Sunday, December 28, 2008

Katana Duet: Samurai's Forbidden Love by Silapa Jarun


We want the details about yours.

Did you design the cover? Nope.

Did your publisher design the cover? Nope.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design? Please read the next question.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.

*** The cover of Katana Duet: Samurai's Forbidden Love was created by a friend who is skilled in CG and is also an enthusiast for the m/m genre.
She read the novella and came up with a very eye catching interpretation.

Who is the cover artist? Kikue Mugen, who is also an author. Her gallery can be found at http://www.samurai-on-samurai.com. Age verification is necessary to view her work.

Are you happy with the cover? Yes, and I hope romance readers who are more used to seeing live models on the cover give the book a chance.

If not, what would you change and why? Kikue should've just left out the clothes. I'm just kidding.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover. The dark blues and texture are outstanding. Blue happens to also be my favorite color.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share.

You can see how the images of the cover are used in the book's video here:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=1nG_1YTJBjk

Please provide your website link.
http://www.silapajarun.com

What is the link to buy your book?
http://www.bookstrand.com/authors/silapajarun/kd.asp

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Rough Justice by Suzanne Perazzini

Did you design the cover?

Yes, I designed the cover. I actually designed 5 different covers for this book. I submitted them to Red Rose Publishing, who let me know which they preferred and I agreed with them.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.

I took the photo of the elephants myself when I was on holiday in Botswana. My husband, son and I spent a wonderful month in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, where my uncle has a fishing lodge on the Zambezi River.

Are you happy with the cover?

I am very happy with the cover of course since I designed it myself. LOL.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover?

I love the hazy feel to the elephants which I have superimposed onto a photo of the Chobe River at sunset, which I took on the same day that I took the photo of the elephants.

Is there anything else about the cover that we need to know?

I loved Africa so much that I felt impelled to write a story based there and in particular to use the sad and misguided poaching of elephants as the backdrop to the adventure my heroine goes on.

Blog: http://www.suzanneperazzini.blogspot.com/

Website: http://suzanneperazzini.com/

Link to buy book: http://redrosepublishing.com/bookstore/product_info.php?products_id=226


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sam's Quest: The Royal Trident, Book 2 by Ben Furman




BEN FURMAN, SAM’S QUEST: THE ROYAL TRIDENT, BOOK 2

1) Did you design the cover?

2) Is there an interesting story behind the cover design?

I was out of the country when it was time for the cover design work to start, and I was too busy shot gunning bird-sized mosquitoes and getting lost on dirt trails that masqueraded as roads to worry about the fineries of cover art. I gave the artist who did the covers for Sam’s Quest for the Crimson Crystal and for The Devil’s Darning Needle a free hand to design Sam’s Quest: The Royal Trident.

When I returned I looked the concepts over, and though excellent, they weren’t what I wanted. They depicted different parts of the book that I didn’t think told the story. I knew the scene I wanted and started to sketch. Here’s the result. The skills of the cover artist brought it to life.


3) Who is the cover artist?

I did the initial pencil sketch and a friend of mine came out of retirement to do the coloration, etc. She’s a sucker for chocolate covered cherries. Three two-layered boxes got it done. Guess what she gets for Christmas?


4) Are you happy with the cover?

Yes. The book distributor says that it’s in the top five covers he’s handled for the genre. He’s been in business for 30+ years. He’s happy with it and so am I.


5) What is the best part of the cover?

It’s a perfect pictorial synopsis of the book. The scene shows Sam and Patch rowing into Skull Cove, a scary place for sure. Sam has to get through the Skull Rock’s guarded gate to reach shore where she believes the motley mutant thieves are holding her friend, King Kaylan, captive. Daunting, but she keeps her fear in check and points the boat directly toward the danger, not knowing how she will succeed, only that she must.


6) Is there anything else we need to know?

The world could use more Sam’s. She’s not a super hero, she doesn’t jump over tall buildings, but when needed she stands up, shaky at times with a lump in her throat, but stand up she does. I don’t want Sam to magically shed herself of her physical and mental frailties – that’s too easy and would lose one of the key lessons of the story. None of us is perfect. All have fears and insecurities. It’s how we handle life’s challenges that counts. Sam goes through the fire the best she can and comes out the other side a better, stronger person.


