Another dark, supernatural fantasy book cover for a paranormal romance

Today I’m working on a prequel to Gwen Ellery’s “Miss Hyde Series: SIMMER”. We spent a long, long time on the first one, but it’s awesome. For this short-story companion novelette, Gwen wanted to use a combination of these Dreamstime photos for the lovesick hero.

After a few hours of hard work, we’ve got this. I love it. What do you think?


We decided to lose the jacket, add some fog, and put a girl in the back.


Before passion simmers, first it smites …

In Smitten, the prequel to Simmer, nineteen-year-old Andor dreams of fleeing Vienna with his is young lady love to escape violence at the hands of the revolutionaries whose meetings he and his girl used to attend. But can he trust her not to reveal their plans? She’s so changeable. Is this love, or is she using him in a dangerous game?  For more about the Miss Hyde Series, visit