is part of the plot.

    Definitely! A lot of the times it’s the cover that attracts my attention first. Love cozy mysteries and you can spot them a mile away by their wonderful covers. Covers intrigue me and I study them to see the little things that others scan over and likely miss. They are like outlines for the book to me. 🙂

    Love this cover! Interesting choice of antique finds on the top of the desk. Adorable cat but trying to see what has his head up at such an angle. Is that the side of the old typewriter or is he actually laying on the butt of a pistol? Wish I could see the headline of the newspaper.

    I’d very much love the opportunity to read your new book once released. I also greatly appreciate that you are giving some fortunate person a copy of one of your books. I’d sure like to be that person. 🙂
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  7. Love the cover, but that doesn’t mean I would buy the book. I want to know what is inside first. Some covers really give no clue to that. You would think the cover was on the wrong book!
    Your books are great fun to read – the covers are a bonus!

    1. It is interesting when the cover is wrong for the book — great point! I’m glad you like the books and this cover is one of my favorites.

  8. Sometimes a cover is so unusual or eye catching that I just have to buy it! (However, if the story does not live up to the cover, I won’t buy a second book from that author.)

  9. The cover and title attract me first. The book blurb is what seals the deal.

  10. Congratulations on the new book!

    Yes, a particularly attractive cover will get me to pick up a book. Then if I like the jacket copy and the first chapter, I usually buy.

      1. There have been a few that either hooked me or repelled me after a few sentences, but I have often found it better (for me) to get through that first chapter – or at least the whole first scene.

  11. The cover always catches my eye first. Then I read the back cover to see what the book synopsis is. If my interest is still there, I open the book and read the first page. This is what determines whether I invest my limited funds on a book. The only other item that makes my decision is if I have previously read a book by an author and it is a continuation of the series.

  12. I like this cover and it would make me look at the book even without your name on it…having it be one of your books in this lovely series means it will be In my queue to buy for sure. I also like clever titles and this one is great! Interesting how popular those really old manual typewriters are now and years ago when the electric typewriters came out, you could not give the old ones away. I like the old phone on the desk, too. My grandmother had one that hung on the wall in her entry hall with a separate piece for hearing the caller…fun for the grandkids to use.

    1. Thank you, Judy! I almost bought an old typewriter at a thrift shop. It is interesting how fast we are to discard things and then want them again years later!

  13. Love the cover! I think the cover design is a good way to keep a series together. Fans of a series know to look for certain items on the cover, like the pet cat or some other identifier about the character. I think that’s what puts the “cozy” in cozy– people love the familiarity of the character. Good luck with the new book and I can’t wait to read it!

  14. I love the history involved in this one! And yes, I have often bought a book based on the cover. Congratulations, Sherry!

  15. I definitely am guilty of buying a book without even reading the back because I like the cover. I think it has a lot to do with the book apeal! I like bright colors, and enough to be going on in the cover that it’s not boring, but also not cluttered.

  16. There’s a vintage Mickey on the cover. This has to be a wonderful book!!! 🙂

    All three of you have books coming out the same day? You do realize I can’t read three books at once, right? Publishers need to clear release plans with me.

    Seriously, congrats on the cover. Looking forward to Sarah’s next adventure. (And feel free to leave me out of the giveaway.)

    1. To answer the question, there are a lot of authors whose name on the cover automatically means I will buy their books without reading the back.

  17. Yes, I’m guilty of buying books based on the covers. Thank you for the chance to win.

  18. Your cover is great! I am definitely cover- motivated when buying books and will usually pass on a book with an unattractive cover when browsing ~

  19. I love the title, Sherry and the cover really is fun!

    I never buy a book for its cover but I have often picked one up in a store because the cover intrigued me. Like so many other commenters mentioned the cover draws me to the book but the back matter or the first few lines draw me in to the story itself. And the story, the voice in particular, is what makes me close the deal and purchase the book.

  20. Congratulations on the new book! Love the use of a history and literature theme in it. Interesting! Looking forward to it. I may buy based on author, based on subject matter and based on title. Cover catches the eye but doesn’t necessarily become too big a factor in the purchase. I think I have a pre-destined reason to buy a book before I even pay attention to the cover but I do love the desk and typewriter!

  21. Congrats on the latest in this great series! The cover certainly is what draws my attention to a book. THEN I read the back cover. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy one of your books no matter what, but I do love this cover. I learned to type on a typewriter like that. And who can resist a cute kitty?

  22. I confess…I have bought a book for the cover. I have also not bought a book because the cover art really didn’t appeal to me. Thankfully, that is not the case with any of the Wickeds’ books! Congratulations on the latest in your series, and thanks for the chance to win!

  23. Love this cover! I don’t buy based on a cover alone, but some have interested me enough to check out the description and read a sample.

  24. You bet I have purchased books based on the cover photo. Nice cover for your new book.

  25. I always love your book titles. LOL!! Kensington did an excellent job on this cover too.

    I admit a book’s cover draws me initially more than anything else. Once I know and like an author I’m less influenced by the cover alone.

    Congratulations on the latest book in the series. ( :

  26. Yes I buy by covers and titles but I also read the blurb on the back. I actually collect covers some of my favorites are from the 40’s and 50’s…and this cover with the antique toys reminds me of some of them. I like color…thank you for the contest.

  27. Yes, I look at the covers. Often that’s what gets me to look at a book. This one is adorable. The synopsis looks good, too. Would love to win- but if I don’t I’ll be reading it soon.

  28. I would say that 90% of the time I choose a book by the cover!

  29. Funny I never judge people/animals by their cover, but have been judging books by their covers since I first started reading. Have to say I have never been disappointed. I am sure though that I have missed out on some really good reads just because of their covers. Thanks for the chance to win

  30. Definitely read many books after looking at the cover. If the cover attracts me then I usually add the book to my TBR pile.

  31. When I picked Books to order at the library, I was always influenced by covers. Now, with ebooks, the pics are so small, I go more by the author & the blurb.

  32. I buy my favorite authors whatever the cover, which doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy bright colors, and cute dogs and cats. When I’m looking for a new author, the cover is most important but I do read the back and maybe a few pages inside.

  33. I try not to buy a book just based on the cover, but if I am undecided, a great cover will make me buy it. And the opposite is true. If the cover stinks, I may not buy it even if it sounds good.
    The plot sounds really interesting. I love the history behind the story.

  34. Yes, I often buy books based on the cover! If it’s a cute cover I will usually buy it!!

  35. All the time!! Luckily, most of the time it works out pretty good!

  36. Love the cover. Most definitely influenced by the covers. Cozy mysteries have a typical certain look that immediately gets my second glance.

  37. Yes I pick some out by the cover. I would select this one because the cover is very eyecatching.

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