Rewind, Reset, Revive!

It’s Friday! Friday is my day off and I look forward to it as my time to rewind, reset and revive. Usually that involves laundry and housecleaning, but not today. Today I have 2 college kiddos lazing around searching for coffee and pancakes while piling up in pjs and doing the last of their spring break homework. It’s a wonderful change of pace that I must admit the empty-nesting mom in me relishes beyond belief. Add to all this wonderfulness, the pitter patter of rain on my skylight and I’m most content today.

Rewinding brings me to a book launch. A couple of months ago I released the book cover for Don’t Ask Me to Leave by Micki Clark. Micki’s book hit Amazon this week and is now officially on the open sales market. Here’s a little snippet about her story. Hope you’ll look into it on Amazon.

dont-ask-3dNewlywed Rachel Miller has everything she could want from life—the perfect husband, her dream job, and a cute little house in the country—but the daydream is shattered when her husband is killed in a tragic accident. Her mother-in-law, Nadine, takes her in as she tries to pick up the pieces, and their handsome neighbor Beau is willing to help…if Rachel will let him. Does she dare open her heart for a second chance at love?

Don’t Ask Me to Leave is a modern-day adaptation of the Biblical story of Ruth and Naomi.

Reset brings me to artwork. I’m working up some new projects to share with my watercolor class which start next week. I’m exploring YouTube videos and testing out techniques. I’ve almost settled on one for the first class but I want to make a sample painting this weekend. I’m looking forward to letting it all come together with a little paint and paper. I’ve also been mulling over a new Bible Journaling project. I’ve had several scriptures on my heart this week and one of them might make it into my journaling Bible.

Revive! Spring and allergies usher in the revival of all growing things. I’m thankful for the rain today because it will wash away some of the pollen that has been plaguing our family. I know that it only makes way for new pollen tomorrow. But today, I will enjoy the rain.

 

 

 

Book Cover Release – Under This Same Sky

Just a quick note announcing the book cover for Under This Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer. Historical fiction is a genre that stretches my skills every time I have to create a cover. Artwork in this theme is overused due to a lack of quality photos. But this one came out beautifully! Look forward to seeing this book on presale ordering next month from Mantle Rock Publishing.

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It’s been super busy around our house this past week. I spent two days at home with an HVAC repairman. While two days at home during the week would normally be a good thing, I was not able to get a lot done. If I would go upstairs to our bonus room where my computer is, he would come in with a question about something. I eventually made a loaf of banana bread and sat down in front of Netflix. I did show some restraint. I didn’t eat the whole loaf during the two days…

This week has been better. Savannah is on college spring break and will be home Wednesday with her friend Elle. No telling what we will get into this weekend but I’m sure it will be fun!

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Last week was a whirlwind for me. It started out with an office purge on Monday. My office at the church seems to be a collection of whatever comes into the church without a home to go to. I found bean bags, dead batteries, electrical wire and an outlet. Yesterday, upon my arrival to my office I found telephone cables and a box from Amazon with 2 costume head pieces in it. It’s always a surprise! After my purge, our minister Leslie asked me why I was mad at him. I replied, “Oh, because I cleaned my office?” He nodded and I told him he would have to step up his game. You see, we have a messiest office contest and he is now the winner.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday consisted of meetings and singings. Friday night we kicked off our Praise and Worship Workshop at church with Keith Lancaster. Friday night we gathered our elders, staff, audio team, praise team, and worship committee to talk about improvements we can make to our Sunday morning worship.

Saturday morning our church hosted a district meeting for the councilwoman who services our area. Different ministries from the church set up booths. Bill Walls and I set up a booth showcasing the artwork from our art classes, talked with some great people and gloated over each other’s work.

