Is this cover really so bad it should be banned from display?

This is the cover of the new book, out today . . . at least in eBook format.

We believe a cover and title should tell the reader what to expect from a book, and this cover and title do just that. If you read Lily Does Sweden, you will definitely agree we were 100% what you see is what you get.

Of course, what you see depends on you, just as what culture you come from slants how you see another culture you may visit.* That’s why, on the cover of the hard copy, we add “A cross-cultural (mis-)adventure.”

Trade Paperback cover

As for the book content, we’re honest about that too. It’s a departure for FAB in that it does have mature themes, a couple erotic escapades, and some frank language. But that being said, the 314-page book (in 6 x 9 format) is primarily a travel adventure mystery/romantic comedy set in Sweden about the perils of thinking you understand something you really don’t — such as another person’s culture.

For those of you who have never been to Sweden, it’s very different from other first-world Western countries. This book draws on American vs Swedish cross-cultural disconnects to produce a story that’s both a good read and humorously informative.

Yes, it’s got erotic escapades. But if you find non-violent, non-sadomasochistic intimacy between two unattached, unmarried, non-religious people of the same race so bad or so controversial you want to ban this book or its cover, you may want to move to a repressive country in the Middle East.

Lily Does Sweden is already up for sale digitally ($1.99) through Amazon (click here for Kindle), although they don’t have a spot for the physical book yet.

Although we sent Lily Does Sweden to Barnes and Noble for a Nook edition, Sept 24th, they are still processing it. We’re not sure why. However, Barnes and Noble has a place holder for the physical book as a pre-order, so . . . apparently they’re willing to sell it.

Lily Does Sweden is also available through third-party ePUB retailers that sell Adobe Digital Editions ePUBs.

The print version ($14.99 retail, but about $10.70 through B&N) went to LSI on the 18th of Sept and is also taking an unusually long time to set up. Again, we’re not sure why; however, we have sent an email asking for information. They recently upgraded their computer system and perhaps lost some files or got behind as a result. We’ll keep you posted.

If you’d like to voice your opinion about the cover . . . .

*{When you look at the cover, what do you see? Two naked people? Or two people in bathing suits (which you can’t discern)? Two friends just horsing around? Or two lovers having sex?}