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Monday, May 04, 2015

Designing a Killer Cover

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with their children, a Maltese Menace, and a retired military working dog in Northern Virginia. She can be found at, on Facebook (, Twitter (@roniekendig), Goodreads (, and Pinterest (!

Ronie's upcoming release, Falcon, received 4.5 stars from RT Book Reviews: Kendig blows away fans...Falcon is a must-read! 

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As an author, one of my favorite parts of the publication process is seeing my cover for the first time. And it's a new thrill with each cover! You've no doubt seen interviews with cover models (in fact, I did one here with the models for Hawk and Falcon right here on NovelRocket!). I've also seen other authors like Becky Wade post the entire process through pictures, showing makeup, costume, the photo shoot, and the final cover.

Anyone who has seen the covers for my Quiet Professionals series no doubt is drooling over the men who posed as the heroes of the series, Watterboy,  Hawk, and Falcon. The drool is amplified when readers learn all the models are the real deal--they've been there, done that. They are real military veterans.

It's been amazing to watch cover designer extraordinaire, Kirk DouPonce (who is up for a Hugo Award!!) of DogEared Design take these humble veterans, photograph them, then take those photos with blue screens to transform them into amazing covers!! I really hope Kirk can do the covers for every book I write, because he has nailed every one so far!

So, I asked Kirk if he'd let me interview him...but he said he had something better--a time-lapsed video of him creating Falcon! Watch as Kirk transforms Purple Heart Recipient Gabriel Martinez from a Marine into Special Forces hero, Salvatore "Falcon" Russo, from the third book in the series, Falcon.


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"Kendig blows fans away...Falcon is a must read!" - RT Book Reviews! 


Special Forces operator Salvatore “Falcon” Russo vowed to never again speak to or trust Lieutenant Cassandra Walker after a tragedy four years ago. But as Raptor closes in on the cyber terrorists responsible for killing two of their own, Sal must put his life—and the lives of his teammates—in her hands. Despite his anger, Cassie is ill-prepared for his resistance and the fallout when she must protect the one asset who can end the attacks. As allies become enemies and hostiles become unlikely partners, Raptor fights for its very existence.


  1. Fabulous to "watch" the transformation while listening to Deep Purple. Well done, Kirk and Ronie, simply outstanding.

    Falcon is currently winging its way over the Pacific and can't wait to read it.

  2. That was so cool to see, Ronie! The details he works on are things you might never notice but give the feeling of reality. Wow, wow, wow! I really enjoyed watching this!

  3. Ronnie,

    As an artist, I love time-lapse demonstrations. There's just so much to learn.

    But this is the first time I've ever seen a book cover designed in time-lapse video. I'm more than ever convinced that book cover design is something better left to the professionals!

    Thanks for the link!


  4. No WONDER you're always excited to see your covers -- that guy is a genius! I loved seeing the process, and love the result.

  5. These are fabulous covers ... so why aren't they used on all editions? I visited my local library today, and they had Beowulf on display in the large print section with a dog cover that looked like an advertisement for the SPCA. Nice dog, but nothing but dog and words. No Kendig sparkle at all.

  6. Iola - Kirk didn't create the covers for my previous two series. We recruited him for the most recent, and that's why they have these covers. Also, the large print editions of the A Breed Apart series are created by the publisher (different from my publisher) who does the large-print editions, so we have no control over those. :-/


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