Guest Post: Carrie Butler, Author of Strength – Cover Dissection


Today I’m hosting my Sapphire Star Publishing sister, Carrie Butler, on her book blog tour. I’ve read STRENGTH and loved it. One of my favorite lines: “My hopes for pie died on the sidewalk.” Carrie is brilliant at intertwining humor with tension. Find her post on writing a funny MC here, and read my review of her book on GoodReads here.

Take it away, Carrie…

Thank you so much for having me over, Natasha! 🙂 You may remember the Covers & Colors post I did last year, discussing how subtle details give readers expectations—some they may not even be aware of. We listed words associated with different colors and highlighted books that represent their genres well. So, I thought it would be cool to dissect my own cover for everyone…


Kind of fun, isn’t it? I challenge you guys to scrutinize the cover of a book you’re currently reading, and then see how accurately it represents the work. Or, if you’re up for a challenge, find a book you haven’t read and make guesses about it. Covers may speak a secret language, but their meanings are open to interpretation. Feel free to draw your own conclusions! 🙂


About The Book

Title: Strength
Series: Mark of Nexus – Book 1
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR)
Formats: E-Book & Paperback
Paperback ISBN:
E-book ISBN:

Available at: AmazonKindleBarnes and NobleNook, Sony Reader Store, Kobo, Diesel, Baker & Taylor.  Be sure to keep an eye on Carrie’s Pinterest Retailers board. She updates it whenever STRENGTH pops up somewhere. 🙂



When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.

Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation—and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few minor setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…

Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace’s powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.

They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do—even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.



“Carrie Butler is now on my must read list.” ~Lynn Rush, author of Violet Midnight

“I carried Strength with me everywhere. Grocery shopping, the dinner table, you name it. The storyline was addictive, and the characters were hilarious. I couldn’t put it down.” ~Jessica Therrien, author of Oppression

“…Carrie Butler’s debut novel is brilliant, riveting, imaginative and seamlessly written.” ~Lisa Regan, author of Finding Claire Fletcher

“This is definitely one to buy for the bookshelf.” – All’s Fair with Pen and Paper

“I love that Carrie took so much time in building the relationship between them. Yay for no instalove!” – Read It, Reviewed It

“I freaking loved every last word on every page.” Scelest’s Journal

“I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who’s interested in reading a bloody good book. :)” – The Life of a Total Book Nerd

“I devoured this book in two days – staying up until the early hours because I didn’t want to stop reading!” – Kyra Lennon, author of Game On

“I love when a ‘bad guy’ has me feeling unsure about his ‘bad guy’ status. I won’t say more, as to not give anything away, but Butler does a fabulous job walking this line.” – Kelley Lynn, author of Fraction of Stone


About the Author


Carrie daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams.

Where to find Carrie:


Where to find Strength:


14 comments on “Guest Post: Carrie Butler, Author of Strength – Cover Dissection

  1. A good cover does indeed capture the essence of the book!

  2. Great post! Love all your little arrows. (Especially the one pointing to Strength.)

  3. You are amazing Carrie. I am most impressed.

  4. That’s fascinating! So you’re gonna do my next cover right? And I LOVE that line about the pie!

  5. cleemckenzie says:

    Very nice analysis of a super cover.

  6. Wow that was a great dissection of a cover. I look at it differently now.

  7. Did the pie land on the sidewalk? 😉

  8. Haha! I love the arrow pointing to his abs that says simply, “strength”!

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