Moments ago I was staring at my manuscript – drawing a complete blank. I don’t remember what I wrote yesterday, the day before that, all month long. Worse I’m not even sure what I’ll write next. It’s not that the voices are silent (gods I wish) no, it’s more like they’re holding their council and I don’t have high enough clearance to know what’s going on.
I’m finally done being sick but my head is full of book covers as I try to finish mine off as quickly as possible. When I say my head is full of book covers, I mean it. Not just the elements to pull together to make my book cover but also what makes a book cover really stand out and stick with you. That makes me think of my all time favorite book cover.
On the front is a bight scene. Tableware is laid out neatly on crisp, white linens and in the background there’s just the hint of another table, letting us know that this idealistic place setting is probably in a restaurant. Slightly off center in the foreground is a water glass full of clear water in which swirls one drop of red color.
It is bright. It is beautiful. It is idealistic – and there’s something very wrong here.
Tomorrow is 1st Friday, y’all know what that means!
I’m up to my eyeballs working on the new book cover for “Toxic Ash.” As soon as I think I’ve gotten somewhere either the computer erases everything (shoot me, shoot me now) or I realize that I’ve done it all wrong and really need to do it this other way to get the look I want – that said, I’m pretty sure all the effort will eventually be worth it and I’m also pretty sure I’ve got nothing in my head right now except for photomanipulation techniques and that song that’s playing on the radio. So let’s go with internet radio!
Woot! I’m still struggling to finish up “Toxic Ash” in the midst of many obstacles but I’ve got something sweet to tide you over in the mean time. A little horror short, “Insomnia,” currently available (for the first time) absolutely everywhere – thanks to Draft2Digital.
It’s one of those nights, Clara wakes unto darkness in the fits of her usual insomnia, everything is a fog around her as she becomes more and more awake. When you’re this groggy – your mind plays tricks on you
I tried to make it free everywhere – unfortunately, thanks to various agreements that are totally out of my hands, I was unable to do so on Amazon and Barnes&Noble where it’s .99 cents. Hopefully Clara’s horrible sleepless night will make up for the tinsy disappointment.
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“Branded” is the tale of a young woman who has always been haunted by dreams of angels, of the less than angelic sort. The dreams are a reflection of reality, though she’s never had any success in getting anyone else to believe that, and she has the scars from the experience to prove it.
I am sick and about to get so much sicker but before I do, I have a treat for you.
Happy First Friday everyone! As promised today I’m giving away free copies of “Ash of Ambitions” on Amazon as part apology on the lateness of book 2 in the Eldritch Elysium series, “Toxic Ash.” Keep an eye out here for the release of another freebie sometime this month or sign up for an email alert below.
In the beginning of the year I made some foolish promises about increasing my turn around time between books. Promises that I swore I would keep or give my readers something else for free. Well, I can’t keep those promises, “Toxic Ash” is coming along but it’s not ready for release yet and I haven’t even finished it’s cover yet – so it looks like I owe you guys something for free!
I was bored, or something, and decided to make a bunch of ‘quick’ images from various scenes in the Eldritch Elysium series. Here’s the first: