About the In A Glance Cover

In A Glance was the twelth medieval novel I published. By this point I had developed a style, created by artist Debi Gardiner, which tied the series of books together. Each book featured a hand-drawn stained-glass style image which represented a key symbol of that book.

Seeking the Truth Knowing Yourself A Sense of Duty Creating Memories Looking Back Badge of Honor Lady in Red Finding Peace Believing Your Eyes Trusting in Faith Sworn Loyalty

With this twelth novel, the story was about Joan and Hugh. Both had spent time in the Holy Land; both were now back in England. They had shared a brief moment together back on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. A seagull represented, to both of them, their soaring dreams, their desire to be free, and the memories of a golden time.

I sent Debi a collection of photos and images to give her a sense of what I wanted with the seagull. I wanted to make sure the seagull shape and coloring were authentic to the region. Debi did this first pass at the seagull image, providing four options to examine.

In A Glance - A Medieval Romance

I always prefer my shapes to be "within" the golden ring, without the shape touching it. Rather than having the shape superimposed on a ring, I prefer the sense that the ring is a window, and through it we see into another world. We are looking through a golden porthole at a seagull flying high overhead.

I wanted a smoother aspect to the tip of each wing, and a translucent sense to the tail feathers. I also wanted a smoother sense to the back edge of the wings.

In A Glance - A Medieval Romance

This is getting much closer to what I want. I wanted the wing-dots not to stand out as much, the wings to be smoother, and more of a sense of "strength" in the "shoulders" of the gull.

In A Glance - A Medieval Romance

This was nearly perfect. Now all of my focus was on that top wing - I wanted a sturdier shape for it. Debi gave me four options for that top wing.

In A Glance - A Medieval Romance

I liked the top left one a lot - and that's what we went with!

In A Glance - A Medieval Romance

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