Dangerous and Unseemly gets a cover!


A few days ago, in my post Art Nouveau as Inspiration (which was also when I launched the new site theme), I promised you all that I’d reveal the front cover to my upcoming novel, Dangerous and Unseemly: A Concordia Wells Mystery.

Here it is, created by super-talented artist Niki Smith:

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Doesn’t it look terrific?  I’m so excited to see my first novel becoming a published reality.  There’s something about a book cover that really makes it feel concrete.

You can see the Art Nouveau elements: the ornate, curved font styles and the stained glass effect of thick, curvy lines and transparent tints.  Even for those not familiar with the Art Nouveau style, the clothing and hat on the woman make clear that we’re looking at a story set in the late-nineteenth century.  The artist conveyed the college setting with the buildings in the background.  And I love that the figure of the woman is part of the frame, just outside the scenery.  It gives her just the right amount of prominence, don’t you think?

Now that we have the art, and the formatting is underway, it won’t be long before the book will launch!  I don’t have an exact date yet, but if you would like me to notify you when I find out, here’s the easiest way: fill in your email address in the “subscribe by email”  rectangle (on the right sidebar).  No one else will ever see your address, and I will never spam you, I promise.

For more info about the behind-the-scenes writing of Dangerous and Unseemly, click here.  For the back cover blurb about the story, click on the Home page.

Thanks, as always, for your support!

Until next time,





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29 thoughts on “Dangerous and Unseemly gets a cover!”

  1. shannon espositoshannon esposito

    Love it, Kathy! It’s almost like you’re peering into a secret window to look at the college. Also your name stands out, which is important 🙂 Can’t wait to read it!

  2. Marcy KennedyMarcy Kennedy

    The cover is lovely. I think it’s going to catch attention. Congratulations!

  3. Piper BayardPiper Bayard

    Congratulations, Kathy! Love the Art Nouveau look.

  4. Karen McFarlandKaren McFarland

    Kathy, I love, love, love your new site! This is beautiful girl! And the book cover is amazing! You’ve got to be so excited. How can you sleep with all this going on? I am so happy for you! Congratulations Kathy! 🙂

  5. Julie GloverJulie Glover

    Lovely artwork! So thrilled about your release. Congrats!

  6. Lynn KelleyLynn Kelley

    The cover looks cool. I love how the lady is part of the frame. Love the trees and the background scene. Very unique!

  7. Margot KinbergMargot Kinberg

    Oh, Kathy, that cover is gorgeous! It works so well with the era and theme too! I am very happy for you and I can’t wait ’till your book launches!

  8. Gloria RichardGloria Richard

    I clicked that niftyfollow sidebar button eons ago, K.B.

    I love your cover, and I can not wait for my first publication your email announcing The Big Reveal, the launch date, the chance to finally read your book.

    Well deserved. Rock & roll!

  9. Eden MabeeEden Mabee

    Drool! Oh, my… I am in love! Mystery, art and… New book! (Okay, okay, I will calm down now a little… )

    Congratulations 🙂

  10. renée schuls-jacobsonrenée schuls-jacobson

    I. Am. So. Excited. For. You! You know I want to read this book as soon as possible for 1 million reasons. Also count me in When it comes to helping you to promote it. What a dream come true! Mazel tov.

  11. Ellie AnnEllie Ann

    Love this! What an exceptional cover. It’s so beautiful, and intriguing–makes me want to buy it! Wonderful job…I’m so looking forward to reading it.

  12. Lynette M. BurrowsLynette M. Burrows

    Fabulous. Love the new look to your website – love the book cover. It all comes together as a united, recognizable brand! Yay!

  13. August McLaughlinAugust McLaughlin

    So excited for you, Kathy! Securing a fabulous book cover is a huge accomplishment, and you’ve done it. 🙂 Congrats and good luck! I can’t wait to cheer and support you all along the way.

  14. Jenny HansenJenny Hansen

    I’ve been meaning to tell you how much I adore this new look to your blog. The pages, the background, they just ROCK. And so do you, my friend. 🙂

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