It's very much beautimous : ) and I'm not being braggy because God knows I didn't design it, Rebecca Berto did (she's awesome and here is her website btw)!
I have to say, though, that a moment of pure terror fell all over me where I was just staring at the cover and realizing that it's probably better than the actual words in the book.
Sure, I love IDENTITY's (that's the title) characters. Like, every last one of them -even the evil ones who'd use their superpowers to murder me in my sleep- are people I'd want to have hot chocolate and watch old episodes of Alias with, but I have this feeling that no one else is going to understand or care about them!
I'm so glad I ended up deciding to publish the series under a pen-name that's more ...um, "secure" than "Paula Harvey". (As you probably already know,"Harvey" isn't my actual last name, but it's still a family name.) A few weeks ago, a family friend who, like, moved to Africa and who I can't imagine EVER wanting to read my books called and shouted "Hey Paula Harvey!" into the phone and that scared me to death. So I'm all like, "Well, time for another pen name ..."
Anyhow, I think this is the part of writing that's even more difficult than editing (which nearly killed me)- the part where you give other people access to your imagination. Doing this is tantamount to sharing one of your most valued possessions and then sitting back and waiting for the public to either ignore it, tear it to shreds, or find something they like about your inner world. I hope at least one person (other than my sweet friend Bonnie who always finds something nice to say about my work) finds something to enjoy in this case.
So, have YOU ever had some form of stage fright? If you have, how on earth did you get over it??