Friday, October 2, 2015

Cover Design - Liberated by M. J. Stevens

Title: Liberated
Author: M. J. Stevens

'Which is more important, your faith or the truth?'

After the MECHs dominated Selestia and drove the Guardians underground, the world has finally begun to recover. With society relaxing into a state of harmony, Mellea can no longer deny the truth of what is happening to her. She is becoming a Speaker.
However, as she begins to explore what it means to have a connection with the spirits, more dark secrets present themselves.

With the weather around Selestia turning harsh and unpredictable, it becomes clear that not everyone is happy with the new regime. Doctor has one more trick up her sleeve, and it will cost a Guardian their life.

Being on the 'same side' doesn't mean you can be trusted.

Liberated is the final, heart-racing instalment of M.J. Stevens's Guardians Trilogy.

Kim x

Cover Design - The Twenty-One by Lauren K. McKellar

Title: The Twenty-One (Emerald Cove #2)
Author: Lauren K. McKellar

I look both ways before I cross the road. I knot my laces twice. Boring? Sure. But it’s also settled. Stable. Safe.
And I like safe.
Because broken bones may be hard to heal, but broken hearts are even harder. And when push comes to shove, I’ll lie to protect the ones I care about.

But the truth can set you free … can’t it?

My name is Ellie Mayfield. And this is my undoing.

Kim x

Cover Design - How to Save a Life by Lauren K. McKellar

Title: How to Save a Life (Emerald Cove #1)
Author: Lauren K. McKellar

I learnt the hard way that labels stick. Laura took “lovely”, and the teacher branded me “ladylike”.
It stuck with me, even through my high school years. It felt like that was all I’d ever be.

Until everything changed.

Lonely Lia.
Little Lia.
Lia the liar.
Lia the lost …

Now the choices are endless. But I don’t want to be any of those either.
My name is Lia Stanton. And this is my story.

Kim x

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cover Design - Wait! By Stacey Nash

Title: Wait!
Author: Stacey Nash

Jordan Hays knows just how precious life is; that’s why he has his own mapped out. He’ll work to pay his way through university while he studies hard, regardless of the constant distractions. Because when it comes to becoming a nurse, he’s deadly serious. He won’t fail to save someone again.

But Hex Penton is way too similar to the sister he lost, and even though the only thing more fun than stupid dares is the crazy girl who sets them, Jordan needs to make a choice. Hex believes every moment is important; every opportunity must be taken, because you never know when the world will be yanked out from underneath you. With the foundations he’s based his life on shaken, Jordan must discover what’s more important: making sure Hex’s life isn’t wasted, or remembering how to live his.

It’s time to play truth or dare.


Wait! is a story about acceptance, learning to trust and in turn love while facing life's unexpected difficulties.

NB: This book is of a mild heat level, and contains no explicit sex scenes.

Kim x

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cover Design - Methods for Mayhem by Max Henry

Title: Battle to Become
Author: Max Henry

All Ashley ever wanted was to be loved, but she fell under the spell of the wrong man. As a consequence, she believes happily ever after isn’t hers for the taking anymore.

Graco has never belonged. He's always felt like the black sheep of the family and ever since tragedy stripped him of his status, he's wandered alone, careful never to connect to anyone.

When Graco steps into Ashley’s life, he leaves her questioning the safe existence she has created for herself in order to keep from being hurt again. Can such a man really give her what she needs? Especially a man who appears as broken and lonely as she is?

Will Graco and Ashley drop their defences long enough to give each other a fair chance? Or will their dire need for self-preservation prove to be the final roadblock on their journey together?

Kim x

Cover Design - Battle to Become by Max Henry

Title: Battle to Become
Author: Max Henry

Marney Carras knows she is forced to move on. After her father's death, she took pride in the job she did - completely on her own - to keep the last piece of her history alive and the bar doors open for business. When the cards are stacked against her, life may no longer be predictable, but it's still under control. That is, until a tall, dark, and handsome stranger decides her bar is the perfect one for a fight.

Crius Vitalis has one wish in his forsaken life - to undo the curse inflicted on him centuries ago by the very people he trusts the least. All it takes is one simple task, one little action. But finding the right person to help him is the hardest part.

When their worlds collide, they find that despite the vast contrast between them, they aren't so different after all. Can opposites really attract? Or will the constant charge between them finally drive them apart before they can discover what fate has in store...

