All of my published dark, fatnasy, short stories have covers that I designed.  Yeah, I know.  Big no-no if you don’t understnd graphic desigining.  At the time, I was proud of myself for actually making htem.  Now I know better.  Creativia normally gives our books new covers, but at the time, I told them I would redo them.  So, now is the time.  Several years later.  HAHA!.  Below are the templates of what I’m looking at.  Let me know which ones catch your eyes and makes you want to maybe read the darn books.


This story was originally titled Bear of a Storm, but I just couldn’t figure out a way to get Teddy Bears on the covers.  Not in my pay grade.  Plus, I didn’t think it was catchy enough.  So, I changed it.  It’s the story of a man who doesn’t know whether he’s dreaming or actually seeing the events that unfold.  That’s why I used a male figure on the cover.  But, it also effects his girlfriend.  Firs one is obviously mine, then we have A, B, or C.

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This one was originally titled Chip off the Old Block.  But when I checked on Amazon to see how many other books were called that, there were a ton.  Authors really need to check first on Amazon to see how original their titles really are.  You don’t want your book getting lost among the other titles.  This is a kinda lighthearted tale about what happened to the Unicorns told by the Keeper of the Unicorns.  First my cover, then A, B, C, D, or E.

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This is the original title.  It’s such an oddball story I couldn’t figure out what else to name it.  It’s a great story, but so different.  It takes place along the Missouri River back in 1918, told in first person by an unnamed man.  He’s camping along the river when some strange creatures emerge out of the water.  He names the female, Michelle.  First my cover, then A, B, or C.  

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All the other short stories have been  Bob’s.  This one is mine.  I’ve even thought of adding to it as  I wrote it for a contest and it had to be within a certain word count.  It’s not very long and would’ve been better as free.  It’s what happens to you when you open that one special birthday card each year.  First my cover, then A, B, or C.

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Decisions, decisions.  Please let me know what you think in the comments below.  Thank you. 

BTW, these are all through SelPubBookCovers.  You can’t beat their prices. 

About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: Google Plus: Amazon Author Page:
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  1. Here’s my pennyworth, Sahara.
    Nightmare Storm. B
    Keeper of the Unicorns. B
    In Memory of Michelle. C
    The Birthday Card. C

    Good luck.

  2. Sandra says:


  3. Shannon Tusler says:

    E, b, b

  4. Tere says:

    Sahara, I like your cover choice for the first one.
    I like C for Keeper of the Unicorn.
    I like your cover for In Memory of Michelle and The Birthday Card.

  5. Adrienne Jordan says:

    Your cover for the first one .
    D, C, C.

    • Sahara Foley says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      C & D for the Unicorn are going to be hard to choose from. I like elements of both. C for Michelle is probably the one I’m going to buy. As for the B-day card, I like A & C. Hmm. Decisions. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  6. Jackie Phipps says:

    Nightmare Storm B
    Keeper of the Unicorns B
    In Memory of Michelle C
    The Birthday Card C

    Hello Sahara above are my picks.
    Thanks Jackie

    • Sahara Foley says:

      Hi Jackie,

      I had some people on FB that liked C & B for Nightmare Storm, but more people chose A, and I loved A. It’s more subtle.

      The Unicorn one, there’s just something strange with her eyes staring off into space. The same designer also had the same person on a different book cover, but with a different background. Probably why I don’t like it as much. It wouldn’t be a duplicate cover, but too close for me.

      I like your selections for the last 2 books.

      Thanks for commenting.

  7. Jan says:

    Except for the ‘nightmare’ — none of which I like, and none of which would make me want to pick up the book, I agree with your original choice on all of them. (B for In Memory of Michelle as second choice. )

    • Sahara Foley says:

      Hi Jan,

      Yes, that is the whole point, isn’t it. Trying to get a readers attention. Each cover has it’s merits but also disadvantages. I don’t like the fonts on some, but can always change them. Thanks for looking and taking the time to comment. 🙂

  8. Elda Brooks says:

    I like your pics on all except Keeper of Unicorns I pic D. Yours reminds me too much of that scene in Harry Potter.

    • Sahara Foley says:

      Hi Elda,

      Hmm, I guess I don’t remember that scene from Harry Potter and a Unicorn, other than the one that was killed by The One We Must Not Name. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  9. Dawn says:

    My thoughts:
    Nightmare Storm: B
    Keeper of the Unicorns: B
    In Memory of Michelle: C
    The Birthday Card: C

    • Sahara Foley says:

      Hi Dawn,

      Several people picked B for Nightmare Storm, but I was also told that A was more in line with my subtle writing style. Keeper of the Unicorn has been a toss up. B, D & E have been chosen the most. I also like your picks for the last two. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  10. Zeece says:

    Sahara, I also like B for Nightmare. For Keeper I like D.
    In Memory, A. Birthday Card-C.

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