So, way back in May, my editor emailed me a copy of FORGET ME NOT’s cover sketch (in black and white). I loved it and couldn’t stop staring at it, so I printed out a copy and left it on my desk overnight.

The next morning, my five-year-old found it, assumed I’d printed out a new coloring page for her (as I often do), colored it with colored pencils, and brought it to me. I laughed so hard. When I explained to her that it was a picture of my book cover she told me, “Tell them to color it like this.”

I put her pretty picture on our refrigerator and over the next few days my family began to speculate about the real cover and decided to make a game out of it. I printed four more copies and each family member, including me, colored theirs according to their own desires. Take a look . . .

MY (5) YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.

  • Colorful.
  • Eclectic.
  • Reminds me of a bouquet.

ME.

  • Clouds.
  • Daytime sky.
  • Red poppies.

MY (9) YEAR-OLD SON.

  • Bold.
  • Dark leaves.
  • Gold for the author name.

HUBBY.

  • Glowing.
  • Purple poppies.
  • Dark night sky.

MY (13) YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.

  • Simple.
  • Clean.
  • Reminds me of holidays.

THE PUBLISHER’S VERSION.

  • White title.
  • Added orange lanterns.
  • Absolutely beautiful!

A week later, when my editor e-mailed the colorized version, my family and I sat down and deliberated on whose was the closest match to the real thing. We decided my son’s was the winner. We gave him an extra cookie after dinner. What do you think of these mock covers???