Trade Cover for The Cinderella Deal

Since we’ve done so many covers on here, here’s the trade paperback for The Cinderella Deal. I think it’s generic and says absolutely nothing about the book–Daisy wouldn’t be caught dead in a pink four-inch heels–but this is probably what it’s going to be:

Edited to add:
Assuming we’re stuck with a shoe cover (and I’m pretty sure we are), how does this grab you for Daisy? I know she wouldn’t wear high heels, but I’m trying to compromise here:

Maybe something like this:

I know, I can’t photo shop for beans and the fonts are the wrong sizes. Photoshop is on my list of things to learn to do. But is this better or still bad? Worse?

122 thoughts on “Trade Cover for The Cinderella Deal

  1. If the pink four inch heel was vintage and handpainted, maybe…. this is so not Daisy. But boring cover notwithstanding, what a FABULOUS book! I’ve been waiting for it to be available forever, and when Amazon finally came through I gave myself an I’m-not-a-responsible grownup day and read it cover to cover on Saturday. My apartment will be buried in dust aardvarks for another week but it was totally worth it. Thanks for a lovely day. 🙂

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  2. Well, I like the cover, but I don’t think I like it for TCD. I loved TCD, too, so it seems like such a bland cover for such a spectacular book!

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  3. I like the cover idea, but I’m not a fan of the pink shoe. And for some reason, it feels…predictable?

    I love TCD, though. In fact, I think I’ll go reread it right now. I’d been trying to think of a book to read so I could avoid homework. 😉

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  4. This is a terrible thought, but the way that the text is positioned…that’s some awfully funky shoe odor. :}

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  5. So they’ll put shoes on a cover of a book that doesn’t have any mention of shoes, but on the book where there are shoes mentioned several time (Bet Me), they put dice, which aren’t a part of that story?
    Sometimes I just don’t get what the publishers (or art department) are thinking. Am I the only one?

    On a side note, I follow Lisa Kleypas on Facebook and she posted a writing tip that has really stuck with her. It was from YOU! It was about making sure that even the minor characters have a personality and should be vibrant. (I paraphrased, of course.) She’s a great writer. Mostly historicals, but her latest works have been contemporary.

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    1. Lisa Kleypas is the best. One of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.
      SMP put the dice on the trade of Bet Me. This is Bantam. I think the pink heel is supposed to say “Cinderella,” but it doesn’t.

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      1. Yeah, I don’t recall anything ever about Cinderella’s glass (or fur, originally) slippers being pink. Do slippers have high heels?

        I like your choice of shoe better, even if shoes aren’t in the book, which I should reread too, right after I finish reading Susan Cayleff’s biography of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Maybe I can make a better positive suggestion for a cover then.

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  6. Gotta agree…Bet Me has no shoes on the cover, when Cal and Harry are always checking out Min’s footwear; we get shoes that Daisy wouldn’t be caught dead in for TCD. Pubs & art depts. need to read the darn books!!!

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  7. It’s, um, quite . . . blue. I’m thinking they could do better. A funky, vintage shoe perhaps? Unless of course they want people to be surprised when they read the actual book.

    One of the great mysteries of publishing. Right up there with “how do they make trade paperbacks seem like there so many pages?” TCD is rather slim as a standard paperback – do they use fat paper and pudgy print to make it trade paperback size? Just wondering.

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  8. (-: Well, this cover tells me that if I like funky, modern girl/boy romance, I should like this book. Unfortunately, IIRC, TCD doesn’t have the requisite shopping sprees and lattes . . . . But it was a good book. I was glad it was re-released (I missed it on the first time around), and apparently it’s done well enough it gets another go-around with a new cover. So, that’s good news.

    (Are there any Crusies that have lattes? Wonderful bread products often show up — orange-pineapple muffins, banana bread — but I don’t remember any hot drinks, off the top of my head.)

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  9. So what happened to the put-a-dog-on-the-cover-and-it-will-sell maxim? Does it not apply to trade paperbacks?