7) Website link....

www.blackhawkpress.com

www.blackhawkpress.com/blog


8) Link to buy book:

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Royal-Trident-Book-2/Ben-Furman/e/9780977873142/?itm=3

http://www.amazon.com/Sams-Quest-Royal-Trident-Book/dp/0977873145/ref=sr_11_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1218834440&sr=11-1

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Green Stone of Healing Book Three by Candace Talmadge


We want you to share your book cover with us. An attractive cover is a big element in the appeal of your book. We want the details about yours.

Did you design the cover?

No.

Did your publisher design the cover?

Yes.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design?

As the book's author, I provided background information and themes to the designer.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.

The designer is a fan of the fantasy genre, so that probably made her even more enthusiastic about the assignment.

Who is the cover artist?

A very talented graphic designer named Patricia Virzi.

Are you happy with the cover?

Very.

If not, what would you change and why?

I would not change anything about this cover.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.

It is a very dramatic representation of the essential conflict in this novel. I also love the color scheme and the use of the stone motif for the series logo as well as the subtle, stone-like colorations in the background design.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share.

It is the cover for the third book in an epic fantasy series.

Please provide your website link.


What is the link to buy your book?

Paperbacks purchase links:

The Scorpions Strike-Green Stone of Healing(R) Series, Book Three


eBooks purchase link: http://www.healingstonebooks.com/

The Dream King by Tara Newlands


Did you design the cover?


No, but I had input into its design.


Did your publisher design the cover?


Yes, its by a great artist Kat NisaĆ”


Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.


Its' from a ring my husband gave me.


Who is the cover artist?


Kat NisaĆ”


Are you happy with the cover?


I think its very very nice. Eye catching.


Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.


I like how the green helps the cover stand out.


Please provide your website link.




What is the link to buy your book?


The Dream King is an upcoming release with Red rose publishing

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hunting The Egret by Bryn Colvin



Did you design the cover?

I very much wanted an egret on the cover, but the layout was entirely Tom Brown’s work.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design?

I didn’t need to once it was under way - other than reminding Tom which name I was using for this one! I got to see the cover as it developed from pencil sketch to finished piece – a fascinating process and one requiring no input from me.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.

I first met artist Tom Brown when he was working at Whiskey Creek Press. He isn’t an in house artist at LYD, but the publisher is brilliantly flexible about letting us sort out our own stuff if we want to. Tom and I have worked together on some graphic novel projects. I’m a huge fan of his work.

Who is the cover artist?

Tom Brown
myspace.com/copper_age
http://copperage.deviantart.com/

Are you happy with the cover?

I love it so much I’m buying the original to hang over my fireplace.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.

I love the fact that it’s a totally original and unique piece of artwork.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share.

I think it speaks for itself.

Please provide your website link.

http://www.brynneth.org

http://www.myspace.org/brynneth_n_colvin

What is the link to buy your book?

http://www.loveyoudivine.com/index.php?main_page=document_product_info&cPath=28&products_id=337&zenid=e8fb5f33a911b999e381b72512589bd7


The No Complaining Rule by Jon Gordon



1) Did you design the cover? No

2) Did the publisher design the cover?

Yes, my publisher designed it.

3) Did you give input?

We were given four different choices to decide upon, but we liked the energy meter on the front.

4) Is there an interesting story behind the cover design?

The whole book, in fact all of Jon's books, deal with gaging your energy levels in different situations. Jon is all about positive thinking and how it can affect any outcome you deal with. The energy meter on the front represents a gage the main character has to metaphorically use in the story as well as each reader.

5) Who is the cover artist? Wiley

6) Are you happy with the cover? Without a doubt!

7) If not, what would you change?

8) What is the best part of the cover?

We like the distinctive font of the book title and how it is the same color as the Positive sign in the energy meter

9) Is there anything else we need to know? Your positive energy must be greater than anyone's negativity

10) Website link.... www.thenocomplainingrule.com

11) Link to buy book:
http://www.amazon.com/No-Complaining-Rule-Positive-Negativity/dp/0470279494

Monday, September 1, 2008

Chesapeake Harvest by Terry L. White


Did you design the cover? No

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? The cover of my book is the painting of a woman starting out to sea. The night sky is behind her and she holds a red rose. The style is very “pulp fiction” a retro look I find very appealing.

