Cover Reveal Norseman’s Deception

Gianna Simone’s second Norsemen Saga, Norseman’s Deception has been revealed! That means I can show it off.

This cover follows what I had done for Gianna for the first book. It was the second book I revamped for her. She loved the first book cover Norseman’s Revenge and we worked so well together we immediately went to the next book in the series.


booktwoAgain, we used the original stock she had for her cover. When I saw the rich green of the forest, I chose not to de-saturate this cover as much as I did the first one. Using the fonts and similar text layout should be enough branding for this series.

I made her dress sleeve green to add more of the color and break up the brown of her hair. Then Put the two canines front and center. Gianna had supplied excellent stock again, saving me from searching for tedious hours. The cover practically fell together.

Gianna recently returned from giving a workshop at a RWA conference and is working to finish revisions on her third Magiste Series book. That is her last cover for right now left to be shown off. She is also working on a third Norsemen Saga book.


“Holy hot viking! This is historical fiction with an erotic edge that makes for one smoking hot story.”

“Fast paced and steamy read. I was hooked from beginning to end, the chemistry between Ari and Thora is hot! Loved it!”

“I enjoyed it. You sink into a book like this to relax, and Gianna Simone delivers exactly what’s promised.”

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Covers for Writers Tip 1

5x8-paperback-book-with-iphone-299x449When should you get a cover?

I have a business mindset, so my answers will lean to the practical.

If you’re digital only, then you can technically get a cover at any stage. A digital cover doesn’t need to fit your printed manuscript. There isn’t any sizing. Most designers will present you with a .jpg file of 1600 x 2400 and if you ever wish to print it on say bookmarkers it should be 300 DPI.

So, make sure your file meets specifications of your chosen venues such as Amazon. If you wish to print the image on promotional items that you make, the image should be 300 DPI. If you know beyond a shadow of a doubt you won’t ever need to print the image, 72 DPI is okay and suitable for the web.

Cost for ebook cover only can range from as little to a $25.00 pre-made cover to $300.00 custom cover. Most designers supply the finished cover, but others will only supply the image and you must add the text. Or they require you to purchase their typography services for an additional fee. Read over their pricing and ask if you are not sure.

If you’re going to print your manuscript using POD services such as Create Space or your publisher will be printing, the most ideal time to start pursuing a cover is after your edits. You will need to supply your designer either the book size and number of pages or a template in order for it to fit your book.

New writers especially are excited and eager to dive into the more fun or exciting parts of their process. I don’t advise getting a cover before you’re almost ready to publish. I’ve seen writers never finish the story, seen them change their minds about the cover design, and I’ve seen them change elements during the editing process which made the cover they purchased no longer relevant.

You’re wasting your money. After you have experience, maybe then it would be practical to purchase a cover earlier in the process.

A designer can make a print cover ahead of time, but s/he will be doing extra work on the back end to make the cover fit your specific manuscript. S/he may charge you more for the extra work.

Print covers may cost additional to the ebook. The price again can range from as low as $25.00 for pre-mades to $300.00 (or more) for custom covers. Print covers are sized to fit your manuscript and typically at least come in .jpg or PDF formats (if not both). This image most definitely should be 300 DPI.

  • Expect to pay $25.00 up to around $300.00 for covers.
  • In my opinion and from experience working with writers, it is usually best to wait until you’re done with edits before pursuing a cover. Spend your money wisely.
  • Know what DPI (dots per inch) your image comes in, so you’ll know if it is print quality.
  • Check out your venues and make note of their specifications so you can be sure your cover will meet the requirements.

All my covers start at $100.00. Both pre-mades and custom covers. I use premium stock from for my pre-mades which means you are less likely to see similar covers. Also, I put as many hours into pre-mades as I do my custom covers. If the client is getting the print version, then there is that work on the back end to ensure it fits the finished manuscript.

Keep an eye out, more covers for writers info and tips will be coming! Or if you have any topics or questions, feel free to contact me.


Pre-made Knight Cover

Oooo, this is a good one. I like doing historicals. Combine that with my orange and red colors and I am digging this cover. Not to mention I painted in his cape (what hero doesn’t have a cape?) and painted in hair again. Win! Getting fairly good at painting hair and random fabric.

The details pop on this one. Great photography.


Yep, dig this cover.

Pre-made cover featuring premium stock from

Print and ebook cover sold once, art work as is and with text changes. Contact Vikkas.

I’ll end up getting a poster of this, I just know it…


Premium Pre-made cover

A very colorful pre-made featuring Anna Serena.

I posted on face book that if left unsupervised I’ll add fire to just about every cover. I love orange and red, so fire follows along with that.

I like to experiment when I play with pre-made cover designs. In this one I painted her dress and look close…I painted her hair🙂 I wanted to add some movement. When I added the little wispy shawl things, it felt like her hair should be blowing in the wind too. I’m very satisfied with the way it came out as I’m very picky about painted hair. It can be done so badly…I often hesitate to do it.

Anyway, here you go…I love the colors.


If you’d like to have this one, feel free to contact Vikkas. Actual art work stays the same, but I’ll make whatever text changes are needed.

Ebook and print cover, sold only once.

Model stock from

Model is Anna Serena.

In the Mage’s Arms Cover

Yep, she showed it off on her blog and I missed it. So much for stalking her Facebook feed.

Anyway, here it is…book two of the Magiste Chronicals.


Again the model images provided by Period Images. It is basically the same as the first book, In the Devil’s Arms. Same textures and brushes were used. We changed the models to match the story of course. The guy went from a brunette coloring to more blonde. She went from blonde to more of a honey brunette.

She did extensive rewriting and editing of this story. Go read an excerpt at her blog and then go to one of the links to pre-order. It will be out just in time for Halloween!


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Norseman’s Revenge Cover

animatedrevengesmall-192x288This was the first cover I did for Gianna. She had picked some wonderful model stock from Period Images featuring Gunter and Jax. So, instead of reworking the cover from scratch, I decided to see how I would utilize the exact same images yet get a different look. I loved the challenge. It amazes me to no end how different people can manipulate the same images.

To be perfectly honest, at the time people weren’t beating down my door asking me for covers. While we were chatting I just asked for her to send me the images from her cover. If she liked what I did, then she could use it and if not then absolutely nothing is lost. I loved this arrangement too. She picked good pictures for cover images and that saved me hours upon hours of stock searching.

The story has BDSM elements and I wanted a darker cover. Something a bit more intense. Black blue and grey. I desaturated the models and faded them into the Fjord that the writer loved and wanted to showcase. Used the same font but added a gradient overlay.


Head over to Gianna’s blog for an excerpt. And patiently wait for the second cover reveal for her Norseman Saga.

Or just go buy it while it is on sale! I’m getting the print, but I’m sure I’ll add the digital as well.😀

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