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      1. Yeah, but the dog in TCD is, perhaps, not quite cover-ready. (This is the dog with three legs, and a few other disabilities I can’t remember, right?) Not sure a book with a balding three legged dog on the front is going to sell all that well. Now the cat on the hood of the guy’s car… I could see that.

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  10. Well, I haven’t read the book, so I can’t propose an alternative, but compared to the recent other ones we’ve seen, this one is, really, “Meh.”

    I’m glad it’s coming out though – I’ve never been able to find it. So, “Yay” for that. 🙂

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  11. I saw some of your new covers on the shelves at Target. My hand reached out but I had to slap it. I already have those books. One was WTT (the green apple core) and I think the other was CFY. But they looked fabulous and very inviting on the shelves, especially when compared to the other drab and dark colored books. So, maybe…just maybe, those marketing people know something.

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  12. I’m not a fan. It’s pretty, but it seems a little generic and your books certainly are not. I am baffled at the publishing industry’s decision that books should have shoes on the cover. It seems to be a fairly persistent belief as it has been going on for years. Still, far be it from me to tell professionals how to sell books. As long as it has Crusie somewhere on the cover I’ll buy it. Maybe they should go with a plain white cover next time and test my theory.

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  13. Uh, isn’t this Daisy who was described as looking like Little House on the Prairie on crack? Pink high heels??????? Grrrrrrrrrrrrr

    How about the gorgeous house? That would’ve been a good cover…or the cat that acts like a potted plant or….aw hell it’s a great book, pink shoe or not.

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    1. There’s a cat in the book? Why not a cat? I know they’re not as popular as dogs, but I think that could be fun, especially since there are two dogs on other books…

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  14. I’m having trouble with the re-issue covers. They seem to be based on the idea of the books, rather than the books themselves.

    Oh well. I’ll read anything Crusie. And if the cover makes my teeth hurt (green apples – shudder) I’ll just cover them in brown paper. I’ve already covered the ones I own in plastic. Yes, I love my Crusies that much.

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  15. I agree – it looks generic. In fact I’d go one further and say it looks throw-away. I do not understand this industry anymore.
    They say that only about 5% buy a book based on its cover, but seriously why would you? How does that tempt you? Why would anyone’s hand linger longingly over that image, intrigued to know what’s inside? The only draw there is the authors name! – (albeit a fabulous one) In a market where the big box stores are responsible for a growing number of sales, and these are places that display a book, cover out, how does this make sense?
    Where are the Robert McGinnis, Kinuko Craft, Jody Lee, Thomas Canty covers? Instead we get stock photos cobbled together by art departments, and if you look closely you’ll even find the same photos used over and over again. We have the naked torsos, chopped heads, cute dogs, shoes, etc. etc… Basically a cover that says “You know what to expect…yup, more of the same.” Shouldn’t a cover shout “You have to read this one”? It’s not like there aren’t some fabulous illustrators or book designers out there, check out Ian Shimkoviak for some fresh takes. But of course that would be general fiction, because why…?
    Sorry – that’s the end of my rant for today.

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    1. Yep. My example is Suz Brockmann. She has some of the worst covers in the industry – running silhouette on generic reused background; women in heels in snow country, etc… I’ve always loved Jenny’s SMP hard cover art. The collabs had fantastic art – I bought a box at Borders that made me thing of the TUMF artwork and used that background on my old computer for half of forever. I had the D&G artwork as my background on my work computer until it died 4 times and finally everything just went away.

      Yeah, not a superfan of the shoes above. Like your shoe more. There definitely needs to be something painted up whimsically. Maybe a modern leather and glass sofa/table set….

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    2. I admit to having a shelf of books which I bought in hardcover because the cover artwork was Kinuko Craft. Luckily for me, the author was Patricia McKillop.

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  16. I’m glad I got the other paperback cover. I for one never liked high heels and I’m definitely sick of them now. And, of course, Daisy would never wear them. Stupid publishing industry.