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Saturday afternoon was a 2 hour session with Keith, learning songs and the importance of blending old hymns with new contemporary pieces. Our church has done that for many years and I’m glad that as we move forward, we will continue mixing and blending. We learned a new song, All to Us. I really loved it. The message centers around the thought that God is all to us and without him we would be hopeless. It’s a truth that all Christians know, but it was the first time I had heard it sang to God. The proclaiming nature of this song reminds me of so many Psalms where David proclaims the glory and majesty of God. Our workshop culminated with a session during bible class Sunday morning and then a beautiful uplifting period of worship, communion and fellowship.

Last night Savannah had her last wind ensemble performance for the school year. Unknown to Ron and I, she has started learning bass clarinet. It was our first time to see her play it and I must say, she did a lovely job. The concert featured British pieces, including several marches which made Ron happy. Being a former tuba player, he really loves a good peppy march.

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In between all the busy-ness, I’ve been working on books and book covers. Micki Clark’s book, Don’t Ask Me to Leave is on pre-order on Amazon. I finished up some corrections for her and finished the back cover of her print book. I’ve worked on a cover for Cynthia Roemer that we are almost ready to release. Tonight I will begin formatting Carolina Dream for Regina Merrick. And this weekend, I will start work on covers for Suzanne Bratcher and Sandra Robbins. Whew!!! God is good!

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Oh, No! 20 days, really?

Has it really been 20 days since my last blog post? Oh my….

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We have a lot to catch up on! I’m jumping right in the deep end, with book news! Please Don’t Ask Me to Leave went on pre-sale today for ebooks.

In other book news, I’m working on the cover for Cynthia Roemer’s book, Under This Same Sky. I will be making a second and third draft tonight and tomorrow for her, but we are already off to a great start!

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I am thoroughly loving the watercolor classes that I’m teaching each week. Lately we’ve explored our mixing skills by limiting our palette to 3-5 colors. All three of the above painting were done in this manner. We had a blast and I’m looking forward to seeing what they choose to work on in the next couple of weeks. I’ll be starting a new class soon, so if you are in the North Nashville area, drop me a line if you’d like information about it.

Before I leave this topic, I want to give a shout out to Lindsay at The Frugal Crafter. Our class has loved watching her YouTube videos to guide us through some of these projects.

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Lastly, before I go, I wanted to share one milestone with you. Today I dropped off one of my pen and ink sketches to be professionally scanned. This is the first artwork that I have ever had scanned to have prints made. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback on my sketch of the Pinta replica that we visited in Kentucky last fall. I will be adding the Hebrews 6:13 scripture to the scan when I get it back next week. After that, you will find prints available in my Etsy store!

Hope you have a blessed day!

Carolina Dream Book Cover

Carolina Dream 2.pngLast night I nailed down the final touches on this wonderful cover for Regina Merrick. I was so happy to get to work with Regina. I met her last year at the KenTen Writers Retreat and she is such a sweet person. She is a librarian by day and an author in her spare time.

I had fun creating a dreamy image of a southern mansion at the end of a drive lined with live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. Regina really wanted a beachy feel as well, so we blended a beachscape on the lower portion of the cover. Together the two images create the prefect first glimpse of this Carolina Dream.

Carolina Dream is being published by Mantle Rock Publishing. It will go on presale March 15th and will be released around the first of April! Keep your eyes open for more information closer to the release date!

Pre-Made Book Covers

fc-snow-countryA by-product of my cover design is sometimes an unused cover. Whether a client chooses to go a different direction or perhaps I’ve made multiple selections for one book, I hate to see a perfectly good cover sit idle when it could be out there on your book. So I’ve added a new website page and put up a couple of covers that might interest you. Check them out here and feel free to contact me if one of them suits your book perfectly. Or almost perfectly, because I would be honored to tweak it to make it perfect!

Book Cover Release – Don’t Ask Me to Leave

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Don’t Ask Me to Leave is a contemporary romance by Micki Clark which will release soon from Mantle Rock Publishing. Here’s a short teaser about this book:

Newlywed Rachel Miller has everything she could want from life—the perfect husband, her dream job, and a cute little house in the country—but the daydream is shattered when her husband is killed in a tragic accident. Her mother-in-law, Nadine, takes her in as she tries to pick up the pieces, and their handsome neighbor Beau is willing to help…if Rachel will let him. Does she dare open her heart for a second chance at love?

