Evelyn Chartres Author
Dirty Thirties

Introducing the Hotel Cover

When Revision 5 was introduced, it brought about a new cover design, which  featured a speakeasy.  The speakeasy was iconic for the Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties, at least in the United Stated and seemed to be a good fit.

A reader proposed that I use an actual hotel to create the cover.  This idea has merit since the Grand features separate stories that have a common era, theme and location. The Grand is the focal points for all the stories, so it makes sense to pursue that idea.

Fortunately, I had the chance to visit la Ville de Québec which features one of the Railway Grand hotels found through Canada. I used Chateau Frontenac as a base, threw in a backdrop of the Rockies and added a skull rendition that I got from pixabay.com.  The latter was listed is Public Domain, whereas the former where both my shots.

The font itself is YoungSerif found on the fontlibrary.org.  It seems to complement the overall feel of the cover and has an agreeable copyright.

Overall, I think I may have found my eventual release cover.  What do you think?

A Modern Speakeasy in Halifax

A modern speakeasy at clip-joint prices in Halifax! While there are modern amenities in the room like computers and an air conditioner, the owners have gone through a lot of effort to make it seem like the Real McCoy. Patrons are required to casually embed a password into normal conversation and then are discretely whisked away through the bowels of the building to this hidden gem.


Patron of the speakeasy. Face has been modified and blurred out on purpose.

Of course, there are differences which are generational. You will not find an iconic sliding peephole window, a phonograph, a tube radio or even a dance floor. The latter is probably the biggest omission, but many people are going to dance to the Charleston?

When you enter the space, music from the Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties can be heard in the background. It gives the space an authentic feel, however on occasion Moby or modern music is mixed in. Fortunately, the music is all environmental so the transition was not jarring.

Overall I would highly recommend the experience, even for non-drinkers.  Their deserts and appetizers are to die for!

As an homage to the era, the images have been formatted to resemble shots taken from a box camera.  I did opt to maintain the colour however, seems to create a better ambiance.