So there it is. The cover for my first release, Broods of Fenrir, created by the amazing, wonderful Amanda at Razzle Dazzle Design. She was a joy to work with and I highly recommend her. I didn’t give her much to start from, because honestly going into it I had no idea what I wanted, but she created a cover with just the right feel.
Since I’m gushing about my ‘team’ I’ll give a shout out to my editor as well, Lynn at Red Adept Reviews. She has gone way above and beyond the call of duty, though I’ve been difficult and downright neurotic at times. I’ve learned so much about how to write better from her.
Right now I’m writing up the inside matter, putting the finishing polish on the blurb, and once I make one last read-through it will go off to my formatter, Alan at Indie Book Lounge. Although he and I have only traded a few emails back and forth so far, he’s helped me with questions I had no idea how to answer for the design of my print cover way in advance of me sending him anything.
MeiLin over at The Blurb Doctor helped me punch up my blurb. I’ll be unveiling the new hotness in the next day or two. She asked some great questions during the process that actually helped me understand my book better, believe it or not.
Once I have the formatted book in my hot little hands I’ll be able to figure out when the release will be. You guys will definitely be the first to hear as soon as I have a date.
Today’s interview is another stop along the Romancing Your Dark Side Book Tour. This time I am pleased to host author Jaime Magee.
Here’s the blurb for her book, Embody:
Not many Scorpio’s are known for their patience, and Willow Haywood is no different. Her only desire is to love Landen Chambers and redeem the lost souls of Esterious, but the path to that desire is long, dark and dangerous…
Before Willow’s life had a chance to balance the sudden revelations and grief she had to endure to get to Chara a disturbing discovery is made. A photo, one that shows Willow blissfully embracing the flawless image of Drake Blakeshire; giving her not only proof that she had lived before, but that she had loved him.
Running away from the memory of Drake’s hypnotizing touch, and the prophecy set before her seemed like the logical thing to do. That is, until a dark dream reignites her passion to save the hopeless dimension of Esterious. Willow struggles to find patience – to learn everything she needs to know before she faces Drake again, but her eagerness is dangerous and one step in the wrong direction takes everything and everyone away from her – the only way to survive this trial is for Willow to remember who she is and what she really wants out of this life.
And now, on to the interview:
Boy do I have a treat for you today. What, I ask you, is better than vampires? How about vampires and steampunk. See, I knew that would get your attention. I have a guest blog today from author S.J. Davis, who wrote a book called Invisible Sun that features both!
Check out the description:
In Victorian London, at the beginning of the Industrial Age and the height of man’s obsession with alchemy, scientists gave birth to the foundation of modern genetic science. As steampunk airships cut across the foggy city of Gravesend, vampires are brought to life.
But instead of scavengers prowling the fringe of society, these creatures have evolved to be the respected organizers of the Society, a universal religion, and the Guardians of Science.
One stray drop has spilled from the vein.
Draegan, heralded from birth as the genetically perfect vampire, has turned rogue, attacking the women of London’s East End. Only his brother, with the help of Lady Astrid West, can hunt him down before he is able to unleash his full insanity upon the helpless city. And only another birth, the birth of yet another perfect vampire, can stop his madness.
And now, S.J. Davis, with a little bit about the gears and gadgets of steampunk:
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I don’t usually read Literary Fiction, but it was assigned for my Seminar in Fiction class. A book I can honestly say I would not have finished, and probably would not have purchased at all, if it hadn’t been assigned.
The flashbacks were ridiculously convoluted and served very little real point in the story. I kept waiting for Berie to come back to the present-day timeline and give me something to make me want to read, but it just never happened. Actually, not much happened at all. It’s a self-indulgent whine of a woman who thinks she’s never been loved enough and left a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t like Berie, and don’t feel sorry for her. Even the “surprise” regarding her husband seems like something she exaggerates after the fact because she’s angry with him for cheating on her.
The writing style was nearly impenetrable for me. The description was overwrought with excessive detail given to the most insignificant things. Sentences that ramble on for half a page are common, and just don’t work for me at all.
Today I have for you an interview with author Jaz Primo as part of the Romancing Your Dark Side Book Tour. He has two books out right now in The Sunset Vampire Series. Less babbling from me, more talking to the author:
1. What’s the first word of your book? (You can exclude articles, pronouns or prepositions.)
2. Tell me something about your book that I can’t find in the blurb.
The two central characters in my novel, Katrina and Caleb, are each saddled with diametrically opposite weaknesses. Therefore, each character weilds the unique qualities or characteristics that the other needs to “heal” and resolve their own internal conflicts.