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  17. Timing…..I just finished re-reading that (for the hundredth time) last night. Have to admit I like the other cover better – the dog is cute and the shoes are heels, but funky – Daisy could do that. The pink spikes just don’t look like her. Bottom line? The author’s name sells your books, not the cover.

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  18. If it must be a shoe, it should be Keds or sandals with big, floppy Daisies on them – it would be a better contrast and a more accurate characterization. I don’t get the shoe thing at all. I mean, I like shoes, and I can see them in all kinds of situations/ covers. But not this book.

    Side-by-side tables, maybe. Or some other form of home décor, if they insist on him/ her contrasts. But there are so many cooler things they could do. Although not, perhaps, the dog, since it was supposed to be such an ugly dog, and how could they do that?

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  19. I’ve come to realize that nothing about the publishing industry makes sense. You should have seen the woman with the eighties sunglasses they tried to put on my cover. I balked. Luckily my editor agreed. But she could have sent it back BEFORE she sent it to me. I about fainted. Well it’s fixed – but now there are all the other issues with the publishing industry…

    Wait. I became a writer why? Oh, yeah – insanity.

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  20. The first thing I thought when I saw the cover was, “ooh, pretty!” And yeah, the second thing I thought was “Daisy wouldn’t be caught dead in that,” but since people tend to make book-buying decisions based on first impressions, prettyshinyglossyhappy probably makes sense.

    I’m within a few weeks of seeing the cover for my debut novel and I’m trying hard not to think about it. Does it get any easier? Do you still freak every time, or do you develop more of a “whatever” attitude as years and books roll past? Just curious.

    Tawna

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    1. No. The longer you’re in publishing, the more pressure you’re under, and the more the stakes rise. Plus the more name recognition you get, the more a cheesy cover can hurt you. So you get insane about them.

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      1. Geez, you couldn’t just pat me on the head and say, “it all gets easier, young pup, you’ll see.”

        OK, really, it’s good to know this. Thanks for the candor. I like your Photoshopped version much better, BTW.

        Tawna

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        1. Perhaps there should be an “It Gets Better” project for experienced published writers to reassure new writers… except that video clips of older writers looking wild-eyed and ranting about the publishing industry would probably not be very helpful. Never mind. 🙂

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  21. Holy Cow, Lavender’s Blue June 1st? Really, really?!?! My pulse just kicked up and I got a huge adrenaline rush, so if this is just Amazon screwing with us I’m going to be very disappointed. Jenny, is it so?

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      1. Damn reality. Really, though, next spring is probably better anyway. That gives me over a year of happy anticipation, while the book itself only takes a couple of hours to read.

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  22. Well, I have to agree with you about the cover. NAFC. Not Appropriate For Contents. Will that stop me from buying it, even though I have the other version? I’m going to say yes…but I’m lying.

    And Kate–I’m with you. I think all authors are given a sanity test. If they pass, they’re shunted onto other career paths 🙂

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  23. I like the shoe with the daisy on it but put it with the man’s shoe. Since high high heels are in right now I do not think the art department is going to change that.

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  24. Okay, I have suggested an alternate shoe for the cover. See addendum to post above.

    I would wear that shoe. I would fall over a lot, but I would wear it.

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    1. I like the wildflower shoe. It has much more personality plus the vintagey ankle band. Although our Daisy could not afford that shoe….maybe at a flea market?

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  25. The first cover is a book I would pass over in the store, except for the name. It looks like yet another “super powered career woman who has it all fights with career guy and they fall in love amongst the spreadsheets” which, really, at this point I have no desire to read any more of those.

    The alternate shoe is a little better, though it still makes me think the woman is into fashion more than Daisy.

    I would have loved a fairy wand next to an academic pen. Or a book of Grimms (or something fairytale looking) next to a history textbook.

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  26. I’m loving the shoes much better for Daisy. The pink four inch heels would be sell outs.

    Do you remember those ads for a charity benefit where designer shoes were on sale? The shoe itself was made out of flower parts. They were gorgeous. Those would work too.

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  27. Timing for me too. I reread TCD over this past weekend, and loved it all over again. I’d forgotten many of the wonderful details and was delighted and absorbed. Thanks, Jenny.

