Author Highlight – Maria Luis

Author Highlight – Maria Luis

by Jennifer Silverwood, August 9, 2018

Welcome to Najla Qamber Designs! We’re all about bringing your vision to life one pixel at a time. When we glance back at our portfolio, we’re reminded how lucky we are to have worked with so many amazing authors and small presses. Today we’re highlighting contemporary romance author, Maria Luis. Maria is the author of the sexy NOLA Heart and Blades Hockey series. Below we share some of her favorite covers, plus tease her newest release, Defied.

 

It’s important for authors to treat writing like a business. You aren’t just selling books, you’re selling yourself or as most people call it, your brand. While it’s not a requirement to use the same designer for all aspects of branding, it definitely helps give you a unified and professional consistency. Maria’s covers are fantastic because they showcase this consistency. You know exactly what you’re buying – fun and sexy contemporary romance, like the NOLA Series:

A Word from the Designer 

 I remember Maria’s very first email requesting a cover design. It was such a formal email (ha!) to book time to design ‘Power Play’ the first book in the Blades of Hockey series we did together. After that initial email, and the very first book cover together, we ended up booking a cover every like 2 months and it has become so weird not to have Maria’s name popping up in my emails every now and then. She’s an absolute blast to work with. Especially, when we pick sexy guys and couples for her covers (wink wink). Though I wasn’t the original designer of the NOLA series, it was super fun continuing these bright and sexy covers (with the original designers permission, of course – she did an amazing job!). I’m honored to be part of her writing journey. Plus, she’s SOOOO easy to work with, I count myself as the lucky one. 

 

 

A Word from the Author

I like to think that the relationship between designer and author is a bit like a marriage. Well, I hit the jackpot. Not only is Najla one of my favorite people (ever) in the book world, but she stuns me with each and every book cover that she designs for me – and this is no exaggeration. I don’t know how she does it, but she always seems to deliver on the very first try. Actually, I think I have a few emails in my inbox with me saying something along the lines of (with lots of caps and exclamation points), “I don’t want to change a thing. It’s perfect!!!”

Najla is both a designer and a mind-reader, that’s for sure. With each new series, I love how we breakdown the feel of the series – what emotions do we want to emulate to the reader? What sort of vibe are we looking for? It might be weird to say, but I always tend to think of each session as making “our” cover rather than “my” cover. While I might choose the models and indicate the vibe of the book, it’s Najla who brings the cover to life and nails it every time. I’m super lucky to have Najla in this author journey!

 

What are Maria’s Favorites?

 

About the Author

Maria Luis is the author of sexy contemporary romances, though she may or may not have (read: she does) a few historical romances hiding in the cobwebs of her computer.

When she’s not writing about strong men and the sassy women who sweep them off their feet, Maria is a historian/content marketing buff with a specialization in medieval England and 19th century New Orleans. What do the two eras have in common, you ask? Not much, except for disease, scandalous activities and crime–Maria’s favorite topics. 

Maria lives in New Orleans with her better half, where she can generally be found hiking with her two dogs, Zeus and Athena, kayaking in Louisiana’s intercoastal waterways, or curled up on the couch with a good book.  

 Learn more about Maria’s books at the following links:

WebsiteTwitterFacebook – Instagram

68 Comments


    • Jennifer Silverwood
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    • August 10, 2018

    Loved your feature today Maria! Naj really is a miracle worker and your covers look fantastic. Congrats on your recent release!

    • She is absolutely amazing, and I feel so lucky to be able to work with her! With every cover, I'm stunned even more. I actually have another session with her this week, and I can't wait to see what awesome magic she comes up with next!

      • EEEP!! I'm so excited for our next one, Maria!

  • Love it! Maria is the best (as are her books). xoxo

    • Lisa hahn
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    • August 30, 2018

    All of her covers are amazing. its so hard to pick. But I will say my Favorites are the Blood Duets. I like the dark appeal of it that goes with the book. I think each cover does a great representation of the story

    • I'm totally with this. Those are my favorites with Maria!

    • Monica Marti
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    • August 30, 2018

    Wow! These are all amazing! I own the paperback of Sworn and it’s even more gorgeous in person! Awesome work!

