Demon’s Kiss by Laura Hawk

4.7 Stars of 5 on Amazon
Release date of Book 2 TBA

Demon’s Kiss by Laura Hawk
Book 1 in the Demon Series

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Laura Hawk
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Synopsis:

When her family was murdered, Clarissa found her life altered. As the new guardian for a very powerful gem that could change the very fate of the Earth and its inhabitants should it be lost, she willingly accepted the responsibilities to keep it safe.

A demon named Xon was after the abilities the gem would afford him should he get his hands on it.

Azamel protected the world from demon kind. A demon himself, he was appointed judge and if need be, executioner to protect the various races that roamed the Earth. Now he had to hunt Xon and prevent him from obtaining a stone that could give him the edge he would need to rule, but to do this Azamel would have to work with a young wolf who had a chip on her shoulder. Could he succeed in time to save both of them… before it was too late? Or would Clarissa’s mistrust doom them all?

Blood Rose by Jacquelynn Gagne

5 of  5 Stars on Amazon
Release of Book 2 TBA

Blood Rose by Jacquelynn Gagne
Book 1 of The Blood Saga

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jacquelynn Gagne
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Synopsis:

It’s true no one can out run Death. But Death doesn’t always want your existence. In Lianna’s case it wants her mortality.

Long have Lianna’s dreams been a window into another time. A place that is as magnificent as it is dark. Frightened and weary from the physical toll the nightmares take on her body she turns to her psychic friend for guidance, which results in prophetic visions of Lianna’s death.

Mercenaries come after Lianna to stop her from fulfilling her fate. A destiny at her beloved’s side while rediscovering the real magic within her. Facing demise brought down on her by the hands of the mercenaries, the power of love offers her a new life as a vampire which ultimately fulfills the same epic fate the murderous villains fought to keep her from.

Hell’s Gate by Benjamin Daniels

5 of 5 Stars on Amazon
Exsilium (Book 2) COMING SOON!

Hell’s Gate by Benjamin Daniels
Book 1 of The Seventh Seal Series

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Synopsis:
The gates of Hell are open. Angels and Demons fight for our mortality and dominance of earth. The rapture diminishes the human population and very few remain to defend what God gave us. It is up to the Angels to fight the war, the humans to survive and the druids to protect the earth. Cole wants nothing more than to be left alone until the war is over and see who wins. He doesn’t care for rules of any kind and wants least of all to choose a side. Fate however, has different plans for him. His only friend is being held hostage by a Demon with a plan to win the war and return the earth to what it once was. It is up to him to rescue her with the help of a fallen Angel who comes to his aid to ensure his survival. The Druids are the only ones who can save his friend, but they have an agenda of their own. The demon is demented but has the best intentions with what she believes. Cole finds himself lusting after the fallen Angel and must choose between her and saving his friend. The problem is that he doesn’t know who he can trust. Armageddon is here and Hell on earth has just begun.

Risen by Christine James

4.7 Stars (out of 5) on Amazon!

Risen By Christine James
Book 1 of The Chosen Chronicles

Synopsis:

A fun night in a small town carnival will change Erin’s life forever with a simple visit to a bizarre and mysterious fortune teller. Scared to death by what the haggard woman reveals, Erin quickly flees and quite literally collides with Angelo, a mysterious, captivating carnival worker. Later that night, he appears in her dreams but he’s not the only one visiting her slumber. Evil is lurking on the edge of the shadows and it’s coming for her. Loyalties are tested and the lines of friendship begin to blur as long hidden truths come to light and fate bears down upon them all. Everyone has secrets but when some turn out to be more than heart wrenching, Erin has to decide who she can trust.

Angelo is not what he seems but then again no one ever is. Not even Erin. Can Erin deal with the harsh past that Angelo has been harboring or will it prevent her from doing what she’s been chosen to do?

