Cover Reveal – Crime, Conflict and Consequences

At last, I’ve reached the stage where the publication date for my first short story book is finally within reach. So now that it’s drawing closer, I thought I’d publish the cover image along with the blurb. I’ve used the same designer for Crime, Conflict and Consequences as I used for my debut novel SLUR. He is the wonderful Chris Howard who can be contacted at:, and once again I’m thrilled with the great job he’s done.

Crime v3

Here is the book blurb:

This entertaining collection of 10 assorted tales explores a variety of genres with stories of crime, love and family dilemmas. There are also a few twists and surprises along the way. The common thread running through each story is – consequences.

– In HELD UP our heroine is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and becomes a witness in an unusual bank robbery.

– In ISLAND OF DREAMS Joe and Bev are looking forward to returning to the island they visited on honeymoon 34 years previously. Will it still be the same?

– In WELCOME ABOARD find out how Helena copes with the job from hell.

These short stories are a great introduction to the work of Heather Burnside. Each one makes an enjoyable quick read with a satisfying conclusion.


You may have guessed that the dominoes represent the idea of consequences but there is also plenty of conflict in the stories and a little bit of crime too.

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on the cover and blurb.


8 thoughts on “Cover Reveal – Crime, Conflict and Consequences

  1. I love the book cover. The colours are striking, somehow it makes me think of games and casinos, I don’t know why, perhaps the idea of chance? It’s certainly enticing and it matches your other book Slur, so you did really well there.
    The blurb hooks the reader, and it’s great to have short stories that you can read when you don’t have that much time available, like mini-treats over a coffee break, perhaps. I can’t wait to get this book too when it’s out 🙂

    • Thanks Marilyn. I love alliteration and I’m going to carry it through to future short story books so that they are all three word titles beginning with the same letter. I have to find words that tie in with the stories though and then a cover image that fits the theme so I’ve set myself a bit of a challenge. 🙂

  2. The cover has a wonderful feel to it, I love the colours and the font – Chris Howard is very talented!! The dominos are a great choice – well done Heather 😉 Looking forward to this coming out so make sure I know about it because I’m not around much at the moment.

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