    I like the decoration of the new shoe, but how about making it a ballet flat? They’re also kinda in fashion. And include Linc’s because that made me smile.

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  28. What about Min’s “glass slippers?” Didn’t she have some clear plastic shoes with fish on them? Or floppy red bows? I would look it up, but my MIL has my copy of Bet Me…

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  29. Personally I’d like to see Daisy’s Lizzie Borden painting on the cover, but that’ll never happen. The second shoe is definitely better than the pink high heel.

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  30. I also think the shoes should be tangled a bit. You know, the heel of her shoe inside his, halfway fallen? Or would that be silly?

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  31. My First Jennifer Crusie ever was “Maybe This Time:” So in love that book. Bought 2 copies for Gifts…Then “Welcome to Temptation”which I also loved for different reasons,,So now I am Hooked,,High Heels,maybe Not..But I am still Buying it along with some others I just love your writing style..And Just so The Publisher knows “Shoes are Very Personal” Lets kick it up a notch…with Very Cool Suede Ballerina Flats with a Little Bling,,in a Hot Perfect Periwinkle…..Just saying We know best you know…..and Jennifer..

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  32. The second shoe is WAY better than the first. TCD is one of my favorite Crusie books. Daisy and the book deserve way better than a pink pump!

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  33. I like the second shoe much better. If they feel they NEED to put a shoe on the cover, then it should be one to give the readers shoe envy. I covet these heels.

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  34. I really like the new shoe, I could see that if the heroine had to wear heels she would wear those. Maybe without the daisy on top even? What about a loose daisy next to the heel instead or something?

    But yes, if you’re stuck with a shoe, my vote definitely goes for the floral shoe.

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  35. Way better. Much more “Daisy” personality. Much less “this is a generic romance.” Fingers crossed that they listen to you. If not…try hitting them with the shoe. Heels have to be good for something.

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  36. I like the second cover. The colors are even crisper. Plus the flower covered shoe immediately raises a question. We know the main character will be quirky. The heel of that dark male loafer just seemed clunky and out of place, and the pink wasn’t different enough. At least to me.
    I went to SEP’s talk at the library last night and she talked about the problems with her cover for Call Me Irresistible. It’s amazing to me that author’s of your, and SEP’s, caliber still have to deal with this b.s. BTW, I told her I’d send you our photo and she said she’d just seen you recently. (We took so many shots that I think everyone else in line was ready to really shoot me) but she always came out perfect and I looked like octomum about to deliver eight babies, or a woman with a toothache…it was hard to decide, but neither was attractive. I deleted all the ghastly ones and sent my bookclub the best offering and then went to the far corner of my living room and cringed. Vain? Yes. A bit. ; )

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  37. OK, again, can’t talk about it relating to the book, but the second shoe is Fun. Two thumbs up.

    But, God, lose the font. Not Comic Sans. Please.

    (OK, I know it’s a varient, but really. Ick)

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  38. The first cover is, um, bland. I didn’t want to say anything before. The second cover is much better – more promise of an interesting heroine.

    And I have shoe envy – I don’t often have it, but I have it for these…

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  39. I’m first going to admit at this time, I’ve skipped reading everyone else’s comments. I’ll come back to do so when I have time, promise.

    To answer the question, I like the fun shoe much better. The first cover looks a whole lot like Bet Me and I’d get them confused. It might be what they are going for but I think it could backfire as in – Oh, I already have that book – when it is really a different book. It is a nice cover that they prepared but yeah, doesn’t represent the contents well. A flip flop and the highly polished male shoe would be better. Do you think they’d buy flip flops – very popular now a days – or at least when their isn’t snow on the ground. I see the “kids” in knee high boots at this point in the calendar. (I work at Michigan State University. The kids are the students and it is has been quite warm lately almost getting to 30 degrees. Argh.)