About the Author: Christine James
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Indie Mash-Up 2013

Check it out on Facebook here —> https://www.facebook.com/events/588778474497692/?ref=2

When: October 26, 2013

Where:  Springdale, Arkansas

Who:  25+ Authors  (The list seems to grow daily)

PAMELA ANN
QUINN LOFTIS
M.L. STEPHENS
ERIKA ASHBY
S.E. HALL
STACY BOREL
SHANTEL TESSIER
SARAH DOSHER
TASHA IVEY
H.P. LANDRY
LISA M HARLEY
MAKENZIE MCCROSKEY JONES
VICKI GREEN
TICH BREWSTER
ASHLEY SUZANNE
KRISTIN MAYER
HILARY STORM
ANNA KRISTELL
JESSICA CAGE
KARLI RUSH
J. BAILES
K.S. HAIGWOOD
KONSTANZ SILVERBOW
ERICA COPE
AUTUMN DOUGHTON
SARA MARION
KOMAL KANT
BELLA ROCCAFORTE
JESSICA HAWKINS
HADLEY QUINN
SEAN T POINDEXTER
MELANIE STINNETT
HARPER SLOAN
ABIGAIL KERBER

Don’t miss this event!

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The Price of Cover Design

The price of cover design is a widely argued subject. How do you price your design? What should the average price be? Should there be packages? What do you think?

So many questions and so many answers!  For everyone it is different. Prices can start as low as $35.00 (see http://www.thebookcoverdesigner.com) and the sky is the limit. There are even sites where you name your own price and designers will submit their work and you can chose the one you like (see http://www.99designs.com).

How do I decide what to charge?  My fees are figured the same across the board. A rough estimate of how long your design will take me to complete (hours) x $25.00 (fee) and I arrive at a price. This does not include resources such a stock and fonts. I am able to provide affordable rates by requiring you to provide your own stock images, but I can and will help you chose them for your project. A free consultation isn’t just for you, but helps me determine what you’ll need before we start to discuss what you want. These are but pieces of the puzzle that will make for successful design.

For the basics, let’s play a game of q&a:

Question #1: Do you need a print and e-cover? Or just an e-cover?

Why I need to know:
Print standards are different than that of E-covers.  The quality of the image is extremely important and even more so for print covers. Print covers require 300 dpi while an E-cover only requires 72 dpi. Something to watch for if you must have a print cover. The E-covers may look the same and sometimes they are more vivid than the print, but trust in that the eye is easily fooled! What you see on an LCD screen is not what you get when printed.

The dimensions of a print cover are also different than that of an E-cover. For print you will need to know the trim size of your book, the page count of your print format  and the paper (black and white or cream?) you are printing on. All of this information is used to determine the measurements of the spine of your cover.  Never guess.  Otherwise, the spine may bleed over onto the front and back cover. That wouldn’t make for a pretty cover!!  And your printer will reject the cover.  That is no fun for anyone.  Get the precise numbers and we will get it right—- the first time.

When you view an e-cover, it is usually a thumb-nail sized image nestled among others. So tiny!! But what happens when you click on that small image? It’s suddenly large. Many ask, why do I need the large image when the e-covers are viewed so small? That small image is generated from the larger one, while the larger one is usually what is embedded in your book and on the website (places like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc). While their requirements vary most advise that images be no smaller than 1400 – 2000 pixels on the shortest side. To make images smaller is no problem. However, if you try to enlarge a smaller image you get distortion or pixelation, resulting in a blurred image. If it does get attention, it definitely won’t be the good kind.

Question #2: What is your time frame?

Why I need to know:
Does your cover need to be expedited? This may cost more, especially if other designs are waiting to be completed. Not to mention, you may want time to query a cover (test it on a trusted audience) and request revisions. This also let’s me know if I can deliver what you want within your needed time frame.

Question #3: Do you have concept art and have you started looking for stock?

