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Book Covers: Elevating a Book's First Impression

This group discusses the art of book cover design and what bringing back the importance of graphically capturing your reader. After all, everyone judges a book by it's ...

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2 New Historical Romances

Hi Booklovers, Today I’m sharing news about my two new historical romances, Dangerous Indenture and Wilderness Bride. Dangerous Indenture is a spicy historical/mystery set in Pennsylvania Colony.…Continue

Tags: Indenture, Wilderness, Bride, Dangerous, Wilkins

Started by Kelli A. Wilkins Apr 30, 2014.

New Historical Romance - Wilderness Bride

Hi, I’m pleased to announce the release of my sixteenth Amber Quill Press romance. Wilderness Bride is a historical romance set in the Michigan Territory and blends love with adventure. This…Continue

Started by Kelli A. Wilkins Apr 17, 2014.

What Makes a Good Book Cover? 1 Reply

Have you ever been to the book store and, thumbing through the fiction section, noticed the book covers starting to look redundant? Urban literature aside ... which is another topic within this…Continue

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Started by Corey A. Burkes. Last reply by Pamela Joy Licatino Feb 24, 2011.

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Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on April 18, 2018 at 8:12pm

The First Seed by David Witman is a colorful and beautifully illustrated children’s book depicting an old oak tree (as modern academia) and a little boy who have an interesting conversation. The little boy is able to look up to this big oak tree and ask, “Where did you come from and how did you get to be so big?” The old oak tree answers cordially, and has the same answer back to the boy every time with the exception of different seeds the tree came from. Question after question, the little boy asks and asks, until he finds out where the original seed came from.

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With a series of answers, the last question that the little boy asks cannot be answered. Parents can answer for the book to dispel naturalistic views and introduce that the first seed came from a eternal being, namely God, who created the very first seed by intelligent design.
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Helping children recognize the systematic problem with “conjecture,” this book makes children think. Pointing children to God as the Creator of everything contained in the Universe, the author dispels evolution (and naturalistic views) brought forth by Academia’s as the ultimate and true fact.
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With wit and a curious little boy, the author teaches children that we didn’t just “magically evolve” from one thing into the next thing as our science books are teaching our children as fact. The author has given children just enough knowledge of plant life and DNA to help them understand God and Science, and that God created all DNA and plants.
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This is a wonderful story to share with children to make them think about our world, and help them understand that God created all things. Beautifully written.
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You may get your copy of The First Seed at Amazon or in Kindle as a download.
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A CBM Book Review - 10.0 out of 10.0 stars

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on February 1, 2018 at 7:27pm

If Only by La Verne Hughes is a fascinating fictional journey into a rich Kingdom, the testing of a true love that has its roots in the Scripture verse 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV), “Love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
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This plight is set in a kingdom off the coast of Africa. A family has all the wealth, status and provision they could ever need, until the unthinkable happened. . .the takeover of their country from another king succeeded. Brought from a place of wealth and stability to a place of devastation, speaks of wrong decisions made, rejections that separated the ties of family that bring separation.  Can anyone recover from such devastation and rejection that is perceived by each other, in which the rejections have created an invisible barrier between loved ones. Many have experience such separations in family and relationships.  
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This is an amazing read that speaks of true love, offering a mysterious adventure asking, “Will it stand the testing of everything or succumb to its bleak future?”  This book comes highly recommended as fantastic and well-written read. At only 76 pages, this book offers hope despite rejection, loss and grief that reminds us all of what true love is.    
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You can get your copy of If Only by La Verne Hughes in paperback at Amazon or in Kindle.

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on February 1, 2018 at 2:52pm

