Book needs blurb. Author needs hug.

Writing cover copy is a particular set of writing skills, but skills can be learned, right?   Practice makes perfect. No pressure. These are just the words that make or break a reader’s first impression of my book. IT’S FINE, REALLY.

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Here’s my first stab at a blurb for The Sharp Edge Of Yesterday, the next novel in my Rough Passages supers series. Thoughts, anyone?

Grace Trapani is fighting for her life. The Department of Public Safety wants her behind bars, her estranged husband wants to control her body and soul, and the power in her blood makes her a threat to her own family.

She left behind everything she knows to protect her daughters, but she can’t hide from the destructive forces growing inside her. Only a dedicated group of rebels within the Department can help her escape imprisonment and death.

I know it needs something. Salt? Garlic? A swift, sharp kick? Anyway.

Also, Grace’s last name is currently up for revision. It might end up being Horn or Reed, or maybe Keiffer?  NAMES ARE HARD TOO. Ideas welcome.

To end on a less-whiny note, pretty pictures! The top image is the full-wrap cover painting. Below is a detail on the front cover. It’s coming out pale on my monitor, not sure why. It’s gorgeous, really.

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I learned a new Kindle thing.

I am soooooooo late to the party with this one, but I’m happy about learning it, so I’m sharing my joy. Let’s start with the basics. Do you:

  • own a Kindle?
  • Use Amazon Prime?
  • Enjoy books published by independent and/or small press authors?
  • Like to support indie authors but don’t have a big entertainment budget?

DID YOU KNOW: if you answered yes to all those questions,  there’s a program that’s perfect for you? It’s called the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library (KOLL).

You can download 1 free read per month straight to your Kindle, for free, AND the author gets a per-page-read payment. That’s right. You pick from a ton of great Kindle books (like, say, one of MY titles) read it for free on your Kindle, AND the author gets money.

Everyone wins, right? You can support an author you like every month with it just by reading a book. Seems too good to be true, but IT IS TRUE!

The main catch seems to be that the title has to also be in Kindle Unlimited, but hey, there are a LOT of those. Including my sorta-romances and the big single-edition version of the Stories of the Restoration. Just saying.

Do you want to know how it works?  I did, so I hunted down details.  There’s an official how-to video on this Amazon page How to Borrow a Kindle Book through KOLL. That was enough to get me started. I brought up the Kindle store on my Kindle, looked up a book by title & author, and one touch later, it was downloading. Yay, reading!

Want to know more? Here’s a site with more information and a nice comparison of  this KOLL program and Kindle Unlimited: Some useful details about KOLL.  It’s a little out of date–there’s now Prime Borrowing to complicate matters, for one thing–but it has a bunch of basics.

Pre-Dragoncon

Today I:

  • Flew around storm clouds to get to Atlanta. So cool to see the thunderheads up close.
  • Hauled around many heavy things & stacked them. So many things. So much stacking.
  • Posted my full con schedule, Armory & Bard’s Tower both, such as it is, on my Official Facebook Writing page. (copied here, just because.)
  • Reviewed some hotel/con survival essentials
  • Texted people. PHONED people. Yeah, that’s right.All righty. That was a looooonnnng day. Bedtime. Tomorrow, the con begins.

That schedule again:

Thursday”

Armory set-up until it’s done, then…who knows?

Friday:

  • Armory 9AM-noon (Hyatt Kennesaw)
  • Bard’s Tower 3-7PM (Vendor level 2, booth 2719)
  • Writer’s Gather @ 8PM somewhere? It’s in the app.

Saturday:

  • Bard’s Tower 10AM-noon
  • Armory 6-8PM

Sunday:

  • Armory 10AM-noon
  • Bard’s Tower 3-6:30PM
  • READING w/Broad Universe: Hyatt Techwood

Monday:
Sales in the AM, then Armory teardown, then back to wrap up with Bard’s Tower.

And then the collapse, the sleep, and the trip home. Because con.