The cover is by Lou Harper and I love it!
We went through several variations, some of which might have been terrific for a lighter novel. Unfortunately, this is a fairly dark book, with Kevin tormented by repressed memories that break through in his nightmares and cause him to have panic attacks in certain situations—memories of abuse in his childhood.
One thing I insisted upon was the dog. Shadow is based upon my own black Lab, Kumar, who went through a period of adjustment when we got him home from the shelter—getting over an irrational fear of going up and down stairs and peeing on boxes indoors. In the novel, Shadow’s adventures parallel what Kevin is going through to be with Tom.