God Cares for Me in Every Season: Godly Insights for Singleness, Marriage, and Divorce by Agnes Amos-Coleman sets the stage to choose life according to God’s ways in every season of life, whether single, married, or divorced. Her book is organized in three sections pertaining to each season: single, married, or divorced. She speaks to Christians globally and to non-Christians, and links the eroding moral values of our times, (backed up by Gallop Poll Statistics).
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Offering answers as to the reasons for certain seasons, each section is designed to offer godly foundations that produce the fruits of the Spirit. Intended to present understanding of God’s care during all seasons, God’s plan is that one will produce fruit in their lives. With keen insight and Biblical wisdom, the author sheds light through God’s Word, presenting an easy, three-pronged approach, giving hope for each season of life.
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Developed through the teaching of the nine fruits of the Spirit, the author writes from a place of personal experience that brings inspiration and the blending of Christian principles and scripture verses that enhance one’s season in life. Each particular season is covered in three distinct sections to glean from, making for an easy read. The organization of the book presents a palatable format that asks your current season, (single, married, or divorced), presents life-lessons learned from these seasons, and presents to readers scripture affirmations for this particular season in their lives.
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In the end, the author brings readers to a glorious conclusion, offering a steadfast hope in following the Lord in all His ways. Additionally, a type of a glossary is given presenting one scripture verse that best defines such terms as: love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, grace, forgiveness, obedience, blessing, encouragement, unity, Holy Spirit, praise, thankful, trust, waling in the Spirit, and offers a salvation prayer as well.
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This book comes highly recommended to those who need inspiration and are growing in the Lord. In particular, the book is a way to digest the Word, while also receiving wisdom and direction for ones life.
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You may order your copy of God Cares for Me in Every Season: Godly Insights for Singleness, Ma... or in Kindle. You can visit the author at, Agnes Amos-Coleman.
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Be sure to check out the author's other book, The Provisions of God: Insights from a Cat Named Mascot which is also available at Amazon and in Kindle.
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A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars

Comment by Gary Val Tenuta on October 14, 2016 at 7:29pm

Book covers for indies on a budget. Low competitive pricing, top quality work, custom tailored to capture the essence of your book.

Below are just a few of the unsolicited comments from indie authors whose book covers I've designed. More comments on my website: BookCoversAndVideos.webs.com

• "Please pardon my French (and momentary lack of professionalism) but... HOLY ***!!! You hit it right on the mark!!!" - Tamara Mayo (CEO of Taevo Publishing)

• "Thanks for a BRILLIANT job! The typography, the overall colour scheme, and the total design concept. In a nutshell, it's utterly superb. You really are a graphics genius!" - Joey Moncrief (Author of The Money Press: A True Life Story)

• "This is just outstanding. The whole layout is beautiful. If I never sell a copy of the book, I'll buy the book myself so I can have the cover art to enjoy." - David Echeandia (Author of The Avatar of Calderia)

• "Excellent Gary, you've rocked my world again. I love it. You are a genius!!" - Jason Blacker (Author of The Lady Marmalade Mystery Series, Dust On His Soul, Money Ain't Nothin', Black Dog Bleeding, First Feature, Head Rush, Livid Blue

• "Your artwork is simply amazing! You really captured what I was aiming for. Thanks again!" - Mark Jarmon (Author of Monster Surf Tales and Other Poems & Stories)

• "Hi Gary, thanks for the design. Really pleased with both. You have done a brilliant job." - Dave Williams (Author of Tubes, Retribution, The Conclusioner)

• "Invasion From Fred is up on the Amazon site. Everybody's raving about the cover. So now I'm turning my attention back to Dog & Pony. I am putting this whole thing in your expert hands." - Richard Herr (author of Invasion From Fred, Tales from the StarBoard Cafe, and other titles)

• "OMG, you are just so much AWESOMENESS!!! Thanks for all of these and especially for the 3D image with the jaguar, I love it!!!!! I'm going to be happily and very proudly sharing it all over the interwebs this week!" - Rai Aren (Award-winning author of Secret Of The Sands, Destiny Of The Sands, Lost City Of Gold)

• "Great job! Thanks for making the suggested modifications." - Richard Wesson (Author of Miss October Was A Friend Of Mine)

• "Gary, you've done it! The cover is now just as I wanted it to be. Excellent! I wanted the cover to be as good as the one you did for Pilgrim's Banner, and you succeeded." - Tony Walker (Author of Pilgrim's Banner and Pilgrim's Trator)

• "Wow. You hit it out of the ballpark on the first swing... AGAIN!" - Hank Quense (Author of Tales From Gundarland, Falstaff's Big Adventure, Zaftan Entreprenuers, Zaftan Miscreants, Fool's Gold, Tunnel Vision, Wotan's Dilemma, Marketing Plans For Self-Published Authors)

• "Thanks Gary. Its awesome!" - M. R. Mathias (Author of Crimzon & Clover, The Wardstone Trilogy, The Dragoneers Saga, and many other titles)

• "You're the best and made the book jump off the shelf!!" - Scott Adlai Stevenson (Author of Scoundrels In Paradise)

• "The cover looks great and my cousin (the author) loved it!" - Anthony Policastro, Publisher and CEO, Outer Banks Publishing Group

http://BookCoversAndVideos.webs.com
Or contact me (Gary) at GVTgrafix@aol.com

THANKS!

