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Happy New Year!

DebE —  January 3, 2013 — 3 Comments

… and I believe it really will be!

Anyway, without further ado, here is my New Year gift to you… the eBook Cover for Healer’s Touch!

Cover art for Healer's Touch

Healer’s Touch is growing up into a REAL book

So, now seems to be the time to think back on 2012 and look forward to 2013. I think it’s pretty obvious what 2013 will bring for me. The release of Continue Reading…


. . . if you can call me ranting to myself in a blog a “discussion”. Don’t look at me like that. You probably like writing, too. Yes. Exactly.

Right, several weeks ago, I talked about cover art. Today, I read this rather interesting article about going indie. It’s not the first time that I have seen mention of the author losing power regarding cover design (among other things) and I think it’s about time I threw my two cents into the pot. You never know, I might win this hand. (I’ve had a very long day with the toddler and am extremely tired, please excuse what passes for humour this evening). Anyway, I have lots and lots of words to write in my WiP, so I will be brief, and get to the point (Ha!).

One of the example covers I used was the one for Brent Weeks‘ The Black Prism (Book 1 of the Lightbringer Series). Well, now the cover for The Blinding Knife (Book 2 of the Lightbringer Series) has been revealed. I’m really looking forward to this book. I loved the first and I’ve read the three chapters available online. I’m really looking forward to this book. But, you know what? The cover sucks. There, I said it.

And, I honestly wonder how truthful Mr Weeks is being when he goes on about how great it is. Because, honestly? He’s had good covers. He’s had great covers – as I showed in my last post.

So, I picked up The Black Prism after seeing this on the bookstore shelves:

Cover for The Black Prism

The Black Prism – sexiness in print

But, if it had looked something like this: Continue Reading…

Judging a book

DebE —  May 2, 2012 — 7 Comments

Tonight, I feel like talking about covers. And I’m going to begin the discussion by telling you a short story.

Kura Carpenter Design

I admit it. The purpose of this post is to advertise a friend of mine. It just takes me a while to get to it, so I'm going to stick this at the top, anyway.

Two months ago, when New Zealand Book Month was running, I decided to take advantage of some $5 book vouchers I had and buy myself some new books. It had been a while, and it felt wonderful to be scanning shelves looking for something to jump out at me. Yes, perhaps I should have scanned my Goodreads “To Read” list first, but, what can I say, I like living dangerously. Although, it has backfired in the past (granted, I am tempted to give that book one more chance, given my recent reading experience … I’ll explain further down).

Warning: I’m about to go fan-girl on you.

So, there I was scanning the shelves in the Fantasy section of a bookstore … Yeah, I was being lazy and couldn’t be bothered looking wider than that. And, I know there is a lot of crap Fantasy out there, but I still love the genre because my greatest reading experiences have been in that genre.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah, I was scanning the shelves and a set of books jumped out at me: Continue Reading…