Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Flourish (+ Giveaway!): Secrets in the Grave

Happy Friday Everyone!

I've been crazy busy with work lately which never ceases to amaze me–in the best possible way–as for a while there I was sure designing book covers was only ever going to be a dream job. Luckily enough though, I've had a number of fantastic authors and publishers take a chance on me, and I'm always so excited to share the final products with all of you.

I've had the pleasure of working with Karen Ann Hopkins on all of her indie published books, and I'm so absurdly grateful to her for bringing me such fun and challenging projects. Her Wings of War series and Serenity's Plain Secrets series couldn't be more different in look and feel, so I always enjoy bouncing back and forth between them (Karen writes crazy fast!). The third installment of her Amish murder mystery series is titled Secrets in the Grave, and we kept to the aesthetic established with the previous two books, focusing on an ominous outdoor landscape with lots of color to make sure it stands out online. I hope you guys love this latest installment as much as we do!

Serenity's Plain Secrets #3

Just when Sheriff Serenity Adams thinks life is getting back to normal, the death of a young, pregnant Amish woman rocks the community. Is it circumstance…or murder? It’s up to Serenity and her ex-Amish boyfriend, Daniel Bachman, to discover the truth about the new shaman-type medicine man who’s brought his dark secrets to Blood Rock.

But Serenity has secrets of her own, and if she and Daniel don’t work it out, the reappearance of a woman from his past could threaten to ruin their relationship.

The deeper Serenity delves into the magical world of Amish herbal medicine, the phenomenon of laying of the hands and other cultural healing oddities, the more she wonders if miracles are real. What she witnesses with her own eyes may be too fantastical for her to believe.

In this riveting third installment of Serenity’s Plain Secrets, beliefs are challenged, a way of life is questioned and family skeletons are unearthed, leaving no one untouched.  

Serenity's Plain Secrets #2

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.

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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  1. I do like these covers. Haunting and creepy. Book 2 is beautiful, 3 creepy, but 1 is my fav cos if it's simplicity. Even though I always complain about those, ha

  2. I'd say taking a chance on you is one of the smartest things they ever did! I love seeing your covers in the wild. It makes me feel unjustifiably proud. :)
    As usual, these are absolutely gorgeous, Jenny! I'd say Whispers from the Dead is my favorite.

  3. Wow- these are awesome, Jenny! I think my favorite is Secrets from the Grave---very atmospheric and haunting. I love your work! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  4. That's awesome, Jenny!! I think Secrets in The Grave is my favorite. I love the colors!

  5. I love these covers, Jenny! The colors in the sky are so beautiful!

  6. Love this, Jenny, especially since ominous weather plays a role in the book, too. :)

  7. Beautiful! It sets just the right feel for a mystery. Can't wait to add it to my collection. Well done again Jenny!

  8. These are so amazing Jenny! I would so grab these off a shelf and check them out after seeing the covers!

  9. Once again I LOVE!
    You are so talented Jenny! The cover is just gorgeous and slightly creepy, which I also love! I need to read it now!

    Have a fabulous weekend Jenny!!

  10. You are amazeballs! I love these covers and I hate to say that I love that first one b/c of the creepy vibe (what has happened to me?). You just do amazing work.

  11. You know, I've seen lots of covers that use real 'scenic' photos like these, but they just look ... *ahem* ... amateurish and thrown together. These, however, look like art. It's a whole other level, not just some picture slapped on. Love them!

  12. Girl you do wonders with these covers! I don't know how you do it, but you rock the show. I have seen this series around and it really sounds interesting. Great post :)

  13. I am behind Jenny. I have book two and loved book one.

  14. These are so, so beautiful and I love how these books maintain the same theme so you know they're part of a series but they each have such a distinct and unique look as well. Gorgeous, Jenny!

  15. I love all the covers and the way the three of them are so different but work well together as a whole as well. I am sure, after reading the synopses, that these books are just as good on the inside too ;)

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  16. These covers look fantastic, Jenny! You outdid yourself. It never ceases to amaze me how a concept comes to life, and thanks to your posts such as this one, I'm at least given a preview. Brilliant, gorgeous. <3

  17. Thanks, Jenny, for another spectacular cover! I love the rich colors on this one and that it fits so well with the series, yet is still distinct on its own. You're amazing! I can't wait to get to work on TEMPEST'S cover (the third Wings of War book)

  18. I really like your cover of the last installment! It's got a totally creepy vibe all the while keeping with the theme of the two previous books. And cheers to you for being busy at your dream job, Jenny! Your talent and creativity always impress me. :)

  19. Yep, I seriously adoooore these covers!! I love how the gorgeous colours of the sunset in the sky contrast with the creepy cementery!
    Brilliant job as always Jenny!!

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