Who is the cover artist? The cover artist is a young woman from
Maryland named Dawn Tarr. Dawn is selling her art in galleries along the Eastern Seaboard and to fans around the world via ebay. I think her style is funky and intriguing, and I love the cover she did for Chesapeake Harvest. It is evocative of the lonely life Mary Charles lives as an indentured servant in a newborn colony. My editor Arline Chase of ebooksonthe.net did the lettering.


Are you happy with the cover? I was over the moon when I saw Dawn’s painting. It captured the essence of the woman inside each of us who longs to be loved.


Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover. I like the innocence of Dawn’s painting. I believe she will make her mark on the world and the cover will attract attention to the book.


Please provide your website link. Visit me online at www.terrylwhite.com

What is the link to buy your book? My books can be purchased at www.eboksonthe.net, at

Amazon.com, Target.com, Kindle, Fictionwise, All Romance E-books and more. Not all of my books are in print, but you may order autographed print copies by contacting me at terrylwhite@verizon.net.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Cobblestone Quest


Did you design the cover?
No we used Michael Lynch (www.bookcoverdesign.com) to design the cover.He has designed at least 10 covers for us.

Did your publisher design the cover?
I am the author and publisher - so, in a way, yes.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design?
Yes, we had full say on the creative design. Michael provides 2 or 3
draft covers; we select the best option and tweak it to create a final
cover.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please
share the details.
At first I wasn't in favor of the cobblestone borders so I asked Michael
to remove them. But, the cover lost "pop" without the borders so we had
them put back in.

Who is the cover artist?
All the photos used in the cover (including the close-ups of the
cobblestone rows used in the border) were taken by my husband Rich
Freeman. His previous career was as a development photographer for
Eastman Kodak Company.

Are you happy with the cover? If not, what would you change and why?
Yes, mostly I am. In black and white it does come across as a bit dark.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.
I like that the title is bold and readable. I like that it shows the
diversity of cobblestone structures as well as the close-up of the
cobblestones themselves.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free
to share.
I highly recommend Michael Lynch as a cover designer. He's easy to work
with and creates great covers.

Please provide your website link.
http://www.footprintpress.com

What is the link to buy your book?
http://www.footprintpress.com/Cobblestone/CobblestonePreview.htm

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Voice of the Muse by Mark David Gerson


Did you design the cover?

No.

Did your publisher design the cover?

Yes and no. It's my publishing company that put out the book.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design?

Yes. I had considerable input

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.

The interesting story is how I found the designer. I had done the same research for designers on this book as I had done for my earlier book, The MoonQuest, but without same unequivocal results. No portfolio I saw, online or off, seemed to capture the essence of this book. Finally, I contracted with a designer who came the closest, crossed my fingers and prayed. She sent three concepts, none of which fully satisfied me but one of which I felt I could work with. After some back-and-forth with her, it became clear that this wasn't going to work and she resigned. Suddenly, I had no designer. A few weeks earlier, however, while I was on Facebook offering feedback on the proposed cover of a friend's book, I came across Richard (see the next question). His was the comment immediately previous to mine. We became online friends and, when I suddenly needed a new designer, I asked him to send me his portfolio. I soon as I saw his work, I knew he was the one. And he sure didn't let me down.

Who is the cover artist?

A U.K. cover designer: Richard Crookes

Are you happy with the cover?

Absolutely delighted.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.

Nothing specific. I just love the way he captured the essence of the material with his design.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share.

Please provide your website link.


What is the link to buy your book?

Pilgramage to Heresy: Don't believe Everything They Tell You

We want you to share your book cover with us. An attractive cover is a big element in the appeal of your book.


We want the details about yours.

Pilgrimage to Heresy: Don't Believe Everything They Tell You

A Novel of the Camino

Tracy Saunders

Published by iUniverse

2007 (December)

Did you design the cover?

Yes, I did. I took the photo when last in Santiago de Compostela, and when I viewed it I was struck by the mystery it contained. It seems to take you beyond and past the beautiful Portico de Gloria into the mysteries of the Cathedral in Santiago itself. It was the only photo I ever considered. The rest was easy.

Did your publisher design the cover?

No, although I did have that option.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design?

Since I self-published with iUniverse, I had full control over the cover design, although I did pay for a "Cover Copy Polish" which I thought, on receipt, took a lot of the strength out of the book and the original copy. I requested that they go with the original cover, which they did.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.