Comment by Kelli A. Wilkins on September 20, 2016 at 5:15pm

Hi everyone,

Today I’m sharing a look at my new Medallion Press historical western, LIES, LOVE & REDEMPTION. This full-length novel is set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877 and blends a steamy romance with mystery, and danger.

Here’s the summary:

Lies, Love & Redemption

Shot and left for dead, Sam Hixton stumbles into a general store on the Nebraska prairie and collapses into the arms of Cassie Wilcox.

Cassie’s world is turned upside down when the handsome stranger drops into her life. Sam is another complication she doesn’t need: her business is dying and her trouble with the townspeople is escalating. Yet she’s determined to keep the store open — no matter what the cost.

As Sam recovers from his injuries, he hides the truth about his identity and convinces Cassie to let him work in the store. He’s attracted to her and admires her independent nature but quickly realizes Cassie’s in way over her head. They fight their growing attraction, and Cassie questions whether she can trust her fragile heart to a mysterious stranger. Will he accept her once he knows about her troubled past?

Cassie resists Sam’s advances and represses her feelings until one fateful night when they give in to their fiery passion. Together, they work out a plan to save the store but find their efforts are thwarted—and their lives endangered—by the locals.

Sam’s secret returns to haunt him and pulls him away just when Cassie needs him the most. Will he regain her trust when she learns the truth? Cassie has everything invested in the store—can she save it and find true love with Sam before it’s too late?

Order your copy of Lies, Love & Redemption here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lies-Love-Redemption-Kelli-Wilkins-ebook/dp/...

 

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lies-love-and-redemption-kelli-a-wi...

 

Read more about the book and get links to other platforms here:

http://medallionpress.com/books/lies-love-redemption/

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Comment by Aidana WillowRaven on June 17, 2014 at 3:36pm

I first introduced Cloud Runner in September of last year, but the actual work was created almost two years ago. Over time, many people have expressed enjoying the piece, but Jack Tyler (AKA: Blimprider), one of my  fellow-members on Steampunk Empire, took it one step further ... 

Read the rest on my blog ... http://willowraven-illustration.blogspot.com

Comment by Kelli A. Wilkins on April 17, 2014 at 6:02pm

Hi,

 

I’m pleased to announce the release of my sixteenth Amber Quill Press romance. Wilderness Bride is a historical romance set in the Michigan Territory and blends love with adventure. This full-length novel was released on April 6 in paperback and various electronic formats.

 

 

Wilderness Bride

A woman running from her past…straight into the arms of a wild stranger

 

In a moment of desperation, Kathleen Stanton flees her pampered life in Kingston, New York and ends up stranded in a small town in the Michigan Territory. Out of money and lacking a means of escape, she impersonates a handsome stranger’s mail-order bride. Kathleen calls herself Michelle and begins living a lie with her “husband,” Luther, in an isolated mountain cabin. She tells herself the arrangement is temporary until she can move on.

 

Luther can’t believe his luck when his beautiful blonde bride arrives, but something doesn’t feel right about his new wife. She has terrifying nightmares involving a man named Roger and is reluctant to talk about where she came from. But Luther is harboring a secret about his background and fears Michelle will abandon him if she learns the truth about him—and his family.

 

The couple tries to maintain their rocky relationship as they work to fight brutal townspeople and overcome harsh living conditions. When circumstances force Michelle to stay longer than she expected, she succumbs to her growing attraction and falls in love with Luther. But when they finally give in to their desires and agree to become a proper man and wife, a dark figure from Michelle’s past catches up with her, putting her and Luther in grave danger.

 

 

Wilderness Bride is available in ebook and paperback formats. Order your copy here:

http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/1941-Wilderness-Bride.aspx

Look for it soon on Amazon and B&N!

Comment by Diane Wilkie on May 5, 2013 at 10:08am

we wanted the book cover to be completely unique and to literally tell the story!

Comment by Aidana WillowRaven on January 22, 2013 at 7:27am

I figure, a VidFolio of some of my book covers was a better idea than the spam I received in my email from this group this morning ... lol.

 

 

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