"Though this is the paperback cover, this is also the very first cover I presented to my hardcover publisher and editor. They entertained the idea for a bit and even sent it to Jasper, who liked it, but a short time later my publisher had second thoughts and we went in a completely different direction that left a lot of discards in its wake. The book, which I thought was terrific, did not do as well in hardcover as all had hoped, so my paperback publisher decided a redo was in order. I brought in that first rejected comp and the new editor and new publisher embraced it. Nice when that happens. Is it selling any better with this cover? That's always the question, isn't it? I don't know yet as it just hit the stores."