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Monika Younger

Monika Younger - Designer

Toronto Ontario

Professional book cover designer at your service!

Overview

Book cover design is my passion. If you want to work with a designer who will get excited about your book cover project and go above and beyond - please get in touch!

I bring to the table over 10 years of experience designing book covers. I started my career working in-house for Harlequin (now HarperCollins) in 2003. I decided to freelance full-time in 2005, keeping Harlequin/HarperCollins as my main client for now 11 years. In 2014 I also started working with independent authors and have fully enjoyed the more "hands-on" approach to the creative process. I actually get giddy and excited when I begin a project... I love the brainstorming, the creativity and the visual results... and most importantly having a client who loves the final result.

Most of my work experience lies in the mystery, thriller and romance genres. I have also designed literary covers, many anthologies, fantasy, sci-fi and non-fiction. My desire is to take on more non-fiction work in the future.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Adventure Anthologies Crime & Mystery Fantasy Horror Literature Romance Science Fiction Short Story Thriller

Certifications

  • Graphic Design Diploma

Work experience

Book Cover Designer

Self-employed
October, 2005 – Present (almost 12 years)

• responsibilites include concept development, art direction, execution of design, production and project management
• build and maintain rapport with clients, photographers, printers and other vendors

Graphic Designer

Harlequin
September, 2003 – November, 2005 (about 2 years)

• created and executed concepts and design for mass market/trade/hardcover book covers; identified key cover elements and marketing objectives by assessing creative briefs
• designed ancillary product such as flashes/logos, ads, brochures, newsletters and POP to promote brand awareness and sales of Harlequin products
• researched imagery, fonts, as well as book & design industry trends, and incorporate as necessary to keep products and processes up-to-date and effective
• attended photo shoots
• pre-press file preparation; control and correct usage of corporate logos and identities
• interacted daily with editorial, production, marketing and sales departments
• participated on task force for creative development of new products or growth opportunities for Harlequin
• designed book jacket for ME & EMMA, Harlequin’s first hardcover to land on NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list

Graphic Designer

G/Comm Marketing
September, 2001 – September, 2003 (about 2 years)

• designed a wide variety of projects such as brochures, corporate communication materials, logos, direct mail, posters, catalogues and point-of-purchase
• worked on initial concept designs through to pre-press
• ensured files were mechanically correct
• digital colour adjustment, photo manipulation and digital effects
• produced final disk and electronic files for transmission to both printers and clients
• clients included Famous Players, KFC, Pizza Hut, Zellers, Casino Niagara and Toronto Eaton Centre

Portfolio (25 selected works)

Body Language

Millie Criswell

Some languages need no interpretation Ellie Peters has a great apartment, a cool job as a UN interpreter, and a terrific dog. Now all she needs is the right guy to share it with and life will be perfect. But everything she's worked for is threatened the day her obsessive-compulsive, disinfectant-loving mother announces she's divorcing Ellie's father and moving in with her! And to add insult to... read more

Some languages need no interpretation Ellie Peters has a great apartment, a cool job as a UN interpreter, and a terrific dog. Now all she needs is the right guy to share it with and life will be perfect. But everything she's worked for is threatened the day her obsessive-compulsive, disinfectant-loving mother announces she's divorcing Ellie's father and moving in with her! And to add insult to... read more

Deadly Diversion (A Monika Everhardt Mystery)

Eleanor Sullivan

FIRST EDITION, June 2010 Worldwide mass mass market paperback, Eleanor Sullivan (Cover Her Body). The intensive care unit at St. Teresa's hospital in St. Louis is head nurse Monika Everhardt's personal war zone--understaffed, overworked, tangled in union and government bureaucracy. And that's on a good day. On a bad day, two suspicious deaths make her wonder if one of her own is a killer. As p... read more

FIRST EDITION, June 2010 Worldwide mass mass market paperback, Eleanor Sullivan (Cover Her Body). The intensive care unit at St. Teresa's hospital in St. Louis is head nurse Monika Everhardt's personal war zone--understaffed, overworked, tangled in union and government bureaucracy. And that's on a good day. On a bad day, two suspicious deaths make her wonder if one of her own is a killer. As p... read more

The Return Of Jonah Gray

Heather Cochran

Despite being attractive, intelligent and friendly, Sasha Gardner knows no man wants a phone call from her. Because Sasha is— a tax auditor for the IRS. Every job has its downside. Auditing may interfere with her social life, but it's orderly. It makes sense. And sh's very, very good at it. But when unexpected complaints draw her into the tax return of a man sh's never met, nothing seems to ma... read more