Kim x

Cover Design - Shh! By Stacey Nash

Title: Shh!
Author: Stacey Nash

Nineteen-year-old Olivia Dean has the perfect reputation, the perfect boyfriend, and an increasingly perfect CV. She has it all, until Christian breaks up with her in public, calling her out as a self-gratifying sexoholic: the kind that plays solo. But Olivia doesn’t masturbate all night — the only thing she does is sleep … right?

Now all the boys on campus seem to want her attention for the absolutely wrong reason — including resident hottie, Logan Hays. He's pulling out his best moves to gain her attention, so resisting his sexy charm is hard work. With rapidly slipping grades, a disturbingly lurid reputation and demanding parents, Olivia must discover the truth behind her rumoured sleeping problem. If she doesn't, the perfect life she's worked so hard for may slip away, including the one person who has Olivia breaking all her rules — Logan.

What do you do when you’re asleep?


Shh! is a story about acceptance, learning to trust and in turn love while facing life's unexpected difficulties.

NB: This book is of a mild heat level, and contains no explicit sex scenes.

Kim x

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cover Design - Immagica by K. A. Last

Title: Immagica
Author: K. A. Last
Illustrator: Lawrence Mann
Text and cover design: KILA Designs

Where anything is possible.
Enter at your own risk.

The night before her fifteenth birthday, Rosaline Clayton uncovers a deep family secret. She receives an amulet from her deranged father, and he tells her she must find the book in order to save him. Rosaline is used to her dad not making any sense, so she dismisses their conversation as another of his crazy rants.

When Rosaline’s brother, Elliot, drags her to their Nana’s attic to explore, they find the old leather-bound book tucked away in a chest. It sucks them into its pages, transporting them to a magical world. Along the way Rosaline and Elliot are separated, and the only thing she wants is to find her brother and go home.

The creatures of Immagica have other ideas. After years of war their land lies in ruin. Using the amulet’s power, they want Rosaline to defeat the dragon and restore Immagica to its former glory. But Rosaline is bound to Immagica in ways she doesn’t understand, and when she discovers the truth about her family, she must follow her heart to save them all.


Kim x

Cover Design - Stellarcadia by Julie Anne Grasso

Title: Stellarcadia (Adventures of Caramel Cardamom #3)
Author: Julie Anne Grasso
Illustrator: Lawrence Mann
Text and cover design: KILA Designs

Caramel Cinnamon is one lucky elf. She can hardly believe has been invited to attend the first Intergalactic Youth Summit, on-board the Stellarcadia.

Her friends can’t wait to go “hyper,” but even the thought of it chills Caramel to the bone. However, nothing could compare to the icy reception she receives upon her arrival. Keen to get to the bottom of it, Caramel stumbles on a dangerous conspiracy, but no one will believe her.

In the exciting conclusion to The Adventures Of Caramel Cardamom Trilogy, Caramel will have to do more than outwit her enemies, she will have to convince her friends to take her seriously.

For ages 8-12

Kim x

Cover Design - The Problem With Heartache by Lauren McKellar

Title: The Problem With Heartache
Author: Lauren McKellar

The problem with heartache is that there’s no one-size-fits-all relief package. You can go to classes; you can try to embrace change. But when you wake up at two in the morning, a smile on your face because you’ve dreamt about the could have—the should have—nothing will console you.
Because seconds later, you remember.
And remembering can rip you apart


Kate will do anything for her family. It’s why she took the job with Lee. It’s why she’s attempting to forget her pain. But it's hard to forget, when you're desperate to hold on. Even if Lee Collins is the perfect package.

Lee will do anything for the ones he cares about. It’s why he hired Kate.
It’s why he keeps his secrets; and it’s why he cannot, will not fall in love. Not with Kate—not with anyone.

The one thing he can’t forgive.
The one thing she can’t forget

The Problem With Heartache.

The one thing he can’t forgive.
The one thing she can’t forget

Kim x

Cover Design - Eleven Weeks by Lauren McKellar

Title: Eleven Weeks
Author: Lauren McKellar

Eleven weeks.

Seven tequila shots.

Five siblings.

Two boys.

One heartbeat.


Stacey is good at pretending.

She pretends that the boy she's in love with doesn't exist.

She pretends that she's happy to live and die in this small town.

She pretends that her life is carefree while her best friend's world crumbles before her very eyes.

But Stacey's got a secret ...

And it's going to ruin everything.


Eleven Weeks is the story of Kate's best friend, Stacey--and the whole lot of life that can happen in just eleven weeks.

*Second book in the Crazy in Love series.

