Street Team Sign-ups Are Now OPEN!

It’s January- do you know what that means? As promised, I’ve opened up my very first round of Street Team sign-ups!!

What’s a Street Team?

Members of the Street Team are diehard fans of my books who are eager to share news and highlights of my books with everyone they know, both online and offline. In return, street team members will receive swag (like bookmarks, postcards, paperback copies of my books, etc.), special shoutouts, and even ARC copies of my upcoming new releases!

Want to join?

Click here to fill out the short, painless application. I hope to hear from you!

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Bloodtruth Series Conclusion: Spoiler #1

I decided that it might make the wait for the last book in the Bloodtruth series, A Heart’s Deceit, seem a little bit shorter if I shared some tidbits about the book and the series overall with you. In this first installment, I share some thoughts on love triangles and why I don’t think there is a traditional love triangle in this series.

Check out the video, and I’d love you to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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A Gift For the Techie Writer: 2014

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As I looked over my Christmas haul this afternoon, one thing quickly became clear. True confession time, my friends.

I am a technology addict.

I am writing this on my brand new virtual keyboard. (It’s awesome. Click the link!) I also received a Mophi charging case and an Apple TV for my bedroom (because Netflix is becoming a daily part of my life). I’d like to think that I’m just on the leading edge of what’s hot.

Seriously, typing on this keyboard makes me feel like I’m many years in the future. Which has the weird effect of making me feel young and old at the same time. But I think this is the next thing for writers like me. I intend to take this keyboard with me whenever I travel (which is more often than I’d like). I will write a full review when I’ve had a chance to play with it more.

In the meantime, what was your favorite gift?

Happy Holidays!

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Anniversaries, Milestones, and The Bloodtruth Series

Two posts in one week- this is pretty amazing stuff for me! Like I say in the vlog, I SUCK at blogging, but I’m going to try to be better about chatting with you guys here. I need to, because Facebook is making it harder and harder for me to share news with you there and I’ve become way to reliant on it.

Breathe, blog, breathe!!

A few links to things I mention in the video:

Milestone necklace– a creative gift idea for someone special!

Links to the brand spankin’ new Bloodtruth paperbacks:

Links to the Shadows paperbacks (just in case you’ve never seen them before):

Finally, if you want the latest and greatest on the 4th Bloodtruth book, and don’t have time to watch the whole video (I got going and clearly had a lot to say!) just fast forward to the 4 minute mark. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you to everyone who has purchased one of my books and followed my characters. You all are amazing!

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On Covers and Adjusting When It’s Just Not Working

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You might not know this, but I agonize over my book covers. When you have one shot to entice someone to grab your book off the virtual shelf, first impressions are everything. I am the first one to admit that I’ve gotten it wrong. Like, a lot. If your book isn’t immediately screaming your genre and what to expect to your potential readers, it’s the first thing you HAVE to change. If you are getting it wrong, you’re missing the boat.

Do not wait. Do not pass go. Change it as soon as you are able.

Because I know that lots of people love the old cover/new cover comparisons. I thought I’d go back over the last two years of my self-publishing journey and share a few of mine with you. As evidenced below, you’ll see that I’ve never backed away from changing a cover if it just wasn’t working (at least eventually).

I’d also like to preface this by saying that I’ve enjoyed working with every cover designer I’ve ever had and changing the cover in no way reflects on their work.

Believe me- it’s all me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Edge of Shadows

Have you been hanging around with me since the beginning? If so, you might remember the original cover to my very first book, Edge of Shadows. To me, it had an old-timey wallpaper kind of feel to it that represented something you could see in the old, haunted Bradford mansion. Although I did have early success with it, once I changed it over to the current cover when I released the second book in the series, Shadows Deep, I noticed an immediate uptick in sales. It definitely says “ghost story” now with that creepy face over the stairs, don’t you think?

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The Soul Ripper (aka The Soul Garden)

Struggle, struggle, struggle. Toil and trouble. I have had nothing but heartburn branding the Twisted Souls series since the beginning. It is such an unusual story. Yes, it has zombies in it, but that’s not what it’s all about. It’s about good triumphing over evil and about finding out that when destiny calls, you have to answer whether you want to or not. The end was especially bittersweet for that reason.

But it all began at the base of the Fountain of Souls inside The Soul Garden. I thought the original cover was so cool and symbolic, but ultimately it really didn’t convey “sci-fi dystopian”. I liked the second cover with the bony hand and the grave, but it was a pre-made that was supposed to be nothing more than a placeholder for a few months. I just changed it again two months ago when I changed the title- and I can say with almost certainty that this will not be the last cover. Now that the series is complete, I think I can wrap my head around branding it in its forever covers.

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(Original)

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(2nd cover)

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Heiress of Lies

It’s funny how the books that you expect to be the easiest to design end up being so difficult. I mean, YA paranormal is pretty set in what readers expect to see on the front cover. The pretty girl in the pretty dress with some kind of spooky background is something you can’t get away from. I started out in that vein, so it seems counterintuitive that Heiress of Lies has had the most covers changes of any of my books- and yet is has.

Well, fourth times the charm. I felt so good ย and certain that I had finally hit on this series “forever covers” that I even moved forward with converting this series into paperback.

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(Original cover)

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(2nd cover)

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(3rd cover)

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FINAL!!

So what do you think about all of my cover swaps? How much does the cover affect your decision to pick up a book? Sound off in the comments below!

(Header Photo credit Zach Klein)

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