Last Chance!

To vote for Brynnde in the Books & Benches cover contest! If you’ve already voted, you CANNOT vote again, else you risk disqualifying my book. But thank you to all who have voted!

And if you still haven’t read Brynnde, keep in mind that Kindle Unlimited members can read it for free! It’s a light, fizzy little book. I hope you enjoy it and that you’ll consider leaving a review if you do read it. Thank you again for your support!

Brynnde Now Available!

It’s Brynnde‘s big day! Release day, that is. I hope you’ll take a look. You can read her first chapter right here on this site (look under the Books tab), or look inside on the Amazon page. And while you’re at it, I hope you’ll consider voting for the gorgeous cover on Book & Benches.

Meanwhile, an update on the Sherlock Holmes audiobook: a narrator has been chosen, and he has agreed to the job. I think it’s going to be wonderful, and I can’t wait to share the final result when it’s ready. We’re aiming to be done at the end of March.

Vote for Brynnde!

See this beautiful book? I wish I could claim credit for the cover, but no, the lovely Lila Mijailovic deserves all the glory. And she deserves your votes, too!

Books & Benches has selected Brynnde as a cover finalist for February. Please go vote! Only one vote per person, though, okay? Let’s keep it honest.

And while you’re at it, make sure you’ve pre-ordered Brynnde, which comes out in one week! If you wait, you’ll have to pay full price. Order it now for just 99 cents and it will be automatically delivered on February 9.

Brynnde Archambault needs to find someone to marry, else she’ll be stuck with dull Mr. Dallweather. The answer to her problem arrives in the form of handsome and witty Viscount Burbridge, but just when everything seems to be going smoothly, scandal strikes and the engagement ends.

Meanwhile, Brynnde has no trouble matchmaking her friends and even her own brother. But while she breezily finds suitors for everyone else, for her time is running out. Must she resign herself to becoming Mrs. Dallweather? Or will Brynnde yet succeed in making a match for herself?

If you love the old Zebra and Signet Regencies, this book is for you!

Cover Reveal: Changers: Manifesting Destiny

I am in love with this cover! Can’t thank the Evernight Teen team and designer Jay Aheer enough!

 

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The book itself is out on August 5th. I only hope it does justice to the gorgeous artwork!

Sixteen-year-old Cee has a hopeless crush on her best friend Marcus. Unfortunately for her, he’s gay. In the wake of Marcus’s older brother leaving home to join the Aerie, Marcus has become increasingly distant. Then, when Cee discovers she has a troublesome dragon named Livian living inside her things grow even more complicated.

Marcus urges Cee to go to the Magi to have Livian removed, but the more used to Livian Cee becomes, the less certain she is about letting him go. Should she change her natural self for the crush who will never love her anyway?

Brynnde Cover Finalists

So I’m asking you, readers and fellow writers, to one last time sally forth and vote for your favorite cover for my Regency romance Brynnde. Here are the finalists. Some of the covers are variations on a theme, so be sure to really consider them carefully. In short, which book would you click on if you saw it on Amazon? Or pick up if you saw it in the bookstore? I appreciate your thoughts and your help!

Cover Me

We’re in the final design stages for potential designs for Brynnde, my Regency romance novel. I would love any and all feedback from you, my readers and fellow writers! You can view current designs here. Designers have a couple more days to submit, and I’m eliminating as I go, so check back periodically to see where things stand. I’ll probably do a final poll once it’s all said and done, too. Thanks for your help and support!

Pre-made Covers?

If you’re lucky enough to get a publisher for your book, they will handle the cover art. You may or may not have a say in the matter. But if you’re self-publishing, you’re on your own for the cover. If you have any skills, you may try to design one yourself. But I’m guessing most writers (and I don’t have data, so I don’t really know) will need help.

There are a lot of designers out there to sift through, and many will offer a custom book cover for a few hundred dollars. This is nice because you can work with the designer to get more or less what you envision. But there are also sites that offer pre-made covers for a lot less money. Many of these sites promise that, once you buy the cover, it will no longer be offered to others. So there’s no risk of seeing your cover on someone else’s book. Though, to be fair, there’s still a fair chance of seeing a lot of the same stock photo art used in different ways so that many of the covers begin to look similar.

For The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller, I thought I might be self-publishing, so I went ahead and commissioned a cover. I used 99 Designs and had some fabulous options. 99 Designs allows you to put up a call for entrants, and artists will make covers based on your specs. Then you offer feedback and narrow down your options until you choose the winning cover. The Peter cover is amazing, and I’m glad the publisher opted to go ahead and use it. Otherwise that’s $300 I would have been out.

But for the Regency romance I’m writing—and it’s been a blast, I’m loving it—I began exploring pre-made cover options. The quality varies widely, but that’s true of things like 99 Designs as well. The problem I’m finding with pre-made is that so many come close to being “right” but there will be one thing that doesn’t work. My heroine has dark hair, and I’ll find a cover I like with a blonde on it. My story takes place in spring and summer, but a cover I like has a Christmas wreath in the background. And since it’s pre-made, I don’t have the option of requesting changes. And mine is, as I said, a Regency romance, which I’m discovering is not a common pre-made theme. Lots of bodice rippers, fewer women in Empire-waisted dresses. I did find one that I sort of liked, but the woman was dressed more Victorian than Regency. “Does it matter?” my husband asked. “It does to me,” I said, and I feel like it will to the kinds of people who enjoy Regency romances, too.

It’s important that the cover of a book not make any promises it can’t keep. So I can’t have a steamy cover that promises a lot of sex when this is a rom-com of manners. I might sell more books with a sexy cover, but I’ll also have a lot of angry readers who feel like they didn’t get what they paid for.

In the end, it’s looking like I’ll go back to 99 Designs so I can try to get what I really want and need. But I’m curious what other authors do in regards to covers. Let me know via the comments!