Thursday, November 14, 2019

New Cover - New #Excerpt - Dark Night of Moon #paranormal

Last week, I posted some new covers on the blog for a duet I wrote some years ago: Moon of the Sleeping Bear, Book 1, and Dark Night of the Moon, Book 2.

It's kind of fun to read through a book you once wrote for several reasons.

1) You're hoping your writing has improved over the years.
2) You're wondering if the genre is still selling well in today's market.
3) And, if you're like me, you say to yourself, "Did I really write that book?"

Dark Night of the Moon is the second book in the series. Sage, our heroine, has realized the wolf that has been following their covered wagon, seems intently interested in their journey, and...at times, seems almost human. Something tells her this is no ordinary wolf, even if she doesn't believe the Native American legend and lore that men can, indeed, turn into wolves.

About Dark Night of the Moon
A paranormal wolf shifter, Dark Night of the Moon, is the sequel to Moon of the Sleeping Bear.

Creed Gatlin flees to Arizona intent on eradicating the haunting memories of his brother's wife, Lauren. Brand Gatlin, presumed dead, resurfaces after a long absence and with his reemergence, the destinies of those he loves are altered forever.

In a land rife with war and danger, Sage must travel to the village of her husband's People, the Winnebago. There, she is reunited with Crooked Back, the ancient healer. On the long trek back to Full Circle, devious plots are underfoot and peril lurks around every corner for Sage, Lauren and Peter Pa. Dark Night of the Moon will take you on an unforgettable journey of war, violence, overwhelming grief, and finally, love.



Setup: Sage has been kidnapped by a rogue Indian, Mad Bear. She is closely watched by Looks Back while Mad Bear is off killing the white man. While taking her normal morning foray into the bushes to relieve herself, both she and Looks Back spy the wolf that's been stalking her. Looks Back views the wolf as a threat and intends to kill him with an arrow.

EXCERPT:
The branches of a nearby scrub rustled, no doubt a critter searching for his next meal. A phantom sensation claimed Sage, a feeling she couldn't ignore. Turning her head toward the noise, a quiet gasp split her lips. The yellow eyes of the wolf looked into hers. “Walking Spirit,” she whispered, her heart pounding.


Time hung suspended between the boundaries of sanity and the absurd. Reason told her men didn't turn into wolves, and yet she knew in her heart her man had.


Looks Back spun around, his keen sense alerted to danger. He pulled an arrow from his quiver and lined up his bow. Sage scrambled to her feet and adjusted her clothing. With narrow eyes, Looks Back notched the arrow and drew back on the sinew.

“No!” she screamed and lunged toward the shrub. A white-hot pain shot through her chest. She looked down and watched the blood soak her doeskin dress. My blood? Sage fell to her knees, teetered for a minute time and crumbled to the ground. A canopy of pine branches spun overhead. “Run, Walking Spirit, run!” she gasped between pain-filled breaths.


Looks Back loomed over her, his face masked in terror. He drew her into his arms and sprinted back to camp, stumbling over his own feet as he entered Mad Bear's lodge. Laying her on a pile of soft branches, he knelt beside her and stared at the arrow embedded in her torso.

Pain choked her when she turned to look at him. “You must pull the arrow out.”

Tremors claimed his lean body when the howl of the wolf split the still air. He rose and paced the tipi, his eyes locked on the opening.

“You must pull it out! If you don't, I'll die, and so will you when Mad Bear returns.”

He came to an abrupt halt, his face white with fear. “I cannot do this thing.”

“You can and you will.” She didn't believe for a minute he cared about her welfare, but she had to convince him if he didn't remove the arrow Mad Bear would kill him when he returned. 


He knelt beside her again, sweat from his forehead trickling into his dark eyebrows. He jumped when the haunting lament from the wolf echoed around them.

“Soon I’ll lose consciousness from the loss of blood. You must hurry--break it off close to the skin.”

His voice faltered. “Then what must I do?”

“Dig the arrow out with your knife.”

“No, no. Do not ask this of Looks Back.”

Struggling for breath, she rose to an elbow and stared into his dark eyes. “You listen to me. I'll be dead by nightfall if you don't. My medicine pouch, there.” She pointed to a shelf over her berth. Find the bone needle and pull a strong hair from your horse's tail to sew up the wound when you're done.”

The brave rose, pulled the pouch from the shelf and handed it to her. She dumped the contents on the floor and held a twisted stem before him. “Cat's claw. Once the arrow is removed, place the leaves over the wound and cover it with a wet rag.”

He shook his head.

“No more talk.” She softened her voice. “If you plan to grow old, you must remove it. Now, find a leather thong I can put between my teeth, and be quick.”






Thanks for stopping by today to read my excerpt!

ps: I enjoyed reading the book all over again.



Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Release Day For I SPY A DEMON - #99cents and #KindleUnlimited

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RELEASE DAY

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I Spy A Demon is now available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited for


When twins Cecily and Calder Sizemore’s parents are killed in a car accident, they’re adopted by the Frost family—Gus, Mae and their sons, Marcel and Elliott. Over the years, Cecily’s love for Marcel evolves into anything but sisterly.

