Lyn Asks for Feedback on Another Cover Model!

Can you believe it–I’m asking for help in choosing another cover model. At least nobody can say I’ve just spent the winter sitting by the fire sipping hot cocoa! Though I did do some of that. I already announced that my next book will be out in June and that it’s another “season” in my Northern Intrigue series. My new heroine is named Thea and she’s a shy sweet young woman who is surprised by her new neighbor (he’s handsome and a great guy of course!) and all the controversy he brings with his new ideas for Steadfast, WI. Hmmm. Could be interesting.

Hope it is. Here are the choices for the cover model. Yes, I know they are all the same young woman but I want to know which expression you think is most “engaging, evocative.” Which one would make a person-reader take a second look and perhaps click BUY?

Here are the other books in the series so you can see what this “expression” needs to fit in with–especially the first 3. The final 2 are holiday novellas and have a slightly different look.

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And here is the model and her expressions.

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So which do you think will fit best with the series and get the best response? And if you don’t like any of them and think I should search again for a model, you can say that too!  As usual, I will hold a drawing and one of the commenters will receive a $10 amazon gift certificate! So comment please–Lyn



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102 Responses to Lyn Asks for Feedback on Another Cover Model!

  1. Cecile McGee says:

    I am going with Nr.. 3. There is something mysterious in this one; the hair is hiding the sides of her face – like she might have something of a secret that she doesn’t want exposed. There is a bit of sadness in her eyes, and, yet, there is an innocence and beauty in her face.

  2. John Wolfe says:

    I don’t think most of the respondents here really understood that they’re all the same model…

  3. Susan Wilson says:

    I like #1, although she seems younger in that one. For that reason I’d have to choose #4.

  4. Joye says:

    I like #3 she seems to be more pensive

  5. Dianne says:

    I love # 4 pose as it looks like it could be used for a spring themed story.

  6. Tim says:

    #1 fits the series look best, but even in that one she is looking at the camera much more than the other cover models.

  7. GladysMP says:

    I like No. 1. Her eyes just draw me to her. She is one pretty lady.

  8. Anitra Parmele says:

    #1 (#3 pose looks like what you have for the summer book)

  9. Piogal says:

    Definitely 3. Looks sweet, shy, and a bit dreamy… yet there is some confidence there to handle a man who brings controversy. (#1 is too young and insecure and the other two show too much attitude).

  10. Becky Mari says:

    #3 is my favorite but #1 looks the most shy

  11. Fran says:

    Number 1 or 3 if you stay with this model. However, I think she looks too young in comparison with the other covers.


  12. Sue Hieber says:

    2 and 4 are too similar to judge, 1 is the best. Personally, I think you need to write a series about a “dirty old lady” who likes guys 50 years younger, is funny as he!!, and has no teeth. I’ll be glad to pose for the covers at your convenience! LOL

  13. Ausjenny says:

    I like 3 best followed by 1.
    number 2 looks quite defiant, and 4 also not quite as shy and demure.

  14. Elaine Howard says:

    #1 is a sweet demure innocent expression and what I would choose.

  15. Christine Edgar says:

    I like Number One.

  16. Cindy says:

    I choose 3. She’s a pretty girl!

  17. Shirley says:

    I like #3. Looks like she has something to say and you might or might not hear it. Intriguing.

  18. Linda says:

    I like the third one. I love your books.

  19. Bonnie says:

    I like 3 I didn’t like the expressions on the others, and 3 seems to fit with the previous book covers

  20. Pam Whorwell says:

    I think #1 fits in well with the other covers. She has a hint of mystery to her.

  21. Carole Lovin says:


  22. Doris Carey says:

    #3 looks vulnerable, innocent and cautious.

  23. Kimberly Paulus says:

    I like #1 the best. I was wondering though… why this model is looking at “you” while the other covers are not looking at the reader.

  24. Brenda Murphree says:

    I like #1 & #3 the best to go with the other covers. Thanks for letting us help.

