My illustrator, Wes Lowe, has come through once again, and he’s created his best cover illustration to date.
The Scandal is a contemporary romance novel set in Hollywood. Soap opera star Lauren McAllen has recently left the role that made her famous and landed a supporting role in a major motion picture. But before the camera rolls, her dream of stardom shatters. The studio head is soon accused of wrongdoing, and she’s unwittingly caught up in a major scandal that rocks Hollywood.
I’m still working on the manuscript. I hope to have it complete and ready to go to the editor in early July. While this book has been the most interesting one to write so far, it’s also required more research, and revisions, than anything I’ve done before. That said, trust me when I tell you it’ll be well worth the wait.
I’m doing a minor edit on an earlier novel, The Deception, while I wait for my editor to finish up my latest novel, The Letter. The two stories are similar. Those who have read The Deception will, no doubt, enjoy The Letter, and vice versa. I wrote The Deception in 2012. It was my second novel, and I’ve improved in my craft since then, so I wanted to do some fine tuning.
The story and its contents remain the same. Most readers won’t notice the editorial changes. I’ve removed some filler words and redundancies, and rephrased some of the dialog to make the characters’ points of view a little more clear.
The most noticeable change is the cover. Inspired by real-life stories of revenge porn, and the havoc it creates in people’s lives, The Deception is the story of a woman badly exploited in a profoundly ugly way. However, the original cover, shown above, has created some controversy as some have not understood the reason behind it. While still sexy, the new look is less controversial, and it blends well when displayed with my other titles.
The new, updated version will be available in early February.
Once again, Wes Lowe has created a brilliant cover illustration for The Letter.
The Letter begins with leading lady Stephanie’s accidental discovery of a love letter to Danny, her significant other, from his old girlfriend. Hurt and confused, Stephanie is unsure of what to do. A close friend advises her to talk to Danny, but she hesitates. After thinking it over, she assumes that his ex was simply feeling lonely and has since moved on. Unfortunately for Stephanie, things are not as they appear.
Once again my illustrator, Wes Lowe, hit it out of the ballpark. This is one of his best cover illustrations to date, and it’s getting rave reviews on Facebook as well. Yes, there is a reason why she’s barefoot, but you’ll have to read the novel to find out why.
The Stalker will be released this fall.
An excerpt from The Stalker
Rachel Bennett turned onto a quiet side street and drove up a steep hill. Desert landscaping lined both sides of the roadway, and a sign with an arrow pointing to the right soon appeared. She pressed down on the brake pedal making a sharp turn onto another road. The hotel, with its three signature arches, stood at the top of the hill. Moments later she pulled underneath one of the archways, and as she rolled down her window, a muscular young man walked up to her car and greeted her with a warm smile.
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Once again, Wes Lowe, has outdone himself and created yet another outstanding illustration for my book cover. This time for The Betrayal.
I’ve been working with Wes for over ten years. I first discovered him back when I was writing a series of children’s books, (under a different name.) Then when I changed genres I tried a different approach to my covers, and we’ll just say it didn’t work, so I contacted Wes.
Wes just doesn’t meet my needs, he exceeds them. Every time. I can’t imagine ever publishing another book without one of Wes’ illustrations on the cover.
Kudos to Wes Lowe. Once again he’s created a beautiful cover illustration for my next novel, The Journey.
Wes and I go way back. He started doing my cover illustrations in 2007, when I was writing my Luke and Jenny novels, (under the name Gayle Martin.)
I found Wes by happenstance when I was working on the second book in the Luke and Jenny series. The illustrator who did the first book cover wasn’t available, so I was left scrambling. Granted, I have a degree in fine art, but it had been years since I’d picked up a paintbrush. However, I still knew what to look for, and I could speak the lingo. So, I began my search and soon found Wes. Not only was he available, I also liked the tone of his emails. He came across as warm and he had a positive attitude. The illustration he created for me didn’t just meet my expectations. It exceeded them. Wes turned out to be a much better artist than the gentleman who did my first cover. Thus began a beautiful friendship. Our next project would be creating a new cover illustration for the first book.
Wes also did the cover illustrations for The Reunion and The Deception. This latest illustration has an interesting twist. The other night I posted it on Facebook, and a number of people commented that the young lady looked a lot like me. Oddly enough, Wes and I have never met in person, although he’s probably seen my head shots on my websites. I thought that maybe he had used one of them as a model. However, it turns out that he didn’t. Must be one of those interesting coincidences. Or maybe it’s just the Universe reaffirming that I’ve found the right illustrator.