The Cowboy’s Last Goodbye Cover

Cowboy Leaning in Doorway of Barn

A few weeks ago, someone asked me about the cover of The Cowboy’s Last Goodbye   and if it was a photo I’d taken.

I meant to share this post long before now, but can I use the excuse that things have been a little busy at our house?

Anyway, I thought you might like to see how I put this cover together.

marc riding out to cows 2

It started with this photo I took of my niece’s very good-natured hubby, Marc. To humor his wife’s crazy aunt, he saddled his horse and rode out to check the cows just so I could snap a bunch of photos.

You probably noticed I changed the color of his shirt from black and white to blue because I used him in this shirt on another book cover. (I’ll let you figure out which one!) Also, I wanted a blue title and a blue shirt matched better.


I added in this barn photo I took a few summers ago.


Then we needed the pretty sky (a photo taken from my backyard during the summer).


And General. I have no idea about this dog, other than it was a perfect piece of clipart for the cover!

If at all possible, I try to use my own artwork and keep my covers very original, but once in a while I have to add a little something that I don’t have on hand (like a specific dog breed!).

And that’s how it came to be.

What do you think?


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