Vocation Has A New Cover

For those of you who follow me on social media, you already know that my second novel, Vocation, has a new cover. It has also been re-formatted and has a new and updated interior. The story remains the same with a few phrase changes and the correction of some pesky typos. It seems no matter how many times a manuscript is proofread—even by a professional—there always remains a typo.

So why the cover change?

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First, I want to say I liked the original cover, but over time, I realized that it just didn’t capture the mood of the book. It wasn’t an invitation for a potential reader to take a closer look inside.

I wanted a new cover that could do a better job with that initial invitation a reader needs to open to the first page.

I’ve often said that Vocation is my favorite novel, not because it is my best. It’s not. But it is the most personal. Bridget’s spiritual journey is similar to my own in many ways, and Philip carries the cross of Crohn’s Disease, like me.

Vocation is also my quiet tribute to the priesthood, and don’t be surprised if its hero (Bridget’s spiritual director, Father Ed) makes another appearance in one of my novels. I haven’t forgotten him, and he, too, has an interesting story that I want to tell.

So, Vocation’s new cover now honors Bridget in a way I have always wanted, and I’d like to give a shout out to Mark Thomas of Coverness for designing a simple and elegant cover that captures her journey. I love the new cover, and I know Bridget would love it, too.