More New Cover Madness

the crack in the wall

This is a cover design for a book I’m writing, tentatively called The Crack in the Wall. I did the creature painting in watercolor and added the text in Canva.


The Bestiary: Niaph Sketch



In The Brumal Star, Lorica and Jamison encounter tall, stick-like, bipedal creatures called niaphs.

Niaphs reside deep in Dreya Forest, where they live in temporary family units. Although niaphs have long limbs, the average human can outrun them in terms of speed but not distance. They are aggressive and possess sharp teeth and a serrated, beak-like mouth. Their small feet are covered in hook-like hairs that give them stealth and allow them to climb trees.

They lay clutches of three or four melon-sized eggs covered in rough filaments that resemble seed-pods. Hatchlings are mobile immediately after emerging from the egg and are ready to consume an adult’s diet. The brood stays with the parents for about six months before being driven away from the nest site.

Niaphs mature quickly and are ready to mate soon after leaving the nest. The males attract potential mating partners by putting on a display that includes a variety of vocalizations such as hissing and whistle-clicks, and by bringing females nest materials such as sticks and leaves.

Niaphs are carnivorous predators and eat small animals such as squirrels, opossums, raccoons, rabbits, and sometimes fox cubs, but will readily consume human meat.

It is advised to avoid deep, thick forest where they prefer to hunt and nest.

Cover Reveal: The Brumal Star

I’m very excited to present the cover of The Brumal Star!



Ex-sorcerer Jamison Undrand was betrayed and exiled by his own magical council. He’s lost everything that ever meant anything to him: his wife, his magic, and his home. Now he’s trying to piece his shattered life back together while he’s holed up on a farm as a goat herder. If only there was a way for him to recover his powers and not be doomed to spend the rest of his days as an outcast…

Fourteen-year-old delinquent Lorica Warde has a chip on her shoulder. After her mother’s death, her father remarried and started a brand-new family like nothing happened. Then she got kicked out of school for assaulting a teacher. Now her father plans to send her to a religious order for troublemaking girls. If only there was a way for Lorica to communicate with her mother and avoid a cloistered life of fasting and penance with a bunch of gossipy prudes, where she’d never see her friends again…

At the heart of a cave in the wilderness is the Brumal Star, an ancient crystal rumored to grant favors to those it deems worthy. Lorica and Jamison become unlikely allies when they reluctantly travel together in search of the crystal to change their destinies. But every step brings them closer to danger in the form of a vengeful enemy from Jamison’s past.

A million thanks to Renee Barratt of The Cover Counts for all her help. The manuscript is currently being formatted and the book will be available on Amazon with the next couple of weeks.

Experimenting with Canva

I’ve been playing around with Canva today, and made two new Kindle covers for my short stories. Canva is an online graphic design app that allows you to create designs for blogs, social media, book covers, and many other Web or print uses. It is pretty amazing and easy to use. They have a lot of free images, but as a disclaimer, I did pay to use the image of the tree and the gray half-circle background on the covers I made.

I guess I’ve come to realize that I like simple graphics on a color background.

What do you use for designing graphics, if you do?

Messing around with book covers


This is a collage I made for the tentative cover of a short story called “Where the Golden Plain Meets the Dark Peaks” I’ll be publishing through Kindle Direct Publishing soon. It needs to be cleaned up a bit since it’s a little blurry and there are some flecks from the scanner, and it needs to have the text added, but this is the basic idea for the story’s imagery.

The sky is tissue paper and acrylic paints. The mountains are also tissue paper with India ink, and the plain is watercolor painted paper.