Cover Reveal

a smiling black whippet sprinting along a forest trail

We received our first printed copy this weekend and are delighted to give the paws up for our forthcoming book Between Heather and Grass – Poems and Photographs Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets.

A very big thank you to Darlene Swanson at Van-garde for the lovely cover design:

Front Cover of Between Heather and Grass by Xenia Tran
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The focus of this new collection of poems and images is on the comfort that love and nature can bring, even in times of loss. With that in mind we provided a mood board for our designer with a handful of carefully selected photographs, a few examples of book covers that we liked and the freedom for her to choose another photograph from the selection of images for the interior of the book if she felt this would work better for the cover.

We believe she really captured the depth and sensitivity of this collection with her combination of the two images and cannot thank her highly enough.

We are donating thirty per cent of any net profit from the sale of this book to a children’s cancer charity in memory of our nephew Jamie Baker and another thirty per cent of net profit to animal rehoming charities.

Between Heather and Grass will go on general sale on Friday 15th November, when we will publish a special post in co-ordination with the children’s cancer charity we’re supporting.

The paperback edition is available for pre-order from Barnes & Noble, Foyles, Waterstones, Indiebound and Fishpond.

Between now and the release date more retailers will be added to this list.

The ebook version is available for pre-order from Apple, Kobo, Nook and Booktopia.

The Kindle edition is available for pre-order from Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Amazon Australia.

If you’re interested in receiving a complimentary copy please let us know in the comments. Eivor and Pearl will select two names from the hat on 14th November and we are happy to ship worldwide.

*** the winners are announced here ***

a smiling black whippet leaping along a forest trail in autumn

Wishing you all a magical Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

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Author: whippetwisdom

The stories, poems and photographs on this blog are the original creative work of Xenia Tran. Inspired by life in the Scottish Highlands and in awe of nature she gives voice to the wisdom of her adopted and fostered whippets.

80 thoughts on “Cover Reveal”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Patti and for all your support πŸ™‚πŸ’œ I’ve sent an email to you, Amy, Ann-Christine and Tina with a special thank you for all your inspiration with the Lens-Artists challenge πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx


  1. Yay hurray to you! This is a fabulous cover. So soulful and so beautiful! I’m very VERY glad for you! I hope the book does excellently well, as it should! I would of course love to have my name in the hat … πŸ™‚ Lovely!!! XOXO Na’ama

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  2. I’m a number of baby steps behind you in the Indie publishing world.
    It has its own learning curve and a new set of skills.
    Congrats on your progress!
    Don’t you dare send me any free copies.

    Best regards,


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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your support dear Paz, it’s been quite a learning curve for me too and thankfully in an enjoyable way. I’m wishing you all the best of luck with your own book and feel free to ask if there’s anything I can do to help πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ

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  3. Congratulations, dear Xenia, Eivor and Pearl! Love the cover and the charity choices – this will be a much loved book, I am sure. It is made out of Love and Love runs through its very veins. β™₯β™₯β™₯

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your support dear Ann-Christine πŸ™‚πŸ’œ It’s been a true labour of love and we hope to spread a little love and joy to others in supporting these causes that are so close to our heart πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx


      1. And you do – and you are such an inspiration to us all β™₯ Wish I could take care of animals as well as you do, and give them new lives, lives worth living. You would have appreciated the situation in Tbilisi in Georgia, where every stray cat and dog were well fed and well loved by their fellow citizens. They were also vaccinated and sterilized and had a “bar” to go to where people could put in their used plastic bottles – and there would rattle down some portions of dog food in bowls!

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      2. Thank you kindly dear Ann-Christine πŸ™‚πŸ’œ It’s lovely to see how the people of Tbilisi care for the stray dogs and I also loved your beautiful post about the way the dogs were cared for in Bhutan and seen by local people as a blessing πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Bella πŸ™‚πŸ’œ The poem I wrote for you and your family fits beautifully in this collection and I hope to have a copy out in the post to you within the next ten days πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx

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      1. Thank you Denise, it’s on 15th November and some retailers have it available for pre-order (see details near the end of the post). The dedicated book page and launch post will go live on the 15th, in co-ordination with the children’s cancer charity we’re supporting πŸ™‚πŸ’œ xxx

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