poll: Wolf Point cover redesign

I’ve been struggling with creating a cover for Warriors, the final book in the Wolf Point series.  I’ve also been struggling with writing it, but here’s the thing: I love to have a cover before I start writing.

In trying to come up with a cover, I want to keep the covers consistent across the entire series, and I’m kinda tired of the old covers, so here are my ideas!  I would really appreciate it if you could give these a glance and then vote in the poll at the end.

If you haven’t read the books, all you need to know is that this is a series about teenage werewolves.  Each of the first three books are from a different viewpoint and the final book will combine all of their POVs.

The Original Covers (for your reference):

Here we go!

Cover Redesign #1: The Indie Remix

This idea was to keep the original concepts of a slash across the cover, a vague throwback to the colors used on the originals, and having the main character represented.  I also thought these might evoke more of the coming-of-age themes in the series.

Cover redesign #2: Dark & Bold Remix

This redesign attempts to evoke more of the darkness of the series and not include people, while still having the slash sort of thing on the cover and the original colors.  If you like this one, please let me know your thoughts on the Scavengers and Warriors covers in particular, because to me the lettering doesn’t look as nice as the first two.  I’m also really unsure of the blue tone of the Warriors cover so if this is the winner, the color may change.

Cover redesign #3: Moontime

So, Canva was being a pain in the @$$ and wouldn’t let me download the Warriors cover in this redesign series.  But here’s the photo I’m going to use:

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The Poll!

 

 

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Hitchhikers is featured on Wattpad!

Hitchhikers ebook cover 4Since Amazon changed things, I haven’t been able to list Hitchhikers as free – not a huge problem, since you can download the Kindle format of Hitchhikers for free over on Smashwords.  It isn’t exactly ideal, and because Hitchhikers is not exclusive to Kindle (I want people to be able to download whatever format they need!) I can’t offer it for a giveaway, either.

So, I decided to start posting it on Wattpad.

The werewolf category on Wattpad is huge, and full of those alpha/omega type paranormal romance novels, so Hitchhikers hasn’t been getting very many reads.

Lo and behold, Wattpad noticed, and told me they were going to feature Hitchhikers on a list called Undiscovered, For Now.

This is quite an honor!  Before, you could fill out a form to request that your book be featured on Wattpad, which is what I did with My Zombie Girlfriend.  Then they changed the system, so that the Wattpad team could choose the stories they believed were worthy.  It always feels good to know that someone out there thinks your writing has merit!

As of now, My Zombie Girlfriend has over 60K reads.  Poor Hitchhikers has just over 500 – hopefully this will start to change!  I’d love to get a bigger following for the Wolf Point series before I release book 4.

Which I am working on, I swear!  (right now, my word count is still under 10K…)  I’ve been pushing the release date back for about a year, and I think a realistic release date is May.

all the free books!

There’s a huge sale over at Smashwords, which means all my books there are free!  These include:

I haven’t posted the third Wolf Point Origins novella, The Seer, on Smashwords yet, unfortunately.  You can download these ebooks from Smashwords in pretty much any format, including Kindle (which apparently no longer does the price matching thing).

Once of my goals for this year will be to publish the fourth and final Wolf Point book, Warriors, as well as an omnibus of all the prequel novellas.

I’ll also plug the novel I posted over on Swoonreads.  Waiting Room is a contemporary LGBQIA+ novel, and you can read the whole thing and leave comments and ratings.  (The more ratings I get, the more likely it will get published!)  You can read more about Waiting Room (and why I haven’t talked about it on this blog until now).

editing time!

I was so ambitious when I planned for the third Wolf Point prequel to be released May 1.  Quite honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking, because I had planned to write the rough draft during April’s Camp Nanowrimo.  Like when I wrote The Madman, the rough draft was not in fact completed by the end of camp.  With a new deadline of June 1st, I raced to try to finish the rough draft.

Did I mention that the June 1 deadline was my publication date?

Obviously, I missed that deadline as well.  Just last night, I managed to finish the first draft.  Editing is an easier process than writing, so hopefully I can make my new deadline of July 1.  (I will most definitely be pushing back my deadline for the fourth and final Wolf Point novel, Warriors – as of right now it’s August 1, but yeah, I’m planning to write the rough draft during July’s Camp, so August 1 is NOT HAPPENING).

