S.D. Smith, another tweep on Twitter, commissioned me to create cover art for the first novel in the Slade Sanders Series, The Secrets of Slade Sanders. Unlike most of my projects, where I create both the cover art and the design, S.D. is a designer, herself, so all she needed was for me to do the cover art. So without further ado, here is the combined efforts cover and design for The Secrets of Slade Sanders.
It’s 1910 London, England and Slade Sanders is nervous. She's attempting to embark on a new life for herself by starting a new business in a society that sees her as a novelty and a second class citizen. She has three chief problems working against her; she’s a woman, she’s American and she’s black.
Slade, along with her British, business partner George invest everything they have to start a business. That is the easy part. Maintaining her patience and keeping her growing anxiety in check is turning out to be much more complicated. Slade begins to feel better when she meets Albert Mitchell. Upper-class, handsome and with a great pedigree, Albert is the breath of fresh air she didn’t know that she really needed. The two bond and become inseparable, which results in a new type of attention being drawn to her. Slade begins to realize that she cannot remember her life before coming to England, a fact that does not go unnoticed by the people around her. They want details; about her past and her family, none of which she can recall. Slade is compelled to get to the bottom it and find out whom she can really trust.
The Secrets of Slade Sanders is a twisty, historical, novel that unfolds slowly to reveal a greater mystery.
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