Darlene Swanson

Darlene Swanson - Designer Tick

Clearwater, FL, USA

I love books and it shows in my work!

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I have been designing and producing books, ebooks, magazines, promo sheets, and collateral items for over 25 years, with specializing in books and covers for the last 18 years. I "learned the ropes" of book and cover design while working with a project manager on projects for American Philosophical Society, Johns Hopkins University Press, Smithsonian Books, and others. After that I decided that I wanted to help smaller publishers and self-publishers with making their books and covers eye-catching and professional. You can check out the testimonials on my website.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Geography
History
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Children's Picture Books
Poetry

Work experience

Owner/Graphic Design

Self-employed
September, 1985 – Present (over 33 years)

Portfolio (25 selected works)

Satisfied: Baking with Whole Grain Goodness

Annette Reeder

Satisfied Baking with Whole Grain Goodness "A Fabulous Resource!" "Annette Reeder has created a fabulous resource for anyone seeking education and delicious recipes for cooking with God's whole grains. 'In the beginning' He declared them to be good, and they still are today!" Hope Egan, author What the Bible Says about Healthy Living Cookbook and Holy Cow! Does God Care about What We Eat? "I w... read more

Satisfied Baking with Whole Grain Goodness "A Fabulous Resource!" "Annette Reeder has created a fabulous resource for anyone seeking education and delicious recipes for cooking with God's whole grains. 'In the beginning' He declared them to be good, and they still are today!" Hope Egan, author What the Bible Says about Healthy Living Cookbook and Holy Cow! Does God Care about What We Eat? "I w... read more

Be the Vintner: Manage to Be the Vintner of Your Workplace (Management)

Tamara Jahelka

Be the Vintner! Embrace your work day--enjoy your people and promote ownership of your product or service at work.Grow and Cultivate--make your employee selections and nurture your team; watch their readiness and help them adapt to the needs of your organization. Challenge yourself to learn what helps your employment crop thrive. Make your workplace your vineyard; keep it clean, comfortable, a... read more

Be the Vintner! Embrace your work day--enjoy your people and promote ownership of your product or service at work.Grow and Cultivate--make your employee selections and nurture your team; watch their readiness and help them adapt to the needs of your organization. Challenge yourself to learn what helps your employment crop thrive. Make your workplace your vineyard; keep it clean, comfortable, a... read more

Herbert Marshall: A Biography

Scott O'Brien

Whether embracing the silky essence of Kay Francis in Trouble in Paradise (1932), or enduring the machinations of Bette Davis in The Little Foxes (1941), Herbert Marshall was the essence of smooth, masculine sensitivity. Dietrich, Garbo, Shearer, Stanwyck, and Hepburn eagerly awaited to be, as Shearer put it, “so thoroughly and convincingly loved” on screen. While many knew that Marshall had l... read more

Whether embracing the silky essence of Kay Francis in Trouble in Paradise (1932), or enduring the machinations of Bette Davis in The Little Foxes (1941), Herbert Marshall was the essence of smooth, masculine sensitivity. Dietrich, Garbo, Shearer, Stanwyck, and Hepburn eagerly awaited to be, as Shearer put it, “so thoroughly and convincingly loved” on screen. While many knew that Marshall had l... read more

Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For

Alexis Hunter

"Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For colorfully chronicles personal and intimate details of the last four years of the talented ‘50’s “blonde bombshell” star’s fascinating life. After three decades of successful TV and movie appearances and Vegas singing stardom, Ms. Lansing died far too young at just 43. Though her funeral was attended by luminaries of the day (Frank Sinatra sent a huge floral dis... read more

"Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For colorfully chronicles personal and intimate details of the last four years of the talented ‘50’s “blonde bombshell” star’s fascinating life. After three decades of successful TV and movie appearances and Vegas singing stardom, Ms. Lansing died far too young at just 43. Though her funeral was attended by luminaries of the day (Frank Sinatra sent a huge floral dis... read more

About Face: The Life and Times of Dottie Ponedel, Make-up Artist to the Stars

Dorothy Ponedel, Meredith Ponedel, Danny Miller

Dottie Ponedel knows how to amuse with rouge. Her autobiography, the story of a pioneering woman make-up artist, whose career spanned the entire length of Hollywood’s Golden Era from silent movies to the great films of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, puts a new foundation on the stars. Sinners and saints without greasepaint make for memorable close-ups. Enjoy Dottie’s confidential revelations abo... read more

Dottie Ponedel knows how to amuse with rouge. Her autobiography, the story of a pioneering woman make-up artist, whose career spanned the entire length of Hollywood’s Golden Era from silent movies to the great films of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, puts a new foundation on the stars. Sinners and saints without greasepaint make for memorable close-ups. Enjoy Dottie’s confidential revelations abo... read more

The Green Hornet: A History of Radio, Motion Pictures, Comics and Television

Martin Grams Jr.

