Cover Reveal — The Saint of Quarantine Island

A Hard-Fought Book Title

My next book, a near future speculative fiction with elements of romance, is currently gnawing away at my South African editor’s free time. It only took ten or eleven years since I started the blinking book. This is Progress!

I also have a cover for the book. More progress!

I even — would you believe? — have a title! Yay! The hardest progress of all.

Don’t laugh. This title came hard.

Sometimes a title slips off my tongue as easily as “pass the salt.” Alien Contact for Idiots was like that. So was The Trial of Tompa Lee, followed by The Tribulations of Tompa Lee and The Triumph of Tompa Lee. Trials, tribulations, and triumph — they’re even in correct alphabetical order . . . how’s that for brilliant planning, eh? (More like a lucky chance, actually.) The name for the trio of books, of course, had to be The Trilogy of Tompa Lee. Easy peasy.

But if a title doesn’t come to me as easily as pass the salt?


I’ve always had a thing for funeral marches. Really, I love ’em. (I’m sure that says something about me, but tough.) The playlist for me while working on a book title would be full of grim, depressing funeral marches.

Anyway, this book’s love interest was the subject of a TV documentary entitled The Saint of Gilford Island. Gilford is a quarantine area.

Hence the book’s title became The Saint of Quarantine Island. It’s memorable. Appropriate for the times and the story. And, I hope, marketable.

A Relatively Easy Book Cover

I sometimes design my own covers. Make that occasionally, not sometimes, because I’m not fluent in graphical design. If I’m lucky enough to come up with an idea, I enjoying playing with it, though.

This one took me three days. That’s nothing compared to the time spent coming up with a title — but it nonetheless proves I could never, ever, make a living as a graphical artist.

One of my main criteria for a book cover is “How does it look as a thumbnail?” That’s all most e-book buyers will ever see.

By that criterion, this one works. The design and color scheme are simple enough to work in any size. More importantly, at least for this modest (ahem!) writer, the title and author are easily readable.


The book will be available for pre-order as soon as Amazon’s overworked and underpaid staffers get around to processing it for sale.

And a Great Book Review

This has nothing to do with The Saint of Quarantine Island, but there’s a great review of Love thy Galactic Enemy on Whiskey With My Book ~ And a cozy spot to enjoy them both.

Five Stars, even. Thanks, folks. The next round’s on me.



  1. You’ve done a nice job on the cover, Ed. I like the colors and the way you faded and blended around the couple. It sure is a fitting title for today too. I wish you luck getting the book out. I’ve heard some publishing and pre-order horror stories as of late.

    1. I’ve heard the horror stories too, but I really can’t complain. All of a sudden the book is available for pre-sale at most sites, and I submitted it Sunday and Monday. In these uncertain times, that slight delay is darned good, I think.

      1. Wonderful! I’m glad. It proves there is hope.

  2. Great job and cover. I have a terrible time with titles as well.

    1. Titles and synopses, the bane of an author’s existence.

  3. Gorgeous cover, Ed, congratulations! x

    1. Thanks, Hywela. It’ll be good to get this one out into the world, because it took a decade or so to finish it.

  4. I like it, Ed. The island has a great sense of remoteness.

    1. Remoteness from the quotidian world is a major element of Gilford Island’s identity.

  5. Cara Hartley · · Reply

    That’s a wonderful cover! The silhouette plays nicely against the sun and I like the shadowy rocks in the ocean.
    ~Cie from Naughty Netherworld Press~

  6. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Great cover and I do like the title,

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