Special Guest: Author M.J. Kane

Hello, readers. I’m happy to have Author M.J. Kane stop by today to share her insight on cover art. M.J. is the author of the newly released novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken. Feel free to leave questions or comments for her. And now I’m turning over my website to you, M.J.

A Heart Not Easily Broken: Cover Art

By M.J. Kane

Covers say a lot about a book. A scene can be depicted; the character’s defined by the models, of in my case, objects used to symbolize the story within.

I love symbolism. Have you ever been to a museum and looked at the art? Not just see the pictures, but actually study them and try to figure out what the artist was thinking or what emotion they were trying to convey? My favorite paintings are the ones where objects are used rather than depicting a scene. The objects allow you to draw your own conclusion. On the cover of my novel, the objects do the same, but the fun part is that you have a story to read that will answer your questions.

A Heart Not Easily Broken is an interracial romance so the black and white colors speak for themselves. The guitar represents the hero, Brian Young who is a bass guitarist in a band. It also represents a pivotal point in the story. The butterfly is the heroine, Ebony Campbell, and symbolizes the transformation she goes through during the course of the story. I chose the color blue for two reasons: it’s the color of Brian’s eyes and the one thing that grounds Ebony when times get rough.

And like 50 Shades of Gray’s covers, you don’t know what you’re gonna get until you peel back the cover! Um no….I don’t write erotica! But don’t worry, for all of you lovers of a hot scene and a hot guy, there IS sex in my novels! I promise not to disappoint!

Ebony is a smart, sexy, career-oriented black woman who wants nothing more than a summer fling with a man who challenges her mind and body. What she doesn’t expect is a blond haired, blue-eyed bass player—who won’t take “no” for an answer—to accept the challenge.

When Ebony’s attempt at a brief fling turns into more, despite negative reactions from friends and family, she finds juggling love, family, and career are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures. Now her dreams spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and her best friend’s trust.

Available now from 5 Prince Publishing! Buy Now!


M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free.  Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.

No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and two pit bulls. MJ can often be found hanging out at the local library where she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.

You can find MJ on social networking sites, sharing writing tips, talking about music, life, and family. She’s always excited to meet new people. Connect with her via the websites below.




This Writer’s Life Blog

The Butterfly Memoirs Blog




Giveaway Information

Don’t forget to leave a comment! All commenters will be entered into the A HEART NOT EASILY BROKEN Blog Tour drawing for a chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of the book! For contest details, visit http://thiswriterslife-mjkane.blogspot.com/p/blog-tour-roll-call.html. Good Luck!!

9 thoughts on “Special Guest: Author M.J. Kane

  1. Thank you for letting me drop by, Candace! And speaking of covers, I love the covers of your novels! They are so crisp and clean…showing a moment in the couples lives that makes the reader wonder what private moment they are sharing.

    By the way, don’t forget to leave a comment! All commenters will be entered into the A HEART NOT EASILY BROKEN Blog Tour drawing for a chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of the book! For contest details, visit http://thiswriterslife-mjkane.blogspot.com/p/blog-tour-roll-call.html. Good Luck!!

  2. I loved the break down of what the cover meant.
    Thanks for the intro to a new author(to me). And since she is a avid read like myself I know her book has to be great.
    Congrats MJ!!

    • Thank you LaTanya! Oh believe me, I write what I want to read and like you said, as an avid reader, you eventually find a way to tell a story in a way (you hope, lol) has never been told. From the review and feed back I’ve gotten so far, I think I ‘put my foot in it’, so to speak….lol! Let me know when you get a chance to read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  3. It was nice getting to know you M.J. and I tell you the way you broke down you cover reallllly makes me want to know what’s inside!!!! I wish you much success….

    • Thank you, Sherika! That was my intention, to draw interest in what lies ‘beneath’ the cover…trust me girl, you won’t be disappointed!

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