Genies in Jammies


Genies in Jammies, by Marcy Petricig Braasch, is a full-color illustrated collection of 20 read-aloud poems. The poems are colorful rhythmic character sketches that bring out attentiveness and giggles from young listeners. With rich, hand-drawn and painted illustrations, this fun book is sure to become the “Read this one!” addition to the 4-10 year-old’s bookshelf.
Genies in Jammies is a collection of read-aloud character snippets. It’s almost a bit of an homage to Shel Silverstein, with satirical rhymes describing the colorful characters in the author’s mind. Each of the 20 poems is illustrated in full color. The mini-stories are whimsical, unusual, and well-written; they are a far cry from a watered down night time rhyming book filled with soft puppies and bears sharing hugs. Kids will find themselves stopping to study the illustrations. Marcy Petricig Braasch’s Genies in Jammies is ideal as a parent’s read-out-loud book for children ages 4 to 9, and great for kids 8-12 to broaden their own reading vocabulary strength.

Cover created by Jenny, Artwork by Marcy Petricig Braasch

The Default Setting is Love

The Default Setting is Love

The Default Setting is Love

By Thomas Dexter Kerr

Poems expanding life and love into the unified field of intelligence and morality.

The author had a very specific concept on what they wanted for their cover. We did our best to please. This cover was made in collaboration between Katrina and Dora.

Book is available through Smashwords.

Defying Death

An average man has his life turned upside down when he suddenly and inexplicably finds he has the ability to defy death. David Hudson must contend with an unimaginable paranormal gift that has the potential to shake human society to its core. Amid the calamity that follows, David must search for the answer of why he alone has been given the power.

Imagine you awoke one day to discover that you had the power to raise the dead? What would happen to the life of an average person if they discovered they had the awesome ability to reignite the spark of life? School teacher David Hudson has his life turned upside down when he suddenly and inexplicably finds he has the ability to defy death. Without neither rhyme nor reason, Hudson must contend with an unimaginable paranormal gift that has the potential to shake humankind to its core.
With the worldwide media in hot pursuit and the world’s religious establishment seeking to investigate the incredible phenomenon, David Hudson must also contend with darker forces that are gathering to stop the man who has a Godlike power over mortality.
Amid the calamity that follows this awesome development, David must also search for the answer to a maddening question: why has he been singled out to have such authority? With the help of a mysterious ally, David must try to make sense of a situation which threatens the foundations of modern society and also his very own sanity.


Cover Created by Jenny

A Good Premade Cover Sometimes Does the Job

Sometimes various samples I create for a client as potential covers get rejected. And there I am left bereft with this unwanted, lonely cover. What do I do with it?  Do I send it to the Island of Misfit Toys? Sort of. I pop over to my other cover site,, and upload it there.

Just because a cover doesn’t work for you doesn’t mean it’s not going to work for someone else, and if there’s one thing I hate it’s wasted hard work.  So there my huge selection of unwanted babies sit, hoping to find a home someday. Sometimes they do. Often they don’t.

Premade covers seem to be developing a stigma in the cover underworld, and with good reason. Some people sell one, then they sell it again, and they sell it again. That hardly leaves coveted originality for the discerning self-published author. But that doesn’t happen with me, not even with these, which is probably why I have so many. I want my covers to stand out, to sell, and there’s only one way to do that. Practice, practice, practice.

I’m bringing this up because sometimes I’ll stumble across covers made by someone else in some capacity or another, and although they have great potential I wince because the title doesn’t stand out, or they look like they were rolled out on a counter and cut using a cookie cutter. Sometimes I’ll find another person’s portfolio and weep from the sheet genius – and let me tell you, I can’t compare myself to some people’s genius. Their cover genius is hard to comprehend. Their diversity makes you want to sing hymns. And they charge an arm and a leg for it – rightfully so.

But even so I keep plugging along because I gotta, because I like to, because this is what I do. For now.

If you’re a cover artist who also gets a lot of unwanted covers, changing them up to be different from the *accepted* cover enough to into a premade gallery isn’t a bad idea. It helps you to get your time back. It also lets you show off a little, especially if your favorite just happens to be a cover that was rejected. And then others get to see your work. So you get a two in one deal: you get to show folks “lookit wut I can do” alongside “lookit wut you can buy”.

I don’t really have much more to say than that this morning. Just a random thought inspired by looking at some covers made by other people – both genius and mediocre.