OMG is this all she does?

She just like redesigns her covers over and over again?

Yes.

This is the last redesign for a while. This one is for Love and the Dark. Leftie is old cover. Rightie is new cover. I might still brighten the graphics on it. They might be a smidge too dark.

another-dark-forest-cover      Love and the Dark cover

I didn’t totally despise the old cover, but the new one is more dramatic. I think this may be the first time that I did a whole cover from start to finish in Photoshop. I usually bounce back and forth between Fireworks and Photoshop.

The new design involved a lot of thinking and sketching. I knew I wanted blood, roses, and a gun. My original thought was that I would have the gun sitting in a puddle of blood with the roses above it and then petals falling from them, into the puddle. That didn’t really work out. It was probably too complex for my skill level.

Anyway, the roses are actually a photo of some roses the hubby got me for my birthday. Now they shall live FOREVER!

The print edition will be updated at some point. I thought it would be cool to put the same roses on the back  cover, only flip them so the blooms are right side up and the stems are at the bottom of the book cover, then maybe have the blood drops above blooms.

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Birthday Bloggin’

Today is my birthday! My 40th, actually. I’m grateful to be here and grateful for the people in my life. I get to write the books I want to write (for better or worse) and do many fun things.

As for the age? I’ve never thought 40 was old, really, so I’m good. Besides, I’m still a child on the inside in many ways with no intention of growing up completely. Exhibit A: my primary birthday request was Destiny 2 (a video game).

By the way, I have a new book out! Beneath Oceans of Sky is a middle-grade kids book that’s now available on Amazon. There’s no print edition as of yet. That should be along shortly as I wade through the items on my endless to-do list. The goal for that is for it to be out before Christmas.

The ebook is free for Kindle Unlimited and $2.99 if you aren’t. First a description, then a link.

The population of the Near
Grows by one every year.
Oceans of sky, mountains of bone,
Take care, children,
Not to find yourself alone

Three days before Christmas, Aurora wakes up in a strange bed in a meadow, beneath a sky that looks like an ocean. She doesn’t know where she is, only that she fell asleep in her bed and woke up somewhere else.

A bobcat named Yule and a wolf named Woe appear nearby, and they offer to take her to their king and queen. They don’t seem trustworthy, but what other choice does she have? Along the way, Aurora learns that she’s a jundhela, a weaver of windows that offer a view of what’s happening back in her world. Yule and Woe insist she ignore them and move on.

When they finally arrive at Lonesome Castle, Aurora discovers a battlefield of steam-powered robot soldiers fighting. The king and queen each want Aurora to join their side.

Aurora’s only hope is to find a boy named Dusk and convince him to help. One way or another, she must find her way home.

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Oceans Christmas cover

 

Maybe the Grossest Story You Read All Day

I was an odd child. As with many children, I had more energy than good intentions.

In the third grade, I had some wax lips. I might’ve gotten them for Halloween. I might’ve bought them at the candy store down the street from my house.

wax-lips

Being the creative soul I am, I discovered that I could chew them up and then form the wax into shapes. I began to sculpt. I made small snowmen and other simple things, probably a cat or two.

I made a bunch of them and hid them in my desk. It was one of those models where the top flips up, and you stash books and whatever inside.

Then I came up with the bright idea that I would sell them. My classmates really seemed to like them, and they never questioned my materials. I sold several of these saliva and wax masterpieces.

Unfortunately, my gig didn’t last very long. I don’t remember why I quit. I think my teacher must’ve told me that I should not do such things. Of course, teachers did that a lot.

Word Math

I think about time a lot, probably because I never seem to have enough of it. The other day, while I was trapped in cubicle jail, I was thinking about how long it actually takes me to write a book. Then came the question of how fast could I write a book if I worked consistently and on a computer? I type faster on a computer than I do on my tablet or my phone. I would think most people do.

Let’s say I type 40 words a minute. I actually type faster than that if I’m just transcribing thoughts.

A decent word count for a book is 80,000 words, not too much but still a somewhat substantial length. That’s actually longer than most of my books. Mine usually run somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 words.

40wpm = 2400 words per hour

80,000 words divided by 2400 = about  33.3 hours

And now I feel like I’m taking way too long to write books. This is less than a 40 hour work week.

Of course, this would be straight word count only, no rewriting, no proofreading, no cover art or interior layout. Still, this gives me some perspective on what I could be doing.

Here’s a picture of Bleu sleeping. He looks so innocent. BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Ravens & Roses

The eBook version of Ravens & Roses is out today! It’s the last part of the Annabeth trilogy, so no big fanfare, just book.

I also updated the first 2 books with some minor changes and updated cover art.

These should be the final versions. I have a tendency to want to change things, but I’m done with these now. I had fun, but I’m really ready to move on. Here are the new eBook covers. They all match with the last one being a kind of mix between the first 2. The book is a mix of the first 2 in a way, do this makes sense, and it’s right, and it all clicks together nicely.

covers

 

Here’s the link to the new book on Amazon.

Print copies of all 3 will be out soon.

Love and the Dark is now available in print on CreateSpace and Amazon. Boo yah!

Here’s the link to CreateSpace.

The to-do list is rapidly shrinking! This pleases me greatly.