Don’t Ask Me to Leave is a modern-day adaptation of the Biblical story of Ruth and Naomi.

“Red Morning Glory” is now Available!

Red Morning Glory by Cyn Taylor has been released this week! This is the second book in the fc-red-morning-sky-3dSmoky Mountain Mist Series. Here is a little snippet about the story.

Glory Donaghan has it all. A church filled teenagers she hopes to mentor, a family who loves her and keeps her focused on what is important, and a modeling job that is quickly turning into a flourishing career. She feel’s God’s hand on every aspect of her life. Until she wakes up in the hospital, with no idea how she got there.

Her life takes a 180 when she is accused of drug abuse and possibly distributing drugs to her youth group. She discovers that Marlee, her niece Charlotte’s best friend, is being physically abused. Glory receives threats on her own life when she tries to help. Her once perfect world is suddenly falling apart; and Tanner Slade, the person who reports her as a user, and the most infuriating man she has ever met, is making life even more complicated.

Tanner Slade thinks Glory is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, and possibly the most innocent. But he has dealt with drug users for years. He knows how deceptive they can be and wants no part of a relationship with someone who is a user. Something about Glory catches his interest, and definitely his eye. But he stubbornly refuses to let his heart rule his head a second time.

The romance of the Great Smoky Mountains brings the two together. Their conflicted hearts need time to learn how to trust, before they can build a relationship. Life isn’t allowing them that time.

Glory is given an opportunity to move from Tennessee and leave all the turmoil behind. This puts her at war with her conscience. When Charlotte goes missing, Glory knows exactly where she needs to be. But has she made that decision in time?

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Cyn’s first book in this series, Blue Mountain Sky is also available. Read more about this book here.

TBT – Naomi’s Sacrifice

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Since my last post, I have been busy creating covers for books published by Mantle Rock Publishing. I’ll take the next few posts to bring you up to date on the cover’s I’ve been preparing.

Naomi’s Sacrifice is a mystery novel that takes many twists and turns. Naomi and her family are Mennonites who become separated after Naomi begins having disturbing dreams.

For the cover, we chose to focus on the farmland setting, Naomi, her husband and youngest child, and a homeland security officer. All of these characters are central to the story therefore earned the right to be on the cover. The somewhat monochrome design hopefully adds to the suspense this novel brings.

This book is available through Amazon.

 

TBT – Keeper of Trust

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Keeper of Trust is the second book in the Carty Sisters Series by Mary Kay Tuberty. It’s a wonderful story of Irish immigrant Julia Carty and her new life in St. Louis. We were introduced to Julia in the first book, Keeper of Coin and her “flighty” personality was a nice contrast to her calmer sister, Anne. I’m looking forward to diving into this book as soon as it is available from Mantle Rock Publishing on April 22. Here’s a teaser from the back cover.

     Julia Carty resolved that she must change her ways. Her father had called her “flighty” and sent her younger sister to America ahead of her. Her beloved Martin referred to her as his “beautiful butterfly, flitting from one adventure to another.”
She had come to St. Louis in 1861 at the start of the Civil War. In the intervening years, she worked hard at the church mission and at Dempsey’s Bakery to prove she had put aside her childish habits. With the arrival of her young sister Lizzie though, she realized she had not contributed her share to the immigration fund. She left it to her sisters Anne and Kate to save the majority of passage money to bring the children out of Ireland’s poverty.
When Martin suffered a life-threatening accident and faced disabilities that would alter his life forever, he needed her love and support. When additional tragedy struck the Cartys, her dear family turned to her for strength and encouragement. Had she matured, at last? Would she be capable of sustaining them all?

Both books in this series are available on Amazon.