What took so long for this draft?

Unlike the other two prequels, I didn’t have as much freedom in the timeline.

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I had both a historical timeline, and I was working through the years of recent history to where the Wolf Point books begin.  This covers approximately 100 years.  I had to account for all those years somehow, as well as deal with what might have been going on politically and socially in that time.  I knew I wanted to include the Schoolhouse Blizzard of 1888 (not to be confused with the 1888 Blizzard that hit the East Coast), and I also had to research what was going on with several of the Native American tribes in that region during those years, which was… a lot.  Famine, being forced onto reservations, etc.  It’s amazing how much research I have to do for what amounts to a paragraph.  Or I try to write something simple, like someone cooking over a fire, only to discover after doing research that the particular tribe I am writing about cooked over hot stones, not fires.

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And then there were the family trees.  I have pretty much determined that it’s impossible to make a cohesive family tree for the Five Families.  The characters kept having babies and I kept forgetting to write them down.  I found myself with two characters named Charles, three named Sarah, and one whose name was both Ainsley and Kieran.

But the good news is that the end is in sight!  My goal is to have The Seer published before summer reading madness hits at my library, and get busy with writing Warriors (so far there’s just a rather vague outline and some scenes written when I had planned the series to be 6 books and the 4th book was from Misty’s POV and titled Fighters).

Read a ebook week: March 5-11

In honor of “Read an eBook Week,” Smashwords is having a huge site-wide sale, which means all the Wolf Point series books will be free!

So, you can get Wolf Point books 1-3:

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And you can also get both of the prequel novellas (that’s right, The Madman is now available!):

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Smashwords is great because you can download any format you need.  There’s ePub (for most ereaders), .mobi (for Kindle – use the Send to Kindle app to get on your device), and PDF (if you prefer that for ereader or to read on your computer).  You can also read online at the site.  And getting an account on Smashwords is free!

Presidents’ Day Sale

This week all my books shall be free!!  February 20-24!  EVERY.  SINGLE.  ONE.

Over on Amazon, you’ll find Bethany Caleb, The Art Kids, and Hitchhikers all free for Kindle!

If you visit Smashwords, you can find Dreamwalkers & Scavengers (Wolf Point #2 & #3) for free with the coupon codes.  Hitchhikers and The Beast (Wolf Point prequel) are always free on Smashwords, and you can download the mobi (Kindle) editions here as well.

Happy reading!

 

P.S.  I just finished the first final draft of the second Wolf Point prequel, The Madman, and hopefully I’ll have it available by the end of this week!

new year, new look

One of my goals this year is to get back on track with writing my original fiction.  First up was a new cover for The Art Kids:

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New Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t it pretty??  Of course this is for the Kindle edition only, because creating a cover for the paperback is a lot more involved, but I’m going to get to that this year.  The new Kindle edition is available on Amazon for $2.99 right now (although there might be a sale coming up *wink*wink*).

I created my new cover on Canva, which is so easy to use.  Another new cover I’ve been working on is for The Thing About the Truth / The Thing About Zombies / My Zombie Girlfriend.  (As you can see, I’ve been having some trouble with the title as well.)  This novel was a Nanowrimo challenge and I had it posted over on figment.com for years.  Recently I decided to give a try over on Wattpad, since it seems like Wattpad is more heavily used and people are actually getting their work published there.  Anyway, I’ve been struggling to determine the audience for this book, and you can see the progression through the cover and title changes:

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The original cover & title: The Nanowrimo challenge was based off the cover of Lauren Barnholdt’s “The Thing About the Truth” so I used that as the base but “zombified” it

Second cover & title: Trying to keep the spirit of the original title, but making a simple bold statement with the cover art.  I had also categorized this story as horror, which despite the zombies, it isn’t…

Current cover & title: Since this story is more of a horror comedy, I felt this title was a better fit.  I also returned to an image similar to the original cover.  I’d love to introduce the cracked surface of cover 2, but Canva has its limits…

So, two new covers!  Up next: redesigns for the Wolf Point series covers, and a cover for the second Wolf Point prequel novella, The Madman, which is nearly completion!  I’m looking at a release date for the end of this month, so stay tuned!