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Born at 7:29pm, Weighing in at 90,000 Words, 350 Pages

IT IS FINISHED. The Tournament of Eden has come to an end. It was officially born this evening at 7:29pm, weighing in at 90,000 words, 350 pages (ish). Both of those numbers are actually estimates, because while I’ve been typing the  book straight onto the computer for a good while, there is still a fair amount early on that’s hand-written and needs to be transposed. So I’m actually guessing there will be over 90,000 words, and the actual amount of pages remains to be seen based on the formatting of the book.

But it’s done! I’m so excited! Now I’ll put it aside for a few days before going at it with edits, which will probably be harder edits than I’ve had to do with a book in awhile, but I can’t wait to get it all polished and ready to introduce to the world.

Stay tuned for the exciting updates that always come with ACTUALLY RELEASING A BOOK!

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Awkward Author Moment Number 102

That awkward author moment when you triumphantly reach the end of your book and realize that reaching the end of the book is far more triumphant than anything your hero/heroine actually did in the book.

On the bright side, that means I have finally managed to write a ‘rough draft’, rather than my usual tendency of needing to get everything in there and just right up front. Again, more of a victory for me than my heroine, but I’VE BEEN TRYING TO WRITE A GOOD (BAD) ROUGH DRAFT FOREVER.

Also, I numbered this ‘awkward moment #102’ not because I’ve counted one hundred and two of them up until now, but in fact because its only the second one that I’ve notated and I know I’ve had way more than that. And besides, ‘awkward author moment #2’ just has a bit of a pathetic ring to it.

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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!)


A Few Book Announcements

Alright, I guess it’s time to post an update on where I am with the current books I said I’d have done by now, as well as tentatively announce my next project(s).

I currently have about 500 out of 700 pages for The Tournament of Eden, which isn’t reflected in my progress bar because I’m hand-writing this book and only update the word count when I’ve typed something up and can accurately DO  a word count. And I’m WAY behind on typing everything up. For awhile, I was really good about writing and then typing what I had written before writing again, but once that started to slip it all went downhill from there. But I do have 500 out of 700 pages done (and that’s hand-written pages, so the book isn’t actually going to be 700 pages long when in computer-format. My guess is more like 400 or 500.)

I’m about halfway done with Crooked Bird, but since that’s a shorter book I anticipate it will be quite easy to finish once I’m not concentrating so heavily on Eden. I do expect to have both finished and (hopefully) released by summer.

Which brings us to plans for the summer. I was planning on getting the Breathtaker sequels out of the way soon anyway, but especially in light of the sudden mermaid craze that I have accidentally secretly anticipated and jumped on board with… Those are definitely going to be a go for this summer. (And what better books to write for summer than beachy mermaid books?!) So you can expect more updates and progress on those as soon as Eden and Crooked are complete.

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Great Cover Avenue for Indie Authors

Hey all you indie authors – I just wanted to give a shout-out about a new book cover avenue I discovered. It’s called The Book Cover Designer (Link), and they offer both pre-made and custom designing for pretty great prices. Since I do my own covers, I actually signed up with them as a designer! Check them out!

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Re-Release of ‘Spychild’ – Get it Freeee!

I have released the 2nd Edition of ‘Spychild’, my original young adult adventure that I wrote in my teen years. Today you can download it for free over at Amazon! Here’s its cover, description, and Amazon link…


Welcome to the game…
For generations, the capital city of Cerf Daine has been terrorized by a group of slinking criminal masterminds known as the Spykin. Operating from a secret headquarters, they strike whenever the danger is greatest, playing genius dark games for the simple thrill of it.
But recent times have seen their kind dwindle away, as the folly of their obsession with danger demands its price. One by one, they have all been caught.
All except Clevwrith, and he is determined to carry on the Spykin’s legacy.
By taking on an apprentice, he intends to mold a creature equal to himself, another that can never be caught. This requires that he teach his apprentice everything he knows, disclosing all of his deepest, darkest secrets.
But everyone has secrets of their own. And when you teach a stranger to play dark games without rules, the next move can come in any shape or form.
…Rules are forbidden.

Get it Free Today!