~The Plot of My Book~

~ My First Book~

May-June Release!

"The Anne Marie"

Newfoundlands are considered to be one of the most loyal breed of dogs. It is said that once one of the giant water-dogs bonds with a human, they can never bond with another. Atticus Stockton is a Newfoundland who loses his precious master in the sinking of a fishing boat off of Maine's rocky coast. Now alone, Atticus finds that he is unwanted, and as the big dog struggles to find a new home he is also plagued with the dreams from his once perfect world. Can he find a home, and if he does can he ever love another human again?

Thursday, February 17, 2011



So in this process that I am in, the independent writing process that is, I have been a bit worried about the artwork that would appear on the cover of my book.  Not knowing much about artwork per say, I knew that I would be at the whim of the self-publishing company’s discretion.  That is until the day before yesterday.  Not to give anything away about one of the main characters in my book, but one of these characters happens to be a painter.   So I have always envisioned my cover to be some sort of painting. 
The day before yesterday I had a middle school class guest edit my posting, so I was on my blog looking to see if there were any comments on the fantastic job they had done, there was not by the way.
When I accidently clicked on the “NEXT BLOG” button at the top of my blog’s page. 

That’s when it happened, and the next thing I know I was staring at this beautiful piece of art.  It looked like a painting, however as I looked closer I could see that it wasn’t brush strokes that made up the delicate lines through out this captivating piece of art.  What I was looking at was what looked like torn paper delicately placed together in a truly remarkable way. 
The result- AMAZING.
So I posted on this stranger’s blog- Hey if your interested I have written a book and I think your artwork would be perfect for the cover.
To my surprise the artist emailed me back right away – She was interested.
A phone conversation later and it was done.  This super talented artist is going to do a custom painting for the cover of my book.
 I couldn’t believe it.

I am posting the link to this wonderful artist and a piece of her work because I want to show her amazing talents off.  She is quickly becoming a big name in the art community, and on top of it all she is a pretty damn nice lady too.  So please go and check out her unbelievable artwork.


  1. Hey Israel, You are too kind. I am glad to be the first one to comment on your post so that this time you cannot say nobody commented! I have a new URL that is much more intuitive: www.PaperPaintings.com but the old one still works.

    I'm looking forward to collaborating with you for the cover of your first book. As a fellow creative, I remember what it's like to be starting out and looking to get your first break. I am happy to help you with your very first book. How exciting!

  2. You've made a great choice for the art on the cover of your book. Elizabeth does great work and I'm sure that the cover alone will sell lots of books. I'm looking forward to reading your book.

  3. Jo,

    Thanks for posting on my blog. I am totally excited about Elizabeth working the cover of my book. She is so talented! I have talked with her on phone several times and she is one of the nicest people I've met in a long time. On top of it all- her story is absolutely inspiring.


  4. This is wonderful serendipity! As one of Elizabeth's friends I will follow with great interest this developing story. Soon I hope to start my inspirational book that I hope I can interweave visual with literary expressions. And as I write now I am thinking of an online site to which I would be pleased to submit a story about this collaborative effort when completed and also a monthly writers' newsletter published in New Hampshire! Go for it Israel. What fun!

  5. I am here to say she is an incredible woman and person! I have known her for some time as parent to two of my students and she also spends time teaching art appreciation through a special program at our school! You couldn't have been paired with a nicer, more talented artist!
    Congrats on your new book!