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G S Johnston, Show Me Your Cover!

This is the cover of “The Skin of Water” 

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And you can pick up the ebook HERE!

I worked with a friend, Ian, on the cover.  He directs documentaries.  (http://www.ianwthomson.com/resume.html) We wanted something that encapsulated WWII in Budapest.  I found the photo of the bombed Margaret Bridge while I was researching.  We added the woman – her clothes and hair are of the time and also of my character Catherine Steiner.  I didn’t want to show her face as I wanted the reader to imagine Catherine for themselves.   I like the cover a lot.  Given we had limited access to photos of the time, I think it works really well.

The Blurb 

“Passions flare and alliances shift in this breathtaking story of survival set during the final days of World War II in Hungary.

Young Zeno dreams of moving to Budapest and becoming a great filmmaker in the Hungarian film studios. But one evening he follows Catherine Steiner, a guest at the exclusive lakeside resort where he works as a bellboy, into the forest. Unknowingly he dives into her life, changing his forever.

Her husband is a wealthy industrialist with the power to create – or crush – Zeno. Despite Catherine’s protests, Zeno moves to Budapest and takes a servant’s job in the Steiner house, shining her husband’s shoes while hearing the family’s secrets.

All Zeno and Catherine have are precious hours in a secret apartment, tucked above the uneasy streets of a city at war, their affair a flimsy wall against a future no one can see or predict. Until it arrives.”

Hi Greg! Thank you for sharing your cover with us. I have to say from the woman’s hairstyle and jewelry, I can tell she represents the 40’s. Your cover has a vintage feel to it. And after reading the blurb, your cover depicts the story quite well, But what really caught my eye, considering I’m not a cover person, was the title. If you get a chance would you tell us, in the comments, how you came about the title for your book.

And to all the other authors that have shared a cover so far, if you get a chance, go to your cover post and leave us a comment as to how the title of your book came about, please! 🙂 I’m curious to know.


  1. gelakel

    I really like this cover and love how the woman’s face is hidden- for the reason above – but I also think it adds a bit of mystery.

    Its lovely.
    Angela 🙂


    • Hi Angela. I just found your comment in the spam folder! Good thing I checked everyone before deleting them 🙂


      • gelakel

        Spam! What a cheek 😉 I’m glad you checked. 🙂


      • Me too. I can’t understand why it would have been there. Weird. How are you doing?


      • gelakel

        Great ta! First week of summer hols finished. Been a fabbie week with the kiddies. 🙂


    • Thanks Angela – Catherine is a mystery to Zeno, even beyond the end of the novel


  2. The Skin of Water explained…
    If you remember back to school chemistry and discussions of surface tension, you may remember there’s a skin on the surface of water. If you put water in a tall, thin glass, you’ll see the surface bulges up slightly. This is the skin of water – the meniscus.
    In the novel, Catherine says, “We dance of the skin of water.” It means that every day is full of so many threats to us that we could break the skin of the water and fall in all the time. In the wake of the German occupation, the Jews of Budapest were dancing on the skin of water for their survival. It goes to a major theme of the novel – what would you do to survive?

    And what did Catherine do? Read on.



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