Tennis, sisters and splits

So, I have a completed manuscript and a title but am still working on the cover…with a little help from my friends.

Initially, the kind of cover I envisaged was something abstract like this:

Callahan Split 3

But then a few people commented that it was too obscure and that the tennis reference wasn’t strong enough…Did they want something like this?

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I think not.
And then a wacky friend came up with this one –

Tennis 10
The image is lifted from an original photo titled Tennis Girl, taken by Martin Elliott in 1976, of his then 18-year-old girlfriend, Fiona Butler.

I can’t use it, but I did laugh…sisters, tennis and a bit of raunch. …And I will definitely be using the byline ‘no one knows you better than your sister‘. Thanks Nicholas!

I also like the reference to Wimbledon…which brings me to my next point! Am off to London on Thursday! Yippee.

Yes, I’ll visit Princess Charlotte, have High Tea at The Ritz and attend the Chelsea Flower Show, But hopefully, I will also be inspired to create the perfect cover…or at least be able to tell someone far cleverer than me the kind of cover I’d like for The Callahan Split!

So, we’ve established that the title is The Callahan Split...

A story about two sisters…

Now here’s a bit more information…

In tennis, as in life, nothing ever goes truly to plan.

Samantha and Annie Callahan are successful doubles champions — the toast of the Olympics, Wimbledon, and Flushing Meadow. But their winning partnership spirals out of control when Annie’s new boyfriend announces their engagement at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Bear, the sisters’ coach, guides Annie as much as she’ll allow. But when she insists on dropping Samantha in favour of a singles career, her game and rankings plummet.
Samantha is left floundering. Disillusioned, her only sweet spot is the growing passion between her and Bear. Amidst rising anger and betrayal, Samantha completely changes both their destinies when she does the unthinkable after a devastating Wimbledon loss.
The sisters are driven to create new lives by confronting the past and taking control of the present. But can Samantha and Annie both win?


Look what the lovely (and perhaps slightly strange) Robin Riedstra has come up with!



Love it!

13 thoughts on “Tennis, sisters and splits

  1. Sounds great, Lisa!! I think you’d get a very different kind of readership if you were to go with the butt cheek image 😉 Have an amazing time in London. I’m so jealous. Say hi to Charlotte for me 🙂 #teamIBOT

    • Hi Renee, Yes re readership but I am tempted to do something from the norm…not quite sure what I mean by that! Will definitely say howdy to Charlotte from you! x

    • Gosh, Jo! between welcoming Lottie to the world and dining with Lizzie, I’m not going to have much time to buy souvenir spoons and tea towels. Really need to plan ahead. x

    • Hi Lisa, thanks. The first cover was going to be ‘the one’ but now I’m thinking it’s not quite ‘it’. However, if I’m really stuck…

  2. Oh I am intrigued!
    I probably wouldn’t put the tennis racket on the cover, because it seems obvious. Is there a more subtle tennis ‘image’ you could use? I love your other covers. They are all so fun, and would make me want to pick them up in a bookstore.

  3. LOLOLOLOL!! Those covers! I thought you’d nailed it with the raunchy sisters but you blew me away with Tom Selleck in the tightest pair of shorts EVER!

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