In the Devil’s Arms


People, I am beyond excited to show off this new cover for Gianna Simone. This author is growing in popularity and I was flattered to be able to give her steamy stories a make over. She has worked hard over the last month or so to revise and update this book. It is a whopper coming in at around 400 pages of magic and romance.

It is available for pre-order now. You can also find Gianna talking about the incredible world she’s built on her blog. Reading what she had to say about this series, I know the world will draw me in and invite me to stay.

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The Cover:

Working with Gianna is seamless, at least on my end. She picks some wonderful stock images of couples to work with and gives me just enough freedom to be creative.

I ditched the idea of a typical cover with a background displaying a setting. Gianna is a bold writer. I wanted her to have a bold cover. Her couple image is hot, and I feel like romance titles should really play up the models. I make them as large as I can get them.

The main male character has platinum blonde hair, so we gave the dark blonde model a new color.

The setting is Bayou country, and we settled on a vintage leaf flourish to help add a bit of texture and interest. Throw in a few magic symbols and of course since the leading lady is in a devil’s arms, the color had to be a vivid red. Accent it with a bit of old gold and I fell in love.

I’m always a bit anxious when I show my concept for the first time to a writer. I may like the cover, but that doesn’t mean he or she will. She loved it, her feedback group gave the concept rave reviews.

I’ve already set up the other books in this series with their covers. We’re polishing them as she goes through the stories and revises. Expect to see more new covers from this series.

Plus, I already gave her Norsemen Saga a facelift. She’ll be rolling those out later.

I have my eye on her medieval series too…I’m having to sit on my grabby hands so I don’t overwhelm this poor writer.

Lots of exciting things happening for Gianna. I have no idea how she is keeping everything straight and on schedule.  I am keeping a running task list just to keep up with her graphics, not to mention my other clients. Color me impressed.

Patience, the covers and stories will come. I’ve started a support group so we can all band together and get through the waiting.

If you like what I’ve done, then contact me.

I also have started making some pre-made covers featuring Vikkas Bhardwaj’s premium stock. You can see them on his facebook site or in my facebook photo albums. I will eventually be showcasing them here as well.


Why I stop reading a book

For this post, I’m going to pretend this is a new author (I’m reading several new to me authors right now), it’s a genre I love, the back blurb has my attention, the first few pages give me a good feeling about the plot and characters.

The biggest killer is droning internal dialogue or description. Honestly, more than two paragraphs and I get bored. Sprinkle it in between characters talking. Keep it short, break it up.

You told me everything. Unanswered questions are why I flip pages. Only tell me what I HAVE to know and nothing more.

Characters that are too stupid to live. If they keep making stupid mistakes, then you better bring the best plot ever.

And this one kind of goes with the first. As the story progresses I imagine what I’d do in the character’s shoes. If it is too far from what I would do then it doesn’t feel believable. Not always something that makes me put a book down, but it is possible.
Door mats fall in this category. The character better get some self-respect fast. I don’t care what her/his backstory is.

Don’t lose me. Randomly jumping scenes, jumping time, jumping heads. Along these lines, don’t have too many proof reading errors. It is so easy to do this when I write. Make sure you give the story to someone who has never heard of your plot. Have them mark questions or comments as they go. These situations pull me out of the story. One or two aren’t bad, but string too many together and I’ll switch to a story I can follow. And you fantasy & sci fi peeps that I love to read, let’s not get crazy with a new language or funny names I can’t pronounce.

Nothing happens…I actually read several stories where nothing happened. Literally…it boggled my mind. There wasn’t an antagonist…no drama…and no story. Happens a good bit with short stories.

Formatting, if I can’t get around it. I don’t like zero space between lines. If the text is too crowded, I can’t read it. Give a dyslexic chic a break.

So, I guess I’m a bit more forgiving than the people in the previous post that I reblogged.
Pretend you have a book, it’s a genre you love…the plot feels decent, the characters aren’t flat. What would make you stop reading?

Why Readers Stop Reading a Book.

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Lit World Interviews

Recently, we here at conducted a survey, “Why do you put a book down?” and through the assistance of the writing community we had a very nice response. Now it’s time to share what we found.

First, I want to say why the survey was conducted. We wanted to help writers by giving them the information they most need. If a reader takes the time to check out your book and don’t like it, they are unlikely to give you a second chance with your next work. First impressions mean a lot.

86.30% of those responding were Female, thus leaving the remaining 13.70% Male. Considering the majority of those reading novels are Female, although not quite this extreme, I’m comfortable with sharing what we found.

There were 34 sub-categories as a result of the survey. Those results were then placed into 5 main categories: Writing, Editing, Proofreading, Taste, and…

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I Was Wrong About Ellora’s Cave

38 Caliber Reviews

Another author, Alyssa Breck, asks that readers not buy her books that are published by Ellora’s Cave. Reblogged from her site.

Warning: When I’m pissed off, I cuss like a drunk sailor on a weekend pass so this post will be riddled with profanity.

My penchant for wanting to believe the best in people has bitten me in the ass one too many times. So, I’m breaking my silence on the Ellora’s Cave debacle. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to contract my first book with EC. At the time, they had a great reputation for not only paying royalties on time but paying early. Fuck yeah! I thought I finally got my foot in the door with a legitimately successful publishing company. My unabashed glee was short-lived when that first book was published. I started hearing grumblings about late royalties. I didn’t want to believe that…

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Five days to go!

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Crystin Goodwin

I know, I know: you guys are probably sick of hearing from me. I promise not to spam too much this week, but I’m seriously excited here.

My third novel comes out in five days!

Seriously, if you told me just three years ago that I would have written and published one book, I would have been flattered but skeptical. I mean, I’m pretty scatterbrained and generally have a pretty short attention span when it comes to hobbies. And writing a book is not only hard, but time consuming: requiring me to set time aside from my fun hobbies like reading and gaming to actually put words on paper.

I’m pretty darn proud of myself for sticking to this writing thing. Not only that, but I think my books are getting better! Well, I suppose anything would improve with practice; I can’t imagine why writing would be any different.

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