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Update on Kill Me – Paperback Cover Mock-up

Whew! The last few days have been a whirlwind of things to accomplish. Some totally unrelated to writing, which has left little time for making progress on Kill Me.

Late last night I finally started working on the paperback cover for Kill Me. It’s by no means finished, but I’m digging the way it’s shaping up so far. What do you think?

Also, I’ve made it about 90% through the edits that have come back from the latest Beta reader for Kill Me. A second beta has the made it a few chapters into the novel as well, so the process is nearing completion.

Speaking of nearing the end… I ran a LibraryThing giveaway, which ended yesterday. This week I’ll notify the winners and let them know their advance copies (ARC’s) will be sent out in the next few weeks. If I time it just right, I’ll hopefully have some reviews live within a few days of the launch (crossing fingers!)

The window for pre-ordering ebook copies of KILL ME is also coming to a close. There are only 11 days left in the campaign, so don’t hesitate– get your copy and some yummy swag today!

That’s all I’ve got for today. Edits are calling my name yet again! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Houston, We Have A Book Cover!

I’m so excited that I just have to share the good news. The soon-to-be released novel Blood Chord: Kill Me finally has a cover! (I’ve also got a solid design for the second book in the series.) Now I can check at least one thing off my To-Do list.

I’ve wasted so much time (when I should have been writing) on this cover. I literally spent hours scouring my favorite stock image sites for something that would work.  The image have to be visually interesting and have copy space available. The cover model had to be the right age. The cover had to convey the right genre and I had to be able to carry over a similar feel to the other books in the series. As it turns out, all that made creating the right cover extremely hard.

Not that I’m complaining. The whole time I was griping and toiling in Photoshop, I was fully aware that as an Indie I had FULL and TOTAL control over my cover. If this book was being released by one of the Big 6, I’m sure I would have hated the cover. It would have had some generic vampire on the cover (NOT what the whole book is about) or something else atrocious and not in-keeping with the book.

That said, I’m beyond-tickled at how this cover turned out. What do you guys think? Does it grab your attention? Would it make you stop and read the blurb?

Blood Chord: Kill Me is slated for release in just a few weeks (I’ll announce the date soon!) Before that I want to do some ARC giveaways here, on Librarything and perhaps even over at Goodreads to get the review-ball rolling. My hope is that by giving away ARC’s, I’ll be able to generate a decent buzz and garner at least a few reviews quickly after the launch. At least that’s the plan!

Hetaera–Suspense in Ancient Athens (Agathon’s Daughter) by Susan Tyrpak- Book Review

I just finished another book and it was so good I had to review it immediately~  Hetaera–Suspense in Ancient Athens (Agathon’s Daughter), by Suzanne Tyrpak.

I received a copy of the ebook after entering a giveaway on LibraryThing (I think)-my memory isn’t what it used to be. Some of you may remember that I reviewed Susan’s other novel, Vestal Virgin, some time ago, and after seeing that this novel was historical in nature too (and because Susan writes that sooo well) I just had to read it.

Unlike Vestal Virgin, Hetaera is a bit tamer, and the steamy moments mostly happen off-camera. But this second novel of Tyrpak’s is just as full of suspense, intrique and carefully constructed (i.e. real and flawed) characters as her debut novel. Like any good suspense novel, there are bad guys and good guys, guys that are good but do dumb things, meddlers and other unfortunate obstacles, and of course a heroine down on her luck.

But Tyrpak does more than just craft a page-turning read– she brings ancient Athens to life through her prose. So much so, that I could practically see it in my head. (Ok, so occasionally Spartacus tried to worm his way into my mind-movie too. What can I say, I’m a Blood and Sand fan 🙂 ) My only gripe is that I have to wait for the next book in the series to be released. Hope it comes out soon!

Five Daggers,uh, I mean Stars!

FROM AMAZON —-> “Agathon’s Daughter is a tale told by a writer who deserves your attention, a writer who certainly captured mine.” New York Times bestselling author, Tess Gerritsen–Foreword, Hetaera

Product Description
Hetaera–suspense in ancient Athens, is Book One of the Agathon’s Daughter Trilogy.

Born a bastard and a slave, Hestia has a gift: the power to read people’s hearts. And yet, the secrets of her own heart remain a mystery. Hestia’s keen intellect makes her a match for any man. But even a literate slave has little control over destiny. Sold to a prominent statesman with sadistic tendencies, Hestia becomes his hetaera (consort). As her wealth and fame increase so does her despair. She dreams of freedom, but she faces enemies at every turn. When Hestia is accused of murder, the mystery of her past unravels and fate takes another turn.

Hetaera: Agathon’s Daughter was awarded third place in the Maui Writers Rupert Hughes writing competition.

Book Review – Craved by Stephanie Nelson

I won this book through a LibraryThing giveaway and read it promptly. The cover is beyond gorgeous and the blurb compelling, so I thought, “Why not sign up for the drawing?” I’m glad I did. Craved by Stephanie Nelson is a perfectly tasty morsel of paranormal goodness, and I do hope the book manages to garner the attention it deserves.

As far a paranormal books go it’s withing the genre norms so as not to be off-putting to die hard fans. This book does have several nuggets of originality and quirkiness and we all know I like things with the big “Q”. Imagine, a town solely inhabited by Supernaturals. What fun! I can’t wait to see where the author takes the town and the characters within its invisible boundaries in further books of the series.

The writing is tight througout, though the first page or so felt a little overly descriptive. Once the author found her sea legs the book clipped along nicely. So nicely, in fact, I gave myself a stiff neck from hunching over my ipad to finish it 🙂 There’s a host of compelling characters and hunky love interests and the main character Gwen has some unusual abilities that end up making her a hot commodity. Fabulous first start to a series, and I’m sure the series will become one that I have to read in entirity. Sigh –> That list is getting long! But I guess a girl could have much worse problems on hand…