  25. Vicki Wurgler says:

    #3 I like the tilt of her head

  26. Kim says:

    I like #1.

  27. Kim says:

    I like #1.
    God bless,

  28. Irene says:

    I like #1 and #3 with preference to #3

  29. Martha T. says:

    I like the first one the best.

  30. Lanetta Goff says:

    I think #3

  31. Lois Leentjes says:

    I like number one to fit in with the other covers.

  32. Judy Coates says:

    Good morning,
    I think #3 is the best one

  33. Debra S says:

    I choose #3

  34. Sandy Pochapin says:

    I like #3

  35. Jenny says:

    I Like #1 Shy and sweet as a couple of the others look a little arrogant or sulky or pouty

  36. Debora Wilder says:

    I think that #1 and #3 both look shy to me. I think that it is the head tilted down more with the hair hanging around her face to help her hide a little bit.

  37. Sharon M says:

    3 speaks to me.

  38. Ashley says:

    I like #1. She looks demure and mysterious.

    Thanks for the chance and poll.

  39. LindaB says:

    I like image #1.

  40. Jeanie Dannheim says:

    I like 1 and 4. Probably 1 best.

  41. Grace says:

    Number 3 is my first choice, with Number 1 a close second. Both show sweet shyness and would go along with Thea, IMHO. 😎

  42. Gale S. says:

    Choice #1. Makes me wonder what she is going to say/do next.

  43. Julie B. says:

    I like the expression of #1 the best, but she does look young in that photo (late teens to early twenties). I’m not sure how old Thea is supposed to be. #3 is good, too; I think she just looks bored and even disengaged in #2 and #4.

  44. Tara says:

    I think # 1 fits with the other books best.

  45. Donna Hensley says:

    I prefer #1. She is so sweet looking just like the other
    Women of Stedfast.

  46. Amy Smith says:

    I like the expression in #1.

  47. Cindy says:

    Def #3!

  48. Adrenn says:

    #1 if any. Sorry Lyn but she looks like she either needs to burp or is miserable for some other reason. But if I have to choose one of these it’s number 1 for sure.

  49. Lynne Mouw says:

    Hi Lyn! Number 3 is the one!

  50. peggy clayton says:

    I think that #1 fits real good as the others look more like she is bored and her face doesn’t really say anything but #1 is like she is shy and works for a cover! Good Luck picking one Lyn!

  51. Deanna Pittman says:

    #1 Shy yet inquisitive.

  52. Heather N. says:

    There is just something about #1 for me. It pulls me in the most and makes me want to know her story more.

  53. Mary Y says:

    I would pick #1. The women on all the other covers ar looking to the right. #1 looks the most like the others in that way.

  54. Crystal Renfro says:

    I like # 1. Shy and sweet for sure. Wish she had more of a smile.

  55. Judi Imperato says:

    I like #1 or #3

  56. Patt Marr says:

    #3 speaks to me. She NEEDS a happy ending! Good thing she’s in a Lyn Cote book. That’s guaranteed.

  57. Patt Marr says:

    #3 speaks to me. How I wish a happy ending for her. Good thing she’s in a Lyn Cote book. I KNOW she’ll have one!

  58. Rose Blackard says:

    I like # 3

  59. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    Hard to decide between two or three but I think two takes it because there will be conflict, and although shy, she has a backbone. That shows in two.

  60. alisha woods says:

    3 this looks shy to me

  61. I like #3 the best. #1 is beautiful and says shy, but she looks TOO young in that photo. I thought she was a young teen.
    The other covers are beautiful. Can’t wait to see how this one turns out!

  62. Lee Broom says:

    I like #3. She seems curious and a little shy, with the head tilted in a sweet way. Though #1 is shy, with her head tilted in the same direction as the other books in the series…so if you want consistency…

    Keep up the good work! I love reading your books.

