Your Help Is Needed!

I’m in a quandary, and I’d like for my readers to lend me a hand, or a nod, or, I don’t know, maybe just a blink. Give me some indication of which of the following four cover options works best for you. Assume you don’t know anything about the book, especially if you were one of my First Readers.

Pretend you’re a member of a garden club, and you’re looking for something fun to read while we fritter away the hours waiting for the Wuhan pandemic to wind down. Which of these covers would be more likely to pull you in?

And lest you waste time trying to discern massive differences between the first two and the last two, the ONLY change in #3 and #4 is the color green used in the book title.

Kindly check out all four covers and tell me in the comments section below about which one you think does the best job. Please know that I deeply appreciate your input!










                  Cover 1                            Cover 2










             Cover 3                                   Cover 4

Now, kindly go vote below.

That wasn’t so hard, was it? Thanks for your help.


About joshlangston

Grateful and well-loved husband, happy grandparent, novelist, editor, and teacher. My life plate is full, and I couldn't be happier. Anything else I might add would be anticlimactic. Cheers!
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45 Responses to Your Help Is Needed!

  1. Gerald Flinchum says:

    Cover No. 4, Though red title stands out, I think green is better for the subject matter. Her expression is great. All are very good covers, but I’m drawn to No. 4. Good Job!

  2. Bob Williamson says:

    I like the green too. I either 3 or 4 works for me. I agree – all are good.

  3. Sarah says:

    Number 2 for me due to the red making it more prominent.

  4. Donna Smith says:

    I like Number 3 with the green

  5. Betty Smith says:

    I agree with The first comment – green is the better choice for the subject. I vote for 4 (one tiny complaint – the flowers in the green lettering do not show up very well – perhaps only in my view).
    Love ya’

    • joshlangston says:

      I’ll see what I can do about making those mums stand out, though they’re pretty well hidden behind the byline. You wouldn’t want me to reduce that now, would you? [grin]

  6. Dorothy Heinlen says:

    No. 1

  7. rearangers says:


  8. #4. The rest seem a little busy. Too many colors.

  9. polinto says:

    No 4


  10. Susanne says:

    Cover 3. Curious why all the background folk are women and older while the cover model is young? In my gardening experience, which started when we bought our first home when I was 30 years old, gardeners come in all flavours.

    • joshlangston says:

      There aren’t any men in the background either. That’s not intentional; it’s merely a limitation of the stock photo sites I’ve been using. One can only look through so many hundreds of photos before settling on whatever is “close enough.” The model in #2 and #4 is a little older, and since I know the story pretty well, I think she’s a decent representation of a lead character.

      • John Langston says:

        Seems to me the model is the same gal and if thats Ramona I don’t think the Sheriff would be attracted to her. Just saying. And yes, the folks in the background look.a bit too old. The graphics look good as green I think.😎

      • joshlangston says:

        Okay then, I’ll record your vote as either 3 or 4. The two models are not the same, by the by. [smile]

  11. Bill McGilvary says:

    I’m thinking green stands out and after all is a color of growth. #4 for me. Besides if you pick my choice I will buy it for sure!

  12. Robin Castillo says:

    I like #3!

  13. Mike Bartlett says:

    #4 The facial expression in #1 & 3 doesn’t do anything for me. I agree with the others, the green title is more representative of the garden theme.

  14. Barbara Jean Key says:


  15. Fudge says:

    I like 3

  16. Amanda Robinson says:


    Stay healthy!

  17. Tom Nigman says:


    As always, Tom

  18. Erika says:

    Hi, tried to answer, was good about filling out every line.  The vote tab did not like my URL,  sorry, that’s what mine is.  Greetings    PS  I go with No. 1

  19. Karen Boyce says:

    I like No 3 – the green title is more in keeping with plants and the model’s frown while looking at her flower is familiar (to me at least!) Good job!

  20. Mike Johnson says:

    I like #4 with the green title. I like the flower prominence on the other image, but prefer the mature woman and her expression in #4. I note that you have votes for all numbers, so you can’t fgo wrong.

  21. C Huff says:

    I liked # 1

  22. Annel B Martin says:

    I pick 2 or 4. I agree the flowers don’t show up as much in the green lettering. But, I definitely hope you do not use the cover with wilted white Mum. I can’t wait to read this one. Love ya!

  23. compozer322 says:

    # 3 is a perfect color for a garden. If you want something macabre, use the blood red title for #2.

  24. Amanda says:

    I like the 2nd one!

  25. Barry says:

    Number 4 for me Josh. However number 1 would be fine if there’s a lot of blood and guts in the story. The “exploding hands” make me think “mayhem” much more than the sad sack with the sourpuss. Stay well.

    • joshlangston says:

      Thanks, Barry. Not too much blood or guts in this one. The “exploding hands” you mentioned are now giving my pause. They’re supposed to be little, white flowers. I may need to rethink them.

  26. I like the color of #3LiliaSent from Samsung tablet.

  27. I like cover number three with the red fonts. Eddie Rhoades

  28. The first covers were jumbled so I change my vote to number one.

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