22 November 2012

I’m grateful for the wishes that came true. And — now that the sting has worn off — I’m grateful for the ones that didn’t.

I’m grateful for the dreams that have never left me. That growing up didn’t mean leaving behind the kingdom of my childhood.

I’m grateful that the world didn’t end when I felt like it would. That sad days did end when it felt like they would go on forever.

I’m grateful for good books and songs that play on the radio at the perfect moment. For long drives on sunny mornings and being so happy I can’t sit still.

I’m grateful for bright red lipstick, hot cups of tea, and old movies. That the same thick-framed glasses I wore in the forth grade are now somehow cool. That chucks always look better with age.

I’m grateful for wonderful friendships that last — friendships that even time and distance can’t break asunder.

23 July 2012

Hey everyone! 32 new designs have been added to my portfolio in the cover and paperback sections. Let me know what you think of the covers!

I've also added a new calendar on both the front page of my website and the contact page to show when I'm available and when I'm booked, and a new secret page for my clients (clients will be getting an email about that soon).

Today is the cover reveal for Jennifer Snyder's The Unloved, and she's doing a giveaway to celebrate. Find out more here.

I'm going to be doing a blog post next week in which I answer questions about cover design. If you have a question you'd like to add, please leave it in the comments or you can @mention me on twitter.

05 July 2012

One of the great things about books is that they look good no matter what you do with them. Whether they're neatly laid out on shelves, in stacks on a table, or even in an unruly pile on the floor, books can make any room look interesting.

Someday I want to have my own home library. Until I have room for one, I'm collecting ideas and... read more at We Heart YA.
02 June 2012

When I started high school, I went from reading Sweet Valley High and Babysitter's Club (Yay 90's!) to reading only classics. I fell in love with Shakespeare and Jane Austen, and I wanted to read anything that would transport me to another time.

So when I would see a classic story turned into a modern film, I always felt like.... read more at We Heart Ya.
02 April 2012

Thank you to everyone who tweeted about the giveaway! I pasted all the entries into a random list generator. And the winner is...

Congratulations to Heather! Please contact me at mooneydesigns@gmail.com to get started.

I would also like to offer the two runners-up, Nose in a Book Blog and Charlotte English, a $25 discount on all of my webdesign packages.

I will be running this giveaway again in May, and I'll be announcing it on twitter and here on my blog, so be on the look out for that!
30 March 2012

One of my favorite things about designing book covers for fantasy is manipulating photographs of humans to look like non-humans. I love making subtle changes to a portrait to give it that larger than life quality.

I thought I would share some before and after photos to show you what a difference photo manipulation can make.

Mesmerized by Julia Crane and Talia Jager

Julia actually picked out the photos for this one, which made my job super easy. We were going for a watercolor look. I envisioned a dress made out of light and smoke, and I love the way it turned out. Find out more about Julia and Talia here and here.

Smoke and Magic by Patti Larsen

Patti had her own photographer and model for this cover. Sometimes it’s hard to find models in the right position or shot at the right angle. Patti knew exactly what she wanted, and having an original photo was very helpful in bringing her idea to life. Find out more about Patti here.

The One by Heather Self
Heather’s cover is a good example of how subtle changes can really make a big difference. Slightly enlarging the eye draws your attention and makes the kaleidoscope colors of the iris stand out. Find out more about Heather here.

Water by Shauna Granger
Making this cover was a lot of fun. I basically started with the face and built everything else around it from scratch. We were going for beautiful but creepy. I’m really pleased with the final result! Find out more about Shauna here.

Remember, only one day left to enter my giveaway and win a free blog design!

19 March 2012

I have a new website and a new blog design, and I'm doing a giveaway to celebrate. I recently started offering web design and development as one of my services, and I'm still building up a body of work for my portfolio. So to gain more experience, I am giving away a free custom blog design for either WordPress or Blogger.


How to Enter
All you have to do is tweet about the contest and include a link to this website. Be sure to @mention me so that I have a record of your entry. You have until March 31 to enter, and the winner will be announced on Monday, April 2. (Note: If you have a WordPress blog, you must have your own web host to upload a custom theme.)

I will be having this giveaway several times this year, so be sure to follow me on twitter for contest announcements and updates.

15 March 2012

Do you ever wonder what happens after the last page of a book? I often find myself wanting to know more about a story than just what the author tells me.

Sometimes that information is available. Some writers offer extras, deleted scenes, and additional back story. But does the author have the right to say what... Read more at We Heart YA.
09 February 2012

A couple of weeks ago, one of the WHYA girls said that the purpose of books is not to change the world. Some of us disagreed, and it was the start of a great discussion.

Of course, not every book is going to have a resounding effect on the world, and there’s nothing wrong... Read more at We Heart Ya.
13 January 2012

Ever since the Harry Potter books were published, there has been an explosion of YA Fantasy. But people seem to forget that fantasy has been around a long time.

This week I thought I’d recommend some nearly forgotten fantasy novels that have been collecting dust on your library shelves. These have been around long before... Read more at We Heart YA


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