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Blurb for my novel. Any opinion?

November 7th, 2016 at 01:40 pm

Totally off topic again, I know! I'm prepping to self pub my first novel.

(inspired by the people at

Text is and Link is, if you're interested, too.)

There's a lot to think about. Editing, story, covers, back cover copy. Blurbs, review copies.

Here is the blurb I've written to advertise/summarize the book. Any thoughts? I've already posted some cover options and many of you were gracious enough to vote for your favorites.


Seventeen-year-old Jess sees the killer in visions. He's a shadow, striking down the helpless, killing with lightning-like energy. After she finds the body of one of his victims, Jess fears the vision of her own violent death will come true.

To survive, she'll have to learn to control the newfound powers surging within her. Jess is the new kid in Salt Creek, an isolated town in rural southern Ohio with a ferociously guarded secret. Its residents are not ordinary humans, and they're changing Jess into something more like them. Billy, an outcast with an unsettling past, is the only one willing to explain her transformation as he guides her through the town's secret world.

As the killer's body count ticks higher, a growing pile of evidence links Billy to the crimes. Jesse has to decide if Billy is dangerous or has been framed, as she pieces together the clues to identify the killer before it's her turn to die.

One more book cover, thanks Lucky Robin!

November 3rd, 2016 at 03:35 pm

I took your advice and attempted to make a cover that's more supernatural in scope, and which related directly to a scene in the book. Here's what I came up with. Thoughts?

PS. I haven't bought the art yet, because I don't know which one I'm using for the final, hence the istock watermark...

Publishing my first novel! Updated with 2 more covers.

November 2nd, 2016 at 12:37 pm

A lot has been happening in thrift world. You probably know I am writing a book series (I'm almost done with book 2)... and have been looking for an agent to traditionally publish.

Looking for an agent stinks!! I did get a few replies back from agents, but they all said basically "hey. We really like this and it's well written, but publishers aren't buying paranormal books right now." So thanks, but no thanks.

Ugh. My book is a paranormal suspense/romance (a 17 year old girl who discovers she has super human powers and must stop a killer who is terrorizing a small town.)

Anyway, I'm not swayed. I've decided to self publish in paperback and to Kindle on Amazon. It'll probably go live sometime between January and March. I haven't decided yet.

When the paperback page goes live on Amazon, if any of you who like to read that kind of stuff would like an advance copy, I can email one to you, and you can leave a review for me!

In the meantime, I have some preliminary cover designs, if you'd like to vote for your favorite.

Here is cover 1

Cover 2

Cover 3

Cover 4

Cover 5

NEW OPTION!! Cover 6

New Option! Cover 7