Posted in Australian Rural Romance, Books by Juanita Kees, Under the Law

Under the Covers

With Under the Hood on special this month, I’m taking a trip down memory lane.

Back in 2012, Kate Cuthbert from Escape Publishing took a chance on a little-known author with big dreams. I remember it being the best day of my life because writing for Harlequin had been a dream since I picked up my first M&B romance as a young teenager. Eight books later, that dream is still well and truly alive with a new release, Shadows over Wongan Creek, waiting in the wings.

I have a lot to thank Kate and the editing team for. I have learnt so much from them in the last six years, and I’m still learning. One thing I’ve learnt is the importance of branding and covers.

When I wrote Under the Hood, I had no idea it would be the start of a series, yet it evolved into one. Under the Law started out as The Tag Raiders, but the editorial team soon recognised that the series title and covers didn’t reflect the underlying message of the books which is the suspense theme, so it was re-branded and re-covered with much excitement from all involved.

When the first book in the series hit the shelves in 2013, Escape Publishing was just starting out, and digital covers hit the market as artists explored a whole new world of cover design. I loved my first covers, but when the series was re-branded with the re-release of Fly Away Peta as Under Shadow of Doubt in 2017, I had a whole new love for them.

Today, I’d like to take you on a visual journey of how my covers grew with me and my writing dream.

Every book is a new adventure, every cover is a new first love, and every release is a dream come true. I couldn’t have achieved any of that without Kate, the editorial team and the cover fairies. Thank you ❤

Under the Law

Three young boys, caught up in a gang crime, bring together families and lovers in a fight for freedom in Under the Law. The girl who wants to save them, a detective fighting to stamp out gang-related crime, and the link to a crime boss’ widow they weren’t expecting.



Award Winning Author; RWA RUBY Nominee; Diploma in Proofreading, Editing and Publishing; Published author since 2012; Debut Author with Harlequin's digital pioneer, Escape Publishing.

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