Book Cover For Faith’s Journey

Faiths-JourneyAs most of you know, I’m always running a little behind. It seems like every week lately has involved finishing up a book cover and getting the book formatted and ready for publication. That’s such an exciting time for both me and the author because now their book has life. It has a face now and the bones have been settled into place.

I loved working with Heather Greer and her cover came together so nicely. One of the locations in her book was a state park in Illinois and that became the backdrop for her cover. Her main character Faith, dressed in casual fall attire, became the focal point of this very simple but gorgeous cover. Here’s a teaser from this contemporary romance.

Katie McGowan left her parents and their faith behind years ago. However, when faced with a devastating betrayal, Katie is ready to go back to Carbondale, Illinois to help her elderly parents despite their tempestuous relationship. Drained by the constant friction, Katie finds emotional support and encouragement in Austin. His practical, simple faith speaks to Katie, and she finds herself yearning for a new connection to God. As their friendship grows, so does the attraction between Katie and Austin.

Before her fledgling faith and thoughts of romance have a chance to take root, Katie’s cheating fiancé returns, remorseful and promising change. Can her tentative faith strengthen their past love? And if her heart breaks again, will Katie’s journey to faith end before it has really begun?

Faith’s Journey was published by Mantle Rock Publishing and is available on Amazon.

BCR – Callum’s Compass


The cover for Callum’s Compass by Sara Foust has been finished for a while, but I’m just now getting around to releasing it for you to see. The story is set in East Tennessee at Norris Lake, a beautiful clear lake that I have visited many times. Most of my visits were to a Boy Scout camp located on it’s banks but that didn’t detract from the natural beauty the area exudes. This was a fun cover to create, blending the compass and the beautiful lake setting together. The outdoor settings lended well to a rustic, campy font usage that tells the reader where the story is set.

Sara’s crafted a lovely story and here’s a preview of it’s contents.

KAT WILLIAMS’S brother died in a gruesome accident in the mountains of East Tennessee. She blames herself.

RYAN JENKINS’S fiancée was murdered. He couldn’t protect her.

With the death of her brother, Kat believes she is unworthy of love from anyone—even God. When a good friend elicits a promise that she will stop living in the past, then leaves her clues to a real-life treasure hunt, Kat embarks on an adventure chock-full of danger. To find the treasure, Kat will have to survive wild animals—and even wilder men. Can she rely on Ryan, the handsome wildlife officer assigned to protect her … without falling in love?

Ryan swore off love when his fiancée was murdered, but feelings long buried rise to the surface around Kat. He volunteers to help with her treasure hunt, vowing to keep her safe. Together they venture deep into caves and tunnels … and even deeper into the depths of their unplumbed hearts.

Callum’s Compass is available for pre-order on Amazon. You can learn more about Sara and her writing at her website,

BCR – Rescued Hearts

Rescued HeartsThis is a little late, sorry guys! But, I wanted to share this wonderful cover with you while the book is still on pre-sale. Rescued Hearts is a romantic suspense novel set in North Carolina. Here is a snippet of the story.

Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar-entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies.

Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind.

When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well.

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Rescued Hearts is the third novel by Hope and the second book I’ve had the privilege of creating a cover for. Irish Encounter was her first novel and one of my all-time favorite cover designs. Visit Hope on Facebook or on her website.

Rescued Hearts ebook is discounted for pre-sale at $2.99 until September 19th, when it will be delivered as an ebook or available for purchase in both print and ebook.

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!

Book Cover Release – Don’t Ask Me to Leave


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?


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

TBT – Frasier Island

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I was honored to do this e-book cover for Susan Page Davis. Susan is a member of KenTen Writers, a group of authors from Western Kentucky and Tennessee. I met her a month or so ago when I gave a presentation to the group. Susan is a talented author with many published books to her credit.

Frasier Island guards a military secret. Ensign Rachel Whitney is posted at this remote missile installation on a North Pacific island, where she is to work in isolation with two men. She could love her new assignment, if Lt. George Hudson weren’t so antagonistic and obstinate. She sets out to prove she is perfect for the top secret job, in spite of the tension between them.

Frasier Island is available on Amazon.

TBT – Irish Encounter

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(originally posted 4.27.2015) 

Irish Encounter by Hope Dougherty is a romantic novel which finds Ellen Shepherd visiting Ireland on a yarn-shopping tour. While there she encounters Payne Anderson who begins to test her in ways she was not expecting.

For this cover, capturing the breath-taking beauty of Ireland and the coziness of a cafe were important. An added touch of Celtic knot art seemed to round out the feelings for this romantic novel. As is sometimes the case, main characters with specific ages can be difficult to find in the stock photography market. Ellen, our main character, is a middle-aged widow with specific features. That led us to decide again not to feature her on the cover, but to leave her appearance up to the reader.

Irish Encounter is available on Amazon.

TBT – Blue Mountain Sky

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Blue Mountain Sky is a new novel being released by Mantle Rock Publishing later this month. Author Cyn Taylor has crafted an inspirational fiction set in the Great Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee. Since east Tennessee is where my roots are deeply planted, it was a pleasure to create a cover for her depicting the mountains of that area.

Here’s a little teaser from the back cover.

After four years Brianna Walters was finally making headway in forcing her late husband’s ghost to the recesses of her mind rather than the forefront of her heart. She had immersed herself into her company, deciding that no man could replace Grant. That was until she met Vic Andrews.

Vic stormed into her present and was charming his way into her future. Something about him reminded her of Grant. At least that was what Bree told herself. Vic’s personality, initially, seemed to be the exact opposite of Grant’s but in looks he had so many similar characteristics Bree began struggling to keep them separated in her mind; even to the point of calling Vic by Grant’s name at a most inopportune moment.

Now another company wanted to initiate a merger with hers and the owner was pushing but reclusive. Bree began having feelings of being watched and followed; sensations that materialized into an actual attack that left Bree feeling vulnerable, as well as suspicious of Vic. She wondered if God had grown tired of her rebellion and truly abandoned her.

Would she be able to cope with the turmoil that entered her life with Vic, or would Vic’s demands that she erases her husband’s memories forever from her mind and heart and choose him drive a wedge between them that only God could dissolve? And could Bree make that decision before God allowed Vic to be taken out of her life as well? On a very permanent basis!

Blue Mountain Sky is now available on Amazon. The second book in the series, Red Morning Glory, will be releasing this fall.