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  40. I like both shoes, but Daisy would never ever wear the pink pumps, and the flowery pumps are too darn high. She would wear some fun vintage shoes with maybe 2 or somewhat higher heels, with ribbons tying (tying?) at the instep. The female antagonist with the perfect blond hair whose name I cannot remember would wear the pink pumps.
    I love the man’s oxford, just on principle. It’s an adult shoe, in my world view. He may be an assh*le, but he’s a grown up.

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  41. My thoughts: This person who is wearing the pink shoe is a hollow, high flying career cutthroat person that will stop at nothing for the next promotion. I’m not interested in reading about her.

    This person wearing the floral shoe is a non-conformist, somewhat dippy, devel-may-care person. Oh, of course! She’s a Crusie heroine. I’m buying this book right now, just because of the cover.

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  42. I like the conflict conjured up by the male and female shoes–like two people standing back to back, their arms crossed. But yeah, the colors are all wrong. Dislike the pink shoe. Love the flowered shoe–just not on the cover by itself.

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  43. You know, I think there’s another type of shoes a la Daisy. If you do a google search for “chocolate stiletto”, loads of pretty shoes come up.

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      1. lol that’s just you followingtheroad, I got loads of actual chocolate shoes from pastry competitions…I’m wondering what evil schemes google is up to

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  44. Btw in regards to Amazon’s release date, your site also gives tentative June 2011 date for Lavender’s blue. Just saying…

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  45. The flowery shoe says funky and artistic instead of generic princess. So… if it has to be a shoe cover, that works.

    I’m guessing that’s a stock photo and not a shoe I could actually purchase? If you could point me in the direction of that shoe I’d be forever grateful.

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  46. If you had to go wtih a shoe, the first thing that comes to mind is a glass slipper a la Cinderella but not regular glass, stained glass, like Daisy’s lamp, and maybe there’s a crack in it somewhere, giving it character, making it real and in the background a clock stuck at 11:59, never making it to midnight.

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  47. Definitely like the second cover . Great shoe. Did you photoshop it or is it real (my inner shoeaholic wants to know)?

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  48. I vote for the flowered heel. I don’t like ’em that high, and I know that Daisy would agree with me, but she would definitely want to be represented by the cool, artistic, and nonconformist flowers rather than the generic, Barbie-pink.

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  49. I’ve done a mock-up for fun … I haven’t read the book but this seems more like it to me. I didn’t mind the his/hers shoes but you’re right, that pink shoe was boring. The larger daisies are a bit of overkill but you get the idea.

    Now I want to read the book very badly, by the way!

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    1. This is much closer to Daisy (and you’re going to love the book). Walkable shoe with Daisy style — especially if it’s hand-painted flowers on a white shoe from the resale shop where she gets the dress, which is the story I would tell myself even if it’s not mentioned in the book.

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    1. Robbie, really great photoshop skills. I don’t know if I like the shoes as much but the mock up is so professional! GOOD job :))

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      1. Yours is good but the heel is still too high. Part of the point is that Daisy wouldn’t wear high heels.

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  50. Hey, forget the book cover — where did you find the flowered shoes??? I WANT A PAIR OF THOSE!! and they even have red heels. I have this fetish for red shoes…

    (You can keep the daisy).

    PS: I agree the suggested cover w/pink stiletto is sooooo *yaaaaaaawwnnnnn*!

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    1. I knew someone would ask, but I’m sad to say they’re soooo expensive. So expensive that they don’t even tell you how expensive they are!
      http://www.hettyrose.co.uk/shoes/display/?s=Hana
      The ready-to-wear ones are about $300, and then these ones are freakin’ handmade one at a time, especially to fit your foot, out of vintage kimono fabric!

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  51. The flowered show is definitely better. And if they insist on it, it would make a much better contrast to Link’s plain boring shoe. And the red in the heel is perfect for Daisy.

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  52. Oh dear, now I realize you meant the shoes on JENNY’s cover! D’oh! Must be more careful before posting.

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  53. This is completely off topic, but I’m not sure where else to put it. I was recently in a children’s furniture store and saw a wooden sign tailor-made for you. It was a long, bright pink rectangle of wood with glitter letters saying “Always Kiss Me Goodnight”. !!! Gaudy AND creepy! I wanted to mail it too you immediately, ’cause I’m so thoughtful like that.