The first thing a pilgrim sees when they enter the cathedral is Master Matteo's stunning Portico de Gloria, described by some as a "symphony in stone". The Romanesque interior lies inside the Barroque exterior, but in some ways it is far more ornate than the original builders intended. As such, as I have explained, I felt that a mystery was implicit, and the perspective and symmetry of the cover invite the reader to find out more.

The book itself is a "timeshift" of course which looks at a bishop named Priscillian. Decapitated in 385 by the Romans (and with the full encouragement of certain of the Iberian bishops, although some - notable St. Ambrose and St. Martin of Tours were very much against it - were so scandalised that they refused to hold communian with the Roman emperor who allowed it. My claim - and remember it is fictional after all - is that it is Priscillian in the tomb in the cathedral, and not St. James at all. All of this is dovetailed with the story of Miranda, a professor from the University of Toronto, who is walking the Camino to try to regain some self identity.

Who is the cover artist?

Myself, but you'll see me listed as Cassie Berry. It's a bit of an in-joke actually. I hope she doesn't ask for a share of the royalities!

Are you happy with the cover?

Very much so.

If not, what would you change and why? Nothing.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.

The colour. It has a "mediaeval" touch to it.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share.

Please provide your website link.

http://pilgrimagetoheresy.com

What is the link to buy your book?

As above, although it is also available at book outlets in Spain, and from Amazon etc., of course. There are links on the websire, and it can also be found under "Pilgrimage to Heresy" on Google, etc.

Please send me a copy of your cover along with your answers so the blog readers can see your cover and read your thoughts.

Please see above, but, if the image is not clear, I have others.

Many thanks, Nikki! A brilliant idea suggested to me by June Austin: Genesis of Man

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Barlett's Rule by Chelle Cordero


We want the details about yours.

The name of the book is Bartlett’s Rule by (me!) Chelle Cordero

Did you design the cover?

No

Did your publisher design the cover?

Yes, Kimberlee Williams of Vanilla Heart Publishing designed the concept and then her artistic staff “tweaked” it

Did you get to give any input about the cover design?

Kimberlee sent me her first concept and we “discussed” via email whether it captured the feeling of the book. She sent me the next concept based on our discussion and then had it “tweaked”.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.

Kimberlee literally built the cover design using important elements of the story. She did an amazing job.

Who is the cover artist?

Kimberlee Williams of Vanilla Heart Publishing

Are you happy with the cover?

Very happy. I can honestly feel comfortable calling the figures on the cover Paige and Lon, my main characters.

If not, what would you change and why?

I can’t think of anything I would change.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.

I like the fact that the characters are looking away. The scene is very metropolitan, they are looking out over NYC… but they are separate from the bustling activity.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share.

The cover effectively draws the eye in, just as the story does.

Please provide your website link.

http://chellecordero.blogspot.com/

What is the link to buy your book?

http://shop.vanillaheartbooksandauthors.com/main.sc

or http://www.amazon.com/Bartletts-Rule-Chelle-Cordero/dp/097965453X

New Madrid , Missouri by Arlington Nuetzel


2027, New Madrid , Missouri by Arlington Nuetzel
Trade Paperback 176 pages $19.95 ISBN#1424193001

Did you design the cover?
No but I did select the earthquake engraving from an engraving in the public domain from a Mark Twain book. It actually depicted an earthquake in San Francisco .

Did your publisher design the cover?
Yes, PublishAmerica hit it on the first try. I couldn¢t have been more pleased.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design?
I suggested the cover art, the publisher provided the integration, graphics, bleed, sepia and overall look. It was very professional.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.
It just all came together, the cringing passerby, the bolting horses, the crumbling buildings. The sense of my book is captured.

Who is the cover artist?
The graphic genius Anthony Saavedra. He is understated but extremely effective at his work.

Are you happy with the cover?
Absolutely. It sells the book for me.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.
I like the way it leads the reader into the story.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share.
Always search the public domain for ideas just like you should Google your title and characters names. What you find will surprise you and may prevent embarrassment before you release Moby Dick.

Please provide your website link.
I offer samples, my book trailer and buy my book links at
I hang out for viral purposes and great music at

Outlaw in Petticoats by Paty Jager


We want you to share your book cover with us. An attractive cover is a big element in the appeal of your book.

We want the details about yours.

Did you design the cover? Yes and no.

Did your publisher design the cover? Yes

Did you get to give any input about the cover design? Yes, I provided the photo used on the cover and Nicola Martinez designed the layout.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details. My daughter and I staged the photo that is used on the cover. Nicola Martinez came up with the style and we sent her the photo of my horse stage to be at a spot in a stream where a person is taking a swim.

