Novel News: Behind the Covers (or Scenes)

My next novel, The Lioness and the Spellspinners, is due out in less than a month!  God willing and all goes well, of course. 🙂  Today I thought it would be fun to share a bit of the behind the scenes on the final stages of publishing prep.

I always order a print proof copy a couple months before my planned release date.  I do my final round of edits in the paper copy, and by reading through it I can spot any weird formatting when it goes to paper.  Also, I’m never sure what the cover is going to look like until I can see the physical version.  This time, that proved especially important.  I knew I had a dark cover, but it had never looked as dark as it did in my first proof copy…

p1040116Some significant lightening later, my second copy looked much more like the cover has been looking on every computer screen and print-out I’ve done.  And hopefully Karina looks less evil!  I still wouldn’t want to mess with her, but the aim was for fierce, not fear-inspiring…

I like seeing inside books (I mean, the formatting, not just the words…) so here are two more pictures from behind the covers.  Get your own copy and see the other pages on October 14th! 🙂

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Cover Reveal: The Lioness and the Spellspinners

Regular readers will have seen me reference the next novel in my Beyond the Tales series (and occasionally offer an excerpt).  Today I’m delighted to present the cover for the first time on my blog.

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This is the lovely Karina (but don’t call her lovely, she won’t like it), the Lioness of the title.  I actually found this image over a year ago, while I was still doing revisions.  I liked it so much, I changed some book details to make it fit!  So just between you, me and the other blog readers, Karina’s eyes used to be a darker blue, and her cloak used to be gray.  But the expression–I knew that was pure Karina.

Stay tuned for a release date, coming soon!

Launch Day: The People the Fairies Forget

PFF Orange Grove Cover - SmallIt’s Launch Day for my third novel, The People the Fairies Forget, another volume in my Beyond the Tales series.  But don’t worry if you haven’t read the first two–you can pick this one up first, if you’re so inclined.  🙂

Here’s where you can find it: Paperback, Kindle and Smashwords (for other ebooks)

There will be interviews and guest posts coming up in the next few weeks answering more questions about the book and the inspiration behind it.  But for the moment, in case you missed it earlier, here’s the back-of-the-book blurb to tell you a bit of what it’s all about…

Tarragon isn’t your typical fairy. He scoffs at gossamer wings and he never, ever sparkles. Plus, he’s much more interested in common folk than in anyone wearing a crown. All he wants to do is enjoy good food and good parties, but he can’t quite resist sparring with his cousin Marjoram, a typical Good Fairy if there ever was one. Against his better judgment, Tarry becomes the reluctant defender of the ordinary people Marj is trampling underfoot in her efforts to help the royalty.

That includes people like Jack, a goatherd stuck on the opposite side of a mass of thorns from his true love Emmy, a maid in Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Or Catherine, who has no desire to marry a very un-charming prince just because her shoe size matches some girl he danced with. Or Anthony, whose youngest sister Beauty got involved with a great and terrible Beast.

Tarry has to set down his supper, brush up on his magic and his arguments, and try for once to wrangle some kind of Happily Ever After out of the mess.

Author Interview: Lynn E. O’Connacht

You may remember that last month I did an interview with my blogger and author friend Lynn, as part of my Blog Waltz for The Storyteller and Her Sisters. I also promised you an interview with Lynn about her most recent book release, Tales of the Little Engine. I’m very happy to offer that interview today! (And come back tomorrow for my review of the book…)

First, a little about Lynn:

lynn_artLynn E. O’Connacht is a writer by twilight and, occasionally, sunlight and moonlight. At all times she is a cisgendered white woman. She holds an MA in English literature with a focus on creative writing and fantasy literature. She has geographically confused spelling despite her education’s best efforts to fix this and has been writing stories for as long as she has been able to write. She used to type her works on an old-fashioned typewriter using red ink, but alas both the equipment and the stories have since been lost to time.

Lynn focuses on secondary world fantasy and has a great love of short fiction. She can often be found running around undecided about what shiny project to work on next or thwapping her sentences until they cooperate, but usually she is busy balancing several projects whilst entertaining her cats or slaving away at her day-job. She also loves windy days, singing, reading, gaming, watching movies/tv series, listening to music, and editing, not necessarily in that order.

And a little about the book… Continue reading “Author Interview: Lynn E. O’Connacht”

Blog Tour for The Storyteller and Her Sisters

Storyteller Cover 1 - SmallMy new novel will be out this Friday!  Regular readers may remember that I did a blog tour last year for The Wanderers, and I’m happy to announce that I’ll be doing another one now.  I called the last one a Blog Wander, and this one, for a book about twelve dancing princesses, can only be called a Blog Waltz. 🙂

The following lovely bloggers are letting me visit their blogs with a guest post or interview:

It’s not to late to join in for a dance!  Let me know if you’d like to participate in the tour.

This will be a loosely weekly event starting next week, and I’ll let you know as each post goes up.  I’m excited for it! 🙂

Pre-Order The Storyteller and Her Sisters!

Storyteller Cover 1 - SmallI have, of course, told you that my next novel will be out soon…but you can buy it now!  Well, pre-order, at least. 🙂

Storyteller is now listed on Amazon and you can pre-order a Kindle copy today.  Don’t have a Kindle?  It should be available for pre-order on Smashwords within the next week.

All ebooks will be delivered and the paperback will go on sale on October 10th.

And if you’re still on the fence about buying, might I suggest checking out the excerpt now available on Goodreads?  You can download the first three chapters…but I make no promises that it won’t leave you waiting anxiously for October 10th and Chapter Four!

Blog Wander: Making My Mark

Wanderers 8 - Small CopyToday’s Blog Wander is a guest post on the trials and tribulations of self-publishing.  I’m lifting the curtain and letting you see the crises behind my apparently-on-top-of-it blogging about the process!  Hopefully, if anyone else is looking at self-publishing, it can save them some of the same problems…

Our host today is T. B. Markinson, self-described as “a 39-year old American writer, living in England, who pledged she would publish before she was 35. Better late than never. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling around the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in England, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order.”  She’s the author of A Woman Lost and maintains two blogs: Making My Mark is all about authors and publishing, while the 50 Year Project is her movies/books/travel blog.

Check out the guest post here!