Filed under: Cover Reveal!, Doll-E, Illustration, Shanda's Journey, Sketchbook • October 30, 2017

Ta-da!!! The final cover:



I’m really proud of this cover … my FIRST cover! We (me, Andrea Spooner, Jen Keenan, and Saho Fuji) experimented with several cover ideas before we came to this perfect conclusion! Since this was my first book, I was really intrigued by the process of working with a team that wanted the cover to look cool as much as I did. I am very lucky an honored to have worked with these women who knew much more than I did about great cover design.

Here’s a few of our ideas that didn’t pan out, looked too busy, or worse – looked a bit SCARY …



Doll-E 1.0 comes out May 1, 2018 and is available for preorder now!

I sincerely thank each of you who are cheering me on and reading this post! I hope you’ll join me in the countdown to book release day by signing up for my email newsletter (at the bottom of my website), so you’ll be sure to know where I’m doing story-times and book signings to celebrate next spring!

With love and excitement,


P.S. What do you think of the cover? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Comments: »

  • Love the cover! I can’t wait to read the book!

    Comment by Ellen Street — October 30, 2017 @ 11:29 pm
  • I loved this peek into your cover’s journey! Your book looks like so much fun.

    Comment by Jessie Oliveros — October 31, 2017 @ 2:35 am
  • Yay! I can’t wait to get my hands on this!

    Comment by Melissa Shultz-Jones — October 31, 2017 @ 11:58 am
  • Oh my I can’t wait to read this book, and my Grandson loves his books, love the cover.
    you are so smart, God has really blessed you with talent!!
    love doris

    Comment by Doris Treadwell — November 2, 2017 @ 5:19 pm
  • Can’t wait to get it!

    Comment by Lynn McClure — November 2, 2017 @ 11:42 pm
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