Dark Deeds, by Alice Sabo

Full folio design for Alice Sabo's cozy thriller, Dark Deeds.

Dark Deeds is the sequel to White Lies and continues the story of trouble-prone actor Asher Blaine, who is making a comeback after getting over alcoholism. But from wildfires to rockslides, everything is against Blaine and it seems that somebody is out to try and kill him.

Alice was particularly keen on one scene in the story where Blaine's life hangs in the balance (again), as he finds himself dangling from a cliff.

Here are three of my initial mono draft sketches. The first shows Asher's sinking car in the North Carolina waters; the second shows just Asher's hand, as he is about to vanish into oblivion; and the third design features his striking silhouette hanging on to a cliff for dear life – which was the one we went with.

I had originally envisaged this as a night scene, but it actually takes place late afternoon, as a dark and heavy storm is closing in.

This led to me exploring several options, from a rain storm to ominous, threatening weather...

Dark Deeds is available now via Amazon.