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.

Book Cover Release – The Copper Box

FC-The-Copper-Box-Final-smallerI had a wonderful time working with Suzanne Bratcher on the cover of her cozy mystery, The Copper Box. The Copper Box is a contemporary suspense set in the ghost town of Jerome, Arizona. Suzanne had great ideas for images for her cover which made my job a breeze. Blending the image of her main character with the copper mining scene hopefully created an intriguing cover that will entice readers to open the pages. Here’s a snippet for you to consider.

Jerome, Arizona: the largest ghost town in America

Antiques expert Marty Greenlaw comes to Jerome to face the horror that haunts her dreams: Did she kill her little sister twenty-two years ago?

Historian Paul Russell is in Jerome to face his own horror: Was the car crash that killed his wife his fault?

Their lives become intertwined when an old lady dies on a long staircase in a vintage Victorian house. As Marty and Paul search the house for a small copper box Marty believes will unlock the mystery, accidents begin to happen.

Someone else wants the copper box—someone willing to commit murder to get it. As Marty and Paul face the shadows in the house and in their lives, they must learn to put the past behind them and run the race God is calling them to.

The Copper Box is currently on ebook pre-order and will release on June 6th on Amazon.

Book Review: In Between

Today I’m going to review In Between by Jenny B. Jones. T51cq5bf5txl-_sy346_his is not a cover I created, even though it is absolutely scrumptious. It is a book I read this week and really enjoyed. I would categorize it as Young Adult Christian Fiction. It’s not really a romance or a mystery, but there is a smidgen of each in this book.

Our main character is Katie Parker, a soon to be foster kid whose mom is in prison and whose dad is AWOL. She’s learned to use sarcasm to get her through the tough spots. She’s conflicted about who she is and what her purpose is (aren’t we all??). After landing in the Scott home in In Between, Texas, she discovers that foster dad James is the pastor of the community church. Foster mom Millie works for the church as well and this environment introduces Katie to God for the first time in her life. Prayers before meals and church attendance are new encounters and Katie learns to navigate through those waters.

After a run in with the law, Katie is forced to dump her trouble making friends and makes a pledge to be a better person. Tutor Frances helps Katie with Algebra and life as she makes new friends at In Between High, home of the chihuahuas. Part of her punishment includes spending time with Millie’s mother, aka Mad Maxine and helping restore the vandalized art deco theater, Valiant.

Her adventure leads her through a faith building process, some matchmaking between Maxine and Sam, and discoveries about Amy, the absent Scott daughter. The action is quick and the story plays out as you would expect.

I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads, mostly because I couldn’t think of anything I didn’t like about this story. It was cute and fast paced, everything I think a YA novel should be. The author used a lot of teen-age phrasing but I liked the quirky nature it built for Katie’s personality. It is obviously setting the stage for the other stories in the series, and there are 3 more books in this series on Amazon. I received the book free through a BookBub campaign. You can find this book here on Amazon.