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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!!!) :)


My Gorgeous Girl

She’s here! My sweet princess has finally arrived, turning my world upside down.

As crazy as this sounds, I have had this insane writing spree where all of these plot lines have exploded in my head. I’ve been scribbling in notebooks during the endless hours of feeding my new girl, and now I have to find the time to transfer my ideas to my computer!

I’m so excited about these new story lines! :)

And I have some news to share.

I am having a cover designed by my incredibly talented cover artist, Sara Helwe, for Wisdom & Folly: Sisters. The story you see here on my website (and can still access) will be updated and expanded, and available in both Kindle ebook and paperback.

When I know the release date, I will be sure to let you know right away!

Also, I heard back from Pelican Book Group about Zombie Takeover. The editor said although she truly enjoyed my story, she did not think it was right for their publishing house at this time. She encouraged me to continue trying to get the book published. She was very kind and encouraging, and I appreciated the way she gently let me down. I must say, rejection letters are still hard, no matter how kind!

So I guess I have my answer.

Zombie Takeover will be self-published soon, with a cover reveal coming shortly. I can’t wait to show you the gorgeous cover Sara designed! I love it!

So there you have it.

More hurdles, disappointments, and perseverance on this road to publication. One day I will taste victory! :)

While my deepest wish and prayer is to be traditionally published, I will put my self-publishing courses to use and get my name and books out there for your reading enjoyment, pursuing traditional publishing along the way.

Thank you for joining me on this incredible journey, and I look forward to sharing more news as I traverse along! :)

In Him,


Help me choose a cover artist! :)

Cover art.

It can be bad on self-published books.

I don’t want that. (I’m sure you don’t want that for me either!)

Can you help me find the perfect cover artist for my book, Zombie Takeover?

The Kindle in 30 Challenge is officially over, and this is one of my very last steps. The goal was to have a book ready to publish on Kindle at the end of 30 days–or at least a messy first rough draft.

I had a messy final draft, which I just received back from Dr. Dennis Hensley, fully edited. If you need someone to edit your book–he is excellent!

But I’ve had one problem getting the challenge done.

That cover art.

I am in love with three different artists’ manipulations on deviantART.com. I have contacted all three but am having such trouble choosing among them!

Can you help me?

Sara Helwe is magnificent. Her website is a tutorial of how she creates her masterpieces using stock photos and photoshop, and her Facebook page is a visual delight for any art lover. (Never Strong Enough, KhaleesiMother Nature, and The Warrior all copyrighted © 2012-2015 Sara Helwe.)

Andy Garcia possesses rare talent. Her images are so stunning and dark and real. It gives me chills how good she is. Her Facebook page makes me marvel, “How on earth does she do that???” (Winter is ComingSteampunk Anthology, Closer to the Edge, and My Fire all copyrighted © 2009-2015 Andrea García.)

Okay, you know how obsessed I am with Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s books, right? Well, she recently featured one of her cover artists, Julia Popova. I checked her out on deviantART and oh. my. goodness.  Amazing!

Julia Popova‘s art is ethereal and sweeping with a fairy-like quality. I am instantly transported to another world when I scroll through her creations. Check out her Facebook page and website–you’ll see what I mean! (Apostate, In a Moment of PeaceThousandth Morning, and Ice Crystal all copyrighted © 2009-2015 Julia Popova/Forest Girl.)

Do you see trouble I’m having?

I want all three of them to design my covers! (And I may just do that the more books I publish!) :)

But–for now–I need to choose one.

I need to choose only one of these amazing artists to design the cover for Zombie Takeover.

Which one would you choose? Vote below and help me make this agonizing decision!

Thanks so much–you guys rock! :)

In Him,


Art used with permission. All rights reserved. sara-hel.deviantart.com, andygarcia666.deviantart.com, and forestgirl.deviantart.com

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