Down the Rabbit Hole… to a Book Cover!

white rabbit leading to a book cover

At first it doesn’t feel quite real… where is the white rabbit leading? To a book cover? That seems odd…

This Alice in Wonderland style post dates from the build up to the release of THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR in 2019.

The rabbit leads us down or, as is more accurate, through, a giant rabbit hole!

down the rabbit hole to a book cover

Things get stranger yet as we pass between a huge fork and knife…

a giant fork and knife at Brodie Castle

We come to a place of unicorns.

unicorns and a book cover

We want to stay here with the unicorns, but we have to move on, to see…

miniature castle

A miniature castle! We go inside, and peer out like giants.

view from castle window, almost at the book cover now

We hear sweet music, percussion. Everything feels dreamy and lovely.

music to a book cover

And then, finally, this is where the rabbit has been taking us… to the book cover!

The Mermaid and the Bear cover

Set in a castle in Aberdeenshire, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR features a fictional account of three real women who were accused of witchcraft in 1597. It’s also a love story. And the cover makes it all very real now to Ailish (the Gaelic form of Alice)…

She needs to have a nice lie down like the huge white rabbit (6.5 metres long) in the Playful Garden at Brodie Castle, featured in this post.

huge white rabbit

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The Mermaid and the Bear is out now in both paperback and Kindle. 

Mermaid blurb

84 Replies to “Down the Rabbit Hole… to a Book Cover!”

  1. Makes it even more exciting doesn’t it?! Such a lovely cover and I cannot wait for publication

  2. I’m sure the book will be as interesting and well-written as your posts so I’m looking forward to the publication.
    Yes, a cover does make it seem much more real, doesn’t it? I created a book cover for my stalled story (I can’t believe how long ago this was!) as a way to get me going again:
    It did for a while, but I’ve only just picked up again and wrote a couple of chapters over the past fortnight.

  3. Love the book cover.! The illustrations on book covers are most important as this is the initial selling point. Interesting post and the illustration of that wonderful rabbit hole is very enticing. Good luck

  4. What a great cover! I am totally intrigued! We’re planning a trip to Scotland in 2020 – may have to put this place on our itinerary!

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  5. Congratulations on the cover. Your book sound like one I will definitely want to read so will look forward to hearing the dates for publication

  6. What a great cover, and I loved your post with the white rabbit and the rabbit hole! Makes me want to read this book NOW. I’ll wait patiently if I must. I also learned that my middle name, Alice, is from the Gaelic. I know some of my mom’s family history but it doesn’t go farther back than the shores of America. However, it has always been adamant among family members that they are Scotch-Irish. I think that might have connection to mom’s choice of Alice for my middle name. Thanks for the bit of learning.

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  8. Thank you for stopping by my Blog. I wanted to return the kindness and see what your Blog was about. What a pleasant surprise. You are a writer! CONGRATULATIONS on your book. Beautiful cover and I must say, I did not know about Scottish witchcraft accusations. I was reading some of your other posts. I hope you are feeling better!! I’m writing some children’s books, so always enjoy visiting fellow writers. Enjoying your posts.

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