Great Book Covers Pt4 Morgan Rice

Without even reading the title properly, you know you’re looking at one of Morgan Rice’s ‘The Sorcerer’s Ring’ books. The choice of font (which I believe is called Felix Titling) and the way it is composed in relation to the background instantly communicate that fact. Despite the mixed reception she gets sometimes, I have nothing but respect for Rice.

1. She’s prolific – her fantasy standing at 17 books. That’s not counting her OTHER work.

2. She has built a loyal audience who crave her next work, who eagerly await it

3. She has pushed her way into the chart, shoulder to shoulder with the big names and stayed there for years

Anyone who can consistently churn out work at a decent standard, hammer the bestseller chart over and over again, and deliver great examples of cover design is worthy of admiration as far as I’m concerned. Have a look yourself:

Great Books Covers Pt3 J A Konrath

If you’ve not heard of Mr Konrath, where have you been? A hole in the ground? I find it hard to believe that any independent author serious about making a dent in the marketplace hasn’t at least once visited Konrath’s site and scoured it for tips.

The man is, in my own words, the KING OF BRANDING.

Even though his cover styles and formats change to accommodate different works, they have the same feel across the board. He has found a way, over the years, to make himself stand out from the crowd. Simple, effective covers that tell you straight away that whatever the book is, it has Konrath’s seal of approval.

Here’s the man himself:

Great Book Covers Pt2 Jon. F Merz

Branding is key to success. Tomorrow we’ll be having a peak at the KING OF BRANDING. But for now take a look at the books of Jon F Merz. Specifically the Lawson Vampire series. They are a perfect example of branding, of having a ‘house style’ as an independent author. That means, making your work look professional. That means, trying to give the BIG 5 a run for their money in doing the work of an entire ad department in developing your look and ensuring that it is a true reflection of what’s really important – the work.

Not familiar with the Lawson Vampire series? Check it out:

Great Book Covers Pt1 Joanna Penn

I love simple text, striking images, a strong brand. Someone who seems to get it right every time is Joanna Penn.

Don’t believe me? Check her out.

I posted last week about the importance of cover design, and it’s true. It’s no wonder Penn has a huge readership. Not only does she write great thrillers, but her covers tell you everything you need to know with one glance.







Dearest Readers!

Here’s what’s been going on behind the scenes. My good friend Bernard Schaffer has been hard at work launching his scifi series Confederation Reborn. Multiple authors are hard at work at different tales set in the same universe, all under the Confederation Reborn banner.

I was approached to do the same, to write my own addition. So I teamed up with Bernard and wrote the first adventure featuring Captain William Kirn and the starship Endeavour, called A Brightly Flickering Flame.

All of these are out now and available to read.

I’m very excited about Confederation Reborn because it allows me to write all of those classic Star Trek stories I’ve always dreamt about yet, working with Bernard, make them our own thing.

Return Fire (by Bernard Schaffer) tells the story of the Confederation after it has been all but destroyed by The Swarm – a cybernetic enemy from the cold depths of space hell-bent on the enslavement of mankind.
From Amazon:

Once a mighty assembly of races spread across the galaxy, dedicated to peace and exploration, now stands on the brink of collapse.

Twenty years after a devastating attack by the dreaded Swarm, Confederation lives in the shadow of its own legacy and in fear that their enemy will return. Now, the most advanced warship of its time will venture into Swarm territory on a mission of revenge.

In Return Fire 1-3, readers will experience the beginning of a new era in science fiction.”

A Brightly Flickering Flame (by Bernard Schaffer and myself) is set a century beforehand, and follows the adventures of Captain William Kirn and the starship Endeavour.
From Amazon:

“Captain William Kirn is the most beloved, most decorated officer in the history of Confederation. He’s also the only one with a disciplinary action named after him for consorting with female officers. Now, readers will see firsthand how this swashbuckling legend earned his reputation as the classic crew of the ICSS Endeavor does battle with a dreaded Korgon warship.”

To purchase Return Fire Part 1, 2 or 3 Click Here
To purchase Return Fire (Collected Edition – Parts 1-3) Click Here
To purchase A Brightly Flickering Flame Click Here

Oh and did I mention that I also have two other projects out? Age of Destiny is available to purchase by Clicking Here. And you can grab Operation Chimera (co-written with Matt “The Machine” Cox) Right Here.

Suffice to say it’s been a busy month! As always, I’d appreciate your help in getting the word out about these projects as I know that readers of my work will absolutely love them. Now, it’s back to the grindstone for me . . .


Age of Destiny + Operation Chimera are out tomorrow!

Both Age of Destiny and Operation Chimera are out tomorrow. Just a reminder that you can pre-order both of them for the bargain price of 99c!

So … what are you waiting for?

AND don’t forget the prize I’m offering to the first person who reads and reviews EITHER of those titles. I will edit that person’s work (upto 10,000 words) and make them a cover FOR FREE. For more information, see Friday’s post.


On Monday the 20th of October my YA Scifi novel Age of Destiny is OUT! But wait, there’s more. Operation Chimera, the novel I wrote with Matt Cox, published by Curiosity Quills Press, is also out! Both titles are available to pre-order for 99c each, so what are you waiting for?


Order Age of Destiny (The Broken Stars, Book 1)

The Broken Stars Book 1 Cover Blank

Order Operation Chimera (Far From Home)