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Monday Meeting/Book cover reveal!

Monday Meeting

 

Hello People!

Yes, it’s really me. I decided to have you all over for coffee/tea/pop/soda/water/whatever you want to drink on a Monday instead of the weekend. I’m just a rebel that way. 😉

Hope everyone’s weekend was a good one. Mine was a mix of lazy and busy. Come to think of it, that could sum up my whole month! Let me tell you a bit of what has been going on in my world lately. Then we’ll get to the book cover reveal! (Unless you scrolled down and peeked already?)

First, what’s with the crazy weather? It’s been so weird in my corner of Alberta, Canada. One day we are hot (36C/97F) to cold and snow! I kid you not. A couple of days ago it snowed just a bit north of me. In August! Where I live it was rainy, windy and cold! It got down to 3c/37F! My poor tomato plants were not happy. Neither was Sam, as he hates cold rain. Today it’s back up to warm, but we have the smoke from Washington state fires drifting over and so it’s  hazy and smoky. It does crazy things with my allergies.

I’ve been busy doing edits on ‘A Case of Deceit’. I’m close to needing beta readers, so look for a call out soon. Unless you want to volunteer now? I’m done with ‘The Canine Caper’ and just waiting for a bit to upload it to Kindle. I want to be able to offer you the opportunity to pre-order the Deceit story at the same time. I’ve been doing this dance between both stories, Amazon and CreateSpace to get it all in order. Whew! I never realized how much work there was in the back-end of putting a book together!

I’ve been lucky in that I have had a ton of help from a couple of great friends. They both advise me on how to do things and give great feedback when I either vent or have a question. They have been both so patient with me. Let me tell you, having friends that are already published and more than willing to give you a hand is priceless. So I want to take this moment to thank them both…Maddie Cochere...without her input my edits would have been much harder to do. She also has given me great advice on so many things on the book and publishing. I love her to pieces. Thank you, Maddie! You’ll be hearing from me again soon I’m sure.

The second person that has helped me tremendously is Aulikki, most know her as tiny from Tiny Lessons Blog. She has helped with beta reading the Caper story, edits, and my new book covers! She is the designer of both book covers…The Canine Caper and A Case of Deceit. Without her help, I would not be able to publish either story. She has been a so supportive in so many ways. A true friend. Thank you, tiny! You are my hero! She did all this for me even though she is one busy woman. I’m always able to email her to ask dumb questions. With the book covers, she took my visions of what I wanted and made them a reality. I think she did an awesome job on them!

I can’t thank tiny enough for all she has helped me with. One day I want to meet both women in person. 🙂 The friendships one forms in Blogville are strong and true. I value them highly with all my friends on here.

Now on to the exciting part! The book cover reveal for A Case of Deceit! Here you go!

 

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Isn’t it great? I just love it! Tiny and I agree that it fits the story to a T! (or a Tee 😉 )

So look for The Canine Caper to come out sometime next month, fingers crossed! At the same time or very close to the same time I will be offering A Case of Deceit for pre-order! I’m so very excited and scared. It’s been a lot of hard work, but I’ve learned so many things and friendships have strengthened during this process. I couldn’t have done all this without Tiny’s help and encouragement. I owe her big time!

In fact, I owe so many people who have helped me on this journey, including the beta readers for The Canine Caper. Thank you all!

 

 

What do you think of the book cover? Do you have blog friends that never let you down? Let me know!

 

 

Posted in Blogging, Mi Vida Loca, nonfiction, writing

A Little Update

Hello, people!

I do hope your week is going well.

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I just wanted to update you on what I’ve been doing the last four or five days. Yes, I have been writing. I’m working on the last chapter(s) for The ABC’s of Death. I want to get it right for all my loyal readers. Can you believe it’s been going on for two months now?! You have stuck with me through it all, I appreciate it more than you know. ❤

I have also begun editing the first story in the DeeDee Watson, PI series (yes it is going to be a series!), ‘The Man in the Fedora’. I’m trying to get it ready for publishing. My goal is to publish both stories at the same time. I’m pushing for a September or early October date. Yes, it’s going to be a lot of hard work, but so worth it!

Be prepared for a surprise in a few weeks. That’s when I hope to reveal the new title and book cover for the Fedora story. You heard correctly! I am re-titling it AND doing a new book cover! Exciting times ahead, my friends!

I will also let you know that I will have a new title and book cover for The ABC’s of Death when I publish. I want it to fit in the new series look that I have in my head. I already have a rough outline of the third book in the series! More on that later.

A few other things, at the end of the ABC’s of Death, I will have a short survey for all of you who are reading it. It will help me tremendously when it comes time to edit if you fill out the survey for me. I’ll post more on that later, also.

I’m also in the market for Beta Readers. A beta reader is a person who will read the book and look for any inconsistencies, plot holes or just plain mistakes in the story for me. I look at this story a million times and I still miss things. Beta readers are an important part of pre-publishing. The story you will read will be the second-to-last editing before publishing.

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As a reward and since I’m broke. I am offering my Beta Readers a free copy of my book once it’s published! I am also offering a dedication to you on my dedication page inside the book! If you are interested in being a Beta Reader for me, send me an email via my contact page! It won’t be for a few months yet, so I will be posting reminders now and then. Any offers of help are deeply appreciated!

Well, that’s it for now. I need to get my butt back to Dee, Tee, Fedora and the others!

Posted in Blogging, Fiction, Mi Vida Loca, nonfiction, stories, Uncategorized, writing

I Won a NaNoWriMo Book Cover!!!

I just now found this out people!  I am so super excited!!!!! I won! I won!!! NaNoWriMo and The Office of Letters and Light are doing the 30 covers, 30 days  2012 book covers event. I’m sure every one who is doing NaNo knows about this. Those that don’t here is what it is.

People from NaNoWriMo pick books and synopsis that they feel are interesting. The wonderful Ari from NaNo sent me an email several weeks ago saying I was in the running to win a book cover designed by a professional designer. I just found out that I did indeed win!!!

It’s a great book cover too! You can see it at http://blog.lettersandlight.org/post/35998852930/30-covers-30-days-2012-day-18

It looks awesome and is designed by Traci Moore Clay!

Is this not the most awesome thing???