THE BROKEN & THE FOOLISH ~ cover art & des by AidanaWillowRaven ()
THE BROKEN & THE FOOLISH ~ cover art & design for Sara Flower Kjeldsen (@Sara_Flower)
This one should really go under Western, but there is no Western category under genre. Just like there is STILL no book cover category. Yet there are three 'fantasy' categories (creatures, faeries, fantasy). This isn't Historical, either, it's Historical Western Fiction. But it's as close as I could figure.
I'm especially excited to share my latest cover project and introduce you to a new favorite author/friend/client, Sara Flower Kjeldsen.
I enjoy working with many different genres, and historical fiction is especially fun (I think it's the period clothes that attract me). This cover and character was, even more, fun because it's a western with a strong female MC. Not a scantily clad, over-sexed woman needing rescue. This outlaw can kick ass all on her own!
Working for Sara was very rewarding, too. She sort of let me lose. I've found over the years, the covers that continue to garner the most attention in my folio, as well as, continue to receive awards and great reviews, are the projects the author didn't micro-manage and just let me do what I do and have fun doing it. I think people can always tell when an artist or author is having fun at what they are doing. What do you think? Can you tell?
Nineteen-year-old Mary has had enough of the saloon girl life. She kills an abusive client before stealing his horse and his coins. Fearing that her boss, Max, will pursue her, she leaves her hometown behind to travel the open road alone.
She nearly loses her life several times as she encounters bullies, seasoned outlaws, and scoundrels. Longing for a reprieve from the outlawing life, she seeks refuge in The Ozarks. Finding both peace and danger while living in the beautiful wilderness, she realizes how much she misses her little sister, Becky.
Mary seeks Becky out only to discover that something terrible has happened - she has been murdered by Max.
Standing at the edge of a steep cliff, Mary vows to kill Max before killing herself. Battling depression as well as the violence that never stops chasing her, she finally reaches her hometown to face her sister's murderer. A past prostitute tells Mary that Max has set up shop in the Midwest's most wicked town, Dodge City.
Mary's quest is interrupted when she meets Gabriel, a young farmer, while trespassing on his apple orchard. He is kinder than anyone she has ever met and he offers to be her guide on the journey to Kansas. She hesitantly agrees. They bond while traveling together across the state, but her thirst for vengeance cannot be quenched.
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Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...