Wednesday, May 18, 2011


By Debby Giusti

The cover sells the book…or, at least, catches the reader’s eye and hopefully her interest, as well. That’s why I was thrilled when I saw the cover for THE OFFICER’S SECRET, a May Love Inspired Suspense and the first book in my Military Investigations Series.

I had submitted photos to the Art Department of various quarters at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where I lived for a number of years. The large brick homes that surround the main parade field were built in the 1930s and provided inspiration for the setting of my story.

The book opens with the death of a female officer stationed at Fort Rickman, Georgia, the fictional Army post I created for the series. Maggie Bennett, the victim’s sister, finds the major’s body and calls the military police for help. They, in turn, notify the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, and CID Special Agent Nate Patterson soon arrives at the scene.

The cover sets the mood for my story and invites readers into the quarters where the major’s body was discovered. There they’ll find Maggie sitting in the living room, legs crossed and head in her hands. She’s understandably shaken by her sister’s death. Nate jots down Maggie’s terse answers to his questions, and although he’s attracted to the Alabama counselor, he knows she’s not being completely forthright. On the second floor, the crime scene investigators search for clues while, in the attic, the medical examiner prepares to move the major’s body to the morgue on post.

Welcome to Fort Rickman, the sign on the cover reads, where secrets must be revealed and healed before the case can be put to rest. Or will Nate’s feelings for Maggie compromise the investigation and prevent him from realizing she may be the next to die?

Like the cover? Then read THE OFFICER’S SECRET, where love and suspense mix with faith for an exciting story you won’t be able to put down. Cross my heart!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti

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PamelaTracy said...

I love the cover. I love big, old houses, and while I get that this is more a work place, it spells history.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Pam,

Although the brick house on the cover is a bit larger than the quarters I wrote about, the style is similar. So I'm happy! :)

Liz Johnson said...

That really is a great cover, Debby! Excited to read this one! :)

Anonymous said...

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