ABOUT JAMIE CARIE'S: A Preacher’s Daughter
When she was six, Jamie’s parents met Jesus and soon after started a church. It changed everything.

Road trips with her dad—to and from Bible studies across Indiana—were filled with talks of things beyond earth’s bounds – creation and the fall, God and Jesus and the rapture, the earthly walk compared to the spiritual walk, and how we are born for more than what we can see or touch.

The highlight of those nights was stopping at a truck stop in the middle of the night where her dad would spend a little of the offering basket on two slices of pie and a couple of Cokes. Nothing ever felt so special as a middle of the night slice of pie with her dad. And nothing could stop the writing pouring out of her.

As Jamie’s relationship with God grew, she discovered her heart was filled with songs and poetry. During high school she wrote lyrics for her brother’s band. (And she sang them too!) After college, Jamie married, had two sons and decided to stay home with them. While she homeschooled she wrote skits, poems, plays and short stories for school and church.

When her eldest son turned five she dove into the world of novels. She’d read romance novels for years, but couldn’t relate to the flawless, saintly heroines in Christian romance novels. So she decided to write her own.
Snow Angel was born on a frosty night in an old farmhouse in Fishers, Indiana, where the cold floor gave plenty of motivation for the snow scene. Jamie loves to write late at night when the house is quiet and the darkness seems alive. Elizabeth and Noah had been playacting in herhead for a long time, so the story went fast.

Snow Angel was born on a frosty night in an old farmhouse in Fishers, Indiana, where the cold floor gave plenty of motivation for the snow scene. Jamie loves to write late at night when the house is quiet and the darkness seems alive. Elizabeth and Noah had been playacting in herhead for a long time, so the story went fast.

Ten years later Snow Angel was published and won the ForeWord magazine Romance Book of the Year winner, was a National “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and a 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. It was the beginning of her dream career.

If she could only say one thing to her readers it would be, “Live the dreams God has destined you for!”

to ENTER the Drawing for this giveaway.  This link will take you to PART ONE of this interview. 


Could you tell me how the book cover process works for you? The covers your books are very eye catching, just wondered if you had a say in how they turned out?  Just wondering how involved you are in this process? I’ve LOVED every one of your covers!

Thank you so much! I love my covers too. I have to credit Diana Lawrence over at Band H Publishing with coming up with my covers. In the past, I would see them (or two or three choices) after they were designed and make comments and suggestions but with my next book – Book 1 in the Forgotten Castles Series, Band H made a video for the first book in my new series called “The Making of the Guardian Duke Cover.” For the first time I got to see the photo shoot for my cover! It was so cool and exciting. After posting this on my blog I received a lot of interest in how covers are made so I wrote a blog about it, interviewing the model and Diana about her process. Here’s the post:


Have you ever wondered how publishing houses come up with their book covers?
 I know I have, and since I’ve become a published author, I get this question a lot. To find out just what goes into the process I was blessed to get the chance to interview Diana Lawrence, an Art Director at B and H Publishing. Thanks so much, Diana, for giving us a peak into the process!

How did you get started in this business? Have you always wanted to design book covers?

As a kid I would write and illustrate little stories and bind them into books, so I guess I always knew I wanted to be a book designer. I went to art school and worked for years in many areas of graphic design before coming to Band H to illustrate gift products, which led to gift books, which led to all types of books.

 Can you give us a brief overview of the steps you take to create a book cover? (The comments in blue are mine).

First I read as much as I can about the author and the book (if it’s a novel, I usually read the whole story because I get caught up in it). I collect images that have some connection to the writing: photographs, illustrations, and textures.