  63. Carey Naylor Sullivan says:

    Since I don’t know what your female character is like, I’ll give you my initial impression of each picture:
    1) vulnerable and shy
    2) tough and snobby
    3) strong and truthful
    4) strong and caring
    You know best what your female character will face in this book. I’m guess it all depends on what impression you are trying to convey. Hope that helps.

  64. Paul D says:

    I prefer #1. The others are too face forward to fit with the other covers. She has a shy but come-hither look about her. She is not afraid, but gets one’s attention

  65. Colleen C. says:

    I like number 3

  66. Natalya Lakhno says:

    Hi Lyn,

    My pick is #1 – she looks shy and sweet.

  67. Nancy Collins says:

    Number one is the best

  68. Robin says:

    I like choice #1.

  69. Sandra Spilecki says:

    #3 She is a quiet one. Not shy as most around her assume. She listens and pays attention, keeping her ideas to herself.
    There is an old piece of wisdom–“Never assume!”

  70. Lori Meyer says:

    I think picture #3 is much more evocative and engaging yet, sweet and shy all at the same time. I love this one, and it would make a beautiful and eye catching book cover!

  71. D Gail Begley says:

    I like picture one.

  72. Anne says:

    #1 is my favorite. Serious and shy as well.

  73. Darlene says:

    I like number one.

  74. Brenda Holmes says:

    I like #1 photo. She looks young, shy and vulnerable.

  75. Gail Hollingsworth says:

    I like #3

  76. Hannah Corner says:

    I like #1 for the shy expression.

  77. Truly says:

    I believe #1 depicts the shy sweet Thea you describe.

  78. Alayna says:

    #1 makes her look shy and captures attention the most in my opinion

  79. Teresa R says:

    I like 3 the best

  80. Belinda Castellana says:

    #1 fits your description of Thea, but there may be more to her than what meets the eye. Her personality and character evolve further with each chapter. Thus, I also le #4.

  81. Carol Knudtson says:

    #1 looks shy yet engaging.

  82. Glenda Fowlow says:

    Choice 3. She looks strong and vulnerable and someone relatable.

  83. Linda Horin says:

    I like choices #1 or #3. They look more shy or thoughtful.

  84. Lori Huckabay says:

    I vote for #3 for “shy and sweet” and to look like it fits with the other book covers.

  85. Martha says:

    My vote is for number 1

  86. Cassie says:

    I think overall #1 looks the best for Shy – but I like #3…

  87. Expression on model 3.She looks shy ,but evocative.

  88. Cecile VanTyne says:

    I like Choice #3. Her hair is good in that one and her expression is innocent but there’s also something else going on…maybe something stormy. 🙂

  89. Lisa Harness says:

    #1 is the one that looks shy & captures your book

  90. Dee says:

    I like #3. However, the rest of the series covers have the model looking off camera, not toward it, so I’m not sure any of these really fit.

  91. Teresa Christianson says:

    I like #1 the best

  92. Maria S. says:

    #3, has an innocent look in her eyes

  93. Rebecca Booth says:

    I believe No 4 is the best, I see a shyness, and also a suspenseful look on her face!

  94. Peggy Lemos says:

    #1 is the only one with a shy look.

  95. Barbara says:

    Number 1 or 3 if you want a closer face view. Two is too bold. And four gives a know it all feel to me.

  96. Karen Semones says:

    The #1 cover fits the best with the other three books in this series. I look forward to reading it. Keep up the good workand God bless.

  97. Betty says:

    I really like #1, but #3 would also be a good fit.

  98. Ann says:

    Number 3

  99. Paula Shreckhise says:

    I like the open expression of the last one. The second is similar but looks smug. Don’t like the hair in the face of three and one looks too coy.

  100. Carol Written says:

    #1 is the only one that says “shy” to me.

  101. Candy Voisine says:

    I’m stuck between 1 and 3. 1fits better but 3 speaks to me.