20 April 2014 0 comments


It has been awhile since I've posted--and that's a good thing for those of you looking forward to reading The Darkest Midnight come June. I've been dividing my time between writing, making the cover, and all the other stuff that crops up in life plus a part-time retail job. I'd like to say the mid-June deadline I set for myself all those months ago will be no problem, but of course it will be. There's all sorts of technical stuff beyond the words of a story.

But I still think it's do-able.

Part of my prep work (which you've probably noticed, at least in terms of this space) has been to update the look and some function of this blog, the book series pages, and the publishing site. Phwew! Thank goodness for templates.

That's all for now--back to work, for me. Oh, and Happy Easter!
15 March 2014 0 comments

Excerpts (and Spoiler Alerts)

Links to the Prologue and first Chapter of The Darkest Midnight have been posted to its page.

If you haven't read Book One (aka The Stone of Shadows) yet--but hope to someday--and you enjoy a feeling of suspense or even anxiety as far as "what's going to happen?" then those excerpts are not for you. In setting up the coming events, several past events are mentioned.

Some things like "which characters survived the big event(s) in the last chapters?" will be hard to keep out of the blurb that will eventually be written and published on the back cover and online sales/promo sites everywhere…but not for a few months yet. So there's still time to read Book One with all of its mysteries intact.

If you have read The Stone of Shadows or if you don't care one way or the other about SPOILERS, then those excerpts are for you.

They are not necessarily in final form, however. When they are published, they may read a little differently.
17 February 2014 0 comments

It's Here (Part One)

The Createspace/Amazon print of the Second Edition arrived today, and the results of a Twitter post (my "thank you" to Chuck Wendig for his recent posts on publishing, which got me thinking about my book covers, and, so…voila) have been very flattering. Thanks again, @ChuckWendig, and everyone who took the time to favorite or reply. It was more than icing on what was already a cake of a day--it was like getting a whole extra cake. With icing on both. 

Here's the photo I'd taken for my "thank you":

It's darker than I'd expected--but going from digital to print is a tricky thing, and in this instance, it might even work in the book's favor. Sure, maybe I'd like to see more detail in the raven, but the text and rendition of the Stone sure stand out.

I didn't photograph the back cover since the lighting was wrong for it, but I'll say that it turned out slightly less "darker" (and thus more like the digital version). That text, too, stands out nicely--which is good, since there is a lot to read there.

This time around, both the Createspace and the Lightning Source versions will be matte covers, not glossy. While I do like glossy books, and think it makes for bolder, more even colors (especially with black), they also tend to show fingerprints (especially with black). Besides, I asked my mother and her vote trumped my momentary indecision.

I look forward to ordering the Lightning Source version to see how it prints.
05 February 2014 0 comments

New Cover

The Stone of Shadows is getting a new cover!

You can compare the new with the old on the book's page HERE.

Updating the various files out there is going to take some time, but hopefully not much since it's essentially only a matter of swapping cover images. If having the new cover is important to you, I'd say wait a couple of weeks before purchasing. (I'll update this suggestion once I have a better idea of the exact timeframe.)

The story has not been changed one bit, so if the cover is not important to you, go ahead and purchase--and thank you very much!

To release a Second Edition less than a year after the First was not something I'd ever considered, but when work began on the cover for The Darkest Midnight, it began to feel necessary. For one, it is important to show that these books are part of a series. For another, there was a very annoying type-o on the back cover. (Those of you who own a First Edition*, go look now! I'll wait.)