Despite being attractive, intelligent and friendly, Sasha Gardner knows no man wants a phone call from her. Because Sasha is— a tax auditor for the IRS. Every job has its downside. Auditing may interfere with her social life, but it's orderly. It makes sense. And sh's very, very good at it. But when unexpected complaints draw her into the tax return of a man sh's never met, nothing seems to ma... read more

The Bone Garden (Wesley Peterson)

Kate Ellis

Hidden Skeletons Murders old and new taunt Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson when historians excavating the gardens of the seventeenth-century Earlsacre Hall in Devon unearth the body of a woman--apparently buried alive three centuries earlier. However, Peterson has little time to indulge his hobby of archaeology when a petty thief robbing a local trailer park makes the grim discovery of a ma... read more

Hidden Skeletons Murders old and new taunt Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson when historians excavating the gardens of the seventeenth-century Earlsacre Hall in Devon unearth the body of a woman--apparently buried alive three centuries earlier. However, Peterson has little time to indulge his hobby of archaeology when a petty thief robbing a local trailer park makes the grim discovery of a ma... read more

Beguiled

Shannon Drake

Ally Grayson never wanted to be a heroine—she dreamed of writing great stories, not living in a fairy tale. But when she's abducted by a charming highwayman right out of a novel, Ally finds herself thoroughly enchanted. No matter that she's betrothed to another—or that she has no intention of binding herself in an arranged marriage anyway.But when Mark, her burdensome fiancé, is revealed to be... read more

Ally Grayson never wanted to be a heroine—she dreamed of writing great stories, not living in a fairy tale. But when she's abducted by a charming highwayman right out of a novel, Ally finds herself thoroughly enchanted. No matter that she's betrothed to another—or that she has no intention of binding herself in an arranged marriage anyway.But when Mark, her burdensome fiancé, is revealed to be... read more

Wicked

Shannon Drake

Shannon Drake is back—with a story steeped in darkness, danger and desireTHE EARL WAS KNOWN AS A BEASTCamille Montgomery is aware of the wicked man's reputation. But as an expert in antiquities, she also knows his family's Egyptian artifacts are the finest in England. The problem is, her wayward stepfather knows this, too—and he's determined to steal them. So when he's caught in the act of rob... read more

Shannon Drake is back—with a story steeped in darkness, danger and desireTHE EARL WAS KNOWN AS A BEASTCamille Montgomery is aware of the wicked man's reputation. But as an expert in antiquities, she also knows his family's Egyptian artifacts are the finest in England. The problem is, her wayward stepfather knows this, too—and he's determined to steal them. So when he's caught in the act of rob... read more

Reckless

Shannon Drake

From elite London society to the golden sands of Egypt… and the sacred places of the heart… When Kat Adair plunges into the waves to rescue a drowning man, it is just the beginning of an odyssey that will sweep the fisherman's daughter into danger and desire. Convinced she is in love with the man she saved, Egyptologist David Turnberry, she feigns amnesia, thus enabling her to linger among the... read more

From elite London society to the golden sands of Egypt… and the sacred places of the heart… When Kat Adair plunges into the waves to rescue a drowning man, it is just the beginning of an odyssey that will sweep the fisherman's daughter into danger and desire. Convinced she is in love with the man she saved, Egyptologist David Turnberry, she feigns amnesia, thus enabling her to linger among the... read more

Enchanted No More (Mystic Circle)

Robin D. Owens

As one of the last surviving Mistweavers, half-blood Jenni knows what it's like to be caught between two worlds: the faery and the human. But the time has come to choose. The Lightfolk require her unique talent for balancing the elements to fend off a dangerous enemy—and rescue her missing brother.Only for Rothly will Jenni deal with those who destroyed her life. Only for him will she agree to... read more

As one of the last surviving Mistweavers, half-blood Jenni knows what it's like to be caught between two worlds: the faery and the human. But the time has come to choose. The Lightfolk require her unique talent for balancing the elements to fend off a dangerous enemy—and rescue her missing brother.Only for Rothly will Jenni deal with those who destroyed her life. Only for him will she agree to... read more

Enchanted Again (Mystic Circle)