The Green Hornet was one of radio’s best-known and most distinctive adventure shows. Britt Reid, publisher of The Daily Sentinel, was in the position to learn facts about criminals that only the police had access. Armed with this knowledge, a gas gun that rendered foes momentarily unconscious, and a black speedster known as The Black Beauty, he donned the guise of The Green Hornet. Feared by t... read more

The Green Hornet was one of radio’s best-known and most distinctive adventure shows. Britt Reid, publisher of The Daily Sentinel, was in the position to learn facts about criminals that only the police had access. Armed with this knowledge, a gas gun that rendered foes momentarily unconscious, and a black speedster known as The Black Beauty, he donned the guise of The Green Hornet. Feared by t... read more

Third Coast (Benjamin Davis Book Series 3)

A. Turk

A. Turk, retired Nashville attorney with thirty years of trial experience, has now released the third book in the Benjamin Davis series. Third Coast, a pharmaceutical malpractice case, involves the misfiling of a prescription of the childhood friend of Morty Steine, Davis’s mentor. This prequel is Davis’s first important jury trial, and the reader watches him develop as a lawyer and a person. ... read more

A. Turk, retired Nashville attorney with thirty years of trial experience, has now released the third book in the Benjamin Davis series. Third Coast, a pharmaceutical malpractice case, involves the misfiling of a prescription of the childhood friend of Morty Steine, Davis’s mentor. This prequel is Davis’s first important jury trial, and the reader watches him develop as a lawyer and a person. ... read more

Dark Secret

Elizabeth Ann Atkins

RACE, SEX & SECRETSSPARK DEADLY DRAMATwo beautiful sisters spark a scandal of race, sex, politics, and money so big – it could kill them both.Camille is living the glamorous life in New York City – by passing for white.Meanwhile, Karen is proudly serving their interracial family and Detroit community.But their black mother is dying.Camille can save her.But that would expose Camille’s Dark Secr... read more

RACE, SEX & SECRETSSPARK DEADLY DRAMATwo beautiful sisters spark a scandal of race, sex, politics, and money so big – it could kill them both.Camille is living the glamorous life in New York City – by passing for white.Meanwhile, Karen is proudly serving their interracial family and Detroit community.But their black mother is dying.Camille can save her.But that would expose Camille’s Dark Secr... read more

The Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: The Family Gets a Computer

Ben Halpert

Keeping pre-teens and teenagers safe on the internet starts before our children know what a keyboard is. Like most important life lessons, teaching online safety begins in early childhood. The Savvy Cyber Kids are just the right playmates for pre-school children and Emma and Tony speak their language. In The Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: The Family Gets A Computer, children learn to protect their ... read more

Keeping pre-teens and teenagers safe on the internet starts before our children know what a keyboard is. Like most important life lessons, teaching online safety begins in early childhood. The Savvy Cyber Kids are just the right playmates for pre-school children and Emma and Tony speak their language. In The Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: The Family Gets A Computer, children learn to protect their ... read more

Khalsa Consciousness

Hari Nam Singh Khalsa

Khalsa Consciousness is the purest and most exalted state of awareness that a human being is capable of experiencing in this lifetime. More importantly, it provides a clear and reliable pathway to transcendence and liberation now.As described in this concise yet profound work, this form of Supreme Consciousness is attained through the practice of a unique and practical amalgam of Spiritual Tec... read more

Khalsa Consciousness is the purest and most exalted state of awareness that a human being is capable of experiencing in this lifetime. More importantly, it provides a clear and reliable pathway to transcendence and liberation now.As described in this concise yet profound work, this form of Supreme Consciousness is attained through the practice of a unique and practical amalgam of Spiritual Tec... read more

Women of Steel

Jan Dee Gordon

From an early age, women are taught to suppress any powerful feelings that threaten to reveal their vulnerabilities and weaknesses. When women learn to acknowledge and embrace their emotions and fears, they connect with the inner force inside of them-and the ability to conquer any obstacle and survive even the toughest challenge is revealed. It is only by confronting, expressing and trusting t... read more

From an early age, women are taught to suppress any powerful feelings that threaten to reveal their vulnerabilities and weaknesses. When women learn to acknowledge and embrace their emotions and fears, they connect with the inner force inside of them-and the ability to conquer any obstacle and survive even the toughest challenge is revealed. It is only by confronting, expressing and trusting t... read more

