Showing posts from January, 2013

Mayon Reviewed

I was so pleased to see that Mayon received 4 hearts from Maya over at Hearts On Fire Reviews.

You can read the entire review here:


The winner of the gift certificate from last month's drawing is Juliana-"oceanakers at aol dot com. Please contact me for your prize. Thank you for commenting on Dan Skinner's Post! P.S. If you are a cover artist and would like to be featured in my monthly post, please contact me at mickie.ashling at gmail dot com. You don't have to work for any specific publisher. The only requirement is that you have one book cover on a published novel.

Behind the Cover Art-Reese Dante

How often have you seen this comment by readers? “I was drawn to the book because of the beautiful cover.” Or sometimes, you see this. “The story was great, but I almost didn’t pick it up because of the ugly cover!”

 Writers labor over a manuscript for weeks, months, and sometimes, years. Once it’s accepted by a publisher, their “baby” goes through several processes before it finally hits the shelves. One of the most stressful of these steps is choosing a book cover. First, you have to decide which artist will be able to bring your vision to life. Do you want it drawn or Photoshopped? Do you have a preference for colors? Should there be nudity, or should we take a more subtle approach? What type of background did you envision? What do your main characters look like? Did you wish to convey passionate love or not? The questions are endless, and most writers provide more information than necessary. It takes a skilled artist to sift through the jumble of words and pull out t…

Behind the Cover Art

Now that the holidays are over, I wanted to remind everyone that you have a week to enter the drawing for the $25.00 gift certificate by commenting on the Cover Art post featuring Dan Skinner. The next featured artist is Reese Dante. Here are two covers she designed for me and I show them off whenever I get a chance. Her post should go live next weekend.