Have you ever considered the work that goes into a book cover? We take them for granted, these works of art that tug at your attention and beg you to have another look.
I make some covers myself but the very good ones so far all come from the hand – or computer – of a very talented lady called Renée Barratt. A cover tells a lot about the story that’s behind it but there’s only so much space to tell it, and you also don’t want to give away the entire plot of the book through the cover. That makes designing a good cover a serious art form.
If I need a cover made by someone else I usually start asking at least 2 months before I need it. That is how much time can go into getting the cover right. You have to explain the story to the graphics designer, he or she has to get the idea for it, create a first impression and usually there are things not right. Which is understandable. As a writer you have the story in your head and somehow you have to convey the key elements of it to the designer. It’s a tough job sometimes, but when the cover is done it’s something to be proud of for both the author and the designer. And as you may be able to tell from the three images up here: I am very proud of my covers!
It is with a lot of pride that I present to you the cover of my new book:
The e-books will be available on Amazon and Smashwords this weekend, more stores as time passes and distribution channels are addressed. Of course I’ll let you know what happens when it happens!
Last year I wrote a humorous science fiction story called The Story of the Mimosa. Readers of the Hilda the Wicked Witch series may recall that name from “Hilda – Lycadea”. Several people asked where that black ship came from, so I decided to tell it’s story. The new book is close to completion as I write this, and the lady who I asked to make the cover for it has sent me her interpretation. Allow me to show you a little teaser of the image:
Rest assured that there is more, and I’ll let you know as soon as the book is ready and available!
Magic Bound – Book 2
Homicide Detectives Rafaela Stratford and Sasha Gutierrez (Blood Bound) find themselves investigating a series of murders that seem to have been committed by paranormals. As a werewolf himself, Sasha knows that neither his people nor vampires were the killers, despite the evidence. Desperate for clues they turn to Rhian Lewis, the proprietor of an occult bookstore…and a witch. What she finds turns them all into targets..
Magic Bound is the second in THE BOUND SERIES, an erotic m/f/m paranormal read. In honor of the cover reveal the author is offering Blood Bound for 99¢ for the weekend!
She is also offering up a $25 Amazon Gift Card for one lucky winner! Who knows, you could win and get even more of Valeries amazing reads!
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Valerie Douglas is the multi-published author of novels of fantasy, mystery, suspense and romance, among them, The Coming Storm series, Heart of the Gods, Song of the Fairy Queen, The Last Resort, Two Up and Dirty Politics. Under her pen name of V. J. Devereaux she’s also the author of several well-reviewed erotic romances – Cherry’s Jubilee, Special Delivery and Demon’s Kiss. Valerie lives in the beautiful heartland of Ohio with her beloved husband, two dogs, three cats, and an African clawed frog named Hopper.
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Dear reader and hopefully fan of Hilda the Wicked Witch,
I am proud to present to you:
Some time ago I had the pleasure of handing a signed copy of Charisma the Young Witch to the lady who created Charisma’s face. Here is visual evidence of that!
After many months of waiting and searching I now can show you the cover of “Charisma the young witch”:
As there has been some confusion about the legality of using the image of a steampunk lady for the cover of Lily Marin, I have officially acquired an image that replaces the original. This to make sure nobody gets upset or otherwise will stumble with their knickers in a knot. So hereby I present the new cover image:
This was particularly important because there will be a second book about Lily Marin. There is no need for any lack of clarity.
Here is a rough first view at the cover for Hilda’s 7th book, which will be called “Back to school”.