Who is the cover artist? Nicola Martinez

Are you happy with the cover? Yes. Not only because it is a great cover but because my horse is on it too. :)

If not, what would you change and why?

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover. My horse being on the cover and working with my daughter to stage the scene.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share. My daughter and I dug through items we had to find a saddle, gun and saddle blanket that looked the most historical. Then we walked all over our property to find a spot that resembled the setting of the book. The hardest part was getting my horse "Bud" to stand still. He was more interested in grazing and than being a model.

Please provide your website link. http://www.patyjager.com

What is the link to buy your book? http://www.thewildrosepress.com

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Searching For A Starry Night


Did you design the cover?
I made suggestions which the publisher, Karen Syed, did take into consideration.

Did your publisher design the cover?

She and cover artist did.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design?
My initial view, I admit I was a little let down as the background was white. I love color! So I suggested some blue stars and adding that made the design "pop."

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.
Petey the Dachshund is mischievous, yet his antics play a role in the search for the missing miniature replica of Van Gogh's Starry Night, the focus of the book. So I definitely wanted the dog on the cover. When I saw the photo, it looked like Petey and really made me laugh!

Who is the cover artist?
Nathalie Moore

Are you happy with the cover?
I LOVE it! It makes me and everyone else who sees it smile. A good thing!

If not, what would you change and why?
see above.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.
The dog for sure.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share.
That "missing" miniature painting on the cover is actually in my possession. See my blog Jan. 12, 2008 blog post at http://candidcanine.blogspot.com

Please provide your website link.

What is the link to buy your book?
http://www.amazon.com/Searching-Starry-Night-Christine-Verstraete/dp/1590805798

Crimson Promise by Sapphire Phelan


Did you design the cover? No, I didn't.

Did your publisher design the cover? Yes, they did.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design?
Not this time, but I loved it. Puts me into mind of Madri Gras.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details. None for this one.

Who is the cover artist? Debi Lewis.

Are you happy with the cover? Oh yes. Had people compliment on it.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover. That it's beautiful.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share. Nothing else.

Please provide your website link. http://FantasticDreams.50megs.com (Sapphire Phelan's/Pamela K. Kinney's Website)

What is the link to buy your book? http://www.king-cart.com/Phaze/product=Crimson+Promise+by+Sapphire+Phelan

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Draegon's Lair by Linda Ciletti


We want you to share your book cover with us. An attractive cover is a big element in the appeal of your book.

We want the details about yours.

Did you design the cover? Yes and No. I designed the general layout, Richard Stroud with Wings ePress put it together. He was great to work with and paid attention to the author's vision.

Did your publisher design the cover? Richard Stroud designed it. He designs for Wings ePress.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design? Yes. A lot. And I appreciated that.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.
I wish I could say yes, but not really.

Who is the cover artist? (see above) Richard Stroud

Are you happy with the cover? Mostly. I'd have preferred her hair to be more "medieval". But I'm very happy with the turnout.

If not, what would you change and why? (see above)

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover. I love the hero. And I love both of their expressions. They really represent the story and the character's wary feelings toward one another.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share.
I think it's one of Richard's best.


Please provide your website link. www.lindaciletti.net

What is the link to buy your book? http://www.wings-press.com/Bookstore/Draegon's%20Lair.htm

The Role of a Lifetime by Jennifer Shirk


Did you design the cover? No. (which is a very good thing) *wink*

Did your publisher design the cover? Yes. (another very good thing)

Did you get to give any input about the cover design? I sure did! I wanted something along the lines of a movie theme, since my hero is a Hollywood actor.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details. Well, I orginally asked for a spider to be somewhere on the cover (long story--you have to read the book) and my cover artist humored me. Then sanity set in and I told her she could get rid of it. Whew! It looks much better now. :)

Who is the cover artist? Angela Waters

Are you happy with the cover? Yes!!! Love it! It fits the theme and tone of the story perfectly.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover. The hot guy--of course. LOL. And I like how she put a child's profile in the background too.


Please provide your website link. www.jennifershirk.com

What is the link to buy your book? http://samhainpublishing.com/coming/the-role-of-a-lifetime

Monday, June 23, 2008

When a Man Loves a Woman by LaConnie Taylor-Jones

1) Did you design the cover? No

2) Did the publisher design the cover?

