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Cover Reveal – Bounty, Special Edition

While I get edits underway on Lifebreath, I figured I’d do a cover reveal for the new cover I’m going to use for the special edition of Bounty. I think it turned out beautifully! And I don’t know if I’ve ever captured the essence of a book so perfectly. Maybe I have. but this just fits so well. I don’t know. Honestly, I get so excited anytime I do anything. But I love it!

Bounty special edition new cover ebook

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A Butterfly in the Wilderness

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Today is a good day on the writing front. Yesterday was terrible; I realized I needed to decide how the book was going to end, and in trying to do so I came up with only ideas that contradicted one another, or contradicted things I’d already written. Hmph.

But I slept on it, and today I finally came up with an idea that might work instead – and when I did, it not only solved the problem of the ending, but actually filled in other plot holes and determined pretty much every scene between now and then. I love it when that happens!

I’m literally so excited I could scream in triumph out the window right now, because this story just sorted itself out and fell into place like a boss.

(I don’t use that phrase often, but when I do, I must admit I enjoy it.)

I also realized I have only 11,000 words left to finish the story in if I’m staying within my projected word count, but who cares about staying at base novel-length anyway.

So! I think things will be finishing up rapidly now, even if it ends up  being longer than I first anticipated. In the meantime, enjoy the latest ‘still’ I created from a part that I wrote today, displayed above 🙂

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Story ‘Stills’ – Just Like the Movies

Lifebreath still

So today I thought to myself ‘Self, you have so much making covers that capture parts of a book, why not make other images that capture OTHER parts of books?’

So I decided to make some fun ‘stills’ straight out of my stories. Here’s the first (taken from a part I just wrote in Lifebreath). So much fun!


The Accidental Cover Change

While I was ‘supposed’ to be making pre-made book covers for my book cover design job, I accidentally came up with one that fits my upcoming YA novel The Tournament of Eden perfectly. This wouldn’t be as big of an issue if I didn’t already HAVE the cover for The Tournament of Eden.

Now I’m torn.

But I do like coming out with ‘special editions’ of my books (it’s a great way to offer double the promotions, and is just a lot of fun putting in the fun little extras that special editions might have), so maybe I’ll use it for that.

Here it is!

Tournament of Eden new cover

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3D Book Cover Mock-Ups

Hey all you writers out there – have you ever considered 3D mock-ups of your covers? I just started doing them! If you’re any kind of a Photoshop designer, you can probably figure out how to do this yourself, but if you’d like one done and don’t have the means, I’ve added this to my design repertoire as a cheap $5 service. Details below!

Example images:

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Want to bring your e-book and its promotional material to life? Send me the image and I’ll render it into a 3D mock-up for you! I will send you both the 3D rendering by itself, as well as a collage that displays the 3D version with the original (as shown in examples above). I will deliver both files in .JPEG format, along with a .PNG of the mock-up with a transparent background for you to paste wherever you like. (For the spine, unless you specify a desired color, I will use either black, white or gray, depending on which works best with your cover, or colors/imagery from the cover itself if that works better for blending. Your title and author name will also appear on the spine, though I can’t promise to always match fonts. If I can’t match your font(s), I will use something that goes well with them.) Simply send $5 via Paypal and your cover image to: harperpages@yahoo.com, and I’ll deliver your order shortly! (If you like, feel free to include the names of the font(s) used on your cover, if you know them, and that will make it easier for me to try to match them.)

(The cover image I used for the examples is one I did for a friend (since I make covers themselves as well); check her out here: pageweaving.wordpress.com. And if you’re ever interested in cover work for your own books, check out my ‘I Do Book Covers’ page and shoot me an email!)