Burning gets a sexy new cover

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

Since going full Indie last year I’ve learnt a LOT. It’s actually been a steep learning curve and being Indie is a lot more complicated than most people realise. It’s also shitloads more work than you’d think. Strangely enough, I love that! I love the fact that I’m always learning something. There isn’t a single day that goes by where I don’t learn something new about the process. I also love being completely responsible and in control of my career. For the first time in years I’m able to say that I’m truly excited about my future as an author.

But like with any learning curve I’ve made a couple mistakes along the way and I’m sure to make a few more as I go. I’ve found I learn a lot more from my mistakes. And one of those mistakes was the cover I did for Burning last year. At the time I was just starting to figure out the whole designing my own cover thing and figuring out how to use Canva and Gimp. I still am. I think it’s going to take a while for me to figure it out properly, but I’m getting there and having loads of fun with those programmes. Although there are times I scream at my screen because they won’t do what I want them to. But ja … We’re getting there. I’m screaming a little less lately.

But anyway … Enough jibber jabber.

Here are the two covers for you to see the difference.

Burning new cover 3

The old one

Burning Cover 2

The new one!

So … what do you think?

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3D Covers and Book ads

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

Since I created the 3D book cover and ad for Fury, I decided to go back to all my other books and do the same for them. Hey, the older books need some love too you know.

I have to say, I’ve actually had quite a bit of fun doing them and going back to all my old reviews to find quotes to use on the ads has also been rather enjoyable. I sometimes forget that there are people out there who do enjoy the books I write. Good reviews are like lifelines to writers, especially when we’re suffering from the post-publication blues.

Anyway … Here are the ads I created using those 3D covers.

Burning ad

Oasis Ad

Requiem ad

Shadows Ad

And I tweaked the ad for Fury a little.

Fury ad

I’ll be splashing these around twitter.

What do you think? Good idea or back to the drawing board?

Profiled in Authors Magazine

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

The October issue of Authors Magazine is out and I’m in it!

AM profile

I am incredibly chuffed to be able to say that I share this issue with the likes of Stephen King (Holy Fuck!) and local superstar Gareth Crocker. Along with the profile on me there’s also an excerpt from Burning and several incredible articles on the writing and publishing industry. Do yourself a favour and check out Authors Magazine especially if you’re in the publishing industry or a writer.

To read the profile on me and the excerpt from Burning have a look here.

Let me know what you think.

 

Burning: Word Puzzle

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

I’ve been having fun with word puzzles lately, so I thought I’d have some more fun creating a couple of my own around my books.

So here is the first of them based on Burning.

Burning Word search

Have a look for the following words:

Ritual Witch
Demon Baby
Incubus Phurba
Succubus Marcie
Wicca Pretoria

Here’s the pdf word search for you to print out.

SAIR Book Fest

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

Because I’m lazy I’ve pinched Monique Snyman’s vlog to show you what went down at the SAIR book fest over the weekend.

You see me for about two point five seconds, you’ll get to enjoy my shoddy camera work while Monique was on a panel talking editing, and Burning even gets a shout out.

And in case you were wondering, Burning didn’t win the award for best book. Thanks to all who voted for it.