Yes, my publisher was totally responsible for the design. The staff is wonderful and very creative and I’ve been pleased with the results.

3) Did you give input?

Basically, the only thing I told my editor was that I wanted the cover to depict the love and passion a man feels for the woman he loves and somehow tie it together with the title of the story.

4) Is there an interesting story behind the cover design?

Actually, there isn’t, but I was very, very pleased with the final product, which coincided perfectly with the story of the main characters. Alcee Jules (A.J.) Baptiste who knows he wants to spend his life with Victoria (Vic) Bennett, but she wants nothing to do with love and even less to do with him. The pediatrician and single father is determined to tear down the barriers around her carefully shielded heart——no matter what it takes. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, A. J. stops at nothing to have Vic and has no recourse but to concoct as many schemes as necessary to keep her in close proximity when she threatens to relocate to Atlanta.

5) Who is the cover artist? Brian Jones

6) Are you happy with the cover?Absolutely!!

7) If not, what would you change?

8) What is the best part of the cover?

The back drop with the smiling face of the man captures the essence of the story. The confident gleam in his eye tells it all. One day, this man will win the heart of the woman he loves.

9) Is there anything else we need to know? No

10) Website link.... www.laconnietaylorjones.com

11) Link to buy book: http://www.amazon.com/When-Man-Loves-Woman-Indigo/dp/1585712744

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sometimes I Am by Rosemarie Gillen


Did you design the cover? Yes.
Did your publisher design the cover? No, I illustrated the entire book.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design? Yes, I had total control over the design of the cover.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.

Who is the cover artist? I am Rosemarie Gillen.

Are you happy with the cover? It is a simple cover. You can tell just the way the girl is posed that she her own person. The illustrations inside are more complex conveying emotions.

If not, what would you change and why?

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover. I think the best part of the cover is the girl of course, the way she is looks so confident.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share.

Please provide your website link. www.rosemariegillen.com


What is the link to buy your book? http://www.synergebooks.com/ebook_sometimesIam.html

From the Dust by Ryshia Kennie


Did you design the cover? no
Did your publisher design the cover? My publisher, Black Lyon Publishing designed the cover.
Did you get to give any input about the cover design? Yes, I had input on the cover but I totally loved it from the beginning. The only thing I suggested was that sheep weren't added, although they are part of the story. Sheep really weren't a common part of the Saskatchewan landscape then or now. Although Tate (the hero) is rather unique in his vision for a sheep ranch in the midst of the depression era prairies.
Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details. No.
Who is the cover artist? It's a photograph
Are you happy with the cover? I absolutely love the cover.
If not, what would you change and why? Nothing
Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.
The deep, brooding colors, the wild terrain and the lone cabin are like a visual prologue. There's a feeling of mystery portrayed by that cabin nestled in the gloaming, a symbol of the times and of Eva's (the heroine) determined desperation as the book opens. What more can I say - I think it's great and I'm totally subjective but many others have said the same. So that's some validation.
My website links:
Link to buy "From the Dust"

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Emerald Enigma by C J Westwick


We want you to share your book cover with us. An attractive cover is a big element in the appeal of your book.

We want the details about yours.

Did you design the cover?

I designed the original cover concept, which was the single large emerald and two smaller emeralds, lying on a sandy beach. It was my idea to “hide” a skull in the large emerald to denote danger. The actual rendition of the large emerald was created by Jimmie W. Hanes III. I supplied Mr. Hanes with the proper facets for a classic emerald cut. Ms. Cheri Fakes finished the cover art with several additional emeralds, a bag in which to hold the gems, and the gloved hand created to reach for the valuable emeralds.

Did your publisher design the cover?
No.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design?
Basically, I conceptualized the entire cover.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.
I wanted the cover to “speak” for itself. In other words, even without the title in place, a prospective purchaser would realize it was a mystery novel involving the theft of emeralds

Who is the cover artists?
Jimmie W. Hanes III and Cheri Fakes.

Are you happy with the cover?
Yes.

If not, what would you change and why?
I wouldn’t change a thing.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.
The near-subliminal skull within the largest emerald.

Please provide your website link.
www.cjwestwick.com

What is the link to buy your book?
My website or most bookstores, including online websites such as Amazon.com.

Say Goodbye by Ed Rand

We want you to share your book cover with us. An attractive cover is a big element in the appeal of your book. We want to hear the details about yours.

