As a part of this blog hop there is a giveaway sponsored by me of an author swag pack and a grand prize of a $75.00 gift card from the blog hop host http://www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com Author Swag Pack: a Rafflecopter giveaway … Continue reading
As a part of this blog hop there is a giveaway sponsored by me of an author swag pack and a grand prize of a $50.00 gift card from the blog hop host www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com
Author Swag Pack:
And don’t forget to stop at each of the blogs on the hop for more giveaways!
Now onto the paranormal romance! I’m sharing a scene from my novel, Walking in the Shadows, which is FREE on Amazon Oct 31-Nov 1 for the blog hop! Take a peek, pick up your free copy and enter the giveaways!
“You realize,” Tad began as he pulled into my parking spot at my apartment, “that I’m not going to let you stay alone tonight.”
“What if someone sees your car is still here in the morning?” I asked, but I didn’t want to fight it. I needed him.
“We’ve gone over this before,” he reassured me, his eyes locked on mine. “My friend will vouch for me.”
“You mean lie for you?”
“He knows about us, Vera. It came out in conversation when he asked why we broke up and why I’d been so moody or whatever,” Tad explained, his hand warm on my back.
“Really? I made you moody?” I asked, opening my apartment door.
“Depressed is more like it.”
“Join the club,” I replied, sliding his jacket off and handing it back to him. He stared down at it with his lips in a stern line.
“I wish I was a more admirable boyfriend to you. I would much rather be that than your teacher.”
“I enjoy your teaching…but I do enjoy you being my boyfriend more. It just can’t be,” I replied, and his response was silence so I continued, “I should go change. You want your pajamas?”
“Wait—did you get to slow dance at all?” Tad asked, and I shook my head. He fiddled with his phone before putting it down on the coffee table and holding his hand out. “May I have this dance?”
“No, we shouldn’t. You should go home…it’s too hard to have you here and then tomorrow I’ll be in your classroom again as your student. It’s so easy for you to go from here to there,” I whispered, my voice trailing off.
“You have got to know…” Tad cried out, throwing his hands up. “You have to know this is not easy on me either. I see you almost every day as my student, and I have to fight myself…who I really am—you know it. You’re so sensible about this whole thing, everything, you’re just so strong. I wish I could be like you and forget all the pain.”
“It’s a farce Tad, I’m not strong. I feel like there’s a train heading straight towards me. You were what kept me stable—let me forgot the past I’m running from. I can stand this every day class thing because you take the pain away…even if you’re only my teacher,” I explained, shaking my head as I took in his distress.
“You know what the real farce is?” he whispered as he pulled me into his arms. “That I’m only your teacher.”
I let him kiss me; let the nights events wash away from my mind and let the shadows remain shadows. Tonight I would forget what I was running from even though it was closer than it had ever been, for I knew I was safe in his arms.
Pick it up now for FREE!
Show n’ot Tell Publishing Presents: NEW ADULT POST – APOCALYPTIC ROMANCE SERIES In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown as the world fell into ruins. … Continue reading
Show n’ot Tell Publishing Presents: NEW ADULT POST – APOCALYPTIC ROMANCE SERIES In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown as the world fell … Continue reading
The In Between Seasons paperback is now available for pre-order directly through me, the author! Each signed novel can be dedicated as you wish and comes with a signed bookmark and postcard. Shipping to the US is FREE, and shipping outside of the US is available. Get the signed novel, and swag shipped to your door for just $12.99! I am only ordering copies as needed–order it now! AND as a special treat I am now offering a BOGO 1/2 sale! If you order In Between Seasons, you can get a copy of Flawed Perfection for just $6.00! That’s actually MORE than 1/2 off!
Show n’ot Tell Publishing
NEW ADULT POST – APOCALYPTIC ROMANCE SERIES
In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown as the world fell into ruins. Years after The Fall, the Tribes that were established are still at war. They still fight to keep what they pillaged, and most of all, they fight to keep their lies a secret. In a world filled with deception, nothing is as it seems.
I was born into this world.
Hunter Marks was molded into this world; a General— a person cold and harsh. A person meant to kill me.
We were told to just believe.
We were taught to never question.
We’re supposed to be robots, and accept our roles in this altered society.
Too bad Hunter and I don’t follow the rules.
And we’re a hell of a lot stronger than they ever thought possible.
They’ve been searching for the world’s deadliest weapon.
And I’m not following the leader any more.
Signed Paperback Just $12.99
Each paperback comes with a signed bookmark and postcard!
Send an order request via the below form. An invoice will be sent to you within 48 hours.
ORDERS OUTSIDE US NOTE: Shipping outside the US will be determined by Post Office estimates based off your address. To calculate your shipping go to USPS.com. If you receive your invoice and the shipping is higher then expected you may cancel your order.
