Bertie Cover

Bertie Cover

Today, I thought it might be fun to share the process of creating Bertie’s cover.

Last spring, I was at my niece’s place and snapped a bunch of photos of her sweet hubby, their dogs, cows, and horses.

Then I landed upon the idea for Amanda to pose for a few potential covers for me.

So we walked out to a pasture and I started taking photos.

When I decided to write Bertie’s story, I knew this one would work perfectly.


It just needed a little tweaking. So I removed part of the fence, added more grass, and of course the bright orange irrigation dam had to disappear. I also brightened the color, just a tad.

I also gave Amanda blond hair.

I liked the color and pattern of Amanda’s shirt, so I used it as the basis for Bertie’s dress.

Bertie Cover photo

I found an online photo of a period-appropriate dress I liked and worked it into the cover, then added a wide sash to tie the shirt and skirt together. You’ll notice a mule I added in this photo, but decided it looked more like a donkey.

daisy bouquet

And I ended up using this bouquet of daisies. The others looked a little too straggly.


RileyThis is Riley.

muleAnd Steve the mule. (You’ll really like meeting him!)

title box

I added a pretty title box with Bertie’s name… and there we have it!

Bertie CoverI can’t wait to share Bertie with you April 7!

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