Cover reveal: Courting Apparitions, volume two of the Fashion and Fiends series, sequel to Manipulations

Greetings, Readers!

Our Art Director Gayle Hendricks has officially revealed the cover to Courting Apparitions, the second book in the Fashion and Fiends series and sequel to Manipulations.

(Speaking of Manipulations, our carton of books in anticipation of the upcoming Third Annual Easton Book Festival arrived today and Angel Ackerman and the family dog hosted an unboxing. See it here.)

Gayle did not use stock photos or art for the cover but built a poppet herself and shot it in the university photo lab.

We ran a poll on LinkedIn to ask whether people preferred the poppet with or without the necklace. No results yet.

Turns out, the denim fabric of the doll’s body came from the discarded jeans of a mutual friend’s brother. Or, so her Facebook page declares.

The book will be released in late November, so if the first book left you wanting more, don’t despair. We anticipated that and intentionally waited to release Manipulations until we had enough of the series done to satiate fans.

The first book, Manipulations, used magick to explore themes like love, body image, deceit and domestic violence. Urban and dark, yet humorous and feminine, Manipulations balanced darkness with chic.

The second book, Courting Apparitions, is a ghost story that examines the lines between grief and depression. What does loss of a loved one leave us capable of doing? How do we find peace?


The FURR cat of the day is (Slim) Shady. Shady is docile, sweet and doesn’t mind being manhandled, even by the dog. She was separated from her litter mates because she was the only one in her group not sick and feral. She’s about four months old, has the eyes of an Egyptian goddess and will sleep on your chest more often than not.

For more information on adopting Shady, visit the Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab web site.

Published by Angel Ackerman

Writer, Editor, Traveler, Fashionista, Francophile, Student and Mother

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