(For The Guardian Duke, set in Ireland and the first book in my Forgotten Castles series, Diana used some of these images)

Sometimes the cover design has an image of a person placed for approval, and then later we do a photo shoot to capture the exact look we want. (Here are some images Diana used for possible cover models):

With The Guardian Duke, we decided to connect the cover image to the book trailer in a more dramatic way than we have in the past. We chose a model who not only fit the description in the story, but who also had acting experience so we could have live action video in the trailer instead of still images.
(Here are some photos of the chosen model from faceoutstudio):


I build layers of art and type, moving pieces around, adding and subtracting until the design begins to tell the story. The first design leads to a few more. Then the designs go through an approval process to decide which one works best for the book.

(Here is the mock up and a draft cover):
(And after the approval process, here is the final cover!):

What is your favorite part of the process?

I love to discover the heart of a book. I want to know the story behind the story: what inspired the author to write, how the power of the message might change the way I think. I want to experience the passion behind the written words, and then begin to think about translating that into a cover image.

Most challenging part?
Definitely coming up with a design that resonates with everyone! Art is so subjective; what attracts some people just doesn’t work for others.

If someone wanted to become a book designer what would you recommend they do?
Spend time at bookstores and online to see what design trends are showing up on covers and anywhere else.

Anything else you would like to add?
What I love best about working on books is being able to catch the vision and go along for the ride. To be caught up in a book that takes you to another place in your mind is so powerful… the books we publish inspire us to live fuller lives, because we read about how someone else has.   

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences creating book covers.
I know I have been so pleased and thrilled with every cover that Diana has designed. And whenever I’m at a book signing, I always hear how beautiful my covers are. I’m blessed to have such a talented and insightful person working on these stories with me!

Can you give us a sneak peak into what book you are working on right now? When does it release?
I am so excited to be working on book three in my first ever series, the Forgotten Castles series! It’s hard to talk about the third book without mentioning books one and two because this is a continuing series. Here’s the back cover blurb for books one and two:

The Guardian Duke (February 2012)

In this Regency-era romantic adventure, Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts.
Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling hills of Ireland but is always one step behind. When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.

The Forgiven Duke (July 2012)

Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon—the path of least resistance—Alexandria Featherstone sets off from Ireland to Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. Her glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton—the path less traveled by—on Dublin’s shore still haunts her. Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: “Willing and Able” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.

The powerful and wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life of him or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.

A Duke’s Promise (September 2012)
(Since this is my current WIP this blurb hasn’t been written yet but here’s my first stab at it, a sneak peak for your readers!)

From the Land of Fire and Ice back to England’s shores Alexandria finds herself married and the new Duchess of St. Easton. Her husband has promised a wedding trip to take them to the place her parents were last seen – Italy and the marble caves of Carrarra, Tuscany. Fraught with danger on all sides they must learn to work together and fight together. The mysterious key is within their grasp but they have yet to recognize it. It will be a journey of faith to find this happy ending. And sacrificial love.

 Doesn’t it sound like so much fun! I can’t wait to see what readers think!

Your friend has a time machine and their going to let you use it, but you can only experience two events in the history of the world. What two events would you like to experience and why?

Oh, that’s a hard one! How about all the way back to the beginning - Creation. I actually wrote a poem about this if you have room. And the other place would be Jesus’s birth or death. I’d have to think long and hard on that one.


Can you imagine how He made it?
Created from nothingness
The promises and possibilities of heaven
Brought into being by a few spoken words

Can you see His hand as He threw out the stars?
Like seeds on wind
Floating to their place with names of their own
The sun and the moon taking turns like parents
Leading and guiding and lighting our way

What of the great expanse
That perfect combination of breathable air
The puffy clouds that He knew would float
Into shapes we could imagine

Then there were fish
In so many shapes and sizes and colors
Some make us laugh out loud at their funny faces
Others inspire a still silence
Huge, sleek, deadly

Fur and feather, scales and skin
Coverings for creatures
Scurrying in their forest homes
Roaming in hunter stealth among jungle grass
Lurking bright-eyed from trees and holes and caves
There are no homeless here
Sunning on rocks in the hot of the sun
Sparkling backs on slow creeping legs
Darting tongues from dragon-like faces
What imagination
What might
What glory

And then, while the hosts of heaven watch
See them hold their breath as He begins His masterpiece
A sculptor with the perfect mix of clay
He molds the delicate eyes
Knowing the glory they will behold
He creates the tiny bones of the ear
Knowing the music they will hear
Can you imagine it?