Kim x

Cover Design - The Problem With Crazy by Lauren McKellar

Title: The Problem With Crazy
Author: Lauren McKellar

The problem with crazy is that crazy, by itself, has no context. It can be good crazy, bad crazy ... or crazy crazy—like it was when my ex-boyfriend sung about me on the radio.

Eighteen-year-old Kate couldn’t be more excited about finishing high school and spending the summer on tour with her boyfriend’s band. Her dad showing up drunk at graduation, however, is not exactly kicking things off on the right foot—and that’s before she finds out about his mystery illness, certain to end in death.
A mystery illness that she could inherit.
Kate has to convince everyone around her that her father is sick, not crazy. But who will be harder to convince? Her friends? Or herself?

The Problem With Crazy is a story about love and life; about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever.

Kim x

Cover Design - Collision by Ingrid Alexandra

Title: Collision
Author: Ingrid Alexandra

When two worlds collide, so do two hearts...

Meet Ella Beauchene. She has it all, beauty, wealth, popularity and an uber-hot boyfriend. Yet this fiery, misunderstood party girl is downright miserable. Despite her many blessings and 'I don't take crap' attitude, Ella feels like that's all she does - take crap. Everyone seems hell bent on making her change her rebellious ways and start marching down the straight and narrow towards a future she doesn't want. The people she thought she was closest to seem to be against her. Ella is trapped, miserable and desperate to escape.

But it seems escaping her troubles will never be any more than a dream.

That is until she meets a stranger in the woods surrounding her family home one night. A stranger who seems somehow familiar, who gets her, and who...wait for it...

...glows in the dark.

When she wakes the next morning, Ella is sure it's all been a dream. The beautiful, God-like Colton, a man whose body should have a warning label and who somehow understands her like no one else, HAS to be a figment of her imagination. That is until she is faced with frightening evidence to the contrary... evidence that forces her to consider that their meeting may have been a collision in more ways than one.

From that moment on, Ella's not sure whether it's her life she wants to escape, after all. It may just be that she is destined to escape her entire world.

Kim x

Cover Design - True Fate by Shayna Varadeaux

Title: True Fate
Author: Shayna Varadeaux

Strange things have always happened to Nia, and until now she’s written them off as flukes. At nineteen she has seen her fair share of odd occurrences and just feels lucky.

When Nia unknowingly spoke a prophecy on her eighteenth birthday she freaked out her best friend, Rhea. Nia realizes she needs to find some answers. Rhea makes her promise to go and see her Great Aunt Amarie, but she isn’t sure if her crazy aunt could really help.

Nia finds herself unexpectedly drawn to a stranger and begins dreaming of people who seem to know everything about her.

They offer little in the way of information as to how and why. It all feels too real but Nia is unsure, at least until she wakes up with a trinket from the encounter.

When dreams and reality collide Nia will have to face dangers she never knew existed. Ready or not she will have to discover her True Fate.

Kim x

Cover Design - White Walls by HMC

Title: White Walls
Author: HMC

Psychiatrist Jade Thatcher thinks that returning to her small, Australian hometown to start again, will be a healing experience - until her new job proves to be just the opposite. Her patients are linked in ways that she can’t explain, and the hospital has seen too many doctors come and go. It’s not long before she is lured by a well-guarded secret; one that sends her to a dark and dangerous place, with little hope of returning.


Kim x

Cover Design - Divided by M. J. Stevens

Title: Divided
Author: M. J. Stevens

“My father may have saved my life… but without the Guardians, we’re all in danger.”

The MECH power has been reawakened. They have driven the Guardians from their home, taken their powers and Selestia has been plunged into darkness. Trapped on an island off the coast of the Centreland, Mellea can only watch as her home is torn apart by the MECH’s leader, Doctor.

When an unlikely ally creates a serum that will restore the Guardians, Mellea must fight the clock to find the Montarus family before Doctor makes her final move.

But what good is a key if the lock is missing?


Kim x

Cover Design - Bound by M. J. Stevens

Title: Bound
Author: M. J. Stevens

‘No good deed ever goes unpunished, Mellea…’

Mellea Wendorn hasn’t exactly had a normal life. Misfortune seems to follow her, and her family, wherever she goes. However, when Mellea stops to assist a mysterious young man suddenly her prior hardships seem trivial.

His name is Leo. He is a Successor, a child of the Guardians of Selestia.

He is royalty.
He is handsome.
And he wants Mellea completely to himself.

Unable to escape the Guardian's laws, Mellea must learn the ways of the royals. She is convinced her life can’t get much worse. But when a timeworn Guardian enemy arises from the shadows, Mellea must make a choice that will change her destiny forever.


