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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 ...

Location: Marietta, GA
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Latest Activity: Oct 14, 2016

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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

Tags: graphics, corey, burkes, illustration, design

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

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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.

 

Comment by Michelle Harbin on May 18, 2012 at 10:32am

Youarethefather.org  A Novel based on a true story!!

Comment by Judy Seaberry on August 21, 2011 at 5:01pm

Thanks for invite.

Comment by Shawn Lamb on April 27, 2011 at 5:25am
Thanks, Gary. Perhaps we can start a trend back to the classics. :)
 

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