The new bookcover for 'A Taste for Old Revenge.'

Shadow Line Press has come up with their own version of a bookcover for 'A Taste of Old Revenge.' That's okay by me. The one I've commissioned I can redo and make it the book cover for the Smashwords effort called, 'Tough Guys: The homicide cases of Turner Hahn and Frank Morales.'

Take a look at the new cover at

http://www.turnerhahnnovels.com

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Comment by B.R.Stateham on December 3, 2009 at 2:23pm
Thanks, Ben--appreciate the comment. Heard anything about your book coming out?
Comment by Benjamin Sobieck on December 3, 2009 at 2:20pm
This new cover reminds me a lot of "Murderous Passions." It speaks to your writing style. I like similarities in covers. It's not a BRS novel if there isn't a shadowy figure holding a weapon.

Consistency builds branding. Go for it.
Comment by B.R.Stateham on December 3, 2009 at 12:53am
I.J.--the cover has to match the theme of the book. A historical novel needs something to fit that theme. Worse of all is a cover (like the first Turner/Frank novel) which is totally off the radar screen in its suggestion as to what is found in the book.

But, like you, I had to admit coming up with a design for a book is kinda interesting.
Comment by I. J. Parker on December 3, 2009 at 12:48am
Arrgh! Make that "without pros".
Comment by I. J. Parker on December 3, 2009 at 12:47am
Ah, you want the hard edge. I've always wanted the artistic/historical edge. The book I'm working on is not a mystery, so I shall muddle on with pros.
Comment by B.R.Stateham on December 2, 2009 at 11:55am
Thanks, R.M. It is suggestive of wading through rugh times in the book. Which is what a good cover is supposed to do.
Comment by R. Michael Phillips on December 2, 2009 at 9:47am
Great cover, B.R. It puts a nice hard edge on the title.
Mike
Comment by B.R.Stateham on December 2, 2009 at 9:23am
Actually, looking at the publisher's version again, the shadow of a man holding a gun is a scene from out of the book. In the last part of the book there is a shoot-out in a garage. Bright lights are used to illuminate the bad guys. So this cover works well with the story.
Comment by B.R.Stateham on December 2, 2009 at 8:30am
I've been working with a Adam Grose, a member in here, and a graphic-novel artist from Merry Ole England on the original design. This new one is a design straight from the publisher.
Comment by I. J. Parker on December 2, 2009 at 8:02am
And here I thought you'd design your own. I've been playing around with it. It's a lot of fun, but I'm far from done. Basically you need a background and lettering for your name and title. I should be able to manage that.

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