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Book Covers (published novels)
I've been designing book (novel) covers for author Richard Haddock since 2001. His latest, "Lincoln, Rocky and Zeke" will published soon this year (2016). It follows the lives of three college students who were close friends and the development of an intriguing reunion decades later.
For the cover of this novel, Mr. Haddock sent me photographs of this golf club as it appeared in the '30s and a current photo of the club (see next slide) for the back cover. It's a story of a teenager who works at the club, learns to play golf well enough to earn a college scholarship and his love for a woman he meets, loses, and then...
This was the first book cover that Mr. Haddock requested that I design both the front and back. I made sure that the text on this back cover was large enough to be easily read when someone browsing picked it up and read the description. You can see the credit for my design at the very bottom.
At first, I used the seal of the CIA at the bottom of this book cover, but we discovered that it was not legal to do so. "Mohican" is the story of a secret CIA project that could identify nuclear masses anywhere on earth. After the President's heart attack, the secret is discovered and the plot thickens.
I used very circular "C"s for the title of "Closing the Circle," a story of an18-year-old young man who fights in WW II and his life after the war (marriage, family, career, etc.). In the story, he is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor (pictured in the top right of the cover).
The satellite photo of the middle east is from NASA's Visible Earth website. Published in June 2007, this novel contains a fictional account of behind-the-scenes events in Washington about the war in Iraq and the 2008 Presidential campaign. It also includes a portrayal of the differing perspectives and ideas that have polarized the American public.
I scanned a copy of the Washington Post to get realistic edges of a newspaper, and studied the font (the "P" is from the word "Post"). This novel is about a 17-year-old teenager dealing with racial divisions and prejudice taking place in the late '50s in Florida.
For this book cover, I submitted dozens of sunsets (sunrises?) and lots of couples gazing over the water. This was the winner. "The Man from Savannah" tells a story of a best-selling writer who soars, then crashes because of the reality of art versus big business. For the amazing turn of events that ensue, you'll have to read the book.
For those of us involved in proposals to the U.S. federal government, BAFO is a familiar term. However, in this story, the best and final offer involves political maneuvering, business posturing and personal vendettas surrounding the largest computer contract in history from the Pentagon for bids.
Because this novel, "Arkalalah" is set in Kansas, I was glad to have the opportunity to add my own photograph from the Tulsa State Fair at the top. The story is about D.C. lawyer Jamie Maxwell returns to his hometown in Kansas after 25 years to help solve an old friend's murder.
Before the invention of lenses to film movies at night, Hollywood used filters to make film shot in the daylight look like the scene was at night. I used the same technique to make this lone house look as if it is lit by moonlight. It was Mr. Haddock's suggestion to add a single light coming from one upstairs room. "The Family" is a warm, funny tale of happiness, trauma and renewed hope.
This was my first and only attempt to illustrate a creepy novel that included Satanic cult murders. It was never quite right until I added the glowing red eyes in the center sculpture. The story is about a D.C. police sergeant is assigned a 21-year-old female rookie to mentor and she turns their first murder case into a serial killer scenario that covers 20 years and scores of Satanic-type murders.
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