Friday, February 27, 2009

Slippery When Wet ...

I recently started designing cover art for Phaze, and the hot M/M series SLIPPERY WHEN WET by Jude Mason and Jenna Byrnes is my first (non-me) cover art.

I just had to share!

BEHIND THE DESIGN: Now the image used at the top and the guys at the bottom were all selected by the authors. They left the fonts and rest up to me.

Because this is part of the Phaze Rocks line, and because all of the stories are Bon Jovi songs, I had a little bit of fun. I wanted to get a little bit of that whimsy into the cover, which is why I selected to use the musical notes folding around into the bar that the series title is on.

The font for the title and author names is actually called Bon Jovi.

The little diamonds between first and last name was made with a carrot (^) and a reversed carrot.


Dan Radisson has been released from Corcoran State Prison and never intends to go back. He's working his twelve steps, minding his own business, and trying to resume some degree of normality living in the home of his sister and her family.

Trey Wallace knows what he likes and isn't afraid to go after it. When he meets Dan at an AA meeting he sees exactly what he wants, but questions whether the newly freed man is ready to dive into the type of sexual relationship Trey has in mind.

Dan's ready for the sex, but not so sure about life on the outside. When he stumbles upon a homicide and runs from the scene in the same way he did in the past, suddenly he's a wanted man. Dan must either solve the crime or risk returning to the place he dreads the most--the prison that changed his life.

LIVIN' ON A PRAYER by Jude Mason

Logan White is released from prison after serving eight years on Corcoran prison for his part in a B &E where a man was killed. Enter Reverend Shane Grayson, a gay man of the cloth who helps find Logan a job, but that turns into a horror story. Can the two lovers find a way to be together or will the underbelly of society win this battle?


Damien Hall has never done an honest day's work in his life. On his own from a young age, his street wiles got him by until he ended up in Corcoran State Prison, found guilty of theft. Five years later, he's moved in with a man who only wants him for one thing, nightly hot sex. But he's off the streets, and Damien thinks the trade-off is worth it.

Travis Slater wrangles horses for a living, and wants to wrangle Damien in his off hours. He sees potential in the man who suffers from extremely low self esteem, and quickly falls in love with him. He hopes to take Damien and leave, knowing they can make their own way in the world.

Damien isn't so sure, and is terrified at the thought of being homeless again. When his employer admits the real reason Damien was hired, it's decision time. Do what's easy or do what's right? Only Damien can decide.

I'D DIE FOR YOU by Jude Mason

Snake Thompson is out of Corcoran and looking for revenge. He meets and falls for Abel, a lusty blond guy who winds up quitting his job and tagging along. Can the two of them find the truth and clear Snake's name, or will drugs and money send them both to the grave?

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The first book, Wanted Dead or Alive, is out in March.

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