    • Righhhht?? I have it in paperback too and I love it so far. Maria found such fantastic photos for the duet!

    • Siobhain
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    • August 30, 2018

    Love Maria. All her covers are seriously amazing but Hat Trick is my favorite ♥️♥️ Awesome author spotlight

    • Sarah
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    • August 30, 2018

    I love all the covers you create for Maria but Sworn is my very favorite. It is eyecatching in the best way. I could look at it every day. I actually kind of want to hang a poster of it on my wall. It’s fantastic.

    • That's so sweet of you to say! Thank you so much, Sarah! Sworn and defied are my favs with Maria.

    • Whitney
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    • August 30, 2018

    I love all of these for different reasons. I really love that you can instantly tell which book belongs to which series by the cover. I think the Blades Series covers are my favorite because they give you a hint at the couple's relationship. You do amazing work Najla!!

    • Thank you so much, Whitney! I'm glad you noticed! We made sure Maria's Amazon Catalog showed off an array of book covers that are branded together depending on the series. I loved working on the Blades series with, Maria!

    • Erica
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    • August 30, 2018

    Love this!! Your covers are some of my favorites. My top 3 Maria Luis covers: Tempt me with Forever, Defied, and Hat Trick!

    • Wonderful choices, Erica! Thank you!

    • Marie Brown
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    • August 30, 2018

    I love all of Maria's covers but if I had to choose just ONE favorite, I would go with Sworn and Defied. There is just something about them that just pumps some major YUM into my system.

    • Oh yes! I feel the exact same way every time I see Sworn and Defied! <3 Thank you so much!

    • Hopey
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    • August 30, 2018

    Your covers are such a great fit for Maria’s books! My all time favorite is Sworn. ????

    • Sarah
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    • August 30, 2018

    The covers you've designed, especially for Maria Luis, are gorgeous. I live the covers you designed for Sworn and Tempt Me with Forever. You have an amazing talent!

    • Thank you so much, Sarah! So glad you're loving them. Sworn holds a special place in my heart.

    • Jenna
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    • August 30, 2018

    You are crazy talented. Look forward to seeing more of your work!

    • Jacinta
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    • August 30, 2018

    Loved reading Maria's feature. As a Maria's biggest fan (I gave myself that title) I love every single one of her covers and get blown away every time she shares a new cover... my favourite (this is really hard to choose) probably Hat Trick or Dare you to love me...I love them all and look forward to see what magic you both create in the future!

    • Thank you so much for the kind words, Jacinta (Maria's biggest fan ;))! Me and Maria do make a fantastic team together - I hope we continue to make masterpieces in the future all her readers will enjoy!

    • April
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    • August 30, 2018

    Oh goodness!!!! I swear my absolute favorite cover is for Sworn!!! If I had never even read the blurb or been such a fan, the cover alone would make me pick up this book! You do fabulous work!!

    • Thank you so much, April! You are too kind! Sworn and Defied are my ultimate favs too!

    • Jen Farinella
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    • August 30, 2018

    Your cover designs are SO. COMPLETELY.GORGEOUS! I can't wait to see your next design!

    • AWH!!! Thank you so much, Jen! Your support means a lot! Me and Maria can't wait to show of our next cover together!

  • Love the Sworn cover!!

  • I love them all. They're gorgeous. But Sworn is my favorite!

    • Thank you, Samantha! Sworn is my fav too! That dude Maria found for the cover. My goodness! *fans self*

    • Meg W
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    • August 30, 2018

    I love all of Maria’s covers although I think the Sworn/Defied covers are my favorite. They’re such a left turn from the others and so so sexy. Thank you for all that you do for Maria!

    • Thank you so much, Meg! These covers are a result of amazing teamwork with, Maria! She's a blast!

    • Valerie Meade
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    • August 31, 2018

    ALL of these covers are amazing!!! Sworn, Defied and Tempt Me With Forever are my votes for most drool worthy covers!!!

    • Thank you so much, Valerie! Sworn and Defied are my favs too!

    • Thank you so much, Valerie! Sworn and Defied are my favs too!

