Tag Archive | Paranormal

Virtual Fantasy Con (Giveaways & More)

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The links to the direct event pages for each day.

And here is a peek at one of the author’s that will be at the event:
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What are you waiting for? Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaways and contests.

Revealing the Magic: DIY Cover Route

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In our last two blog posts on Self Publishing, we discussed designing your own cover as alternate route to getting the cover for your book done. This is mostly frowned upon. Why is that?

Some argue that even though writers have vast imagination when it comes to their story, the same imagination hinders their ability to look at the overall cover in a sales pitch point of view. An author can get attached to their story and characters and want to include as many aspects of it on the cover. This doesn’t always lead to a good cover.

Let’s look at some examples: (covers taken from Amazon listing and in no way a means to down rate the covers and or works of these authors)

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These three covers all contain an interesting image, but the font just doesn’t pop out enough and kind of gets lost. It is important to make sure the title and author name are visible in thumbnail size. A little tweaking of the title and author name would increase the appeal of these covers.

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Here you see the font start to pull you in. The array of subjects serve more than pretty images, they hint at the mystery and magic of the book.

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These last three covers really nail what a cover needs: an overall appeal, clear genre classification, and a wow factor.

What if an author doesn’t have the computer skills needed? Unless educated on editing programs it will be hard to create a flawless cover that works. This leaves you two choices, learn the software and enough techniques to give you a cover that will help promote your story or leave the DIY for when you do have the time to do so and hire someone to do it for you.

What if an author’s budget is small or nonexistent? Getting someone to design a cover can get pretty pricey very quickly.

Here is the cover I designed for my book: The Five Kingdoms of Severi. (Cost to make-Under $25.)

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The model shown here was selected about a month or so before the cover was completed from Dreamstime. Yet, I could not get the cover to work and ended up tossing the model aside as a possible subject. Only after finding the rest of the elements that comprise this cover over at Dollarphotoclub (free image from Fotolia) was I able to make the model work.

Below are the images used in the cover. See how the main background determined the overall feel and look of the cover. And the best thing is that all the images except for the model cost $1 each.

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I am both a cover designer and an author, with a little over a year of experience. I decided to create my own cover and the gray scale illustrations that accompany the inside of this book to see what I could do. It might not be the best cover, but with every cover I create there is room to grow.

As long as your cover doesn’t hinder your book I don’t see why you can’t DIY. The best thing about self publishing or indie publishing is that you can always replace your cover with a better one later on if the original one isn’t working. Taste changes.

Things to remember:

Keep the title and author name as big as you can.

Seek an overall look to your cover and ensure you keep the same feel throughout your series.

Don’t be afraid to try textures and mess around with the layer settings.

I have an author website…Finally!

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I know the importance of having an author platform and being socially out there, but I tend to do things at a snail pace. 😦 With my book, The Five Kingdoms of Severi, so close to release I finally got to work.

I give you my author website or at least a screen shot of it, even bought a domain name though I still don’t know why the bloody thing won’t even pop up on search engines. *cries*

It is still under works. Will be having a blog there centered more on my works and future projects. Would love it if you all follow me there and sign up for my newsletter. I will be holding a giveaway real soon for my newsletter subscribers too, so don’t miss out.

I also have an author page on Facebook here. I also hold giveaways there from time to time.

And if you have any suggestions and comments about how to make my website better send them my way. Just don’t mention the mobile view, that thing is horrible. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by. Lots more exciting things to come.

Tackling that Cover

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All covers shown here were created by Dora Gonzalez (Me)

We have gone over revising, whether to use beta readers or not, and briefly discussed the importance of getting an editor. Next up is: Tacking that cover!

When it comes to getting a cover for your book there are many ways to go about it. You can design it yourself, pay someone to do it or get a premade cover? Which one will it be? Which one is best?

Here are a few things to consider…

There are many discussions about whether you should make your own covers versus hiring someone to do it for you, my opinion on that matter is this: if you have the skill then I don’t see why you can’t.

Creating your cover takes time, time you could spend writing or working on other aspects of getting your book ready for publication. But yet a custom cover done by someone else can’t always ensure you get the cover you want.

Premade covers cost the fraction of a custom cover. If you have a tight budget then this might be the route for you. There are countless websites and blogs offering premade covers.

Then, which one should you use? Whichever best ensures your cover fits your book. Check out a designer’s portfolio. Do they have examples of covers that are similar to what you are looking for? Glance through photo stock to see if you can find images you would prefer to use. Find out your budget and schedule.

Just remember a cover informs the reader about the genre it falls in, it gives a general idea of the audience it is hopping to attract and serves as an attention grabber.

Think about the reason(s) you pick up a book. What do you do first?

You look at the cover, tagline, title, author name and then you turn it over to read the blurb. Your cover is your first chance to attract the reader, you have to get it right!

Here are a few premade covers I have made. Can you tell the genre and audience? Does it match the one listed above each group? If yes, then the cover works.

Contemporary Romance/ Young Adult

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Fantasy/Young Adult

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Horror

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Paranormal

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Erotica/ Erotic Romance

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How do you ensure your cover will work?

Break your book down, ask yourself what is my audience? What genre is my story revolved around? What is the main focus I want to express in my story?

You’ve written your book, now rewrite it with your cover.


All covers shown here are available through PremadeCovers4U or SelfPubBookCovers.

