After weeks of design consultation back and forth, the re-booted, re-designed cover for Reckless Abandon is HERE!
But before I get to showing it off, first please allow me a minute to thank my kick-ass cover designer extraordinaire – Judi FitzPatrick!
For those of you who don’t know Judi, here are a few fun facts:
- She’d been snapping fine art photos for more than half her life.
- Judi started blogging about photography and her process 8 years ago.
- She loves to do collage and manipulation to bring ideas to life in visual format.
- This isn’t her first rodeo (AKA: Not her first book cover).
- Judi is my mom.
Now, you might be thinking that I’m super biased and the truth is, well, I am! But as an objective artist I can also see so much freaking awesome in this new cover that I can’t even stand it!
Let’s review my old and lame as hell cover first. Remember this exceptionally boring design:
That’s because I had no idea what I was doing. Not really. Three years ago when I asked my mom to put the original cover together I was so green and had just started reading Indie Author books. Covers were one of the last things on my mind.
Of course they shouldn’t have been last, I even wrote about judging a book by its cover.
I knew the cabin image had to remain (because it has SO MUCH plot intertwined) but didn’t know how to really convey the book in visuals. So what to do?
Well, that’s where my mom came into play. Because, now I've got this:
Can someone say BOOM?!
Even if you haven’t read the book there’s no denying a sense of the mystery, the story and the characters (maybe even some of their motivations?) just by looking at the cover.
And that’s what a cover should do after all, right?
Judi, AKA: mum, totally nailed it! Thanks so much mum, I am in love with this new cover and I'm so excited to share it with the world!
Please visit Judi’s (AKA: mum’s) website and check out some of her work to see if she can help you put together a cover that really pops and sings - like this one!
If you haven’t read Reckless Abandon yet you'll want to pick up your copy soon because book 2 in the Shaw McLeary Mystery Series – Reckless Hearts – will be out this summer.
And wait until you see the cover!
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