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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Back in Business

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

It’s been quite a busy week since I got my rights back for Shadows, Requiem in E Sharp, Oasis, and Burning. In that week I’ve managed to design new covers for Shadows, Oasis, and Burning, I’ve fixed a few typos, reformatted all four of them, and loaded them all up on Amazon KDP and Draft2Digital. They are now all once again available to download. Burning even made it to number 5 on the erotic horror section on Amazon.ca on Friday, which was a rather pleasant surprise, even if it didn’t stay up there for very long, it was still pretty fucking fantastic.

Thanks to Draft2Digital I also now have universal buy links for all the books so you can simply click on the links and decide which of the stores you want to buy from. My books are now available from pretty much every online bookstore. I think it’s pretty awesome.

Have a look for yourself by clicking on the below links:

Fury

Requiem in E Sharp

Shadows

Oasis

Burning

Next week I’ll be revealing the cover for my new novelette – The Race!

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Going full Indie

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

So … I have some bitter sweet news to share. As of the 31st of August the rights for my novels, Shadows and Requiem in E Sharp, as well as my two novellas, Oasis and Burning, revert back to me.

It’s been a rough decision but given the current economic crunch in publishing and the fact that I’m a complete control freak, it just makes more sense for me to take all my books and self-publish them.

It just means that I’ve got a lot of work ahead and I have to figure out the smartest way of doing it. Hopefully the books won’t be off the virtual sales shelves for too long while I figure out how I want to re-brand myself and my books. But that’s also one of the bonuses of being indie, I can change things when I need to and as the industry evolves and changes. Being indie means I can be more fluid in my decision making process.

I’m also having to redesign the covers for Shadows, Oasis, and Burning since I don’t own the rights to those covers.

I have however been having a little fun playing around with a few ideas for the covers and would like your opinions.

Here’s what I’ve come up with for Oasis:

Oasis new cover 2

And for Shadows:

shadows new 2

I must admit I am having trouble with the design for Burning. I can’t seem to find just the right image for it. But this is what I have come up with for it so far, but this is probably not what I’ll be sticking with.

Burning new cover

The cover for Requiem will stay the same, because I do own the rights for it and I just love that cover too much to part with it.

The plan of action is to release them as ebooks on Amazon and Draft 2 Digital to begin with and then once I’ve wrapped my head around formatting the paperback version I’ll be putting Shadows and Requiem back in print via Createspace and their expanded distribution. Burning and Oasis will only be released as ebooks for $0.99 cents. That’s part of the fun with novellas and novelettes, you can make them really cheap and still make money. Also one of the perks of being an indie author is I can make them much cheaper because I don’t have to split any of the profits.

I was told over the weekend that my branding sucks. That I need to look at making my covers have a more branded look. And I thought about that last year as well, but the thing is then I would also have to redo the cover for Fury and Requiem and I have to say I’m not quite ready to let go of the covers for either of them. For one thing I’ve only just released Fury, plus the cover is a beautiful work of art, and I’m not in any rush to let it go. So for the foreseeable future I’m sticking with the different covers for my stand-alone books, but for the planned series – now that’s a whole other story (which I still have to think about).

So … please let me know what you think of the new covers. Pretty please with a cherry on top!

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So … after comments and thoughts I went back to the drawing board for Burning and have back with this:

Burning new cover 3

I know there are still some people who don’t think it’s that fabulous, but you know what? I quite like it!

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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.

First Review is in

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

The first review for Burning is in!

It’s a pretty good one. So if you would like to read what Tony from Tony’s Thoughts had to say then click here.

If you’ve read Burning, please let me know what you thought of it by sending me the link to your review.

And if you want to get a paperback copy (ebook version will be out soon) you can order it from Amazon.com.