Saturday, January 19

"A Baltic Affair" - launched and sets sale

See what I did there? Sail/sale. Anyhoo, it's with great pleasure I can display the cover of "A Baltic Affair" which I designed for author Patrick G. Cox a while back.

I had a great time working on it, and I'm super pleased with the finished artwork. Do you like the sunset? That's from a photo I took when I lived in Rarotonga. Good times. No, the ship wasn't there! Hello, Photoshop skills.

Here's what Pat had to say about working with me on this project:

"I have had a fabulous response from the designer of the cover for A Baltic Affair. The designer, Kura Carpenter, has captured the spirit of the book beautifully in her artwork. I have no hesitation in commending her to other authors and to publishers.

Kura is brilliant at capturing the author's ideas and turning them into something stunningly visual. The PDF she has sent me contains eight variations on the concept she has created around a map, a sunset over the sea and a ship under full sail. The colours are breathtaking. the impact is 'pick me up' which is exactly what you need on a cover. This one definitely demands closer examination, and once someone picks a book up off a shelf, you are halfway to a sale. At least that is what a number of marketing experts tell me. I'll believe them, because I know my own reaction when a cover attracts my attention, if I like the blurb I read and I like the genre and possible storyline - I'll take it to the cashier and buy."
- Patrick G Cox (Germany)

"A Baltic Affair" author: Pat G Cox, cover designer: Kura Carpenter,

So all the best to Patrick as he launches his latest book to the world. You can learn more about it on his blog, where he's created a handy list of places you can purchase it from HERE.


  1. Love the cover! The map in the background adds an extra edge.

  2. Thanks Kura, both for the post here and for the superb artwork. The cover looks absolutely superb with an 'antique' matt finish to it.