    • Brenda Walters
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    • August 31, 2018

    Sworn/defied are my favorite covers! But absolutely love all Maria’s covers! Y’all are the best!

    • You're too kind, Brenda! Thank you!

    • Jodie
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    • August 31, 2018

    Tempt me with forever! That cover is just H.O.T!

    • Rachel
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    • August 31, 2018

    These "favorite" questions are so hard! All of the covers are seriously beautiful, but I'm going with Hat Trick.

    • I know right? Thank you, Rachel! Gotta love that tattoo on Hat Trick! And that teal too!

    • Chasity Parrish
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    • August 31, 2018

    Love love this covers!! They are absolutely gorgeous and you do amazing work!!

    • You're too kind, Chasity! Thank you so much!

    • Jen D
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    • August 31, 2018

    AMAZING Artist! The Blood Duet covers are freaking hot!

    • Thank you so much, Jen! The duet is definitely my fav with Maria!

    • Brittany Hively
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    • August 31, 2018

    Books are a an amazing outlet for so many people, but without a beautiful piece of art on the outside, many people would not discover the art on the inside. These covers are gorgeous and lead to some gorgeous stories! Love this feature!

    • I totally agree with this statement! One of the reasons why I take so long researching before settling on an idea with each author. Thank you, Brittany!

  • LOVE all of Maria’s covers ❤️❤️

    • Thank you, Joslyn! You're awesome! <3

    • Andrea Lohr
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    • August 31, 2018

    I love how each of Maria’s covers reflect the personality of the series. The Blood Duet is dark and intense and that comes across in the cover. The Nola Heart series is playful, colorful and full of personality-they are laugh out loud vibrant stories. And then there’s the Blades series which are all about the couple. It’s as if their love is the only light and that’s why it’s just themon the cover. And these covers let you know that the women of these stories are a force to reckoned with. They have their men tied around their fingers. I love them all, but if I had to pick, Defied is my favorite because dear lord honey. Flex them muscles????

    • I know right! Maria and I made sure the covers reflected the books as best as we can get. Yessss! The model Maria found for Sworn and Defied is just perfect! My fav set of images with her so far. Thank you so much, Andrea!

    • Angel Nyx
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    • August 31, 2018

    Najka, you know how much I adore your work. Every cover you have done for me has blown me away. As for Maria's books, it's so hard to choose a favorite cover because they're all so good! Butvif I had to choose one, it would be Sin Bin, both the original (which I have in my Kindle) and the new one!

    • Angel! Thank you so much! Love the Sin Bin covers too. Though my personal fav will always be Sworn! I wish we could have kept the old cover!

    • K.K. Allen
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    • August 31, 2018

    Love these covers SO MUCH <3

    • Thank you, K!! We do too. They're our personal favs as they're so striking!

    • Sue
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    • August 31, 2018

    Tempt Me With Forever is my favorite cover of Maria Luis’s...whew, it’s gorgeous.

    • Thank you so much, Sue! We love the orange on that cover! So striking.

    • Lyndsey Nolan
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    • August 31, 2018

    The love i have for the blades books is OMG ???? but my fave cover is hat trick - Marshall hunt and Gwen are perfect and it's so hot without even trying ???????? xxx

    • I can't wait to read the blades series! Maria's writing is amazing!

    • Anna
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    • August 31, 2018

    Love Maria's books' covers as they really fit the stories. My personal favourite is Hat Trick if I have to choose one! Well done both!

    • Melissa
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    • September 1, 2018

    My favorite Cover is Power Play!

    • Jordan
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    • September 1, 2018

    All these covers are great! My favorite is the cover for Power Play!

    • Marjorie Pevey
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    • September 1, 2018

    I try not to judge a book by its cover but I generally avoid overly sexual romance covers(I have no real reason other than I try to avoid cliche things..). That being said when I looked up NOLA romance on goodreads I had to narrow it down some way and boy was I grabbed with Sworn and Defied! Then it was on, summer reading for this teacher was booked by the rest of Maria Luis books! I have gotten no less than 9 people hooked in my small town !

    • Kayce
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    • September 4, 2018

    They’re all phenomenal but Tempt Me With Forever and Sworn are my favorites!!!

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