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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cover Art Contest

Shannon Mayer hosted a November Indie Cover Art poll, and I entered Open Minds ... and we lost. :) But truly, everyone who participated was a winner, with hundreds of views and 80+ votes and great exposure for all the Indie titles.

And the winner was ...

Moonlight on the Nantahala (A Paranormal Romance)
by Michael Rivers                                                     
Edward Caulfield was not a simple man. Losing his wife early in their marriage he continued to live his life as a shrine to her. In his twilight years he encountered a troubled young woman. There were lessons to be learned from each other. With the spirit of his deceased wife by his side Edward Caulfield left behind a legacy in his words to ease a troubled heart.

Congrats, Michael! (And thank you for your service! I didn't realize you were a veteran as well!)
Micheal, born in 1953, is an American author. His writing genres include Fiction, Horror, Thriller and Paranormal. Micheal has been writing for several years. In the past he concentrated on Romantic Poetry. In recent years he has focused on writing Fiction and Paranormal stories. His book titled "Ghosts of the North Carolina Shores" has been published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. Micheal also published the eBook "The Black Witch" which is the first of a series on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Micheal has over thirty years of investigating and collecting stories of the paranormal. He is the lead investigator for the Smokey Mountain Ghost Trackers of Western North Carolina. He served his country as a United States Marine during Vietnam. He is a native North Carolinian. He lived in the Chicago area in the past and furthered his education there. He served the community as an Emergency Medical Technician while living there. Micheal currently resides in the mountains of North Carolina along with his wife and his Boxer he fondly calls Dee Dee.
I'm taking a break to help Worm Burner bake some apple pie, host a Write In for Dark Omen and his writing club friends, and navigate Mighty Mite's first Parent/Teacher Conference where he gets to attend (3rd grade is so hard!).

A Wonderful Thankful Holiday to all my American friends!


  1. Great cover and the premise sounds intriguing!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Susan!

  2. His cover is gorgeous. Surprisingly so for an Indie. I wonder who did the art...

  3. Susan, Open Minds is a great cover! Thank you very much for hosting the book cover. It's a pleasure to meet you through Shannon. The cover art of my book was a combined creation by the talented graphic artists of CreateSpace and myself. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. ~ Micheal

  4. Thank you Michael! And thanks for stopping by!

  5. Hi Susan! Congrats, Michael on winning the contest! Book sounds great :)

  6. These contests are so great...I've been impressed with the entries, and it's fun to learn stuff about authors, like the info you showed us here. And, hey, maybe you'll win the next one. :)

  7. The book sounds great, and the cover is gorgeous!

  8. Hey, there were some nice covers in that contest.

  9. Only just heard about the contest through you. The story sounds interesting.


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