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Judge My Cover!

book-baby-showerIt’s time! Patience Can Cook a Stone is about to be born.

Book Three of The Duncullen Saga is completed and in the process of publication. It won’t be months—it’ll be weeks–late December or early January.

One of the most fun and exciting parts of this process is obtaining a cover. Years ago, when putting Aroon together, I discovered a lovely and talented man with a beautiful eye for design. Panagiotis Lampridis is from Athens, Greece, and has designed all my covers. I found him on fiverr.com, a site to find graphic designers and other computer-based services.

Check out his works of art on Facebook under Book Design Stars.

Harps_Upon_the_Willows_3d_SET2 - CopyWhen selling books at Aiken’s Strawberry Festival, a man looking at Aroon and Harps Upon the Willows noted that both my covers featured buildings. Though that may seem obvious to you, I hadn’t noticed it before. Clearly, my new cover must feature a building.

Set in the backwoods of colonial South Carolina, I thought a plantation home would work best. I hunted everywhere for a photo of one that would match my description of the fictional homeplace for Kilkenny Plantation. After many months of searching, I purchased the rights to a photo of the Hopsewee Plantation home outside Georgetown, South Carolina. I had visited the house there years ago when I signed up to learn how to weave sweetgrass baskets.

I also suggested the Savannah River where much of the story’s action takes place. I took a photo at Burton’s Landing and sent it as an example. Panagiotis used my photo! I’m so proud.

So here it is!

Patience Can Cook a Stone k (2)

What do you think?

22 comments on “Judge My Cover!

  1. Sara Wieser says:

    Love the cover!!! It really ties into the other two very nicely!

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    1. Bruce Fox says:

      Great cover! Very moody. The plantation house looks like it holds a myriad of secrets that it is prepared to share. All you need do to unlock those secrets is read the first few pages! Go on!

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      1. mbgibson345 says:

        Ooh, Bruce. I need to put your comment on the back cover!

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  2. Brenda Richardson says:

    Both the house and the river are very relative to the novel.
    The cover also remains constant in style with the first two books in the trilogy.
    I love it!

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    1. mbgibson345 says:

      I’m glad you like it. You know the relevance.

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  3. Joanie says:

    I love it!

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  4. A. McGee says:

    I love it! Can’t wait to read it.

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    1. mbgibson345 says:

      Thanks, Andrea. Soon!

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    2. The plantation house is a great choice, firmly setting the place and time. I look forward to reading it.

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      1. mbgibson345 says:

        Thanks so much, Vicki!

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  5. Susan says:

    Love this cover, it simply feels Old South

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    1. mbgibson345 says:

      Great! That was the aim.

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    2. Mickey says:

      What a cool cover. It really ties the trilogy together. Love it.

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  6. Evie Kelly says:

    Perfect. Your research and creativity have paid off again!

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    1. mbgibson345 says:

      I appreciate that, Evie.

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  7. Linda Allen says:

    Mary Beth, love the cover! It totally speaks”old south”! I loved your first two books and am looking so forward to the last of the trilogy!

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    1. mbgibson345 says:

      It’s got many local references, so you may enjoy that.

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  8. Cindy Pack says:

    Gasp! It’s perfect! I can’t wait to walk in the front door 😊

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    1. mbgibson345 says:

      Ha ha! Figuratively, you can walk through in a few weeks.

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