The Fire and Rain E-Book Needs a Cover!

I’m working on my out of print book, Fire and Rain, editing and formatting it to join the other older books I’ve put up as ebooks. Fire and Rain is the story of a small drought-ridden town in San Diego County, where buildings are burning and crops are dying. A stranger comes to town, promising he can make it rain if he’s given a place to live and no one asks him any questions about himself. It’s a fairly serious book, part love story, part mystery, and I’m looking forward to putting it out in the world again. But it needs a cover! These are all rough ideas made from comp (blurry) images,  and the fonts etc can all be changed. Let me know if any of these would appeal to you. (note on the upside down cover: I created the right-side up one, but one of my Facebook friends, Cynthia Moyer, realized the image was actually a reflection and turned it “wrong-side up”, so I have both of them here for you to consider.)  Thanks for your help!











  1. jeffery on January 31, 2011 at 3:30 am

    I don’t think any of these images works, but that’s just my lousy 2 cents. I’d like to see Diane Chamberlain in bigger type than the cover, and the title in similar font. The image is not so important (most of these distract from the book). At least you don’t have adirondack chairs on a beach. I am so sick of that image. Make this book about DC. She is the comfort zone. “Oh, a Diane Chamberlain novel – yes, that will make me happy for the next several hours.” The cover should sell that. Someone once told me something along the lines of, If you don’t promote yourself, no one else will. I don’t think those were the exact words but you get the point. Make this book A DIANE CHAMBERLAIN NOVEL and feed it to people like they can’t live without HER. That’s what a cover should convey.

  2. diana brown on January 31, 2011 at 3:36 am


  3. Ann on January 31, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I actually prefer the original cover on the book. The cactus, the stucco or adobe house give a real feel for the area.

  4. Margo on January 31, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I choose A…the photo looks exactly how I pictured the artist ‘Mia’

  5. Stephanie S. on January 31, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I’m going with A, it falls in line with the rest of your re-releases. Maybe add a bit of flames in the background? I vividly remember reading this book but for the life of me can’t remember how it ends! I see a re-read in my future 🙂

  6. Emilie Richards on January 31, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I like A best. Love the idea of the reflection, but it’s too confusing either way. A looks more like your other covers, too. Good luck.

  7. Audrey on January 31, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Diane I like B it just felt right to me with what you wrote about the book. Keep up the good work.

  8. debbie hearne on January 31, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I like B.

  9. Margie Mijares on January 31, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I like D!!!

  10. colleen on January 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I vote A

  11. Betty Savage on January 31, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I like B…

  12. Diane Chamberlain on January 31, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Jeffrey, it is so hard to make Chamberlain big! Believe me, I’ve tried. Cover A is most in keeping with the “branding” that my publisher has given me and looks very much like “a Diane Chamberlain.” The others are really different from my typical covers. I’m personally leaning toward A, although my character has short hair. . .
    Ann, I can’t use any part of the real cover, which I actually wasn’t crazy about anyway except for the adobe. An adobe would be a nice touch here.

  13. Lucy on January 31, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I like C!

  14. Chantal Bonin on January 31, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I vote for A and can’t wait to read it. I have been unable to find your older books I m very happy that you’re making them available as e-book. Thank you Diane you’re such a wonderful author. All the books that I read so far (about 7) are all in my favorites book.

  15. Diane Chamberlain on January 31, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I think A is the clear winner of this batch, though Jeffrey might be right that none of them will work. I really like A, but it presents a real problem for me, because Mia, the character on the cover, has short blond hair. She’s only 29, but she’s recovering from chemotherapy after breast cancer. I can shorten the woman’s hair, but I can’t easily recreate her shoulder which will show once the pony tail is gone! I think I’ll put this cover on the back burner for a week or so. Thanks for your input. More is always welcome!

  16. Shari Bartholomew on January 31, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I vote A. Will it come out soon?

  17. Brenda on January 31, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I did not love original cover
    Isn’t the book about a man
    Jeff??? Why a woman ??

  18. Connie G on January 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I love A!!

  19. Diane Chamberlain on February 1, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Brenda, I always think of it as Mia’s story. Yes, it’s about Jeff, but we’re never in his point of view. We’re in Mia’s head, Carmen’s head and Chris’s head. To me, Mia was most significant. As a matter of fact, Cosmopolitan Magazine did a condensation of the book and their focus was all on Mia (way too MUCH on Mia, really!) But I’d be fine with Jeff on the cover. . .

  20. Diane Chamberlain on February 1, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Shari, I predict it will be available as an ebook in 2-3 weeks. I hope.

  21. Brenda on February 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Am rereading it now
    I do not think these covers work for early 1990’s
    I have always enjoyed this book

  22. brenda on February 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Diane-what about the title for new book?????

  23. Diane Chamberlain on February 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Still waiting to hear, Brenda!

  24. kellyEnglish on February 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I really like B Diane. the cover would lure me into reading it(even though I already have and loved it)

  25. jana on March 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    C is the best! Can’t wait to read it.

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