Robin D. Owens

Magic has a price—and for Amber Sarga it's days and years off her life. Each curse she breaks ages her—and the bigger the curse the bigger the cost, and not only to her. That's why she hides away and has vowed not to get involved again… That's why she hates looking in a mirror…And then an ill-fated stranger arrives. Rafe Davail doesn't believe in curses—not even knowing that in his family ever... read more

Magic has a price—and for Amber Sarga it's days and years off her life. Each curse she breaks ages her—and the bigger the curse the bigger the cost, and not only to her. That's why she hides away and has vowed not to get involved again… That's why she hates looking in a mirror…And then an ill-fated stranger arrives. Rafe Davail doesn't believe in curses—not even knowing that in his family ever... read more

Fatal Flaw

Ginna Gray

A serial killer is targeting the women of Mears, Colorado, and so far the police have nothing to go on. Detective Casey O'Toole is assigned to jump-start the investigation, and she discovers two unsettling facts: the victims were all patients of a prominent plastic surgeon, and each of them bears an uncanny resemblance to herself. Ruled out as a suspect, Dr. Mark Adams offers to assist Casey i... read more

A serial killer is targeting the women of Mears, Colorado, and so far the police have nothing to go on. Detective Casey O'Toole is assigned to jump-start the investigation, and she discovers two unsettling facts: the victims were all patients of a prominent plastic surgeon, and each of them bears an uncanny resemblance to herself. Ruled out as a suspect, Dr. Mark Adams offers to assist Casey i... read more

The Prince Next Door

Sue Civil-Brown

When Serena Gregory's clothing-optional Caribbean cruise fell through at the last minute, the thrill-seeking dermatologist decided that helping Darius Maxwell, her mysterious new neighbor—who might or might not be a crown prince—commit a felony would be a worthwhile alternative. Yes, it would involve clothes—for the most part—but the risk of skin cancer would be drastically reduced. Not to men... read more

When Serena Gregory's clothing-optional Caribbean cruise fell through at the last minute, the thrill-seeking dermatologist decided that helping Darius Maxwell, her mysterious new neighbor—who might or might not be a crown prince—commit a felony would be a worthwhile alternative. Yes, it would involve clothes—for the most part—but the risk of skin cancer would be drastically reduced. Not to men... read more

The Rome Affair

Laura Caldwell

It was an affair...to regret.Rachel Blakely's charmed life is significantly tarnished after her husband Nick's infidelity, but she wants to give her marriage a second chance. Then a business trip to sun-drenched Rome with her best girlfriend Kit leads to a night of passion with a stranger — a one-night stand meant to signify the end of a painful chapter in her life.Rachel returns home determin... read more

It was an affair...to regret.Rachel Blakely's charmed life is significantly tarnished after her husband Nick's infidelity, but she wants to give her marriage a second chance. Then a business trip to sun-drenched Rome with her best girlfriend Kit leads to a night of passion with a stranger — a one-night stand meant to signify the end of a painful chapter in her life.Rachel returns home determin... read more

The Secret Lives Of Doctors' Wives

Ann Major

He always got what he wantedPierce Carver was one of Austin's richest, most successful surgeons. And he was going to marry trauma nurse Rose Marie Castle and put her aching feet into glass slippers. Unfortunately, the doctor had a weakness for the allure of youth and feminine perfection. He jilted Rose Marie three years ago, and she's still dreaming of revenge….Until someone wanted him deadAnd... read more

He always got what he wantedPierce Carver was one of Austin's richest, most successful surgeons. And he was going to marry trauma nurse Rose Marie Castle and put her aching feet into glass slippers. Unfortunately, the doctor had a weakness for the allure of youth and feminine perfection. He jilted Rose Marie three years ago, and she's still dreaming of revenge….Until someone wanted him deadAnd... read more

Sweet Dreams

Flo Fitzpatrick

Feisty Texas-born dancer Abby Fouchet has landed a gig in a Broadway revival, and life is looking up. especially when sparks fly with leading man Johnny Gerard, a daytime television heartthrob. But this charmer has a few secrets, including a dubiously politically connected father, a gorgeous mystery woman with a bodyguard, and a roommate involved in a hit-and-run accident. Abby has a hidden ta... read more

Feisty Texas-born dancer Abby Fouchet has landed a gig in a Broadway revival, and life is looking up. especially when sparks fly with leading man Johnny Gerard, a daytime television heartthrob. But this charmer has a few secrets, including a dubiously politically connected father, a gorgeous mystery woman with a bodyguard, and a roommate involved in a hit-and-run accident. Abby has a hidden ta... read more