This is the cover for Say Goodbye, A Reluctant Sleuth Mystery by E J Rand (www.reluctantsleuth.com). It was published February 21st, 2008.

Did your publisher design the cover, and/or did you have input? My publisher, Deadly Ink Press (www.deadlyink.com), selected a designer, Rebecca A. Kandel. Kandel lives in California, I'm in New Jersey, but we find email exchanges work well. She is conscientious, and progress became exciting. One benefit of working with a small publisher is that I can be deeply involved in the process. It took seventeen mockups to get it just right. It's my first cover, the first in what will be a mystery series, and so we wanted to set a "series" tone and make this cover as compelling as we could. The publisher had ultimate approval, but liked what author and designer were developing, and gave us our head.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? SAY GOODBYE is what I call a crossover: a deep love story folded tightly into a murder mystery. I'm a senior citizen and so is my protagonist. I wanted to convey, at first glance, BOTH romance and danger. That's easier said than done, and I'd gotten advice not to try—I was told either would be enough, two would confuse. But I'm stubborn.

Who is the cover artist? Kandel felt that characters in silhouette would suffice; she offered alternatives, modified to our suggestions and her creativity, and so publisher and author tip our hats to her.

Are you happy with the cover? Extremely. Standing in a row beside other covers, ours pops out. And the second Reluctant Sleuth Mystery, PERFECT COVER (Deadly Ink Press, December, 2008) retains the same lighter-to-darker color value (with a different color), titles font and placement, and graphic location—a recognizable sister.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover. Tough choice: Perhaps the image: At first glance, a couple kissing and in the gun sight—a look into the story, right side of the page, makes you want to open the book. Then, there's the color: it's like blood, but non-threatening, and the lighter tone within the sight draws attention.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? The gun sight surround had been black, but we changed it to gold—as it also represents a wedding band. It's not etched as we didn't want to detract from the eye going through into the image. But he wears a ring to preserve memories; she wears one as a defense against men, and that surfaces in the first chapter. Not easy for those two, falling for one another…or staying alive.

Please provide your website link. www.reluctantsleuth.com. Background on author, book, and series—including sample text from all three novels so far completed, are available. Visitors can order the book from the site.

What is the link to buy your book? I'm not adept at shortening, but here's a copy of the top line:
http://www.amazon.com/Say-Goodbye-E-J-Rand/dp/0978744217/

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Retirement Life by Pamela Pope


Book Title: Retirement Life by Design ~ Living Well with Health, Wisdom, & Authenticity (Achieve Aging in Place, Manage Elder Care, Master Caregiving)

Did you design the cover? YES

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details. The book cover went through several variations. Ultimately, the cover design reflects my favoring of the conservative color blue. The silver represents aging and richness.

Who is the cover artist? Yours truly. I designed the cover myself because in addition to being a control freak the creation process is therapeutic for me.

Are you happy with the cover? I believe the book cover relays the intent of the book; to take a significant topic (retirement and elder care) and communicate it with direct and engaging delivery. I am pleased with the cover.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover. I like the simplicity. It is direct and to the point, just like the book itself.

Please provide your website link. Visit me online at www.popeinstitute.com

What is the link to buy your book? http://www.popeinstitute.com/images/Retirement_Life_by_Design_Release_Announcement.pdf. Support Pamela Pope's retirement plan by purchasing directly through the institute. This is the Amazon link -
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1438200587


Pamela D. Pope

President

Pope Institute for Health and Education, LLC

Office: (866) 620-0510

Senior Care Call Center: (866) 545-POPE

Web: www.PopeInstitute.com

You can be Prepared. You can be In Control. We will show you How.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Vengeance by Colin Harvey


Did you get to give any input about the cover design?
I gave Berin our standard 150-word brief, picked from a favourite scene. It's worked well in the past, and worked well again.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.
When the cover came back, I realized that I'd omitted one vital piece of info, and had to hastily get it to him -- which he then corrected. Vengeance is an SF novel featuring a cyborg called a spellhound, which is part human, part based on Great Dane stock, but I never told him that it was a Great Dane!
Plus, we had a choice of colours and fonts for the titles; 'Vengeance' in red in Gothic font looks pretty lurid -- like it's a Hammer Horror Film! We finally settled on what you see.

Who is the cover artist?
The cover was done by Berin Auriegas, who did the wonderful cover for my last novel, The Silk Palace.

