Have You Seen these Dope Artists? They Designed My Rockin’ Book Cover

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One of the reasons I went indie with my debut novel, The Apollo Illusion, was creative control—not just of my story, but of the cover art and presentation.

I had two artists in mind who I wanted working on my book’s look, because these guys are seriously awesome AF.

Cover Art: Rebecca Lopatin

Rebecca Lopatin_Darrel_charcoalYes, we have the same last name, because yes, Rebecca is my sister. But she’s also a professional, accomplished fine artist here in the blazing hot desert of Phoenix, Ariz. Like, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. She studied art in Italy. F’ing ITALY.

You guys, she hand-painted my book’s cover art. Like, the classical way. Savage, right?


Rebecca has a garage full of oil paintings for sale that need some serious walls. Even if you’re not looking to buy, you gotta check out her work and give her a follow:

Cover Design: Ryan Quackenbush

Ryan is a sick digital artist and illustrator. I mean, this guy sells his own graphic novels at Phoenix Comic Fest (a.k.a. Phoenix Comicon). His stuff is dark and edgy and just AWESOME.

So naturally, I wanted that look and feel for my cover design, considering the genre of my book. He took Rebecca’s art and turned it into a badass book cover that seriously makes people gasp when they see it.



If you’re into the graphic novel scene (and even if you’re not), I’m telling you to head over to Ryan’s pages NOW and scan his stuff, or follow him:


The Most Possessive, Jealous Book You’ve Ever Met

If you’re anything like me, you’re a bipolar book nerd who goes through phases where all you want to do is lock yourself in a dark room with a candle and flashlight … and READ. Then, after two weeks, you miraculously re-appear into the world of the living, and your family grovels at your feet.

OK, maybe I over-exaggerated a little, but you get the point …


Anyway, I saw this post via Tumblr (yes, I recently decided to try my hand at Tumbling), and thought it was way too freakin’ clever.

And if you’re that bipolar book nerd, you’ll totally get this:

Book: I will be one of the best things you read this year.

Book: You will fall in love with my characters.

Book: I’m so good, you’ll lose sleep over me.

Book: I’m part of a series.

Book: So you can feel the pain of a character dying in each book.

Book: I will break you emotionally.

Book: I will make you forget the real world.

Book: I will ruin all potential future love interests for you.

Book: You will be emotionally attached to me.

Book: You are mine.


Yea, I know. You’re nodding right now … admit it!

And for the due credit? Thanks to Confessions of a Book Addict, which originally published this rockin’ post to Tumblr.