Each Friday one of the members of The Indie Exchange will be showcasing one of their covers and telling us the story behind it. This week’s featured cover is from This Time You Lose by Chris Stralyn. The cover was designed by Tirzah Goodwin.
Chris says: “My book cover rocks because I had little to do with it’s creation. I mean, I can barely draw stick figures! Design a book cover? I didn’t have a clue how to even get started. Then an online friend offered to help me out. But, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted for a bookcover. Title and name of course, but other than that – absolutly nothing came to mind. So…. she took my brief story description (back cover blurb) and designed the cover for This Time You Lose without even having read the book. (She has since read it.) And it is perfect!! She totally captured the essense of my story. I get soooooo many comments on my cover - and many have told me they picked up my book because of the cover; it was striking, looked professionally done, and didn’t look like all the other covers out there. I am forever grateful to Tirzah Goodwin, who works full time, (in an unrelated field) but designs book covers in her spare time. She is the reason my book cover rocks! ”
What would you do if street thugs invaded your home? What if you’re a daycare provider, caring for a dozen children at the time? Lisa Kaamp, a most unlikely heroine, faces just such a nightmare in This Time You Lose, the suspense driven story of one woman’s struggle to survive when she and the children she cares for become victims of a home invasion gone terribly wrong. Lisa Kaamp operates a small childcare business out of her home in Nogeksum, Michigan. Highly respected and known for going the extra mile for her daycare kids, she thinks she’s handled every daycare emergency possible. But nothing prepares her for the horror she now faces. Lisa finds herself bound and gagged, four strange men in her home, and the daycare children held hostage in the next room. Terrorized by her captors as the authorities work to meet the ransom deadline, she tries negotiating with the men for the release of the children, but soon realizes they have no intention of letting anyone go. With the deadline approaching, Lisa must do the unimaginable to protect the children and get everyone out alive. In 2008 This Time You Lose was named a finalist in the TNBW Strongest Start Novel Competition. Four months later it earned the distinction of being a TNBW Readers Choice Top Ten Novel, and has remained on the Top Ten list ever since.
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