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    1. Oops. I meant “to” you, not “too”.

      And I agree with the brilliant Argh people about the pink shoe – bleah.

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  54. I like the new cover. Much more whimsical. It is a genuinely fun shoe rather than a shoe that it supposed to “suggest” fun.

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  55. I think your choice is more Daisy. If the shoe looked a little bit worn, scuffed up on the red heel, and a few creases on the side from wear and tear that would be Daisy. Linc’s shoe looks pretty appropriate. That is if you have to have shoes as the only option which it seems to be. I’d be all for a wooden handled paint brush with multiple colors splashed and stained all over it dripping on to a generic but expensive looking college book. TCD is one of my favorites. I’m a newer fan. But an avid one. My BFF and I have read all of your books to date and giggle at some of the re-issue covers. Publishing companies…

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  56. Is there a way to replace the pink heel with the flowered one? The flowered heel is pure Daisy and would be perfect for the cover. I don’t like the pink heel. There is nothing worse then a cover that gives one perception about the character then you read the book and the cover just doesn’t go with the characters.

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  57. I tried to find the pump, maybe as an overstock. Can’t. In case anyone wants to search, it’s the CL by Laundry Vegan Pump – Utmost. Sigh. Even I would consider it. I’m going to consider the flats, which also are not my thing because they don’t stay on my feet. Or fit my orthotics. But so pretty!

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  58. The pink shoe cover, I wouldn’t even bother to pick up if your name wasn’t on it. It’s so generic. The flower shoe cover, I’d pick up.

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  59. If there was more of a contrast between the shoes, it’d be ok. But the shoes are both of the same style. And one of the points of The Cinderella Deal is how different the two characters (sorry, I’m a bad fan, I don’t actually remember their names) are. On the other hand, if the two pairs of shoes looked like they wouldn’t be caught dead at the same social occasion…

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  60. I love TCD.
    A stiletto is soooo not Daisy – except when she was in her pretending to be straight phase. Even then it would have been more of a clunky business pump. In taupe or black.

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  61. It’s a long time since I read the book (must re-read), so I am a bit vague on the characters, but purely visually, Jenny’s cover design would probably catch my attention and interest, while the proposed ‘official’ one definitely would not. I’d take one glance and think ‘generic chick-lit. Ignore.’

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  62. For me, that flowered shoe is SUCH an improvement. There are so many books that are just about a feminine somebody encountering a masculine somebody and then, bingo! — they’re together at the end. That first cover could be about any of those stories. The flowers are beginning to get to the heart of what makes Daisy a different kind of feminine somebody.

    Plus, the whole thing with the shoe element in the Cinderella story — it’s really kind of all about the very narrow mold of what it means to be a noble lady in the proper way, and how someone from an unexpectedly low status can fit into that mold — supernaturally, but with the very best kind of paternity, of course. Your Daisy starts off impersonating someone in the narrow mold, but subverts the definition by being herself in a new & infectiously fun kind of way. It’s like she’s seducing everybody into realizing they’d rather be in comfy flipflops & sneakers at the ball.

    Well, so to speak. :

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  63. Oh dear, the pink heels are soooo 80’s! I think they need to do some research on what women readers actually like.

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  64. Wait late to the party – I’ve got to remember to scroll down now and then. I really like the flowered shoe. It clues you in to Daisy being more fun and interesting.

    I might be in the minority, but I actually liked that the first cover included the man’s shoe as well. To my mind it implies that both the hero and heroine need some rescuing.

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  65. Considering how much I paid on eBay for The Cinderella Deal during the out of print years, I think this version ought to have a better cover! I vote for the flowered shoe and daisie but WITH the man’s shoe, because it is all about how much their values contrast! That flowered shoe is VERY Daisy! The other thing that would be cool is the two rings – the traditional “Daisy” ring and the heavy chased band with freshwater pearls.

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