Evolution of a Book Cover

Prophecy of Darkness, book one of the Legends of the Tri-Gard series, releases on February 1st. 

It’s here and we’re ready to share the beautiful design with all of you. Michelle Bryan and I have been working with an artist and a book cover designer for what feels like forever, but we couldn’t be happier with the final product.

Our process for this was different than any cover I’ve ever had. The biggest difference was that we decided we wanted custom artwork instead of stock photos. This limited us severely because most covers designers can’t turn a sketch into a vector graphic. Luckily, our wonderful graphic designer, Ann-Maree Macmillan could.

We gave her plenty of headaches, but the final product was worth it.

The first thing we did was get the artwork done. Linda Higgins is an author who also has an incredible talent for art as well. We described – sort of – what we wanted and she ran with it.

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If you look closely at the final one, it has been texturized to look ancient with magic bursting through. Each circle contains an image called an Orianthi Rune. They represent Magic, Darkness, Chaos, and Disorder. The sigil as a whole represents dark magic.

Next, we had to choose a background. Ann-Maree sent us a number of colors to choose from in the same style. We wanted simple, yet elegant. Purple is a royal color. It’s also on the darker side.

Font was simple because we absolutely loved the first one we were sent. The final touch was the gilded corners. Michelle Bryan was adamant that we have them and she was right. So, Ann-Maree designed the corners using the Sigil, magic the Celtic knot design.

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Believe it or not, one of our most difficult decisions had to do with series title. We knew it was Legends of the Tri-Gard, but were we going to call this book one? Just one? Roman numeral one? We settled on Volume one after probably too much agonizing. Haha. Then there was the issue of both of us being Michelles. So, when you see M. Lynn – Hi, that’s still me <;

Finally, after holding our breaths for a few months, we have our cover. It’s different than many in the genre. Our decision not to include people on it is not the norm, but it’s right for us. It’s right for this story.

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Prophecy of Darkness

The kingdom of Dreach-Sciene is dying.

Famine, uncontrollable weather, and war have devastated Prince Trystan’s people. It’s only a matter of time before their enemies destroy them.

Only magic can save the kingdom. But there has been no magic in Dreach-Sciene for twenty years and Trystan fears it is only a fairy-tale. Without magic, there is no hope.

If the prince wishes to harness the ancient power, he must first reunite the Tri-Gard, the legendary keepers of magic. His journey to find these magical beings will either lift him up or bring him to his knees as he sacrifices everything to save his people.
With his enemies drawing ever closer, it’s a race against time … and against dark forces that could destroy them all.

If you yearn for noble princes, forbidden romances, and heart-pumping quests, pick up your sword and reclaim your magic for the battle to come.


The paperback is now available HERE.

For more information, including a map, look HERE.

See previous posts about Prophecy of Darkness HERE.

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