Posted by: ~ Me ~ | August 12, 2014

Taking A Break

Hey all. This is just a note to announce that I’ve decided to step back from the cover design business for awhile. This isn’t a bad thing. It just means my writing career is going very well and I need more time to focus on that right now. I’m going to miss all the great writers and publishers I’ve worked with over these past few years. You guys have been great clients and I appreciate every one of you.

But I’m not dropping off the internet, so I hope we’ll still run into each other in our writerly circles. If all else fails, you can always find me on Facebook. ūüôā

And for those of you who already have upcoming design projects on my calendar, never fear. Your covers will still be completed on schedule. Existing clients with questions, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email. At the very least, I may be able to recommend other designers for you.


~ Dara

Posted by: ~ Me ~ | April 18, 2014

Paranormal Covers

Here’s a couple covers I recently designed to start off Elizabeth Kelly’s trilogy. I always have fun with urban fantasy and paranormal – especially with swords!

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Posted by: ~ Me ~ | February 3, 2014

Urban Fantasy Series

These are covers I’ve designed for Kate Danley’s urban fantasy series. They’re a good illustration of my recent post on continuity and series covers, so it seems like the right time to share them. Kate’s covers are always fun to work on. ūüôā

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Posted by: ~ Me ~ | December 29, 2013

Risky Readers Banner

Here’s the new banner I’ve designed for the Risky Readers blog:

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Posted by: ~ Me ~ | December 17, 2013

Recent Work

Here’s a sneak peek at what I’ve been up to these past few weeks. ūüôā

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Posted by: ~ Me ~ | December 17, 2013

In Celebration of Series Covers

Today I’ve decided to dedicate a post¬†to series covers and to¬†feature some¬†of the ones I’ve done¬†recently.¬†I love designing covers for a series because I adore things that match. And let’s face it, coming up with a design that can be duplicated across a whole series without becoming tiresome or overly similar¬†is a really fun challenge. It’s a chance to brand the series and I love getting in on that at the beginning.

Here’s the three most recent covers I’ve done for Camilla Chafer’s Lexi Graves Mysteries:

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And these are the first three in Mary Campisi’s An Unlikely Husband series.

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And finally, here’s¬†my first three designs for Kalea Cross’s Titanium Security series:

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Posted by: ~ Me ~ | November 8, 2013

Congrats to Another Client!

Congrats to C.C. Marks, whose cover for Edge of Mercy (designed by yours truly) has finaled in EPIC’S Ariana Awards!

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Posted by: ~ Me ~ | October 31, 2013

New Cover for Leigh Podgorski

Here’s one of my latest covers, designed for Book Three of Leigh Podgorski’s Stone Quest series. I’m also posting the images it took to¬†arrive at¬†this look.

As you can see I’ve¬†combined the upper body of one girl, the lower body of another, stretched them, tweaked lighting and contrast¬†to match, added in a forest background with tweaked hues and contrast, and slipped in a wolf, also with hue and contrast changes.

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Posted by: ~ Me ~ | July 29, 2013

A Book Gets A New Look

Happy Sunday all!¬†Today’s post is¬†an updated cover design¬†I’ve just finished for historical author Grace Elliot, along with a peek at the images it took to create it. Grace came up with the concept of a Regency woman holding a brush dripping paint onto a white dress. I just had to find the images to make it work. ūüôā


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Posted by: ~ Me ~ | July 21, 2013

Congrats to Another Client!

One of my design clients, Julie Napier, was just featured with her book Tender Thorn on the news! How cool is that?



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