Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Remember When . . . Some Historical Book Covers

I'm feeling unaccountably tired (and, ahem, lazy) this morning. So I thought I'd just share some of the historical covers I've done recently. Not going to do a behind the scenes post right now (cause that takes energy, LOL), but if any catch your eye and you want to know more about the process, just let me know!

A couple months ago I was designing covers for WhiteFire and came up with these for a really fun novella collection (in two parts) that we're publishing in 2016.
Here are closer images of the two volumes.

As you can see, they both feature the same model, but in different positions, and in the background is a picture of historical Austin, Texas. Awesomely, the city skyline is from an old postcard we've been given permission to use! So these two are clearly part of the same set, and yet different enough to be memorable. The authors are setting these 8 novellas based on Jane Austen's novels in historical Austin and have included in them all a school called "Austen Academy." They based the descriptions of the academy on a certain old house, which you see in the series badge. Fun, huh? =)

I also designed covers for the individual novellas, which will be on sale individually in digital formats (compilations will be available both digitally and in print). Well, the first four are ready. The others will come later, since Vol 2 doesn't release until next September. ;-)

Again, I wanted a design that spoke to the series aspect--and the fact that they belong in that first volume--but had something individual. So they're all on the background of their volume, but with an image of their heroine. And of course, the novella title is large rather than the series title.

Not long after these covers went live, I got two inquiries on cover design from writers of Jane Austen fan fiction. =) That resulted in two covers for each.

Those first two are full-length novels by Brenda Webb.

Next up were two collections of P&P-based short stories by Renee Beyea.

As a side note, I found it so much fun to work with these authors and see the different ways they viewed Elizabeth and Darcy!

Then it was time for another fun one that required some characters with attitude.
(How fun is that??)

And I'll leave you today with some Christmas covers!

This first one sounds super-interesting, following the cloth eventually used to swaddle the newborn Christ on its long journey through the house of David.

Then we have a fun Western novella that's part of a bundle you can get. I've worked with Heather Blanton before and loved taking the "Heather" design styling into the holidays. And then she also recommended me to another author in the same collection. A Mountain Man's Redemption was one of those covers that I put together not AT ALL following her questionnaire, simply because that photo wouldn't let me go. I sent it to her rather wincingly, fully expecting to have to go back to the drawing board and make one like she said she wanted, LOL. Instead, she loved this one as much as I did!

So there we have it. My lazy morning, but following months of productivity. (And those are just the historical covers! I've been a busy girl, LOL.)

Do you have a favorite? Any you want to see the design process on? Let me know!


  1. Lovely, Roseanna. It's wonderful to seevthe individual Austen in Austin covers. And I'm going to have to be on the lookout for The Swaddling Clothes.

  2. Wow, I really love the covers for the individual Austen novellas! I'll have to read them when they become available.

  3. Wow! i love these covers!!!!!!!! The Austen in Austin ones are ALL beautiful! Goodness! I would love to know the design process!

  4. These were fun to see. :-) I'd love to hear more behind-the-scenes on the design process for the Austen series.

  5. The last one is my favorite: A Mountain Man's Redemption. That cover is beautiful! Good job on them all.

  6. I am always so fascinated how you make the covers! You always do an amazing job! :)

  7. I think the last is my favorite,but all are beautiful. The last though, it speaks to my love of nature. But the Swaddling Clothes sounds like something I would like to read.

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