The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser COVER REVEAL + The Making of the Cover

Today I am taking part in Hosanna Emily's cover reveal for her debut novella, The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser, which will be released on April 26.

About the Book

"Rosy growled, and I knew she was pacing the porch. I sensed her uneasiness. Something was wrong. Rosy never barked at cars; why would she choose this one?" 

13-year-old Emily Kessler believes in God, but when she discovers someone trespassing in the middle of the night, can she learn to trust in Him completely? Will she have the courage to solve the mystery with her friends? And when everything falls apart, will Emily be able to keep those she loves safe?

The Making of the Cover

I designed this cover...and Hosanna graciously allowed me to share with you the process of making it!  Thank you so much, Hosanna!  (Note: This is the extremely simplified version of the process.)

1. This cover's origins are as an illustrated cover.  *hides face*  My artistic skills are limited...and this is what it came up with (after a TON of work).
*hangs head in shame* I can't believe I'm showing you this...
2. After many hours of work, I scrapped this and decided on using images.  I found these two on Unsplash.com.

3. After making the forest look like nighttime, adding the truck to the picture, and making the headlights light up, it was time for some text.  This was hard and took some research.  I wasn't sure what kind of font to use.  Here is the finished result one more time:

About the Author

Hosanna Emily wrote her first novel at age fourteen.  She is a homeschooled, independent author who is the oldest daughter in a family of eleven.  She enjoys exploring the sparkling creek by her home in rural Kentucky, reading, drawing, learning American Sign Language, and spending time with her family and with her Creator.

To learn more, visit her blog at:


  1. Alea, that cover is... amazing. Wow. You are so good at that stuff.

    You should do some photoshop tutorials. :) I'd love to know how blended the pictures, made the headlights light up, made it look like nighttime, etc. :) I think you'd have a lot of helpful knowledge to share. :D

    1. Aww. :) Thanks, Emily!

      I am actually thinking of doing Somme more indepth Photoshop/Gimp tutorials in the future. I have an introduction to photoshop post here: http://elvishpensfantasticalwritings.blogspot.com/2015/10/how-to-make-book-cover-using-photoshop.html.

  2. Hi, Alea! I asked Hosanna what website you used to make the cover. But she didn't know. So I'm asking you! What website did you use? And how much did it cost? I want to make a cover for my book now too!

    1. I used a program called Gimp (https://www.gimp.org/downloads/). It is like photoshop, but a free version. It has a bit of a learning curve, but there are plenty of tutorials online. I hope this helped! Good luck making your book cover! :)

  3. Thanks for being in my cover reveal. =) I enjoyed seeing how you put together my cover. ;) Lol! Thanks for being patient through the process! (even though you might have thrown several computers at the wall??) ;) I really appreciate it!!!!!! The cover is perfect!

    1. I LOVE promoting books! I certainly /tried/ to be patient. Yes, my computer wasn't the most cooperative. LOL. I'm so pleased you like the cover!

  4. Oh my word, you did SO good making the cover, Alea! You're very talented :). It's amazing!


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