New book available May 12: Help me decide which cover

Finally, two and half years after the publication of my memoir, I’m ready to release my second book. It’s a memoir of sorts but also a self-help book. More about the content in a minute. First, I need your help. Yes, you. A potential reader. Or maybe someone simply interested in what I’m up to. Will you help me choose a cover for my new book? How about if I tell you there’s something in it for you?

If you make a comment to this blog post about which cover you like (and, if you’re feeling talkative, why you like it), I’ll randomly choose someone from among all those who comment to win a FREE color copy of the book when it comes out, slated for May 12.

The title of my new book is …

How to Look Hot & Feel Amazing in Your 40s: The 21-Day Diet, Exercise & Everything Makeover Plan

Ooh, sounds interesting. What’s it about? Here’s the book blurb:

Can you look and feel better in twenty-one days? Absolutely, you can. But Monica Lee didn’t always think so. When she entered that phase of womanhood called perimenopause, she fell into a rabbit’s hole where the world was filled with muffin tops, aches and pains, and indelible wrinkles.

Maybe that’s where you’re at: Sick and tired of being sick and tired. This plan is for you. It’s just the jump-start you need. Or maybe you’re in decent shape but staring down a big event like a class reunion or the wedding of one of your children. This plan is for you, too. You’ll look and feel your absolute best after twenty-one days and be ready to circulate your confident self among all your adoring fans—friends, we mean friends!

How to Look Hot & Feel Amazing in Your 40s: The 21-Day Diet, Exercise & Everything Plan is a combination health-and-fitness memoir and a to-do list. [Indie publishers are allowed to do that–to bust genres.] Author Monica Lee shares her formula for being healthier, stronger and hotter in this step-by-step plan she herself used to recapture her youth.

Adapt each day in this doable plan to suit your body, your means, your tastes. This book is designed to be a guide to the activities to which every woman in her 40s should pay attention.

Complete with checklists and pictures. Yes, I had a photo shoot. (And it was glorious! Thank you, Traci at Traci Palmer Photography) And those pictures formed the basis for the following possible covers (here’s where I need your help):

Option 1

Option 1

Option 1

We’ll call this the “dressy” option.

Option 2

Option 2

Option 2

This is the “jeans” option–an all-American Midwestern woman.

Option 3

Option 3

Option 3

Here’s me as a tough girl (as tough as I get in my 40s).

Which cover do you like best? Which one makes you want to run out and buy a copy right now? Comment below by April 14. One of you will be randomly chosen to receive a color copy signed by yours truly.

Interested in getting your hands on a copy no matter what? The Kindle version is available for to pre-order right now. Yes, you can pre-order the e-book right here. Both the e-book and the paperback will be available May 12 (just in time for season of class reunion, beach bathing and weddings).

Thanks for your help!