The image up here is the start of a cover for a book that’s not done yet. This is going to end up as the cover for “Tindaya”, a book I’ve mentioned several times already.
So what do these colours stand for?
The white, blue and yellow make up the flag for the Canary Islands, which is where Tindaya is situated.
For that reason I thought this should be part of the cover. A very simple idea, I know, but it adds something to the feel for me. If you think it’s the worst idea since the previous worst idea, let me know and we can talk about it.
For now I am going to work with this. Add some words to it, like the title. Yes, it’s “Tindaya”. How did you guess that? Can you also guess the subtitle? Maybe I will reveal that soon too – I’m still deciding which one it will be.
For now I wish you a pleasant and relaxed Sunday while I continue working on the cover and reworking the story.
With a certain amount of pleasure I present to you the cover of the new book that’s to appear in two weeks. Here is the cover of “Til Death Us Do Join“.
Mortimer Fitzroy is a soul guide. Soul guides go to earth to pick up the souls of deceased people. When he’s sent down to collect the souls of a few people who are about to die there is a lot more waiting for him than just a routine pick-up. His customers are not the easiest ones to deal with and finding a good place for them in the afterlife also proves a challenge. When Mortimer is facing matters of the not so dead heart, things become even more complicated.
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!
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!
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!
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.