Why Sane People Believe Crazy Things: How Belief Can Help or Hurt Social Peace

N.S. Palmer

Beliefs can unite us or divide us, build societies or destroy them. Which will it be? That's the stark choice we now face.Why Sane People Believe Crazy Things helps harness the power of beliefs by explaining what they are. What they do. How they work. Why "everyone except us" seems to have gone insane. And how we can bridge the chasm of misunderstanding and mistrust.This book shows the connect... read more

Beliefs can unite us or divide us, build societies or destroy them. Which will it be? That's the stark choice we now face.Why Sane People Believe Crazy Things helps harness the power of beliefs by explaining what they are. What they do. How they work. Why "everyone except us" seems to have gone insane. And how we can bridge the chasm of misunderstanding and mistrust.This book shows the connect... read more

Darkness They Could Not See: The book that gives the Taínos a voice (First Voyage 1)

Ronald Costello

The novel, Darkness They Could Not See, is about Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the “West Indies.” It is historical fiction in epic proportions. Arguably, there is no greater controversy in history than Christopher Columbus. Looking back 526 plus years, the opinions are many. Some say he was a murderer and rapist. Others say he was a bold and brilliant seaman, perhaps the best of his d... read more

The novel, Darkness They Could Not See, is about Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the “West Indies.” It is historical fiction in epic proportions. Arguably, there is no greater controversy in history than Christopher Columbus. Looking back 526 plus years, the opinions are many. Some say he was a murderer and rapist. Others say he was a bold and brilliant seaman, perhaps the best of his d... read more

Play Like a Girl

Adriane Costa

What does 'play like a girl' mean to you? Does it connotate positive or negative images? Photographer Adriane Costa asked young female athletes and their responses are inspiring.But if a picture is worth a thousand words, their actions speak volumes. Each of these talented girls are captured in full color imagery performing their sport and demonstrating what 'play like a girl' really means.

What does 'play like a girl' mean to you? Does it connotate positive or negative images? Photographer Adriane Costa asked young female athletes and their responses are inspiring.But if a picture is worth a thousand words, their actions speak volumes. Each of these talented girls are captured in full color imagery performing their sport and demonstrating what 'play like a girl' really means.

The Daniel Fast

Annette Reeder, Rhonda Sutton

UPDATED with even more recipes! Recipes that will become family favorites for years to come. The Tuscan Bean Chili is a tasty favorite.This is a simple, yet complete resource of planning tips, menus, recipes, shopping list and a 21 day devotion reading.Fasting is written in Scripture as if we already know how and why to fast. Esther called for her people to fast with a moments notice. Daniel f... read more

UPDATED with even more recipes! Recipes that will become family favorites for years to come. The Tuscan Bean Chili is a tasty favorite.This is a simple, yet complete resource of planning tips, menus, recipes, shopping list and a 21 day devotion reading.Fasting is written in Scripture as if we already know how and why to fast. Esther called for her people to fast with a moments notice. Daniel f... read more

Growing Global: Lessons for the New Enterprise (Re-Think Book 2)

The Center for Global Enterprise, Samuel Palmisano

The modern corporation exists in a world today defined by speed, scale, & connectivity. But while technological advances have made it easier to operate across borders, managing a Globally Integrated Enterprise (GIE) remains a challenge for business leaders. Growing Global: Lessons for the New Enterprise, published by the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE), examines the forces transforming glob... read more

The modern corporation exists in a world today defined by speed, scale, & connectivity. But while technological advances have made it easier to operate across borders, managing a Globally Integrated Enterprise (GIE) remains a challenge for business leaders. Growing Global: Lessons for the New Enterprise, published by the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE), examines the forces transforming glob... read more

Solving 9-11: The Deception That Changed the World

Christopher Lee Bollyn

An independent analysis of the events of September 11, 2001. Includes historical and geo-political background and examines the motivation of the people who played key roles in the destruction of the evidence and the obstruction of justice for the families of the victims.

An independent analysis of the events of September 11, 2001. Includes historical and geo-political background and examines the motivation of the people who played key roles in the destruction of the evidence and the obstruction of justice for the families of the victims.

Dear Willy, The True Story of a Life Well Lived

Claire Ohlsson Geheb, Willy Geheb

Travel Back in TimeDuring historically tragic times a young man pursued his quest to save himself and his family. Experience the lives of a German American immigrant and his family in Germany during the tumultuous years 1914 to 1947. Dear Willy is about contrasts, love, loyalties and how determination can lead to a different life. Willy Geheb was an adventurer; alone he faced the ocean voyage,... read more

Travel Back in TimeDuring historically tragic times a young man pursued his quest to save himself and his family. Experience the lives of a German American immigrant and his family in Germany during the tumultuous years 1914 to 1947. Dear Willy is about contrasts, love, loyalties and how determination can lead to a different life. Willy Geheb was an adventurer; alone he faced the ocean voyage,... read more

