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Which cover did I choose?

I decided to use both of them.

Yep. You heard me right.

Both. Of. Them.

92 chose the gold cover. 23 picked the blue.

You voted. I listened. But there was just one thing I couldn’t get over.

I am in love with the blue cover.

So here’s the thing.

Since Wisdom & Folly: Sisters is such a massive book, it is being published in two volumes. (Seriously, I added so much more–it has doubled in size!)

Then you get your cover, and I get mine! How perfect is that?

I am working hard with my cover artist, the amazing Sara Helwe, to get this book to you soon.

(But I must say I am so relieved to have a little bit more time to perfect the second part of the book! Yay!)

Up next: Just when is my release date? ;)

Can’t wait to share my book with you!

In Him,


You want to feature ME in your article? What???

When Shayla Eaton, editor and owner of Curiouser Editing, asked to feature me in the article, “8 Female Indie Authors Who Are Killin’ It,” I nearly stopped breathing.

Who? Me???

Yes. You.

Even though my book isn’t out yet?


I almost DIED.

But since that would seriously mess up my publishing plans, I settled for screaming like an idiot and sending her way more information about me than she quite possibly wanted to know. Ever.

Fellow writer Nicole Jonas from the Heartland Christian Writers recommended me; Shayla contacted me, enjoyed my covers and book blurbs, and decided to feature me. Can you say crazy happy dances?

And, of course, I did a little research on Curiouser Editing. (Dude. There are some amazing articles on their site. “What If I Have a $0 Book Budget” and “The #1 Way Authors Build Platforms” happen to be a few of my particular favorites. Their Facebook page is pretty awesome too.)

Shayla Eaton and I sent a flurry of messages back and forth, and I waited with bated breath to read what on earth she could possible have to say about me. ME.

Oh. Right. Trying to remain calm and professional here. (Is it working?)

But I’m not the only author featured in this lovely article.

S.D. Hendrickson, M.L. Gardner, Nina Soden, Jen Stephens, Camilla Kragius, Susan Pogorzelski, and Kelsey Humphreys all have books just waiting to be discovered by you, dear reader. (Or read again, if you already have them!)

To quote Curiouser Editing: “Are you ready to meet your new favorite author?”

Read article here.

In Him,


Learn more about Shayla Eaton:

Shayla is a connoisseur of the writing and editing process, having edited over two hundred books and countless articles, blogs, social media posts, and web copy. Starting out in a small publishing firm as a copywriter after college, she quickly worked her way up to copy editor and into marketing, where she began to hone her skills on the inner workings of the publishing process. She took this experience and began her own business with one goal: providing authors with honest feedback and superior work in writing, editing, and marketing. She is the author of The Curiouser Crusade, an e-book to help writers finish their novels in six months. She loves coffee and is an admirer of all things creative and bookish. www.CuriouserEditing.com

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Cover Reveal: Zombie Takeover

I have been wanting to show you this for ages!

Zombie Takeover was the first cover Sara Helwe designed for me, and I love it even more now than I did then. If that’s even possible.

The reason I couldn’t show you before was I received a query from Pelican Book Group, asking to see my manuscript. They also wanted 90 days in which to review it. At the end of those 90 days, their very kind editor informed me that although she enjoyed the story, Zombie Takeover just wasn’t right for their publishing house. (But she did say she hoped to see me in print soon!)

Before I received said rejection letter, I started working on rewriting Wisdom & Folly, and I asked Sara to create a cover for that book as well.

We went through many versions of both covers (and I may even show you a few), but I wanted to reveal Zombie Takeover’s cover today for several reasons.

One, just to show it off. I mean, come on. Gorgeous.

Two, to ask you to compare it to Wisdom & Folly’s gold cover.

Is it a good idea to have two covers of the same color scheme? Should I choose the blue for more variety? Or is the gold so wonderful and eye-catching it doesn’t matter if both covers are the same color?

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the gold Wisdom & Folly cover, and I’m so excited to use it! But I want to know.

Does this change your opinion?

I honestly wasn’t expecting such an overwhelming vote for the gold cover–I thought it would be rather even between the two.


You picked gold, and gold it shall be! (Unless you think it’s better to have two different color schemes…)

Anyway, back to Zombie Takeover.

Can you wait to hold that thing in your hands? I know I can’t!

