Cover Reveal Celebration!

Last week I teased that you would soon be getting more details on my upcoming releases in my paranormal wedding planner series. FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF will release on September 16th which is just seven short weeks from now!

I know many of you have been waiting for the next books in this series and so I am giving you not one, but two that will be coming your way this fall.

To kick off the celebration, let’s start with a cover reveal AND a blurb for the book. Check it out below.

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For Better or For Wolf

Wolf“Relationship” is not a four-letter word.

Olivia Jennings is all about following the rules. A psychiatrist with a tragic past, she dedicates her life to helping others. Controlling all aspects of her life—especially relationships—protects her battered heart. But when she learns supernaturals exist, her carefully constructed world crumbles. Drawn into counseling a werewolf pack, she butts heads with the ridiculously handsome but infuriating wolf determined to protect her.

Connor Dawson is all about bucking the status quo. He’s not looking for commitment or love. In fact, after being rejected by his pack, he’s certain he’s immune to that particular emotion. But when Olivia inserts herself into wolf business, his hackles stand straight up. No one is more surprised than Connor when their teasing banter turns into serious attraction.

When Olivia and Connor are thrown into the middle of a pack war, things heat up…with an attempted murder, a political power struggle, and their sizzling chemistry. Will this explosive situation finally bring them together—or blow them apart?

So what do you think???

I really loved writing Connor and Olivia’s story and can’t wait to share it with you!!

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Now to the WHAT of our Journey…

And away we go again on this journey of new covers for my Mind Sweeper series. Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked about the WHY, WHO, and WHEN of recovering my series. Today I’m going to talk about the WHAT.

Sweeper Ebook Final (1)What is it that I am trying to say with my covers? With the new covers, I wanted to convey more of the Urban Fantasy vibe. To give readers a hint of the paranormal or other that my Mind Sweeper world lives in.

And this is when the fun and creativity comes into play.

My cover artist conveyed the sense of other with color. The purples, blues, pinks and turquoise takes us down a path of being a bit different, yet the colors all tie together overall, making the books compliment each other.

Then there’s the smoke or glow around the characters on the covers that give you that paranormal sense.Shifter Final Ebook (1)

Backgrounds also help convey a message. Since this series is Urban Fantasy, the urban (or in this case grunge) backdrop is important. Believe it or not, each background plays a part in that particular book’s story. For example, part of Shifter Wars takes place in a body shop, so it seemed appropriate to showcase Kyle standing in one.

And one of the coolest parts of the Shifter Wars cover is the cat sitting on the car. He plays an important part in the story as well!

Mind Sweeper has several pivotal scenes that take place in empty warehouses which lends itself to that urban feel.

Sentinel Lost’s background of the hallway on one side, and the stairs on the other represents choices. In that book, Kyle has to make a number of choices when it comes to love, her family, her own safety, and finally her life.

Sentinel Ebook Final (1)Even the font type conveys a “feeling” of other for the stories.

And we can’t forget about the pics on the t-shirts. For Mind Sweeper, the little girl with the magic wand is a perfect example of Kyle. Trying to find her way in the world when she doesn’t exactly “fit in” with everyone else.

The wolf on her Shifter Wars t shirt is pretty self-explanatory, (I hope) and finally the key on her t shirt on Sentinel Lost is the crux behind Kyle’s entire story arc.

Am I making your head hurt yet? Needless to say, my cover artist rocked these covers! And I wanted to share with you the WHAT behind the covers to give you an idea of what they represent for the series. And also to let you know about the thought behind them.

Let me know what you think…

 

 

The Journey Starts with Why…

Last week I talked about spending some time on my blog over the next few weeks talking about the journey of recovering books that are already out in the world. And it is indeed a journey.

And at the beginning of this (and any) journey is the question WHY. Why do I (or you Jane Doe Author) want to recover our books?

There are a number of answers to that question. It could be that you don’t feel that the cover truly reflects the book and/or brand. It could be that the covers were from a previous publisher and you have retained the rights back to the books and want to publish them. It could be that even though you feel the books are good, they aren’t selling. It could be that the covers worked for you for the first book(s), but as you write more books in the series, they don’t seem to work anymore. It could be that the genre isn’t evident in the covers. Heck, I am just brushing the surface on this. The bottom line is that you need to sit down and ask yourself WHY.

Because your answer will tell you if you should move forward or not AND it will also help you work with your cover artist to come up with a new design that does fit your vision for your series.

When I sat down and looked at my Mind Sweeper covers, I still like them. They were after all the first books I published and have a special place in my heart for them. However, if I look at the covers objectively, I think that they look more like suspense books and less like urban fantasy. So I chose to re-brand them with the hopes of appealing more to my audience and ultimately increase sales.

And so we begin the journey…

 

Cover This

This spring I will be releasing new covers for my Mind Sweeper Series. Why, you ask? As much as I love the original covers, it’s time for a face lift – taking the brand and dialing it up a notch.

Covers are a vital part of a writer’s book (and brand) – it entices readers to click on your cover, read the blurb, AND hopefully buy your book.

For many authors, changing covers has become a part of their normal marketing process. And yes, authors are also marketers as well. We have to be. In 2017, over 1 million books were self-published and that doesn’t count the books traditionally published. I’m sure that number increased for 2018.

So authors have to find ways to get noticed in the ginormous crowd. Covers, blurbs and other marketing techniques to find readers are something we have to take seriously as part of our writing business.

Over the next couple weeks, I’ll share my new cover journey with you and some of the thought behind where I started and where my cover artist and I ended up.

Come along for the ride – it should be interesting!

A Seasonal Do Over

Yes, my brain knows that it’s still February and spring is almost a full month away, but my heart wants winter to leave swiftly and quietly. I’m done with the hibernating and ready for the awakening – because that’s what spring is really about.

A do over if you will – January 1st might be New Year’s but Spring is a fresh new world.

So for me, I’m gearing up for the year as a writer. I’ve been steadily working on my newest wedding planner novel and hope to have the first draft done in the next week (fingers and toes crossed).

And then to welcome spring, In March, I’m going share some new covers with you. A rebirth of the series, if you will.

Intrigued?

Good, my work here tonight is done!

Less Words do NOT Mean Less Work

Did I get your attention with the title, my friends? You would think that the less words a writer has to write, the easier things would be, right?

I’m here to disagree. Sometimes the EASIEST thing to write is the novel itself. Thousands upon thousands of words that come out and develop into a story. What becomes difficult is when you are trying to write less to describe more.

What do I mean? There is the book blurb, also known as the back cover copy. A couple of paragraphs to reflect mood, plot, characters, etc. Not an easy task for sure and I have bemoaned blurb writing in past blogs. Today I am going to talk about something even shorter in the word department, but not easier.

What is it? Drum roll please …….

The Title

Yep, imagine writing a book and then sitting down and trying to determine in five words or less what you are going to call it. Many of my book titles are two words. Oh, the pain.

With my new trilogy, I have been having an extremely hard time finding titles that fit. That make me say “That’s it!”

First, I started with using the brothers’ names as titles. Then I decided that didn’t work and went on to two word titles – dozens and dozens of two word titles that I played with and that needed to coordinate since I have to come up with three titles.

Now I have graduated to titles that are phrases, and I’m finally close to finalizing them! A lot of work, for sure. But when I release these stories into the world, the title (or bow) has to top the wrapping (or cover).

How else will I entice people to rip it open, and dive inside?