Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Diversions's New Look, or Why I Changed the Diversion Series' Covers

You may have noticed that Collusion, the second Diversion book, has been out of print, and on Goodreads has been sporting an ode to Bo's chaps instead of an actual cover (thanks, P.D. Singer!). Well, there's a reason for that.

Yes, Collusion will be available again on June 20th from Rocky Ridge Books. Same story, brushed up with what I've learned since the original publication, and sporting a shiny new cover, courtesy of phenomenal artist L.C. Chase. 

Dead men can’t love.

Former drug trafficker Richmond “Lucky” Lucklighter “died” in the line of duty while working off a ten-year sentence in service to the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau, only to be reborn as Simon “Lucky” Harrison. The newbie he trained, former Marine Bo Schollenberger, is now his partner on (and maybe off) the job. It’s hard to tell when Lucky doesn’t understand relationships or have a clue what any sane human is doing in his bed. Bo’s nice to have around, sure, but there’s none of that picking-out-china-together crap for Lucky.

While fighting PTSD, memories of a horrid childhood, and a prescription drug addiction, Bo is paying for his mistakes. Using his pharmacy license for the good guys provides the sort of education he never got in school. Undercover with his hard-headed partner, Bo learns that not everything is as it seems in the world of pharmaceuticals.

When a prescription drug shortage jeopardizes the patients at Rosario Children’s Cancer Center, it not only pits Bo and Lucky against predatory opportunists, but also each other. How can they tell who the villains are? The bad guys don’t wear black hats, but they might wear white coats.


But while I was at it, I had L.C. design covers for the rest of the series as well. "Why?" you ask. Well, while I love the original covers she created, and one even featured my good friend Clay, it's very hard to get a man who's 6'1" to look like 5'6" Lucky, although Clay makes a fantastic Lucky otherwise. Also, the model I chose for Bo from stock art has a limited number of photos available, and he's starting to show up everywhere. 

The solution? Frantic author hollers for artist and says, "What do you have in mind?"

I trust L.C. a lot. And I'm sure you'll agree that she did an outstanding job, and her design is far more sustainable as I've planned at least four more books in this series. So, without further ado, here are the other covers in the series, which will appear on the books starting June 20, Collusion's release date. 


  1. Truly are gorgeous covers... and you know how picky I am!!!
    Hugs, Z.

  2. Thank you! Yes, I know how picky you are about art, so I'm very glad you like them!

  3. They are gorgeous! I love them! <3 Congratulations!

    1. Thank you! LC did a great job. Redemption's cover is done, and now I'm thinking about Reunion's. This could be tricky.