I am thrilled to announce the release of my latest book in the Darla Kelly series, MAZE OF DEADLY DECEPTION. I truly hope you enjoy it, and if so, will tell your friends or leave a review. And I'd also like to share with my readers a fun anecdote that few know, unless you tend to read "acknowledgments" first. Even then, you'd miss the fun details about how the cover photo was created.
One afternoon, as I was struggling to present the concept I had in mind for my new book's cover, my sour verbal notes floated, then crashed into another room of the house where my husband, Tom, was busily working on his own project. Maybe it was because he's a good guy, or maybe it was out of his desire for peace and quiet, that he suggested he could make something that could convey my idea to use for my cover photo. Let's just say, I was more than a little skeptical, especially when I heard the word "styrofoam" muttered, followed by "blow torch" as he left for his workshop. I didn't know whether to be curious or alarmed. I turned back to the computer.
Until about a half hour later. Something was burning.
With phone in hand ready to call for emergency back-up, Tom came through the door with his singed project. It was the most unusual tunnel I'd ever seen, complete with vice grips, duct tape, and oh yes—burnt styrofoam. He was so proud. And I was busy trying to think how not to hurt his feelings.
But when he turned on his flashlight app, I saw it, exactly as I'd pictured in my mind—the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. Who knew? I'm convinced this guy can do anything. It took numerous attempts at photographing it, but at last, I was pleased (and grateful) with the unforgettable photo results he'd achieved for the cover. I loved it. The burnt smell, not so much.