Touching Midnight

Fiona Hood-Stewart

EMBRACED BY TIME Deep within her soul Lady Victoria Quinton Mallory knows she has a gift. Since childhood she has dreamed of a sacred, long-lost past, of ancient mysteries and buried passion that will reawaken with a vengeance. Growing up at the mission in Valle Del Sol, Peru, Quin has never quite understood her powerful connection to the place, a connection that now draws her to a badly wound... read more

EMBRACED BY TIME Deep within her soul Lady Victoria Quinton Mallory knows she has a gift. Since childhood she has dreamed of a sacred, long-lost past, of ancient mysteries and buried passion that will reawaken with a vengeance. Growing up at the mission in Valle Del Sol, Peru, Quin has never quite understood her powerful connection to the place, a connection that now draws her to a badly wound... read more

Tough to Tame

Diana Palmer

A spellbinding new installment in the Long, Tall Texan series!New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer welcomes you back to Jacobsville to become reacquainted with Bentley Rydel. He lives hard and loves fiercely—but sometimes it takes the right woman to make a man a hero. This rugged Texan is going to be Tough to Tame!

A spellbinding new installment in the Long, Tall Texan series!New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer welcomes you back to Jacobsville to become reacquainted with Bentley Rydel. He lives hard and loves fiercely—but sometimes it takes the right woman to make a man a hero. This rugged Texan is going to be Tough to Tame!

Cat in the Flock (Dreamslippers Book 1)

Lisa Brunette

What if you could slip into the dreams of a killer? This family of PIs can. They use their psychic dream ability to solve crimes, and that isn’t easy. Especially if you’re totally new at this.“The launch of an intriguing female detective series.”—KIRKUS REVIEWSFollowing a mother and daughter on the run, apprentice dreamslipper Cat McCormick goes undercover inside a Midwestern fundamentalist ch... read more

What if you could slip into the dreams of a killer? This family of PIs can. They use their psychic dream ability to solve crimes, and that isn’t easy. Especially if you’re totally new at this.“The launch of an intriguing female detective series.”—KIRKUS REVIEWSFollowing a mother and daughter on the run, apprentice dreamslipper Cat McCormick goes undercover inside a Midwestern fundamentalist ch... read more

Framed and Burning (Dreamslippers Book 2)

Lisa Brunette

What if you could ‘slip’ into the dreams of a killer? This family of PIs can. They use their psychic dream ability to solve crimes, and that isn’t easy. Especially when one of their own looks guilty.“A brilliant, suspenseful whodunit…”—QUI XIAOLONG, ANTHONY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE INSPECTOR CHEN SERIESIt was supposed to be a much-needed vacation in Miami, meant to snap Cat out of a persist... read more

What if you could ‘slip’ into the dreams of a killer? This family of PIs can. They use their psychic dream ability to solve crimes, and that isn’t easy. Especially when one of their own looks guilty.“A brilliant, suspenseful whodunit…”—QUI XIAOLONG, ANTHONY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE INSPECTOR CHEN SERIESIt was supposed to be a much-needed vacation in Miami, meant to snap Cat out of a persist... read more

Broom of Anger

Lisa Brunette

“I want to binge on every word.”Lisa HickeyCEO, The Good Men ProjectMore 5 out of 5-star reviews…“Her language is perfect as it is - each poem a wide-eyed tribute to the bits that make up our lives.” Elizabeth TornesAuthor of Between the Dog and the Wolf“I love the rich imagery and sensory journey of Lisa Brunette’s latest collection, BROOM OF ANGER. I’m with her on the railroad tracks, at the... read more

“I want to binge on every word.”Lisa HickeyCEO, The Good Men ProjectMore 5 out of 5-star reviews…“Her language is perfect as it is - each poem a wide-eyed tribute to the bits that make up our lives.” Elizabeth TornesAuthor of Between the Dog and the Wolf“I love the rich imagery and sensory journey of Lisa Brunette’s latest collection, BROOM OF ANGER. I’m with her on the railroad tracks, at the... read more

Chaos Station

Kelly Jensen, Jenn Burke

"With their beat-up ship and eclectic group, comparisons with the fan favorite TV show Firefly are inevitable, but in more of the way of homage, since Burke and Jensen's characters take center stage all on their own." —Library JournalDiscover intergalactic romance and out-of-this-world stakes in the first book of the critically acclaimed Chaos Station series."You're not real. Felix Ingesson is... read more

