Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Flourish: Whispers from the Dead

Happy Friday Everyone!

It's a multi-flourish kind of week this week and I have another sequel to share with all of you. I'm on a roll! I've been lucky enough to work on several covers for author Karen Ann Hopkins, starting with Lamb to the Slaughter, the first in an adult murder mystery series, and moving on to Embers, the first in a new paranormal young adult series. Karen is now getting ready to release the second book in the aforementioned murder mystery series, and I couldn't be more excited with how the cover turned out.

There was an official cover reveal last week so some of you may have seen it already, but for those who haven't, I hope it piques your interest!

WHISPERS FROM THE DEAD
Serenity's Plain Secrets #2
Releases January 20th, 2015


Some Amish communities aren't so cozy.
Whispers From The Dead is the powerful and thrilling sequel to Lamb to the Slaughter, in the Amish mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets.

Sheriff Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman are once again partnered up in a criminal investigation, when they travel to a northern Amish settlement that has been riddled by arsons for the past two decades. Serenity quickly discovers that there is much more going on than just barns being set on fire in the touristy community, and that the new group of Amish has their own secrets to hide. She begins to unravel an extensive criminal underworld that threatens to destroy everything that the simple people of Poplar Springs hold dear and once again puts her own life in jeopardy.

And even though Serenity tries desperately to avoid it, things begin heating up between her and Daniel, making her wonder if true love and happiness are really within her grasp.


*If you're in the mood for a great murder mystery, be sure and sign up for the review tour in January!


LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER
Serenity's Plain Secrets #1


Lamb to the Slaughter is a story about the intertwining lives of three unlikely people in an Indiana Amish Community and the devastating results when a rebellious teenage girl is found shot to death in a corn field during the harvest.

Serenity Adams is the newly elected young sheriff in the country town of Blood Rock and besides dealing with the threatening behavior of her predecessor, she now has a dead Amish girl on her plate.  At first glance, the case seems obvious.  The poor girl was probably accidently shot during hunting season, but when the elders of the Amish community and even the girl’s parents react with uncaring subdued behavior, Serenity becomes suspicious.  As she delves deeper into the secretive community that she grew up beside, she discovers a gruesome crime from the past that may very well be related to the Amish girl’s shooting.

Serenity enlists the help of the handsome bad-boy building contractor, Daniel Bachman, who left the Amish when he was nineteen and has his own dark reasons to help the spunky sheriff solve the crime that the family and friends who shunned him are trying desperately to cover up.  Serenity’s persistence leads her to a stunning discovery that not only threatens to destroy her blossoming romance with Daniel, but may even take her life in the end.


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33 comments:

  1. I love how the words pop out, and how 'Dead' matches the texture of the barn. Another great job, Jenny. And yes, the books sound very good!

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  2. Ooooh those cover are so AWESOME, I mean really AWESOME :D

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    1. Thank you Alreem! I'm have a blast working on them:)

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  3. These titles are awfully foreboding, are they not? :O

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  4. Oooooh, I love how the font pops in the overall design but compliments the background image as well! And I also love the lil carriage with the horse there as the defining series marker?
    The covers are awesome, both the first one and this new one and the book does sound interesting! Amish murder mysteries, who knew it was a thing?!

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    1. Yes! We wanted a little something in there that would highlight the Amish element:)

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  5. Very eye catching covers and appropriately mysterious! Might have to choose this for book club. Well done Jenny

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    1. I'd love to know what they thought:)

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  6. I love these covers. I am obsessed with your work. I really, really like Whispers from the Dead. I can't wait to see more of your work in the future. Have a great weekend, Jenny!

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    1. Yay! Thanks so much Christina! I'm having fun sharing the covers with everyone:)

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  7. Great covers, I like them both! And I love the darkness the title brings out in the scenes.

    Have a wonderful weekend Jenny and thanks so much for sharing these with us!

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  8. Such a great cover! I am just in awe at your talent. I will bow down to the greatness of your talent :) I can't coordinate colors to save my life LOL

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    1. Heh. Sometimes it takes me a while and I can't get anything to work, and other times everything comes together nicely. Whispers was one that came together quickly, but Lamb took quite a bit longer:)

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  9. Love these, Jenny. You do such amazing work. <3

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  10. Eerie, but so pretty, Jenny! This reminds me that I need to go read the first book because it was on my TBR list!

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  11. Such a depature from your other covers. I like that this has a haunting vibe. It looks like something I would see in the country in Idaho. Sad and creepy at the same time. Love it.

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    1. Yes! That's what I love most about working on covers, they're all so different and allow me to learn new things. Most of my covers tend to be more graphic or illustrated, but it was really fun to do a more photographic cover:)

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  12. Ooh, so lovely and mysterious as well! You amaze me again Jenny : )

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  13. I would so pick these up and it screams mystery to me. Yea, I'm interested! Brilly job!!

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    1. Yay! That's definitely what I was going for:)

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  14. I think the second one is my fav of the two :) The barn looks so haunted

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  15. They look so mysterious, I'm quite curious, I didn't know about them. thanks for sharing!

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  16. You girl always amaze me with your skills. I love both covers and I'd get them just to have those pretties on my shelf. I haven't read the first book but it sounds really interesting. Amazing covers and great post, Jenny :)

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  17. I love it! The two covers go together perfect but still have their own distinct look. It's fantastic!

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  18. I love Karen Ann Hopkins books so i'm pretty excited for these two! I love how the covers match perfectly! I was already looking forward to the books but now i'm in love with the covers :)

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  19. I love that there's an underlying creepiness to both of these covers that you captured so well in both of these. even without seeing the titles, I'd be afraid of what was lurking in the wheat or out behind the barn. Plus they're also both gorgeous images as well.

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  20. Love it! I both want to visit the solitude of that place and run away because of the eeriness of it. I second Lauren--creepy but gorgeous!

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