Monday, September 30, 2013


As ALL HALLOWS EVE approaches, I can't help but think about the spirits that still walk our earth. Sometimes present, but mostly lurking in folds between two worlds.

Through the misted veils on the New England shores, the tower of an historic landmark ignites. Please take my hand and remember to breathe ...

A brilliant flash of light transcends through time.

Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon to a pinprick. 

By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.

Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heart beat. Images of her deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her mind.

She shakes her head. 

For weeks this eerie woman dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she stared into my soul. 

Why? ...

Who is she? ...

Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah drives to the coast and boards a ferry. 

What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman suspended in time?

Hannah finds out. 

But, it’s not at all what she expects ...

Hannah unravels a century old murder.

Ghosts plague our life in many ways, whether they be from our past or spirits from another world. Julie Flanders has expertly woven these two concepts into a unique and spellbinding tale.

I had the great honor of creating the visual and blurb for this truly gifted writer. Thank you, Julie for sharing your newest novel with us.

The Ghosts of Aquinnah will be released by Ink Smith Publishing on December 5, 2013

Author Bio:

Julie Flanders is a novelist and freelance writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a life-long love affair with the ocean and has spent more summer vacations than she can count on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. When not writing, Julie can be found reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and watching too much television. She is an animal lover and shares her home with her dog and cat.

Find Julie at: 

Thank you everyone for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed the intro and LOVE the cover as much as Julie and I do. I had such a wonderful experience in creating this for Julie and I look forward to working with her in the future.

I hope you all will keep me in mind for your next project. Covers and blurbs are a very personal and important for the success of any book.

On a more playful note, today I am interviewed by the insanely funny, Tammy Theriault. So if you need a laugh, I hope you can pop over to her blog .... And remember She is ALWAYS looking for her next victim. LOL. I had a blast with Tammy and I know you will too ...

And please drop by and congratulate Julie on her newest success.

I hope this week brings you lots of joy! I know mine is starting out AMAZING....


  1. You did both? That is awesome! Congratulations to both of you. And interviewed by Tammy? Hope you survived...

  2. The cover and blurb are both fab! Way to go Michael :)

  3. Great intro, Michael and congrats to Julie! :)

  4. Thanks again for this Michael!! I am so excited about it and it was such a treat to work with you. Heading over to your interview now. :)

  5. Applause, applause!!! Fabulous job. This book has piqued my interest after reading about it at Julie's blog, and now it's even MORE intriguing. Can't wait!

  6. Wow great job, it sounds fantastic. Congrats to you both.

  7. Awesome! Congrats to Julie and stupendous job Michael!!
    I'm headed over to your interview now...

  8. Great blurb and cover. And saw your fun interview with Tammy!

  9. The cover is excellent, and I love Tammy. I'm headed over that way.

  10. I love reading your blurbs, Michael. This one gave me the shivers. The cover is so evocative, too. And of course you know how I luurve ghosts!

  11. Beautiful, Michael. Congrats to you and your client. You both clearly have great things ahead!

  12. Congrats to Julie, and great job on the cover and teaser summary, Michael! The "I" dots of the font are especially cool, as well as how "Ghosts" is clear--like a ghost! :)

  13. So cool! I started reading and went 'this sounds like Julie's book' and then ... it was! You have a real talent for this.

  14. Love Julie's new cover. Lighthouses and ghosts just make sense.

  15. You did a great job on both, Michael! Between your visuals and Julie's writing may it fly over the lines to all the lovely ereaders, including mine, quickly!

    Congrats Julie!

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  16. Magical Michael! I love the cover and your blurb-you are so talented :D
    I can't wait to read it-
    Congrats to you both!!

  17. Wow, awesome cover and blurb! I'm totally impressed. They both drew me right in!

  18. that is a stunning blurb and cover my main man!!! well done!! shall we jog again soon?? lol

  19. Hi Michael,

    Excellent blurb! Yes, now that I actually know what a blurb is. And along with the cover reveal of Julie's, I know that this has made for a winning combination.

    And I note you survived the gosh darn lovable Tammy's interview. Phew and well done you.

    I shall jog back to my site now.


  20. Awesome cover and blurb. But I especially love the intro. Of course!

    Good luck with the book, Julie. I've seen it all over the bloggosphere today.

  21. Excellent, just excellent!

    Congratulations Michael and Julie!

  22. Your interview over at Tammy's was hilarious! :) And best of luck to Julie. Her cover and blurb are great!

  23. This sounds like such an intriguing book and so in keeping with the Halloween season—I live in Witch City now, so Halloween starts on 10/1 - LOL. I hate having to wait until December to read The Ghosts of Aquinnah.

    Amazing job on the fascinating intro and beautiful, evocative cover, Michael. And huge congrats to Julie!

    VR Barkowski

  24. Told Julie just the other day how much I loved your work on this, Michael. Fantastic job! I know Julie's story is going to live up to it, too, so that makes it so much better.

    I'll be sharing this on my blog this week! Congrats to you both!


  25. Michael, that cover is completely gorgeous. What a wonderful gift you have!!! Thank you showing off Julie's new book here.

    Mary Montague Sikes

  26. Best of luck to Julie!

    Now I must see how you survived Tammy!

  27. Congratulations, Julie! Wow, Michael!!! You're really getting out there with of this! Big, giant kudos to you!

  28. Michael, you did a great job for Julie. Hope her book is very successful.

    Tossing It Out

  29. Hi Michael - yes I concur with the surprise/shock horror awe of you doing the design and the blurb!!

    Brilliant and both really draw me .. looking forward to reading the book - but love the design ..

    Cheers Hilary

  30. Oh my haunting... these are my FAVORITE kind of blurbs... gives me chills!!!!! Perfect for October! Magic, Michael. Magic!