A while back, I was contacted by Barbara Devlin to create three of her Brethren of the Coast covers. Each had a specific nautical theme, featuring beautiful ships. I was so excited to design the covers for these novels and I think they turned out better than hoped for. One element that was rather tricky was the badge on the front of each book. That’s not stock photography folks. Nope, it’s hand drawn then rendered in Photoshop. The blue jewel gave me particular issues, but by studying real blue diamond images, I was able to create a lifelike representation.
I believe Ms. Devlin has a few more novels set to release in the fall. Until then (and if you don’t have your copy yet), The first of Brethren of the Coast books are available at Amazon here.
Description of ENTER THE BRETHREN:
Fate brings them together in a dimly lit cabin. He was looking for revenge, and she was taking a bath. Heartbroken and desperate to escape another London Season, Caroline Elliott stows away aboard a friend’s ship, never dreaming she’ll be mistaken for a courtesan and abducted by a handsome mariner with wounds as deep as her own. Trevor Marshall, sixth Earl of Lockwood, is a battle-hardened sea captain out to settle a score. But the inexpressibly gentle heart and unschooled passion of his beautiful captive weaken his resolve, and soon the seducer finds himself seduced by an unbridled desire unlike any he’s ever known.
The second of the series is MY LADY, THE SPY. I enjoyed working with the sunset colors here. I did use a couple brushes on this one an would like to give credit to Obsidian Dawn for the use of her flourishes and rays.
Description of MY LADY, THE SPY:
L’araignee, the Spider, England’s most notorious counter-intelligence agent, always gets her man. But when she weaves a web for a traitor, she snares Nautionnier Knight Dirk Randolph instead.
Third in the series, is THE MOST UNLIKELY LADY. We had a dark night scene for the first book, a sunset for the second, and the author wanted a dawn scene for the cover of the third. I really loved working with the silvers and purples of this cover. It makes me want to wake up there.
Description of THE MOST UNLIKELY LADY:
Woo a gently bred young lady with a fishing rod and a bucket of worms? Oh-so dashing, but untitled, Everett Markham seeks a bride, and he has charged the field of Miss Sabrina Douglas, a woman who prefers trout to truffles. But, sometimes, even when both hearts are engaged, happily ever after isn’t so smooth a journey. Unabashed and unapologetic, Sabrina sets her cap for a second son, one who will smile patiently when he comes home to find she’s misplaced the children. But marriage changes her in ways she could never have imagined, as the awkward debutante surrenders to a very real, very womanly, all-consuming love. An irresistibly handsome English rogue, Everett plots his future with ruthless detail, but his chosen bride is anything but predictable, resulting in the zaniest courtship London society has ever seen. When a family tragedy upends his life, on his wedding day, no less, he must chart a slippery course with his most unlikely lady–as the new Earl and Countess of Woverton.