Thank You for Cover Art Votes

Thank you, friends, for your feedback on the cover art choices. It has been enormously helpful! My favorite was the

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glove on the compass rose (#4) because it grabbed me and perfectly fit the crime aspects of the story. For branding purposes, this one would be the easiest to repeat for the rest of the compass points (North, East, and West) which are in the titles of the rest of the series. It would be simple to carry over the compass rose with different objects or symbols from each story planted on it. I also treasure the simplicity of the cover. The downside of this arresting graphic is that it suggests a story with more gore, or grisly elements than my story portrays. The story is suspense with elements of romance with a strong female lead. Will readers who would love the story be put off by the gruesome image? One author friend quipped, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” Hmmm. Certainly don’t want to even hint that this story relates to the O.J. Simpson trial.

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I also liked cover #6 with the woman in the flight jacket facing the bridge. Her reddish hair glows, drawing the eye upward and the compass rose is subtle. Can you see it in the words of the title? My heroine is a veterinarian who has a private pilot’s license. Talk about your overachievers! As a private pilot, I noticed the jacket. I also liked the layering of the condensation on the left, as if the woman is being watched through a window. The lush colors attract the eye, but the image didn’t fit the story enough.

My second favorite was #1 with the woman walking over a bridge toward the light with a partial compass rose at the top of the image. The story is told primarily from the point of view of a strong woman caught in a situation in which she has to discover the truth of who her husband is. Is he a criminal at heart who committed a brutal crime in his youth or is he the great man her heart trusts? The red fog suggests blood in a far more subtle way than the bloody glove, while it attracts rather than repels female readers. For this reason, and because it is a beautiful, intriguing image, I agree with the majority votes. Number 1 it is.

cover art for book South of Justice shows woman walking into fog on a bridgeThe book will be available in May. If you would like to be reminded when the pre-buy link and the print and eBook versions are available, add your email to the “Subscribe to Book News” form on this website. I will only notify you when one of my books is available or to vote on cover art–I WILL NOT clog your inbox no matter how excited I am to get this book in your hands.

Thank you, thank you, to the brilliant and talented cover artists at Damonza.com. Because people do judge a book by its cover, your work is a key link between authors and readers. Thank you!

 South of Justice (Compass Crimes)

Help Choose Cover Art

Dear Friends, In-laws, Out-laws, Readers, and Book Lovers, the brilliantly gifted cover artists of Damonza.com have prepared six potential covers for my May release South of Justice. While the cover art for all the choices are so heart-stirring GORGEOUS, only one can represent the story. So your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to read the following description and vote on which cover best grabs you by the collar and shouts “BUY ME!” Please list them by number from favorite to least favorite.

Please comment on my website so I can easily tally the votes. If you want to be notified when the print and eBook can be ordered, and when the release date arrives, enter your info in the “Subscribe to Book News” form on my website. I ask for ZIP code info only for book signings, such as the one in Albuquerque in September, for example, I will shoot a notice to folks in that ZIP code in case they want a signed copy. Those who join my mailing list will be notified only when a book comes out or if I am in your ZIP code for a signing.

South of Justice

At thirty-five, veterinarian Terri Pinehurst has achieved the financial, social, and personal goals in her life, except for one. She wants a lifetime kind of love, but like all her goals, this one, too, has high standards. When she meets FBI Agent Blake Clayton, he exceeds her hopes and wakes up dormant passions in her. The day they marry at Blake’s family’s ranch in North Carolina, fishermen find bones in the nearby river that lead to an investigation into the death of a missing neighbor. After Blake is arrested, Terri launches her own search for the truth and an elusive witness, but should she believe the mounting evidence against her husband or her heart?

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Thank you for your help!

If you would like to read the first chapter, click on the Books tab on my website. South of Justice is the first in a 4-part series, with North of the Killing Hand scheduled for October 2016. All prayers and encouragement are greatly appreciated! Let me apologize in advance for acting like a child planning a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal. I will be insufferably joyful from now to publication date. The delayed gratification of publishing has built up tremendous pressure over the years and I am about to explode.

Do you judge a book by its cover? Ever bought a book because the cover captured your attention and held it?