Twisty-Turny Cover Journey

Last week, I revealed the cover of FOR WITCH OR FOR POORER, book 5 in my wedding planner series. And I thought it would be fun to share with you the twisty-turny journey I went on to get it to you.

Actually, it wasn’t just me on the journey. Melissa Stevens my cover artist from the Illustrated Author, came along for the ride. But let’s back up to the beginning. What you might not realize is that Melissa and I worked on all six covers for the series back in 2017. The first three books in the series had been written and when we finished those covers, I was so jazzed at the amazing job Melissa did that I asked her if she wanted to work on the final three covers.

She agreed, and we moved forward with them. The fourth book, FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF, that is releasing on September 16th, came next. I already knew who the hero and heroine were and where I thought that story was going to go, so we moved forward and created the fun cover with the shadow of the wolf on the couch. Hee, hee – I still get a kick out of that!

I also knew who my hero and heroine were for book six, so we created that cover as well. Five down, one to go, right? Well…the WITCH cover was a harder nut to crack. I knew who the hero was but was not too sure of the heroine or where I was going to go with that book. So we worked on that cover and worked on that cover and (you guessed it) worked on that cover until we finished it.

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Or so we thought.

Flash forward to 2019. I finished writing the WITCH book and knew that the cover just wasn’t right. The heroine was wrong (which is a little funny since she is a cartoon after all). But we found a new heroine for the cover. And even though the fish bones in the background were cute and a salute to the cats, they just weren’t right either. So we toyed with the whole idea of a bubbling cauldron and bubbles were added in the background. And in a flash of creative brilliance, Melissa added them to the top of the cauldron and voila!

A cover that worked for the story!

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So why spend so much time on a cover? Simple. The cover draws the reader in. It is one of the biggest selling points to a book in this digital age. And with my books, whether it comes to the story or the cover, I follow my instincts. And they told me the cover wasn’t done yet. So I listened and instead of telling me I was crazy, Melissa came along on the ride with me and made the cover what it needed to be!

 

Another Cover Reveal!

Forgive me for posting my weekly blog a day late, my friends. But I think it was worth the wait and I hope you do too!

A few weeks ago, I shared my cover of FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF, the fourth book in my wedding planner series that is releasing on September 16th. Today I am actually going to share the next cover in the series! FOR WITCH OR FOR POOR is releasing on October 14th and is now available for preorder as well.

Check out the cover and blurb below…

Releases October 14th! Preorder:   AMAZON   iBOOKS    B&N    KOBO

For Witch or For Poorer – Book 5 in the Paranormal Wedding Planner Series!

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When magic isn’t so magical.

A lonely wolf. Maeve Callahan has never had a true family to call her own. Recently adopted into the    West Coast pack, she will do anything to stop her past from destroying her newly found brothers. Unfortunately, the evil wolf who raised her and a vengeful coven have other plans. When a warlock is called in to help, Maeve’s instant attraction to him couldn’t be worse timing.

A power-shy warlock. Giz Kelly does not cast spells. Period. His father taught him the hard way that magic can destroy the people you love. But when the supernatural team he works for gets called in to help the pack, he finds himself breaking his vow in order to protect Maeve.

When the coven attacks and lives are at stake, can Maeve and Giz embrace their powers to save the pack and each other? And in doing so realize that love can be the greatest magic of all?

So what do you think???? I love the kitties myself 🙂

Let’s Get Down to Business

Preparation, preparation, preparation, that is my motto right now. Why, you ask? Because I’m working on releasing two new books this fall. And with those releases come a lot of moving parts.

In September, I will be releasing FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF, book 4 in my paranormal wedding planner series, followed in October with book 5, FOR WITCH OR FOR POORER.

Very soon, I will be sharing covers, blurbs, excerpts, trailers, teasers…you name it, and it will be coming your way. And of course, I also have to finish edits and all the other things that need to be done to send my new babies out into the world.

I really enjoyed writing both books and the two main couples were fun to write in their own way. It’s amazing to me how they all become so distinct in my head as I bring them to life on my computer screen 🙂

So stay tuned! I hope you plan to come along for the ride. It should be a wild one!

Writer’s Crossroads

When an author writes “the end” to a story, it’s an amazing feeling. But it also signals the author to gear up for what they are going to do next. If they are in the middle of a series and have obligations to finish that, then it isn’t hard to make a decision to move forward.

For me, I will be publishing books 4 and 5 in my paranormal wedding planner series this fall which leaves book 6 to go. And I will get to that book soon. But right now, I am at a crossroads. Because when I’m done with book 6, I have to decide what I want to write next.

I have some ideas (all possibilities and not certainties, aka – no promises!).

I could write a spin-off shifter trilogy for my Mind Sweeper series and tie up the loose ends for my unattached characters – Doc & Jason for one, and Grffin for another…

I have also been toying with writing a cozy mystery series as well…

I could pull a partially written book I have started that would jump start a new trilogy on some pretty interesting supernatural that I have been playing with…

Or, I could work on a new series that’s starting to form in my brain which would be very different than what I have written before…

See? A lot of options to sift through. And while they are exiting, they are also a bit daunting. So any suggestions (or votes) would be appreciated. I’m writing for my readers after all…

Writer’s Balancing Act

Writing is creativity and perseverance, but it is also a balancing act. Case in point below. (Hang on tight, you might get dizzy!)

I sent my draft manuscript for FOR WITCH OR FOR POORER (book 5) in my paranormal wedding planner series to my editor the morning I left for vacation (on the 12th). Then I had five blissful days off before I headed back to my day job (and my writing job). While I was on vacation, my editor did a content read on my manuscript and suggested some changes.

When I got back from vacation on the 17th, I started to work on those developmental changes. But before I could finish them, I had to switch back to completing final edits for FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF (book 4) of my wedding planner series. I spent all this past weekend working on that book before sending it at 12:30 am last night to my proofreader.

Tonight I am back to working on edits for book 5 since it is due to my editor by this Friday 28th.  Then book 4 will come back from proof next week and I’ll finish proof edits and read it one more time before I send it to be formatted the first week of July.

Then I should get back book 5 with what I call my “bloody edits” in a couple weeks to work on those too.

The plan (fingers crossed) is to release book 4 in September and book 5 in October.

And oh yeah, there’s my day job too…

See what I mean? Balancing Act. And I share this because I’m often asked about what it means to be a writer. And it calls for tenacity with a side order of project management. When you love what you do, it all somehow works!

 

When A Writer Cries

This past weekend I finished the first draft of my fifth paranormal wedding planner book, FOR WITCH OR FOR POORER.

I sat my butt in a chair and wrote 9,635 words over the course of a weekend. And just so you know, that is NOT a normal occurrence for me. By Sunday evening, I was exhausted.

I told my father I felt beat up and that I had cried twice while writing. He went into “Father-Mode” and said if writing makes you cry, you shouldn’t do it!

And I had to explain to him that I wasn’t crying because I was writing. I was crying because of WHAT I was writing.

I always know the good scenes are the ones that pull raw emotions from me. I can find myself laughing out loud, or just plain excited about what the characters are facing. But some of the most powerful scenes are the ones that I cry through while writing them.

Those pack an emotional punch because I’m with those characters experiencing their heartache and their growth and watch as they move forward and allow someone else to be close to them.

For this story, it isn’t just about the emotional journey of the main couple, but also the emotional journey of family whether born into or chosen to part of.

Good stories are about emotions for both the reader and the writer.