The book, like TBOB, is black. It has some grammatical errors on the back cover scribing (this is just a draft) but I got to add #1 Amazon Best Selling which was actually a big smile. Still, I like the way it turned out. The design was mine so be kind, but I like it. And yes---a real photo of the author - taken on my 50th birthday. I'm close enough to squirrel retirement I don't care. the photo used for the cover is personal and means a lot to me. I'm sure some of you will recognize those little copper baby shoes our Mom's used to have done up.