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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

El Gringo Book Blast and Guest Post - Why Book Covers Are so Important

Here we have a work of fiction from author Edmond Salus. Along with an overview of the book is a guest post from the author about the importance of book covers. Take a look.

Fiction
Date Published: January 2018

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Sonny Galas is an only child being raised by his mother-a widow---and the loving help of his grandfather, also widowed. Living in a Santa Monica apartment complex owned by 'Grandpa' all is well and average for this close-knit family until a certain French family come into the picture, in need of a place to rent. They soon show their colors in various ways, topping it off by slapping a suit on their patient, kind landlord. Sonny's family sees no better option than selling their only asset-the apartments-and getting far away from their Lawyer-packing tenants. Far, as in 'leaving the country', and this is where their true adventure begins. South of the border becomes their new home. 

From their journey through third-world narrow roads, small towns where no English is spoken, to long, hot unending desert roads and through humid coastal towns they continue toward their big city destination, Guadalajara, where their life begins and they encounter everything and everyone from kind helpers to con-artists and crazies and from strangers to good friends, both Mexican and American. From young boy to teenager, as the years pass, Sonny sees it all: his family's ups and downs, the country's ups and downs with its own political third-world corruption, and his own transformation from a simple boy in a new country to a growing youth, fully fluent in Spanish; a devilish yet fun-loving teenager now with roots firmly planted and sprouting happily in his new home, his new country. From the adventures and joys of boyhood with his friends and pals to the wild days through grade school, junior high and high school with the opportunities given him as a bi-lingual kid to living through the set-backs that could trouble any family-Mexican or American-even scare of the faint of heart, he takes it all in; after all, now he's Mexican. The fiestas, the friends, the awesome busy modern streets of Guadalajara in the early Seventies to the early Eighties, Guadalajara, the country's capital of Mariachis.

Guest Post: Why Book Covers Are so Important
This topic really caught my eye and I found it refreshing to write on, as opposed to many of the other topics regularly written on, such as favorite authors, how I write, and so on. There is much one could say on Book Covers. At once, in my mind, came not only the inspiration of a book cover but also the unique, attractive covers on what we used to have on record album covers, and now covers on CD's. 
Especially when the author of the book has some input on it. A book cover is the window into the novel, the story, the theme. It can be a great way to invite a reader into the book itself. It should reflect something key in the novel such as the main subject, but more so. It can be an initial live portrait of the book itself, with one image giving us a visible introduction to the book. If creative enough, it might even be the difference between a reader picking it up or not bothering with it at all. But I do believe the author of said novel should have some input in the cover, just as he had all the input in writing it. After all, it's his story.

Edmond Salus


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