Blog Tour: Cover Interview – The Royal Treatment by Lindsey Leavitt

Welcome to Author Lindsey Leavitt:

Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school teacher and present day writer/mom to three (mostly) adorable little girls. She is married to her high school lab partner and lives in Las Vegas. She is the author of the PRINCESS FOR HIRE series ( and SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD. 
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Cover Interview:

What was your initial reaction when you saw the book cover?

It’s not pink!! I LOVE TEAL.

Is this the original cover or were changes made?
This is one of the first covers that I saw, but I know they did an earlier cover that was similar to PRINCESS FOR HIRE, with a compact and different bits and bobbles. They decided that draft could be mistaken for the first book, though, and they wanted to ad a photo of a girl. So the first draft I saw was pretty close to the final.

How much input did you have for the cover for Royal Treatment?
Yes, I had a few notes–the girl on the cover was closer-up, and her strapless dress made her look, um, really strapless, so they set her back more to show that she had clothes on (and personally, I would have put a nice shrug on the girl–not big on a thirteen-year-old showing all that skin). They also tweaked switched the compact to silver, since it matched something that happened in the book.

Is the girl on the cover how you picture Desi to look like?
Sort of? Not really? I picture Desi as pretty, but not fully grown-into her features, still a little more awkward. This girl is clearly a beauty. But what I like is that it’s open to interpretation. Is this Desi, or is this Desi as a princess? 

Is there something you would change about the cover if you could?

Yeah, coverage. See above 🙂  (but overall, LOVE. I do believe that blue is my new favorite color).

I love how you covers go together…. pink cover for Princess for Hire, blue for Royal Treatment… what color do you think book 3 in the series will be?
I think I know. Not sure if I can say. Ah well… probably purple, or some shade thereof, which I think will go beautifully with the other colors (and my daughter is excited because her room coincidentally is teal, purple, and pink). I haven’t seen any comps yet, though, so we’ll see together what happens!

The Royal Treatment by Lindsey Leavitt:

Desi Bascomb’s job as a princess substitute has gotten a whole lot more glamorous now that she’s advanced to Level 2 within the Facade Agency. Magical make-up, roller-skating celebrities, and the chance to see Prince Karl again are just some of the major perks. Not to mention, she’s landed the role of Fairy Queen in her school’s production of Midsummer’s Night Dream (opposite her best friend’s crush. Which is a little weird, but at least he wears a donkey head during their kissing scene). Life should be perfect, but Desi can’t seem to shake the feeling that there is more going on with the agency’s magic than she’s told. Like why is this mind-bending power exclusive to royals? Is it possible that there could be a bigger way to make an impact in both parts of her life?

Look for my review of Royal Treatment tomorrow! This is a fun book I’m really enjoying.

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