Living Mountain: A Vermont Story in Photos and Poems

John H. Clarke

After returning from Vietnam, the author follows his wife's lead, leaving the tumult of Boston for quiet woods on the spine of the Green Mountains. As they are learning to manage the challenges of life 14 miles from the nearest store and stoplight, they turn to each other. As parents, kids and grandkids return to live on an old farm, they gather what they need from each other. Nature is their ... read more

After returning from Vietnam, the author follows his wife's lead, leaving the tumult of Boston for quiet woods on the spine of the Green Mountains. As they are learning to manage the challenges of life 14 miles from the nearest store and stoplight, they turn to each other. As parents, kids and grandkids return to live on an old farm, they gather what they need from each other. Nature is their ... read more

Young Thomas Edison

Michael Dooling

How did Thomas Edison grow up to be America's greatest inventor? Author Michael Dooling explores the beginnings of Edison's genius: from his difficulty in school, to his early years as a young scientist, to the man everyone called "The Wizard".

How did Thomas Edison grow up to be America's greatest inventor? Author Michael Dooling explores the beginnings of Edison's genius: from his difficulty in school, to his early years as a young scientist, to the man everyone called "The Wizard".

The Invisible Giant's Whisper

Michele Menard

Nicholas is a very gentle giant with a heart and problems to match his great size!

Nicholas is a very gentle giant with a heart and problems to match his great size!

No Fail Hiring 2.0: How to Attract, Select and Recruit your Best Employees in an Overly Competitive Market Place!

Patrick Valtin

NEWLY UPDATED for 2015! This Best Selling "real world" guide to finding, hiring,and retaining the very best employees has fast become the HR bible for successful, expansion-driven businesses. The war for talent is raging and hiring decisions are more challenging than ever. In "No Fail Hiring" the expert author gives you a complete process that insures you not only attract the best, but also av... read more

NEWLY UPDATED for 2015! This Best Selling "real world" guide to finding, hiring,and retaining the very best employees has fast become the HR bible for successful, expansion-driven businesses. The war for talent is raging and hiring decisions are more challenging than ever. In "No Fail Hiring" the expert author gives you a complete process that insures you not only attract the best, but also av... read more

Vortex of Feelings: The Early Months: Book II The Psychological Survival Guide for Parents

Paul Peebles

In a society where two-thirds of divorces occur within six years of having a child, the first few months can be a crucial time for establishing healthy parental roles and routines. In Vortex of Feelings: The Early Months, Book II of the groundbreaking series The Psychological Survival Guide for Parents, Dr. Paul Peebles returns with a frank and fresh discussion about tricky and taboo topics ra... read more

In a society where two-thirds of divorces occur within six years of having a child, the first few months can be a crucial time for establishing healthy parental roles and routines. In Vortex of Feelings: The Early Months, Book II of the groundbreaking series The Psychological Survival Guide for Parents, Dr. Paul Peebles returns with a frank and fresh discussion about tricky and taboo topics ra... read more

Sayuri’s Raw Food Café: Easy Delicious Healthy Raw vegan/vegetarian gluten free diet and dessert to nourish your body and heart as well as healing and ... (Sayuri’s Raw Food cookbook Book 1)

Experience the real nourishment by her Happy and energizing food! Vegan, raw food chef, Sayuri Tanaka shares full of eye-opening tips and tricks! Over 120 mouth-watering recipes from smoothies, breakfasts, soups, dips, salads and dressings, Sayuri’s famous salad toppings, main course by the themes, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Greek, Indian, Balinese, Korean etc., crackers and breads, war... read more

Experience the real nourishment by her Happy and energizing food! Vegan, raw food chef, Sayuri Tanaka shares full of eye-opening tips and tricks! Over 120 mouth-watering recipes from smoothies, breakfasts, soups, dips, salads and dressings, Sayuri’s famous salad toppings, main course by the themes, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Greek, Indian, Balinese, Korean etc., crackers and breads, war... read more

The Unmasking of Dr. Harrison Miller Moseley: A World War II Story From Orphan to Atomic Bomb Scientist

Stella Brooks

Stella Brooks was honored with the only lengthy interview Miller ever gave wand unmasked details of his phenomenal achievements and inspirational courage. He vividly described his fantastic life working in the world’s most famous laboratory with new details not previously known. His wonderful dry humor and personality brought a special sentiment to his inspirational life.Drawing from her numer... read more

Stella Brooks was honored with the only lengthy interview Miller ever gave wand unmasked details of his phenomenal achievements and inspirational courage. He vividly described his fantastic life working in the world’s most famous laboratory with new details not previously known. His wonderful dry humor and personality brought a special sentiment to his inspirational life.Drawing from her numer... read more

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