Dominion by Doug Goodman

Book Review

10/10

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Dominion has been taken from man. Now, six friends must cross an apocalyptic wasteland dominated by a hell’s menagerie of mega-fauna. Their middle-class suburban skills are no longer applicable to the world they live in. To find a safe haven in this world they will need to develop a new set of survival skills and fight the mutated denizens of the animal kingdom for every step of their terrifying journey.

Dominion is a post-apocalyptic thriller written by Doug Goodman. It was published through Severed Press, which is known for its military horror and apocalyptic stories. Dominion fits right in with it’s adrenaline pumped pace and climatic twists.

The story starts right smack in the middle of the chaotic event with Jaxon and Peter scavenging supplies for the rest of the group. Things get complicated for all of them and a set of choices are taken giving the reader a taste of the wonderful and violent nature of what it is to fight for survival. The story takes a brief change in pace with a flashback revealing how it all started or at least the beginning of the chaos the main characters find themselves in.

By stepping back in time characterization is driven up a notch. Now you don’t have a group of young people striving to survive, you have a group of young people you care about go through loss and change in a world that has mutated to kill them. The heart pounding race to stay alive continues accompanied by a few smaller and brief flashbacks that never let up in adding to the realism of the characters.

The way the story is set causes the horrors that are occurring to become even more riveting and nerve racking. Thus one isn’t simply reading a post-apocalyptic story, one is transported into the story itself. The desire to urge the characters forward, to question and pry about their choices, their need to survive each and every stumble they comes across becomes second nature.

From the roc, the grackle, the relentless wargs, the unexpected tricking form of the Dryder and the tentacle monstrosity Malifax, the horrors and dangers come in many shapes and forms. Add in the over grown bees, bats, and my own personal favorite-the squirrel, and you have an array of creatures that are more horrific than the last.

Though it is never explained exactly why the animals and creatures came to be what they are now, the story is filled with heart pacing, nerve wrecking moments that propel the reader all the way to the end. Dominion gives you all the horrors, tension, and mishap a post-apocalyptic setting offers with an even more surprising and moving ending.

Great imagery, realistic characterization, sense driven description, and witty dialogue all make this story far more than just a post-apocalyptic story, it makes it enjoyable, moving, and a must read. Dominion is the first I have read from this author, publisher and genre. It differs from the usual end of the world zombie norm and will keep you screaming and jumping in your seat.

Sum it up: A different and fresh take to the end of the world delivered in a whole new level of horror.

What I liked most: The intensity of the story, the various creatures and the ending, gosh I loved the ending!

What I liked the least: The formatting. Every page or so had the page number and title of the book somewhere in the page distracting me from reading. But I think my kindle setting was mainly to blame for that and the fact that I was reading an ARC. The original eBook does not have those issues.

Would I read the sequel(s)? Yes. Not sure if there will be a sequel, but the ending has enough reminiscence for another one and if it does I want to read it. In fact, getting the paperback of Dominion is quite tempting, this story deserves to be read more than once.

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Hope you enjoyed this book review. Doug Goodman is one of our guest authors we had the privilege to take part in last year’s NANOWRIMO pep talks. Check out what he had to say about harvesting ideas if you missed it and don’t forget to come back to read our next review on Accidental Passion: Seduction written by Meagan Hedin. Like the title suggests, our next review promises to be steamy and seductive. 🙂

March Free eBook Spotlight

Yes, I remembered to start early for this month. 🙂

If you like this author she has two more eBooks, firsts in their series, that are available for free.

Enjoy!

TrueColorsCaitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama. That is, until a chance encounter with a strange, homeless man changes everything.

Suddenly, Caitlyn has the ability to see behind people’s masks. She discovers that her life isn’t as simple as she imagined and high school is filled with secrets…some very sinister ones.

Unable to ignore her new gift, Caitlyn embarks on a mission to learn why one of her friends suddenly appears terrified, but masks her fear with a bright, smiling veneer. Will Caitlyn’s new ability lead her into hot water? Or is her new found vision a blessing that will expose her friends’ true colors?

Her quest will lead Caitlyn to lose friends, stand up for those in need, and even find love.

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And as always, if you have your own eBook that is currently available for free drop us a line in the comments. We would love to showcase it. 🙂

February Free eBook Spotlight: Day 8

So sorry for missing this day, it was suppose to be scheduled but I somehow messed up the date for the post. 🙂 I am going back to fill in the missing days (8, 10-14). I wasn’t feeling very well and failed to check up on the rest. No worries, I will set them up on their according date.

Now without further ado, here is today’s title. Got to love the cover.

Day Eight: (Paranormal)

Way of the Wolf: Shifter Legacies Book 1 by Mark E. Cooper

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Synopsis

One night after a long day at the hospital, Doctor David Lephmann is confronted by the realities of life in Monster Central, when he intervenes in a fight he knows nothing about. Two women are fighting for their lives in the street, and before he can really think about it, he foolishly chooses sides and wades into the battle. One moment he’s restraining a remarkably strong and lithe woman, the next he’s struggling to escape a huge wolf! The shapeshifter savages him, and shatters his new life. Sorely wounded and infected with lycanthropy, he’s thrust into a world of violence and mistrust where the only thing that matters is strength.

Hoping to find the shifter who destroyed his life, he allies himself with a powerful master vampire. He certainly hadn’t been looking for werewolf romance while fighting for his life, but there’s something very intriguing about a certain shifter woman, and fighting isn’t on his mind whenever he sees her beguiling eyes and snarling lips.

With no way back to his old life, he must fight for a place in this new one, but he’s never had to fight for anything in his life. Can he survive the challenge?

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