Why I need to know:
If you already have a concept in mind and stock sitting in a light room, the design of your cover will go smoother. Consider your genre, the feel of your story and idea you’d like conveyed on the cover. All of these things must be easily identifiable to your audience. If you do NOT have a concept and we are starting from scratch, your design will take additional time. We can shop for stock together and I can advise you on images.

Question #4: Do you need more than just a cover?

Why I need to know:
While I’m designing your cover(s), I can easily design other graphics to co-ordinate with it. Such as screensavers, facebook covers, blog banners and/or 3D Book graphics that make great promotional items. Some like additional swag such as custom bookmarks, posters and even t-shirts. Knowing all of this ahead of time allows me to design a high-resolution pdf in a large size that can easily be made smaller for each particular item. This saves me time and time is money. Which means, if I save time, you save money. This translates to discounts for you!!

So many have asked me how can I price my designs so low? If you’ve looked around, then you know that quality designs are usually priced $99 and up with the average for more known designers being between $199 and $500.00. I design because it is what I love to do. I do not do it for fame or fortune. I believe that everyone should have a great cover and I know that not everyone has the same budget. Should this limit you? No. Will I let it limit me? No.

Success for me is knowing that I delivered a great design that not only did the author LOVE but will be in the hands of generations to come. Books are immortal. I’m already living my dream……

Pieces of Me

Cover Me Creative has been a long time coming. I’ve always loved art. When I was a little girl, I can remember coloring and drawing. What I distinctly recall is how bad my art was. It saddened me because it never looked on paper the way it had in my head. I could see it clearly and yet I did not have the skill to bring it to life on paper. My mother, bless her heart, encouraged me anyways. She would sit and draw with me, her ragged looking stick people were just as bad as my own. As a child, I assumed she drew that way on purpose, to make me feel better about my own renderings. It wasn’t until some years later I realized that while my stick figures had evolved somewhat, hers had remained unchanged. It still brings a smile to my face to think on that.

It wasn’t until many, many, many (ahems) years later that I discovered computers and software. And more specifically programs such as Paint and Photoshop. Photoshop became my obsession. Suddenly I was able to create those things that lingered in my minds eye despite the fact that I cannot draw. That’s right, you heard me admit that out loud. I am a designer that cannot draw. Don’t get me wrong, I can sketch out an idea. I can even doodle some passable insects and flowers. But that is the extent of my skill in that arena.

Having found Adobe, I found stock photos. And from there, I was a goner. I was mesmerized at how a simple image could be changed into something complex and wonderous. Or how I could combine them, manipulating them into a seamless scene. The effects were unlimited. My boundaries suddenly no longer existed.

And here I am. I’m able to use my passion to help others. And it is that, above all else, the drives me.

This is but a single piece of me….

Cover Design DIY Tips & Resources

So you’ve decided to design your own cover….

A few things to remember:

1.  Your cover should reveal your genre.  Look at other books in your genre to spot selling trends and discover ways to stand out from the crowd.

2.  If your book is one of a series, consider the theme and how you will brand it for sequels.

3.  Keep in mind the small icons that are commonly viewed on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Your cover needs to translate well for both print and e-Book formats.

4.  Clean and simple is more visually appealing.  A cluttered image is likely to be confusing and off-putting.

5.  Legible typography.  If it can’t be read, it’s likely to be ignored.

 

I’ve listed below a variety of links to review and consider while you contemplate the concept of your cover.

3 Secrets to e-Book Cover Design Success by Joel Friedlander

Why Simple Works Better by Joel Friedlander

5 Great Fonts for Book Covers by Joel Friedlander

15 e-Book Covers:  Success and Failure in the Kindle Store

Lessons From a Do-It-Yourself Book Cover Designer

This is just a small sample of the advice available at The Book Designer.

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Risen – Cover Reveal

A reveal of the cover “Risen” by Christine James.  The first of The Chosen Chronicles…..

http://artofambrosia.blogspot.com/2013/05/risen.html

http://christinejames28.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-big-reveal.html

Risen by Christine James

Risen by Christine James