Here is a little about the book:

I was the bravest, fiercest warrior, singlehandedly stopping the zombie apocalypse and earning the respect and admiration of those who fought with me. Just kidding. I pretty much peed my pants and wasted a ton of ammo. At least I know everyone else shot what they were aiming at. Me? Not so much. This is my story—me, Candace Marshall, the world’s biggest scardey-cat, facing my biggest fear. Zombies. It was awesome. (As in, not at all.)


Candace Marshall hates zombie movies. She hates anything scary, in fact. In his usual way, her not-so-thoughtful boyfriend surprises her with advanced screening tickets to the latest zombie flick, complete with interactive features and a tour. Yeah right. Like that’s gonna happen. She refuses to watch it, but it doesn’t matter.

Horror becomes reality when an experiment gone wrong transforms her peaceful town into a mess of slathering zombies. Thrown together with the only other survivor, Gavin Bailey, her favorite actor and secret crush, she somehow fights her way out of the mess, making plenty of blunders and surprising herself with…courage?

But, just when Candace thinks it can’t get worse than zombies, it does.


There you have it! Book one of the Candace Marshall Chronicles.

I had so much fun writing it, and I hope you will have fun reading it as well! I’ll let you know the moment I have a release date. For either book. (I do know Wisdom & Folly will be released first!)

Don’t you just love the covers for both of my books?

Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments and support!

I am enjoying this journey so incredibly much! :)

In Him,



Cover Design by Sara Helwe

Model: Jessica “Faestock” Truscott

Help choose my cover!

Sara Helwe has done it again. She has designed a beyond amazing cover, rich and full of beauty. (She has also designed a cover for Zombie Takeover, which I have yet to show you because of my quest to be traditionally published. More on that later…)

My only question for you is, blue or gold?

I am deliriously happy with both and would use either. (In fact, I wish I could use both…) ;)

I think the covers speak for themselves. Now I want to hear from YOU!

Can you see why I’m having such a hard time with this?

What are your thoughts? Blue or gold? And why? :)

Comment below!

In Him,



Wisdom & Folly: Sisters Book Cover Copyright © 2015 by Michele Israel Harper

Cover Design by Sara Helwe (www.sara-helwe.com)

“Wisdom” Model–Georgia Stanwix, Photography by Cathleen Tarawhiti

“Folly” Model–Ruxandra Tudorica (www.methyss-design.com), Photography by Claudiu Miron

Wings by Katie Litchfield

Cloud stock photography (on the blue cover) by Michele Israel Harper (I know, right? Sara used my photograph! How cool is that!!!) :)


Wisdom and Folly Continued…

I have a goal.

To finish my Wisdom and Folly story before this baby gets here.

That means I’ve got 12 weeks to complete and post 12 chapters.

My original plan was to complete the saga after baby girl arrived, but, once again, God changed my plans.

Just in case you don’t remember, I had written roughly a chapter a week for 18 weeks (I know I took a few weeks off somewhere in there), then went to a writer’s conference.

I spoke with a lovely (she was wonderful!) publishing house editor who advised me to stop posting it for free if I ever wanted it published.

That really threw me.

I asked for your advice, and so many of you said, “If God told you to write and post it, then DO IT!!!”

I didn’t listen.

I was so stymied by those who suggested I stop writing, revamp it, and find a way to sell it.

Well, God had other plans. (And apparently the first thing He told me is what He meant! Imagine that!) ;)

Recently, I’ve been working hard on getting my Zombie Takeover novel ready for self-publishing.

I’ve had my book professionally edited, hired a cover artist, been working on back cover copy, bio, ISBNs, and interior layout for both ebook and print versions, and even took a month-long course so I can make it look professional! No way do I want to publish something half-done!

But God told me a four letter word I hate.


“What? Seriously? I’ve done so much to get my book on the market, YOU led me toward self-publishing, and now You tell me to wait???”

His response made me feel terrible. And I mean terrible.

“I told you to write Wisdom and Folly.”

My heart sank.

That editor is completely right. If I wanted to get Wisdom and Folly traditionally published, I would need to pull it from my website, rewrite it completely, then submit it to publishers.

That’s not what God wants.

So, out of obedience, I am going to try my very best to complete this story before my precious little one arrives, and let Him tell me when it’s okay to publish Zombie Takeover.

I must remember–I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

I will still share my cover with you. I will still layout my book and complete every step I know to get my book ready for publication.

But I am in no way publishing it until I feel my Maker’s release.

It is heartbreaking, but also so utterly freeing and joyous to see where He wants this to go.

Please forgive me for not listening sooner.

Okay, that’s it! I love you all and I pray He can still use my story for His purpose.

Until next time!

In Him,


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