Sunday, April 23, 2017

Everything His Heart Desires #CoverWars and Book Festival

I'm starting this week off with a book cover in the weekly cover art contest at Author Shout. You can vote for Everything His Heart Desires here and if you're an author, you can sign up to enter your cover for a future date. 

The Reader Riot book festival is this weekend in the Shoals area. I think I've finally gotten everything together. I have new respect for people who do arts and crafts festivals on a regular basis. What a job! I had no idea it was going to be so much work. I'm hoping it will be fun and that it won't rain. There are thunderstorms forecast for Friday, so that would definitely put a damper on things. 

Besides getting ready for the festival, I have been doing some outdoor chores that had to be done and I planted some petunias in honor of Earth Day. It felt good to be outside for a change and the weather at that time was pleasant. Now, it is cold. This is what is known around here as Blackberry Winter. I'm ready for Blackberry Winter to be over. 

I've made some promo memes this month for Not Through Loving You, my new book due out in June. Since the book involves an unwanted baby, it was fun to find stock images of babies to us. Easier than trying to find ones that resemble the main characters. The book is available on Net Galley for reviewers, so check it out: Not Through Loving You

I hope everyone is having a good spring! May is just a week away. Only 7 months to Christmas! 

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Super Busy Spring!

Happy April!!! I'm finally taking a moment to do a blog post. March just flew by while I was working on a number of projects. Between writing a book, working at my other job and getting ready to set up at some library book fairs, I have been burning the midnight oil.

I'm excited about the book festival I'm going to participate in the last of this month. I've decided to set up a Mardi Gras table for fun, plus my historical romance, one of the dear-to-my-heart books, is set in New Orleans. I finally got the book in print. The interior looks great! I used a formatting service that was recommended by a friend. I do my own ebook formatting but I simply didn't have time to learn the print process. I did do a lot when it came to choosing fonts and making sure the book had the look I wanted before I sent it in. To me, that was important.

So the interior is beautiful. The cover, however, has been a more difficult process. I spent a couple of weeks trying to get it right. I had a cover designer help as well and there were still issues. Finally, after dozens of revisions, I hope I've got it right. It looked really good online so I'm waiting to see the actual product.

Also, I gathered up all my humorous Southern short stories for a print anthology, I called Dixie Darlings. I made the cover for Dixie Darlings. That was also a process that took me working a lot in March. I had this image I wanted to use and I worked for days on it. Never was happy so I finally gave up on it and started over. I got the idea to use legs. So I started out with a variety of legs, blue jeans and boots, skirts and bare feet, etc. I was like "meh." Then I found a pic of legs with vintage high heels and I was like "Oh, Darlene would love those!" (Darlene is a character in 2 of the stories)

I found a starry blue background and decided to flip it and put the legs on it. I went with a red-white-blue color scheme. It turned out so cute. Plus the interior of the book looks awesome. Paul did a great job again.

I have a table covered in stuff to haul to this festival. This morning I've been practicing with the Square credit card chip reader, learning how to use it. I like that you can go on their website and put in all your prices plus upload a copy of your cover to go with the price.

I'm hoping to be finished with the book I'm currently writing by the end of May or at least mid-June.
Plus I'm looking at setting up a new website. I did notice that Blogger has a bunch of new templates but I haven't had time to check them out.

Now I have to get back to working on the book. How is your spring going?