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Book design for the novel Alana Candler, Marked for Murder.
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As creative director on the project, my task was to create an enduring cover design by selecting the central cover image and typeface (since this was to develop into a mystery series). Further, I added back cover blurb copy editing for best marketing efforts. 
Book cover design for the mystery thriller Alana Candler, Marked for Murder by Joanie Bruce
 
From the first page, the reader takes off at a good pace into this mystery. The main character is a photographer. One of her jobs is a crime scene photographer. And there is a killer on the loose.
 
The challenge with this book cover design is to avoid mystery novel cliches, yet at the same time play off some of the stereotypes in order to present an engaging cover. Key elements include the main character (young, attractive female), tools of the trade (camera), killer (represented by sniper crosshairs) and a dark stormy night (complete with bokeh photo effect). Hopefully, the correct balance was struck between stock mystery elements and a new, fresh variation on a theme.
 
This is a book cover book design for Alana Candler, Marked for Murder by Joanie Bruce. A 320-page paperback in a 5.5"X 8.5" format.

ISBN 978-1-62020-130-5 (print) 
ISBN 978-1-62020-182-4 (ebook)
Full cover book design for the mystery thriller Alana Candler, Marked for Murder by Joanie Bruce. This book is a 320-page paperback, 5.5"X 8.5". 
 
ISBN 978-1-62020-130-5 (print)
ISBN 978-1-62020-182-4 (ebook)