ICE Nominated 2019 RONÉ Award Finalist!

2019 RONÉ Award Finalist for cover art in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Category

ICE by Lauren Carr (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery) has been nominated as a 2019 RONÉ Award Finalist for Cover Art in the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense category. I am very honored for the nomination and winners will be announced soon.

Each year InD’tale Magazine honors the very best books in the Indie and Small publishing industry by awarding the prestigious RONE award.  To achieve this award, a book  must go through the most comprehensive process in the industry today, with three distinct areas of focus. (

  1. All books in each given year (January 1st – December 31st) must have been read and reviewed by our professional staff of reviewers and be given a four star rating or higher to qualify as a nominee.
  2. All nominees, with the exception of 5 star rated books which will automatically become finalists, must then be voted on by the reading public.  The books with the highest number of public votes will progress on to become finalists.
  3. The finalists will then be read by a group of industry professionals consisting of editors, writers, professors etc. and be judged on a one to five scale from a specific list of requirements such as characterization, overall arc, editing etc.   Those scores will then be tallied by a professional company unrelated to InD’tale or its employees to determine the winner of the coveted RONE award, along with the honorable mentions.

All awards are announced at the annual RONE award gala event and ceremony and given the beautiful Crystal RONE award. This is a formal but extremely fun and entertaining night for all, one that truly honors all Indie and Small published authors, readers and professionals!’

Open Season for Murder – June 1, 2015

Open Season for Murder by Lauren Carr. Here is the latest installment of the Mac Faraday Mystery series. There’s such a nice balance between sensual, mysterious, bright, intriguing and delight in this cover design. Lauren Carr continues to shine as one of the great mystery authors of our time and it’s truly a blessing to be a part of her books.

The image of this main image was altered/cleaned up some so it would pop off paper, then adding the transparent/ghostly image of the woman tied the cover together nicely to draw that mysterious theme of the novel.

To purchase the book, click here. To purchase the entire Mac Faraday series, click here.

Open Season for Murder by Lauren Carr

Open Season for Murder by Lauren Carr

Three Days to Forever – January 19, 2015

Three Days To Forever by Lauren Carr. A recent addition to the Mac Faraday Series. Each book cover created is such a blessing to do and the great feedback both the author and myself is very exciting to receive. On this cover idea, the main image of the book comes from a cache of images I have on file. The moon and clouds were added to help bring the cover together. The text elements are brought over into each Mac Faraday book, tying the series nicely together. If you wish to purchase this book, click here. To purchase the entire Mac Faraday Series, click here.

Three Days to Forever by Lauren Carr.

Three Days to Forever by Lauren Carr.

Hot Coco by Cindy McDonald, NEW book cover image!

Hot Coco by Cindy McDonald, NEW book cover for 2014

Hot Coco by Cindy McDonald, NEW book cover for 2014  

Hot Coco by Cindy McDonald. This was the first book I had the honor in creating for the author. The first book cover for Hot Coco was a beautiful expression of what the author desired and it captured the essence quite well to the storyline. Two years later, I get a note that the author found herself in a pickle with a group of people who wouldn’t allow her book to be on display because they found it offensive. HARDLY! If you find the original cover offensive, you’re nuts! Click here to see that book cover.

Holding onto a few elements from the original cover, this new book cover for Hot Coco also turned out quite well and had just enough flash/flair to probably offend someone in this world but still, the book is fantastic and the Unbridled Series is terrific. Freedom of expression, all…don’t let the uptight win!

To see the full cover of Hot Coco, click the image. To purchase Hot Coco, CLICK HERE!

Shady Deals by Cindy McDonald

Shady Deals by Cindy McDonald

Shady Deals by Cindy McDonald

Shady Deals by Cindy McDonald. Book cover was created early 2014. This was the the fifth book cover I have been blessed to create for the author. Each book cover created has been a nice challenge to find and enhance the right elements to make the cover come off as well as it does. Bold text, bright colors and a little passion between the couple make this book cover fly off the shelves!

To see the full cover, click the image and to purchase the book, click HERE!

To The Breaking Pointe – September 13, 2014

To the Breaking Pointe by Cindy McDonald

To the Breaking Pointe

To The Breaking Pointe by best-selling author Cindy McDonald rocks once again in the second book of the First Force Series! I was provided the cover photography by Paul Reitz of New York City and the model is Stuart Reardon. The model is normally covered in tattoos on much of his flesh so on this task is was about tattoo removal and a fair interpretation of his skin tones, lighting and textures. The text of this cover comes from the idea off the first book in the series and added the ballerina to replace the ‘i” in Pointe giving a little flair to the overall look to the text. This series is fast-becoming a favorite new series in reader circles throughout the globe. Get your copy now and if you’d like to see the full cover, click the image.

A Wedding and a Killing – September 13, 2014

A Wedding and a Killing by Lauren Carr

A Wedding and a Killing

A Wedding and a Killing has me return the amazing (best-selling) Mac Faraday series by Lauren Carr. Sharing a little process behind the scenes here but when time is spent on coming up with ideas, certain things come to mind right away with the given information provided. Then, something magical happens as you start to dig in and create off the initial ideas, then evolve into something else and usually very unexpected with the final result that blows every other idea out of the water and those are the moments I cherish a lot when creating something from very little. A keyword here, a setting there opens up doors you never thought you would go down. Enjoy the book and remember to see the full cover image, click the image.

Dead On Ice – Updated Cover, August 22, 2014

Dead On Ice - Updated cover

Dead On Ice – Updated cover

The original Dead On Ice cover started a new series with a new look and spark of new creative energy in coming up with a look that will really stand out as the series began to take off. As the second book in the Lovers In Crime series became available (Real Murder), the first book cover did not have quite the look now the author wanted to have. So, with the inspired look of Real Murder on the shelves, it was time to update and match Dead On Ice with a visually connected updated look. Enjoy the new cover art and buy yourself the book once again if you purchased the first edition of Dead On Ice. The originals are now collectible! 🙂 To see the full cover, click the image.

Real Murder (May 30, 2014)

Real Murder by Lauren Carr

Real Murder

Read Murder was the second book in the Lovers In Crime series by Lauren Carr. This book changed the look of the series once completed. The feedback about this cover from fans of the author fell in love with the look and so the author asked me before the release of this book that I redo the first book in the series, Dead On Ice. So, a new cover will be coming very soon! To see the full cover, click the image.

Twelve to Murder (February 6, 2014)

Twelve To Murder by Lauren Carr

Twelve To Murder

Twelve To Murder, part of the Mac Faraday series, captures a very special place in my heart. Another masterpiece of literary genius by author Lauren Carr made this cover a no brainer for ideas. The watch on the cover image was passed onto me after my Grandfather’s passing. Personal items around the house have made it into some of my covers at work before as well which makes each of those covers a bit sweeter to share with the world. Enjoy. For the full cover, click the image.