Kim x

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cover Design - Fight For Me (The Tate Chronicles #2) by K. A. Last

Title: Fight For Me (The Tate Chronicles #2)
Author: K. A. Last

“How can I fight for you when I don’t know what I’m fighting for?”

When Grace Tate became one of the fallen to protect a vampire, it got her into more trouble than she’d bargained for. She’s angry at Charlotte for hiding the truth, and with Josh living in the city and Seth missing, life is harder than ever.

It’s about to get a lot harder…

Grace doesn’t want to leave Hopetown Valley, but when Josh ignores her calls she decides to go and search for him. She doesn’t expect to run into Seth as well.

When she reaches the city, Grace learns that Charlotte is the most hunted vampire in Wide Island. The city vamps want her blood, and the angels are after her soul. Grace gets caught in the crossfire of a battle she never wanted, but to win one war, she has to fight another.

Torn between the one she gave up everything for, and the one who sacrificed everything for her, Grace has to face Charlotte, and the past, if she wants to fight for her future. But how can she fight for someone who doesn’t want to fight for her?

Every choice Grace makes becomes a battle, and in every battle someone has to die.

Kim x

Cover Design - Sacrifice (The Tate Chronicles #0.5) by K. A. Last

Title: Sacrifice (The Tate Chronicles #0.5)
Author: K. A. Last

Sacrifice is a 23,000 word prequel to Fall For Me. It tells the story of Grace and Seth, and what happened in that castle. It is meant to be read after Fall For Me, although it can be read first ...

Seth’s heart is breaking. He knows his decision will hurt the one person he keeps breathing for, but he can’t take it anymore. He can’t be near Grace knowing she will always be just out of reach.

Grace is oblivious to Seth’s turmoil. She loves him unconditionally, but not in the way he wants. They both know that in Heaven physical love is forbidden, and to break the rules is to defy everything they’ve ever been taught.

When Grace and Seth are sent on a mission to save a young mother and her unborn child, Grace must face the fact that Seth won’t be returning home. She doesn’t understand Seth’s decision and hates him for it. But what neither of them realise is how big a part that single decision will play in shaping their entire future.

What would you sacrifice for the one you love?

Kim x

Cover Design - Fall For Me (The Tate Chronicles #1) by K. A. Last

Title: Fall For Me (The Tate Chronicles #1)
Author: K. A. Last

“Angels aren’t supposed to fall in love, especially with each other. But for the record, you were worth it.”

Grace Tate is a Protection Angel and Vampire Hunter, and she has always followed the rules. But some rules are made to be broken…

Until now the fight against evil has been simple, and falling in love was never part of the plan. So what happens when it’s beyond Grace’s control, and when she least expects it she falls for the wrong person?

All hell breaks loose, that’s what.

At Hopetown Valley High, not everything is as it seems, and the one person Grace thought was her enemy becomes her most important ally.

Blood will be shed, lives will be lost and friendships will be tested. It all comes down to one decision, and when Grace tries to save all those dear to her, she realises not everyone can be—or wants to be—saved.

Kim x

Welcome - My Story

A little bit of background:
I have been in the graphic design industry for more than seventeen years. I studied at KvB Institute of technology in North Sydney, and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After spending my first working year as an in-house designer, I moved into magazine publishing, and I haven’t looked back.

I’ve worked for companies such as Pacific Magazines, Universal Magazines, and Express Media Group, and on titles such as That’s Life!, Complete Wedding Sydney, Australian Homespun, and Scrapbooking Memories to name a few.

After having my children, I started my own design business from home, and KILA Designs was born.

My Writing Journey:
One day I was on holiday with my family. We were driving and I was daydreaming as I often do. I had a fleeting though that one day, I’d like to write a book, but the moment that thought popped into my head, it wouldn’t leave. When we go home, I opened a Word doc on my laptop and began to write.

I was thirty-two.

At first, all I wanted to do was see if I could actually finish a book. I tried to have it published the traditional way, but twelve months of rejections had me searching for another solution. I believed in my story, and I wanted others to have the chance to read it. When I researched self-publishing, I knew it was the right path for me to take, and again I haven’t looked back.

My Design Outlook:
I’m lucky that I can do myself, a lot of the things that need to be done when publishing a book. Design and formatting are one of the biggest costs associated with self-publishing. I know where self-published authors are coming from, which is why I decided to re-direct the focus of my business to help other authors like me.

I would love to help you with your next project, and bring your dreams to life.

Every story is not always about the final destination, it’s about the journey we take to get there.

Kim x