Are you happy with the cover?
Very. He's done a great job.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.
It captures the strangeness and the sheer darkness of the book very well. It is a very, very dark and intense book in places. I've learned to lighten up a bit.

Please provide your website link.

What is the link to buy your book?

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Say Goodbye by E J Rand



We want you to share your book cover with us. An attractive cover is a big element in the appeal of your book. We want the details about yours.
I've attached the cover of my book, SAY GOODBYE, a Reluctant Sleuth Mystery by E. J. Rand (www.reluctantsleuth.com). It was published February 21st, 2008.

Did your publisher design the cover, and/or did you have input? My publisher, Deadly Ink Press (www.deadlyink.com), selected a designer, Rebecca A. Kandel. Kandel lives in California, I'm in New Jersey, but we find email exchanges work well. She is conscientious, and progress became exciting. One benefit of working with a small publisher is that I can be deeply involved in the process. It took seventeen mockups to get it just right. It's my first cover, the first in what will be a mystery series, and so we wanted to set a "series" tone and make this cover as compelling as we could. The publisher had ultimate approval, but liked what author and designer were developing, and gave us our head.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? SAY GOODBYE is what I call a crossover: a deep love story folded tightly into a murder mystery. I'm a senior citizen and so is my protagonist. I wanted to convey, at first glance, BOTH romance and danger. That's easier said than done, and I'd gotten advice not to try—I was told either would be enough, two would confuse. But I'm stubborn.

Who is the cover artist? Kandel felt that characters in silhouette would suffice; she offered alternatives, modified to our suggestions and her creativity, and so publisher and author tip our hats to her.

Are you happy with the cover? Extremely. Standing in a row beside other covers, ours pops out. And the second Reluctant Sleuth Mystery, PERFECT COVER (Deadly Ink Press, December, 2008) retains the same lighter-to-darker color value (with a different color), titles font and placement, and graphic location—a recognizable sister.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover. Tough choice: Perhaps the image: At first glance, a couple kissing and in the gun sight—a look into the story, right side of the page, makes you want to open the book. Then, there's the color: it's like blood, but non-threatening, and the lighter tone within the sight draws attention.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? The gun sight surround had been black, but we changed it to gold—as it also represents a wedding band. It's not etched as we didn't want to detract from the eye going through into the image. But he wears a ring to preserve memories; she wears one as a defense against men, and that surfaces in the first chapter. Not easy for those two, falling for one another…or staying alive.

Please provide your website link. www.reluctantsleuth.com. Background on author, book, and series—including sample text from all three novels so far completed, are available. Visitors can order the book from the site.

What is the link to buy your book? I'm not adept at shortening, but here's a copy of the top line:
http://www.amazon.com/Say-Goodbye-E-J-Rand/dp/0978744217/

Or, go to amazon.com, select "books" and type in "E. J. Rand."

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear


Book: Heart of the Wolf
A cover artist team from Sourcebooks designed the cover for the book, although I gave them my input--I wanted a hunky guy and a wolf.

Is there an interesting story behind
the request? The story is about werewolves, gray and red packs. So I thought it was interesting that the cover artists used a gray wolf, graying everything in the scene, and then the actual finished copy is luminscent silver.

Are you happy with the cover?
Absolutely! The wolf is gorgeous, and so is the uhm, torso of the hunky guy when he's human.
What is the best part of the cover? Everyone loves the guy's abs. I love the way the wolf holds the viewer's gaze.

My website is www.terryspear.com
Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Wolf-Terry-Spear/dp/1402211570

See No Evil, My Pretty Lady by Miss Mae


1) Did you design the cover? No

2) Did the publisher design the cover? Yes

3) Did you give input? Yes

4) Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? Well, the artist incredibly captured the essence and put it into a picture. She did an amazing job!

5) Who is the cover artist? Nicola Martinez

6) Are you happy with the cover? Yes!

7) If not, what would you change? Nothing.

8) What is the best part of the cover? This is hard to answer, as I love all of it. But maybe where the heroine's lovely eyes are peeping over the title...It just grabs me!

9) Is there anything else we need to know? This is a book dealing with the legend of Jack the Ripper. Though the story isn't gorish or detailed in any way, I'm amazed at how Ms. Martinez also has the title to smear as if written with drips of blood...Chilling!

10) Website link....

11) Link to buy book: