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It’s me, Colleen from

Just a quick update on Wendy. She is now closer to home in a hospital in Boulder, CO since this weekend. She is undergoing rehabilitation to learn to walk again after her hip surgery.

The great news is that she is excellent spirits and excited to get busy designing book covers for all your e-book and print book needs.

After the cover reveal of The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy, Wendy had one lucky author who engaged her book cover services.


Wendy has four more slots available at the 50% price off as was specified in her original advertisement here.

This is an amazing bargain! As you can see from the book cover above, Wendy is an extraordinary graphic artist. For example, I gave her the description of the swamp fairy in my book and she drew the exquisite creature above. I provided her with some photos I had taken from the very swamp in Florida where my inspiration was born. You can see that image on the book cover also.


Thank you for the opportunity to brag about my book cover and Wendy’s work. I appreciate if you will take the time to see what she can do for you!

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Hugs, Silver Threading




UPDATE! By the end of day one of advertising Bookxeedo, one lucky author has already jumped at the chance to have a cover designed for 50% off the normal rate! Four more 50% off specials left!

A Message from BOOKXEEDO and the artist, Wendy Anne Darling

Wendy Ann Darling

Back in ‘the old days,’ (you know; the days before Amazon made it possible for anyone to publish a book), the mighty publishers chose what would get published. They also – usually – chose the graphic designer/illustrator. The author rarely had much say in the matter. Both the power and the responsibility for that decision was handled by somebody else.

These days, we indie authors not only write our book and publish it ourselves; we often edit, format, and sometimes do the cover art as well.

More power to US, I say! 🙂

The only problem is that it’s tough to do absolutely EVERYTHING ourselves, and one of the most challenging – unless you happen to be a trained graphic designer as well – is that cover. You know? That cover that is the very first thing anybody immediately notices about our books? That little thing that has the power to either turn potential readers off in an instant, or intrigue them enough to check out what our books are about.

Our book covers are IMPORTANT. We all know that, but, often, we simply can’t afford to pay a graphic designer. Even if that designer is really worth it!

So there has to be another alternative, right? And there IS. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a cover that consists purely of a really good photograph and some well-crafted text… except that you’d be amazed how easy it is for a non-trained person not to know how to do it. Some manage it… my hat is off to them, but when I did my own cover I was so grateful for my graphics training. Graphic designers can not only produce great artwork; they are usually trained in marketing strategies and visual communication as well.

Thanks to their talent and training, a good graphic designer can work magic with a simple picture, a carefully-picked font, and nicely placed title and author name. A good designer can often spend much less time coming up with the perfect cover and making it look eye-catching and professional.

I have been helping my friends out artistically for lot of years. Yes, some of my designs take a lot of work and I’d be happy to give you a very reasonable quote for my original designs based on your ideas. But, if that’s not affordable, I still want to help you with the best possible covers at excellent prices. I want to see every indie author’s baby dressed for success..

Bookxeedo will design a simple cover for you using your own photography (or photography that you have been granted the right to use).

Bookxeedo charges only $60 for a simple full front-and-back cover that will work perfectly on CreateSpace. After the work is complete, I will be happy to redesign your cover for the eBook version for an additional $20.

See more information by clicking on the Bookxeedo link at the top of the page.

The Heart Stone Chronicles – Book Cover Reveal

Colleen’s first book is fast approaching. Just wait until see this cover reveal Read Colleen’s ‘Story behind the story’ and see the big cover reveal here! I’m so proud to have been asked to design this cover! ♥

While on a walk during a warm foggy morning in November 2014, I had a close encounter of the fairy kind. We were living in Pensacola, Florida. I still remember the day, as if it had been carved into my memory, something I will never forget.

The road I took on my morning walk

I heard a sound that instantly caught my attention. At first, I thought it might be an injured bird rustling in the thick underbrush. I peered into the foliage and drew back in surprise. At first, I thought I saw a ruby-throated hummingbird with brilliant green feathers. However, that was not so.

Instead, I saw a tiny green swamp fairy fluttering on delicate wings that looked like transparent leaves. She had hair the color of corn silk. Bottle green leaves adorned her miniature body. The heady fragrance of lavender, patchouli, and sandalwood wafted on the air…

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