Learn the secret to the cover of my first novel HOUSE CALL

Sometimes you can't judge a book by it's cover ... I am the guest of author Eileen Schuh on her book trivia segment Items of Intrigue ... Did you know?   To read the post highlight Items of Intrigue ... Did you know?  located in the lower left column of the opening page of the link: http://www.eileenschuh.com/

Then scroll down until you see the article about the cover of "House Call."

Follow the posted directions and you can also enter to win a free book.

--- Darden

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 12:14PM

Did you know...

...there are secret ways to create bloody scenes for thriller book covers?

The front of the dust jacket of "House Call" [hardcover (2005), paperback, ebook], the first novel by Darden North, MD, depicts a blood-filled bathtub with eerie candles dripping wax at the front corners.

To make the most dramatic scene possible with the realistic appearance of human blood, Craig West, the graphic design artist with the Gibbes Company, then filled the tub with blue-colored water, lacing it with a small amount soap suds to give the "blood" the correct consistency.

Then West later converted the blue hue to red via Photoshop techniques. Since there was no other use of the color blue in the photograph, the conversion process selected only the water to convert to blood red, heightening the detail of the fluid and preserving the richness of the other colors in the picture.

The actual bathtub still rests in the author's pool house where it was photographed for the cover of "House Call."

The photographer stood overhead on a ladder to take the photograph ... the ladder resting on thick wooden slats braced only by the sides of the "blood-filled" tub.

Darden's novels are available through any bricks-and-mortar bookstore via the major book distributors as well as online through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, AtlasBooks.com, Lemuriabooks.com, and others.

Also, his website www.dardennorth.com offers a BUY IT link for each book that lists bookstores carrying signed copies, some with online access as well.

The eBook versions are available on Kindle, iPad, Nook, Sony eReader, Kobo,and Smashwords. Information about upcoming book signings, book trailers, media interviews as well as his blog are found on his website www.dardennorth.com.

To help me celenbrate the August 2011 release of my first book "SCHRÖDINGER'S CAT" Darden kindly supplied this trivia. As well, he is donating TWO books to our contest prize pool: a signed paperback copy of House Call and a signed hardcover first edition of his second novel Points of Origin.

Thank you, Darden!
--- Eileen Schuh

Click on the green "comment" below and leave a comment with your name to be entered to win. Visit Darden's blog and mention this contest, to double your chances! Draw date to be announced.

Contact info: darden@dardennorth.com

Author Darden North MD


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