Good morning, chic readers! We are CELEBRATING today because, today, my fifth novel and the final book in my Peachtree Bluff Trilogy, The Southern Side of Paradise, releases!
After more than a year of writing, editing, promoting and, yes, picking the cover, it is so exciting to see the book come to life out in the world.
As you might imagine, I am a very visual person, so covers mean a lot to me.
I am so fortunate that my cover designer at Simon & Schuster is a genius–and came up with more than a dozen too-gorgeous-to-be-believed covers for me to choose from. I had the hardest time deciding which one fit the story best!
Ultimately, it came down to something pretty simple: the yellow. The cover I chose has a yellow hat and a yellow title, and, I don’t know about you, but I am loving yellow lately.
That yellow is combined with the perfect hot pink…
And the most serene water blue…
I sent this Gray Malin photo for cover inspiration. Water, sand, vibrant hues. It just feels like summertime, doesn’t it?
Like this. I wanted a cover that would make my readers feel like this.
And these are the bright, bold hues to do it.
I think they nailed it, don’t you? If these aren’t the colors of paradise, then I don’t know what are. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your support of my books, The Peachtree Bluff Series and, of course, Design Chic! Mom and I love being here with you every day, and we can’t thank you enough for spending a few minutes of your day with us for NINE YEARS!
If you are looking for a Mother’s Day gift or your next beach read, I’d love it if you’d check out The Southern Side of Paradise! It is available from your local bookstore and wherever books are sold, including:
Even before the advent of the bestselling novel, gray was one of those shades we couldn’t get enough of. Although it’s perfect for year-round wear, we find it fits so very well during this time of year, when the weather is cooler and white slowly dwindles away and is incrementally replaced with more subdued tones. We know it’s the little black dress that gets all the attention, but, this fall, we’re wanting to make some closet space for the little gray dress as well.
Pearl of Carolina
This gown with so many shades of gray is so incredibly chic for any black-tie affair. We love how the bow at the neck gives it a touch of youth and whimsy.
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We love how, in the right fabric, gray is so shimmery and elegant.
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This is so, so glamorous!
Little ruffles are so feminine and chic.
A touch of sparkle is always just the right thing for a night out.
This frock is beautiful at any age, but can’t you see it as a super-chic Mother of Bride dress?
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Love the lace!
I need this dress for holiday parties. That neckline is so amazing, and I adore the shape. Don’t you feel like it’s one of those perfect, not-too-dressy, all-occasion designer dresses?
Bill Blass Designer
Sleek, simple and stunning!
Gray really is such a versatile color. It’s amazing in this more casual dress. Although, we’re pretty sure that Victoria Beckham looks good in anything…
Definitely another contender for holiday season 2012 party wear. I love, love, love a bit of a full skirt! Who doesn’t want to feel like a little ballerina every now and again?
We hope you all have an amazing weekend full of fun and a perfect gray party dress!