"With their beat-up ship and eclectic group, comparisons with the fan favorite TV show Firefly are inevitable, but in more of the way of homage, since Burke and Jensen's characters take center stage all on their own." —Library JournalDiscover intergalactic romance and out-of-this-world stakes in the first book of the critically acclaimed Chaos Station series."You're not real. Felix Ingesson is... read more

Inversion Point (Chaos Station)

Kelly Jensen, Jenn Burke

Zander and Felix's relationship has been to the brink and back: the Human-Stin War, imprisonment and an actual death/resurrection. Zander's death, to be specific, and the experience has left him…changed. The mysterious race known as the Guardians chose to revive him and appointed him as their emissary. A high honor, but he could do without the group of would-be cultists following him around th... read more

Zander and Felix's relationship has been to the brink and back: the Human-Stin War, imprisonment and an actual death/resurrection. Zander's death, to be specific, and the experience has left him…changed. The mysterious race known as the Guardians chose to revive him and appointed him as their emissary. A high honor, but he could do without the group of would-be cultists following him around th... read more

It Happened One Week (Harlequin Bestselling Author Collection)

JoAnn Ross

SOME PLACES YOU NEVER FORGET… For Amanda Stockenberg, that place was Smugglers' Inn. The seaside inn had been a refuge for Amanda when she was sixteen, a place to find solace, to find herself…and to find love. She can't think of the inn now without remembering Dane Cutter. The then nineteen-year-old illegitimate son of the cook had taught her about love. She'd been ready to give up everything ... read more

SOME PLACES YOU NEVER FORGET… For Amanda Stockenberg, that place was Smugglers' Inn. The seaside inn had been a refuge for Amanda when she was sixteen, a place to find solace, to find herself…and to find love. She can't think of the inn now without remembering Dane Cutter. The then nineteen-year-old illegitimate son of the cook had taught her about love. She'd been ready to give up everything ... read more

Five Golden Rings

Jeffe Kennedy

On the first day of Christmas, my lover gave to me…Matilda Campbell's plans to spend Christmas solo in the sun take an erotic turn when she encounters the handsome and enigmatic Miguel D'Oro on the plane to Mexico. As the CEO of a major firm, Tilda's used to being the one in charge—but now she'll have to learn how to take orders instead.In the spirit of the season, Miguel offers Tilda naughty ... read more

On the first day of Christmas, my lover gave to me…Matilda Campbell's plans to spend Christmas solo in the sun take an erotic turn when she encounters the handsome and enigmatic Miguel D'Oro on the plane to Mexico. As the CEO of a major firm, Tilda's used to being the one in charge—but now she'll have to learn how to take orders instead.In the spirit of the season, Miguel offers Tilda naughty ... read more

Season of Seduction: Five Golden Rings\Naughty Nicks\Menage on 34th Street\Matzoh and Mistletoe

Jeffe Kennedy, Christine d'Abo, Jodie Griffin, Elise Logan, Emily Ryan-Davis

What's on your wish list? After indulging in twelve naughty nights in Mexico, a woman experiences an erotic epiphany. An adventurous elf has her eye on one very sexy Santa. A married couple hopes to find a very special marine under the mistletoe. And a holiday mitzvah leads a woman to submit to a man in uniform on Christmas Day. No matter your fantasies, this collection of four shorts will add... read more

What's on your wish list? After indulging in twelve naughty nights in Mexico, a woman experiences an erotic epiphany. An adventurous elf has her eye on one very sexy Santa. A married couple hopes to find a very special marine under the mistletoe. And a holiday mitzvah leads a woman to submit to a man in uniform on Christmas Day. No matter your fantasies, this collection of four shorts will add... read more

A Dangerous Leap (Gulf Coast Rescue Book 1)

Sharon Calvin

Book one of Gulf Coast RescueRaised by navy parents, Kelly Bishop learned how to pack light and say goodbye at an early age. She's earned her Coast Guard rescue swimmer stripes in some of the toughest waters out there, outperforming men along the way. Now she's ready for a new start in Florida, eager to prove herself as the best of the best.What she isn't ready for is the spark between her and... read more

Book one of Gulf Coast RescueRaised by navy parents, Kelly Bishop learned how to pack light and say goodbye at an early age. She's earned her Coast Guard rescue swimmer stripes in some of the toughest waters out there, outperforming men along the way. Now she's ready for a new start in Florida, eager to prove herself as the best of the best.What she isn't ready for is the spark between her and... read more

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