The man
So strong and sure in his beauty
Intelligence rests on his brow
Strength upholds his chest and mighty arms
Adventure lures his thoughts
Made to protect and guard
Made to provide and father
Made to delight His maker
Made to surprise Him sometimes
Picture God’s surprised delight in man

Now see the woman
How lovely in her graces
How her lithe strength is displayed in her garden dance
She dances for her man and her God
See Him implant within her secret places
The seeds of all mankind
See Him gift her with the power of the nations in her hand
How pleased! 
How blessed He must have felt to see the handiwork of His creation.

Can you imagine the adventures He planned for us?
When Columbus first sailed and the earth became round in our minds
Sit back with Him on His throne or ride with chariot’s wings
As He watches the play He has made
His heart wrenching with our tragedies
And soaring with our triumphs
But knowing, always knowing
And hoping that we will choose Him

Can you see His joy when we discover the hidden secrets of our world
When the mysteries of fire and light and heat are made known to us
When the infinite miracles of our bodies, just clay but so much more
Are explored as the depths of the oceans or the black of space
Blank pages becoming the stories of our lives

Even now, can you see Him in the laboratory peeking over a shoulder
Peering through a microscope on the verge of a discovery
His breath is held still
Awaiting the moment when we rear back in sudden understanding
When we get a glimpse of what He knows, who He is

Can you see His smile when we studied the birds
Took our first flight
See Him beside us in his chariot of fire booming with laughter
At the pure joy of it
Wasn’t He center stage when moon dust coated our boots
And we had inched a little closer to Him in His heaven
Beloved, can you see Him – smiling and triumphant
When we see the mysteries He made for us
Planned since before time began to share with us
Just waiting for us to notice

Then, in a moment and yet a lifetime
After we’ve looked and seen and experienced
Can you see His thudding heart
When we look up and notice His Son
When our eyes are full of the glory of Him
The Great I AM
Can you imagine His welling heart of love
When we open to Him and return it

He waits for it . . . He longs for it
He planned for it all along . . .


THANKS for sharing this open with us Jamie. It really touched me. Thanks for spending two days with us. I have to say I'm looking forward to reading your books, especially not that I've gotten to know you better. Honestly I had no idea all that goes into a book cover. I know I love them but WOW!! Thanks for taking us on this creative journey. It's great to have you at The Book Club Network this month as our featured author, Thanks to B and H Publishers as your sponsor. They have created another opportunity for readers to won more copies of Jamie's New book The Pirate of My Heart on MONDAY NIGHT SEPT 26th at 9:30p.m. Eastern Standard Time at The Book Club Network 

My publisher, B and H Publishing does some fabulous media for me. You can check out book trailers on my website at My current favorite is the Making of the Guardian Duke Book Cover video. When I watched it for the first time, it was like my heroine had come to life. I cried for two days every time I watched it. I think I’ll watch it again now and, I’m sure, tear up again. Join me?

I have the Youtube video here on this site. Wow! I had no idea all that goes one. I appreciate you sharing this with us. 

Thanks for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your books Jamie!! It's been fun! Do stop by again soon. Maybe when The Guardian Duke comes out??


Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network 


  1. What a fascinating of the best I've ever read. My daughter and I read Jamie's poem together and it touched us both deeply. I forwarded it to her email, for she wishes to save it. God bless you, Jamie, and may you sell a kazillion books! So far I've read them all, with the exception of your new ones, of course.:)


  2. I loved watching how this cover was made. It might be the most stunning this year! Can't wait until the book is out :) So glad you shared one of your poems, Jamie...WOW!

    Nora, You do the BEST interviews :)

  3. I really want to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.