Recently I shared advice for designing covers for books (and not just paranormal romances.) But if you get my newsletter, you’ve helped me make design decisions for my upcoming book cover.

You steered me right! I went with one of the roughs you saw the other week, with tweaks in the title treatment, color, and cropping.

I think this final version of the book cover for my upcoming novel, The Phoenix Codex, is just the best. It’s a paranormal romance that’s the first in a series about an international secret society that’s been around for centuries and that fights all kinds of supernatural evil. Check it out!


THE PHOENIX CODEX by Bryn Donovan #best paranormal romance books 2017 #urban fantasy #secret society book


The Phoenix Codex is a romance but heavy on action. I am a big fan of otherworldly action movies (think The Avengers, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Rogue One). I really hoped this cover would look like the kind of movie poster catches my eye… and it does!

Damonza designed the cover. I knew exactly what I wanted — color palette, images, type size, and more — and they did such a great job.

Although I’ve published two novels traditionally and have self-published a nonfiction book, this will be the first time I’ve self-published a novel. I wanted to have complete control over it because it’s going to be a series and because it’s a project close to my heart.

The Phoenix Codex will be out this fall, and I’m so excited about it! If you have any questions or comments about the story, about working with a book cover designer, or about self-publishing in general, please share in the comments. Thanks for taking a look!