The In Between Seasons paperback is now available for pre-order directly through me, the author! Each signed novel can be dedicated as you wish and comes with a signed bookmark and postcard. Shipping to the US is FREE, and shipping … Continue reading
COMING JULY 31, 2014 From Show n’ot Tell Publishing NEW ADULT POST – APOCALYPTIC ROMANCE SERIES In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown … Continue reading
Readers Do Judge A Book By The Cover
A huge part of the marketing of a book is going to be the cover. It’s the first thing that the reader sees, and it’s one of the things that the advertisements of all novels are based off of. That’s why having a unique book cover is so important, yet often times unique isn’t what happens. What occurs is a cover catastrophe–book covers end up being unlike butterfly–they become twins. I believe that book covers should be like butterflies–beautiful, but no two are exactly alike. This doesn’t always happen, and the result is often a confused reader who is trying to recall if the already added that book to their TBR pile, or if it was a book they read and didn’t like, they associate that with your book even though it’s not the same novel. Then there’s an even worse result–there’s whole lists on Goodreads where readers list books that have the same or similar covers. Not only that, they rant and rave about how much it bugs them! I should say that book covers should be very different from each other, because butterflies can look similar but aren’t. It’s the same thing with book covers. The stock photograph is the same, but the font is different, or the girl has had some different clothes Photoshopped onto her, or various other things. The result is still the same–readers see it and think it’s the same book, or they immediately recognize it to be the cover of the other book as well, and then you end up on a list. Here are some links to those very lists:
These don’t include the countless threads in the countless different groups that talk about this very same thing! So why does this happen? There are a couple of reasons: the authors used the same cover designer, the designer used the same stock photograph site, the author didn’t realize that some one else already used that cover, it’s the most cost-effective choice for the author or the publisher. The funny part is, that sometimes the SAME publisher will even use the SAME cover again. I can’t understand that for the life of me, especially as an author who looks at each book as an individual. Your book is an individual and it deserves to be respected and recognized as one! It deserves to have it’s very own unique cover! So how do you get around the cover cloning that is now becoming popular in the publishing world:
- You design your own covers (cost-effective, but time consuming)
- You make sure that the stock photograph hasn’t been used before (damn near impossible to do)
- You buy the rights to the photograph so no one else can use it (very expensive)
- You hire a cover designer who uses a lesser known photography stock site (it won’t guarantee the photograph won’t be another book’s cover, but it will slight the chances of it)
- You ask the book cover designer to composite several different pieces into one cover (this doesn’t always work because often the cover models are reused and recomposited several times anyways, i.e. the models from Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux Series)
- You hire a cover designer who uses their own photography to design covers, and who guarantees that they will not use the photograph again
You have options to avoid a cover catastrophe and they all have different price ranges, from nothing but your own time, to a lot of money to purchase a photograph so it won’t be used again, but smack in the middle is Gio Design Studios. Here comes the selfless self-promotion: Actually, I’ve noticed that our pricing is quite lower than those that use stock photography and recomposite it as a drawing or change other features in the art. Whatever route you choose, respect your book and give it the best possible cover you can–one that is as unique and beautiful as the story within. After all, it’s More Than Just A Book.
Some of those beautiful butterflies:
Learn more about Gio Design Studios custom cover designs HERE
Taken from Gio Design Studios website:
One of the most important elements to the cover of a novel is it’s fonts. As a designer of covers I have more fonts available on my computer than you could shake a stick at–one of my go to’s is to never use a “normal” font that can be found by any person in Word. There are some that may appear to be normal Word, but they most certainly aren’t. Each of the fonts I use are handpicked for their design elements, now not every font I pick is over the top. The thing with over the top fonts, like say Mutlu, is the fact that when you are putting them on a cover that at many times will be viewed at thumbnail size, you can’t read them. They look beautiful on your paperback cover, but they become fogged and difficult to read. This isn’t to say that I don’t use over the top fonts; I just use them sparingly–for say one word of the cover. For example you can see the Mutlu font on the cover for Fallen Beneath in the Stock Cover examples. It’s important to make sure that your font is for the most part able to be read on a thumbnail size image. The thumbnail size image is what you typically see on the Amazon or other similar websites search page. You may be wondering, if you don’t use fonts from Word where do you get them from? I get all of my fonts from http://www.dafont.com, and you can too! The thing to be very careful about is the rights to the font. You need to make sure when you download a font that it is allowed to be used for commercial use. To make sure I don’t get stuck on a beautiful non-public domain font, I change my settings immediately to search only for fonts that are free and on the public domain–this means I can use them without violating any copyright laws. I download new fonts almost weekly, so that I have a large variety to choose from.
The next thing about your font is what you do with it in Photoshop. You have lots of options in Photoshop to further the uniqueness of your font, but user beware, you again need to make sure that it looks good at thumbnail size. In order to edit your text you have to be in Expert mode in Photoshop and work with the text layer. One of the easiest ways to pop a font on a cover is to add shadow to it. You can add shadows of any color you would like with varying lighting angles, distances, size and opacity. There are several other features of the program where you can fade out the fonts so that they are transparent and many other editable features. I am a professional photographer, so I am a Photoshop minimalist at heart. I believe that a photo should speak for itself without the need to be modified to the point where the only thing that is real in the photo is maybe one element. I feel the same about covers.
Here is one of the newest covers designed and it’s specs:
Fonts (top to bottom):
- Calfish Script Pro (Lighting Angle 30%, Stroke: Size 13, Opacity 100%)
- FairydustB (Lighting Angle 30%, Drop Shadow: Size 0, Distance 24, Opacity 100%, Bevel: Up, Size 10) Features secondary line pulled forward, sized down, so that “in the” is in the front of both top and bottom title, creating overlap.
- Trajan Pro (Lighting Angle 30%, Drop Shadow: Size 0, Distance 10, Opacity 100%)
- NeoclassicFlueronsFree (None)
- Select areas heightened in contrast and darkened
- Vignette added to fade out corners
- Lomo Color Cast Added
For more information on costs of cover design and the process please see Marketing Services>Book Covers HERE
- Download the 30 Free Clean Fonts (smashinghub.com)
- Top 50 Sources for Designers to Download Free Fonts (smashinghub.com)