I'm a book designer who creates covers and interiors across many genres. You'll see real variety in my samples, because I believe it's important to let the book guide the style that's best suited to the subject and the target market. I'm no prima donna—the book and the author are the stars—my job is help you shine.
I specialize in highly-visual custom volumes, including histories, and coffee table type books. Designing interiors for these challenges me to present the content in a beautiful way that also increases understanding, and gently leads the reader through the story. I have produced children's books in print and interactive ebook. I work with both publishers, and indie authors to bring their visions to life.
Freelance book design practice in which I provide cover and interior layout design for trade books across genres. I service small regional publishers, and self-publishing authors. In recent years I have worked with a publisher in Las Vegas, NV—so you'll see lots of Vegas-centric books. But, that's not all! I love working on all types of books, fiction and non-fiction. A specialty is coffee-table type books and highly-illustrated histories. I also am expert in producing ebooks, including those with complex formatting. I have produced an interactive children's ebook.
I also produce marketing materials for book promotion. I enjoy working with authors—and consulting with them and providing guidance is part of the service. Well-versed in all types of print production and prepress, as well as uploading books and meta-data to publishing and print services.
Company Art Director for curriculum and ancillary products. This educational publisher produced Elementary—High School curriculum materials/textbooks and ancillary products for at-risk students and teachers. I was responsible for product design and lead a team of 10 design/production artists. Our products ranged from a complete Pre-school/Kindergarten curriculum to behavioral texts for teachers and counselors. We designed the ReadWell elementary reading program and the Language! remedial language arts curriculum. After working in educational publishing I made the transition to trade publishing design.
Situated in the heart of the magnificent Southwest, Las Vegas is surrounded by spectacular natural landscapes. Within easy reach are five national parks, including Zion, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley. Dozens of state parks, regional preserves, recreation areas, and public lands offer amazing variety, from sand dunes and salt flats to alpine meadows, waterfalls, and ancient forests. Unique pla... read more
A working girl is found dead in the desert. Can a calendar girl uncover the truth?In this prequel to GETTING OFF ON FRANK SINATRA, it’s Christmastime in Sin City. Aspiring journalist Copper Black meets Victoria McKimber, an outspoken prostitute at one of Nevada’s legal brothels. She’s offered Copper the exclusive right to tell her story. Not only will the Las Vegas Light’s “calendar girl” get ... read more
Beneath the Las Vegas that America sees on the Travel Channel— nightclubs, famous chefs, rambunctious gambling, celebrities at play—there’s an older, stranger, harder city. A place whose citizens often gamble with more than just money, where you’d better be able to see what’s coming before it arrives, where what happens there stays there because it can’t go anywhere else. Jasper Lamar Crabbe i... read more
Admit it. You’re curious. You can’t help it. Regardless of your moral view of prostitution, you’re curious about what happens within a brothel. How much money changes hands? What are the rules? Who are the working girls and who are their customers? Legal Tender answers those questions and many more as Laraine Russo Harper relates the fascinating story of her six years as the madam of a busy an... read more
As a child, Wendy relished the small frontier town of Las Vegas, where she and a friend rode their horses to Caesars Palace and tied them up out front. But as a teenager in the 1970s, Wendy’s troubled home life and rebellious spirit led her to the legendary Horseshoe Club on Fremont Street, where she hooked up with Ted Binion, youngest son of notorious gambling figure Benny Binion. Her affair ... read more
A treasure trove of sage advice for the new writer packaged in easy to digest and fun to read anecdotes. Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead offers real world suggestions for writing novels, or non-fiction and turning them into saleable works. Maralys Wills, creative writing teacher and author of 12 books in many genres, a shares from her own experience the dos and don'ts of getting publishe... read more
Las Vegas is gambling's mecca—Sin City the Entertainment Capital of the World with 40 million visitors a year. But that's just part of the story. This carefully documented history tracks the rise of Las Vegas from its vital role in World War II, of the Rat Pack era of the 50s, the explosive growth of the 90s, and it's colossal collapse in the post 2008 real-estate crash. It offers a history of... read more
About Marta Becket . . . "Tears came to my eyes. Marta represented to me the spirit of the individual. The spirit of the theater. The spirit of creativity." -Ray Bradbury, Author "Marta's paintings have a degree of humor and playfulness. The use of color is outstanding and tell of a generosity, talent and skill." -Red Skelton, Comedian/Artist "Long before anybody invented the term performance ... read more
There are borders and then there are borders. Between right and wrong. Between Texas and Mexico. The first is a joke to Dodd Raines, the second a payday. Then there's the borders he's made. Between himself and his estranged daughter, the border patrol agent. Between himself and his one-time employers. And there's another border, one he cares about even less than the Rio Grande: the border betw... read more
When novice monk Tenzin Dorje is told by his lama that the Red Army is invading Tibet, his country's darkest moment paradoxically gives him a sense of purpose like no other. He accepts a mission to carry two ancient, secret texts across the Himalayas to safety. Half a century later, in a paradox of similarly troubling circumstances, Matt Lester is called upon to convey his own particular wisdo... read more
By 2088, genetic engineering and nanotechnology have merged to create a near Elysian existence. Mankind is on the brink of immortality - disease, famine and pollution have been eradicated using this new technology - with seemingly magical results. Behind this perfect mask, however, lurks a hidden threat - revealed by puzzling, apparently random tragedies. Chicago Police Inspector Robert Nazio ... read more
Revenge of the Jilted Draperies is a potpourri of brief, humorous, or poignant observations by an author with a long history of both comedy and tragedy. Her family's tragedies are captured in her memoir, Higher Than Eagles, and her wry wit shines in A Circus Without Elephants a memoir about life with her six athletic and inventive children.The title story, "Revenge of the Jilted Draperies" pre... read more
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