Jun 022016
 

Though this blog is about happiness and not promo, some of the things I’m happy about are connected to my writing. I’m especially happy right now with my new Love & Murder covers. The first book in the series was about a woman whose friend was drying of cancer. There was romance, a small boy, a dog, a cat – and murdered veterans. This book had such a mix of elements, I thought that a cover with graphic lettering and scenery was the right way to go.

I was completely wrong. Everything I write comes down to emotions, and the covers didn’t show that. My first inkling of wrongness came from Bloduedd, aka as Book Girl at Mur-y Castell at Books for Life. She reviewed A LOVE & MURDER CHRISTMAS  last Dec. Though she liked the book, she gave the cover a FAIL. Her book blog is popular, and quite a few commenters agreed with her about the cover.

I had a lot going on in my life then (and who doesn’t?). It took me until recently to change the first three Love & Murder covers. I talked to author Elle J Rossi, who is also an amazing cover artist at EJR Digital Art. For my upcoming fourth cover, she has a woman and a dog in it. We ended up with new covers for the first three books, all of them with a woman and either a cat or dog, and a background that fits the book. (I love what Elle did with the print covers, too. The spines and the back covers are black, which adds to the suspense elements in my books.)

The cover for book 5 is ready, too, but I’ll reveal that later. I’m just so happy with all of them. Here are the three cover do-overs!

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Feb 032016
 

I’m so happy with my new cover for my fourth Love & Murder book, RAINING LOVE & MURDER. Thanks to author and cover artist Elle J Rossi at EJR Digital Art for the wonderful cover.

I added a new plot element yesterday, and now the book will take a little longer to write than I planned, but I think readers will love it. I love it. Now, if only my cat (who is sitting in front of me, purring) would leave me alone to write, I would get so much more done… (My cat is probably thinking, Yeah, right, Edie. It’s not cool to blame the cat.)

She’s gone now, and here it is!

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