Cecily always knew something was amiss in the Frost household. Little things belied the calm, peaceful ambiance Mae did her best to portray. Calder tried to warn her things were not as they appeared, but she didn’t want to believe him. When Calder begs her to leave Des Moines, start a new life away from the secrets, away from the Frosts and away from Marcel, she takes his advice and her shattered heart and moves to Minnesota.

Now she’s been called home for her beloved brother's funeral. There's more to the story than meets the eye. Discrepancies in how her twin died lead her back to Des Moines, and back to Marcelthe boy who stole her heart, the man whose very presence turns her blood to liquid fire. Marcel has always kept dangerous secrets, but this time, Cecily is determined to uncover the truth about the Frosts… and the truth about how Calder really died.

She’ll find out what really happened to her brother, even if it’s her last act in life.

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“I Spy A Demon Was Fabulous! Chemistry between Cecily & Marcel is powerful. A twist near the end made the journey very satisfying.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️



"This is a fantastic fast paced short story filled with love, betrayal, and a demon fight that will leave you saddened and breathless."⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️



My first story by this author and the writing was smooth. The ending was a shocker, and the story ended in a HEA." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
 
“What a read! I love how this story gripped me from the first page and kept me paging through to the end.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"I thoroughly enjoyed this urban fantasy novella. The sharp, witty character and scene descriptions bring the reader into the story without slowing the pacing, which is fast and full of suspense." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
 


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Why You Should Judge A #Book By Its Cover

Hi there, thanks so much for dropping in!

I've spent a lot of time lately looking over my covers from my back list. Some are still selling a few copies a day, but that's nothing to brag about, right? I wondered if changing some of those 'dated' covers would boost sales, spark interest in some great stories that have sort of been relegated to the dustbin.

Searching around the Internet, I found some profound advice...and lots of encouragement that made me take the leap. Today, I posted new covers for two of the first books I wrote:

Moon of the Sleeping Bear, Book 1 and Dark Night of the Moon, Book 2, a duet in the Historical/Paranormal genre.

Here's what some of the top-selling authors had to say on the subject:

1) “Covers are stop signs. They should quickly reveal as much info about your book to the reader as possible."

2) "Don’t wait 9 months to change covers or descriptions on books that aren’t preforming.”

3) "People on the cover usually sell books. Even if a little cliche or overused, stock photo models seem to increase sales."

4) "It’s important to visually let readers know what’s between the pages in as high concept, simple-a-manner possible. And that doing so can make the difference between slack and robust sales.

5) "Capture the essence of the story. Advertise what the book is actually about."

6) "A book’s cover is the first thing a potential reader sees and it can make a lasting impression."

7) "One romance writer went from selling five or six copies a day of her novel,  to over 1,000 a day simply by updating her cover image."

8) "If you have a solid story and it isn’t selling, go back to the trifecta of awesomeness: COVER, TITLE, BLURB."

9) "A strong, simple image will usually ‘pop’ better and be remembered by readers.”




10) The good news from Huff Post? It's getting nearly impossible to tell the difference between a traditionally published book and self-published book. 





So, without further adieu, here are the old covers: 

 Book 1

Book 2

And Ta-Da! Here's the New Covers
I wanted them to not only convey more of what was between the pages (note the bear and the wolf on the covers) but I wanted them to 'belong' to each other. Since both stories are mainly about two women - "identical' twins separated at birth and how their lives took entirely different directions - I decided to ditch the men on the covers. 

Book 1
Identical twins, Lauren and Sage McCain are born into the upper echelons of Southern society but, through the evil act of a lonely midwife, they are separated at birth.

As adults, they have both found love, although they live in completely different worlds. Lauren lives on an affluent ranch and is loved by two brothers–one the father of her child, the other, her husband. One went off to war, leaving his brother to pick up the broken pieces of their lives.

Sage has found her soulmate among the Winnebago tribe and cherishes the abiding love from both her husband and children. But the Dakota Uprising in Minnesota has affected her life as much the Civil War has affected Lauren's.

Lauren and Sage don’t know the other one exists…until Fate steps in twenty years later. Amid the flames of danger and destiny, their lives will be forever changed.

 +Readers compare these novels to Sara Donati’s WILDERNESS Series
+ Contains adult language and sexual scenes and is
appropriate for adult audiences
+ This duet contains unforgettable love stories, suspense,
surprise conclusions, and happy endings.
KINDLE 


 Book 2
A paranormal wolf-shifter, Dark Night of the Moon, is the sequel to Moon of the Sleeping Bear.


Creed Gatlin flees to Arizona intent on eradicating the haunting memories of his brother's wife, Lauren. Brand Gatlin, presumed dead, resurfaces after a long absence and with his reemergence, the destinies of those he loves are altered forever.


In a land rife with war and danger, Sage must travel to the village of her husband's People, the Winnebago. There, she is reunited with Crooked Back, the ancient healer. On the long trek back to Full Circle, devious plots are underfoot and peril lurks around every corner for Sage, Lauren and Peter Pa. Dark Night of the Moon will take you on an unforgettable journey of war, violence, overwhelming grief, and finally, love.
  
I hope, like me, you think the new covers are an improvement. I uploaded them to all the venues today, along with new blurbs and edited versions of the manuscript.

I'm crossing my fingers! (I'll keep you posted)!

Thanks for stopping by!