The Cover of Vanity in Dust!

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I think I’ve had a unique experience as far as book covers go. Linn Arvidsson, the cover artist, is one of my beta readers. She reads absolutely everything I write and rereads it when I make big changes. I don’t think Vanity in Dust has a bigger fan in the world. So, I felt completely at ease when she contacted my publisher about doing the cover art. I’ve seen her work before and she knows the story.

After tossing around a bunch of ideas, she decided to do a photoshoot to make her own stockpile of pictures. Not just for this cover, but for the next couple covers. Luckily for us, my husband is not only the perfect model for Vaun Dray Fen, but also has an ever-growing collection of suits and vests. We did the photoshoot the same weekend Phong and I were in Umeå to get married.

The flowers on the table are actually ones I reused from my bouquet. The gold cup, I spray painted myself. And all of the treats are very real. We ate the ones that survived the shoot afterward. We brought enough treats and porcelain to redress the table three times and Phong managed to change his hair as well as his outfit each time too.

It was so much fun to be a part of the making of the cover, or at least there to watch it happen, and I am so happy with how it turned out. Linn is amazing!

Also check out her blog here!

And you can add Vanity in Dust to your Goodreads here!

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New Year Resolutions 2016

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  • Finally find out what a jellyfish is. Nothing on this planet confuses me as much as jellyfish and despite clocking an obscene number of hours watching nature programs over the years, I’m still not even convinced it’s an animal. Are we sure it isn’t just some sort of floating, carnivorous plant? By the end of 2016 I will be a jellyfish expert! Or, at least, know some stuff about it.
  • Get Vanity in Dust edited and ready for publishing!
  • Write Book 4. Which means I have to get through editing books 2 & 3. See the catch there?
  • Get married. Okay, well, that’s planned but I’ll call it a resolution because it’s kind of a big deal.
  • Write another scary story. The first one was a zombie novel. Next one is going to be an island horror!
  • Learn to use a kettlebell without hitting myself. I think that’s pretty self-explanatory.
  • Feel like I own enough washi tape.

That’s what I’ve got for this year! I have my cute calendar and planer ready. Let’s do 2016!

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