Genevieve Graham Guest Post

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

When I show the cover of Under the Same Sky to people, they are immediately enamoured with it. And why not? Penguin created an absolutely gorgeous cover. The model, the colours, the scenery … it sets a beautiful scene of romance with just the right suggestion of magic. I love it.

I love Regency romances!”

Oh, looks like a great bodice ripper! Can’t wait!”

Then they open the book and read. I watch their eyes widen and I know exactly what they’re seeing. Nope, this book ain’t no bodice ripper, nor is it a Regency romance.

Things aren’t always what they seem.




Aww. Look at the keeeooooot, gratuitous picture of a polar bear! So sweet you just want to give him a snuggle … except one swipe of his paw would take your head off.

Do you remember this video? Once you’ve seen it, you never forget:

Susan Boyle’s situation was the opposite of mine. When she stepped onto the stage, everyone saw a frumpy, crazy old woman whose mouth just wouldn’t stop. Then that same mouth opened … and filled the room, the world, with the sublime voice of an angel.

The same happened with puppy-eyed Paul Potts, the mobile phone repairman from Wales. Nobody expected that kind of voice.

My book’s cover is beautiful. Its rich colours and background practically beg you to take it to bed for a good read. But despite the golden gown, the flowing locks, the regal castle in the background, Under the Same Sky is no soft, easy romance. It doesn’t pull punches. The 18th century wasn’t a kind place for anyone, especially women. Not everyone hosted balls. Not everyone minded their manners. Only the strong survived. And though the Maggie on the cover is confident and beautiful, the Maggie within the pages endures horrific violence and doesn’t come out without scars. Her hope rides on a man she has always known and never met; her smile isn’t always that secure.

I hope the cover draws you in. I hope the story leaves you breathless.

Oh, before I finish, I figure it’s only fair to show you my own video:

Do you pick up a book in a store based on the cover? Do you ever put it down again without first reading the words on the back?

Thanks for having me here today!





The year is 1746. A young woman from South Carolina and a Scottish Highlander share an intimacy and devotion beyond their understanding. They’ve known each other their entire lives. And yet they have never met…

Maggie Johnson has been gifted with “the Sight” ever since she was a child. Her dreams bring her visions of the future, and of a presence she knows is real. She calls him Wolf, and has seen him grow alongside her from a careless young boy into a fearsome warrior. And when her life is torn asunder by unspeakable tragedy, he is her only hope.

Andrew MacDonnell is entranced by the vision of a beautiful woman who has always dwelt in his dreams. When war ravages his land and all he has ever known, he leaves the Scottish Highlands on a perilous journey to the New World to find her, knowing that their only chance of survival is with one another…

Their quest to find each other across a treacherous wilderness will test the limits of courage and endurance, guided only by their dreams—and by the belief in the true love they share …


A beautifully written, riveting novel.

–Madeline Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of “Dangerous in Diamonds”

Graham’s sweeping tale unfolds with the kind of luscious, unrushed prose that feels rapturously close to epic.

–Shana Abé, New York Times bestselling author of “The Time Weaver”


Book Trailer Video (YouTube): “Under the Same Sky” – Book Trailer

Product Details

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Berkley Trade (Jan 3 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0425245233

ISBN-13: 978-0425245231

Shipping Weight: 454 g

BIO: Genevieve Graham graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (playing the oboe). While on a ski vacation in Alberta, she met her future husband in a chairlift lineup and subsequently moved to Calgary to be with him. They have recently settled in a small, peaceful town in Nova Scotia with their two beautiful daughters. Writing became an essential part of Genevieve’s life a few years ago, when she began to write her debut novel, Under the Same Sky.



Next stop in the tour is tomorrow, January 25th at Love To Read For Fun


  1. ‘Everyone’ most certainly did not see Susan Boyle as a ‘frumpy, crazy old woman’. Many of us saw her as a very gutsy, brave woman – which she indeed is.

    1. I certainly didn’t mean that as a slight, CBill, and if you took it that way, I apologize. But the point I was trying to make, I believe, worked.

      Susan’s audience was full of shaking heads and giggles behind hands. She did her best to encourage that, teasing Simon and rolling her hips around with that glint in her eye.

      Anyone stepping on that stage is brave, but many have talents … that don’t quite pan out. Susan Boyle paid no heed to the whisperings, but instead gave the unsuspecting audience a gift no one had expected. I, along with thousands, were swept away by her. Absolutely amazed.

      And so the lesson is, don’t judge a book by its cover or a singer by your initial impression. They may have something absolutely wonderful to give you.

  2. Actually, I am weird like that – I do buy books based on the cover . . . of course, I’m a cover artist, they call to me from the shelves. While I’ve been occasionally surprised by the contents, I’ve never been disappointed, and never even considered returning a book because the cover doesn’t match the story (by the time I realize it I’m well into the plot and it just doesn’t matter)

  3. Fabulous post Genevieve. I loved your book. A lot. The cover did draw me and did confuse me just for the all the reasons you stated. However, the cover does not keep me page turning like madly. The cover just draws the reader in. Many times covers draw me in but I don’t move past page 50. Then there are times where the cover is so bad that I overlook reading the book until others recommend it or it earns high reviews. Sad but true for me and you’d have thought I’d have learned my lesson by now. (after 35 years reading LOL) BUT nope I haven’t.

    In your case with Under the Same Sky, I got it and due to the cover I read it right away instead of putting it on my massive TBR pile. BUT the spectacular writing and the story kept me turning the pages and journeying on that wild emotional roller coaster.

    I love your blog post because it is all true and I hope more people read your fabulous book. Currently on my blog site, my review of Under the Same Sky is receiving the tops visits so I hope word is getting out. Congrats on your wildly successful launch. I cannot wait for book 2.

  4. Whew! Meant to get here earlier, but the gym kicked my booty this morning. Welcome to Genevieve! I’m glad you’re here today sharing your debut book! I was highly surprised by the cover and then the book, def not what one would suspect 🙂 I hope you find a great audience with this one!

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