Amazon is promoting Larkspur!

This is so cool! I just woke up and go to check my email. Nothing new, just something over in ‘promotions’ so I click there to see if it’s interesting. It’s from Amazon.. but wait, I know that title! Amazon sent me an email asking if I’d like to buy my own short story!

Amazon promo

There were a few other books on the list too, but mine was not only first, the title shows up in the email description!

Weekend

This is something I mentioned on facebook and twitter, but not yet on my blog: The release date for Delphinium is being pushed back. I have a lot of summer work, more than I anticipated, and I just won’t be able to have a good book out for you on the 20th. I’m hoping for a June 30th release instead, but I daren’t promise anything as concrete yet.

Back to regular writing and updates tomorrow, I had a guest this weekend (boyfriend had a connecting flight in Charlotte and moved it a few days so he would see me again). Good news, I’m very inspired and can’t wait to take the next few days to write (plus most of the family is out of town. Peace and quiet).

Question: Should I reread and add more to Larkspur, or should I just leave it as it is? I keep fearing it’s inadequate, or I could do better.

Digital Book Today!

I made my first paid marketing decision. For the next two weeks Larkspur will be on Digital Book Today’s romance page – http://digitalbooktoday.com/romance/ Hopefully it’ll bump it back up to a more steady flow of sales. If not that, the release of Delphinium should help.

I am writing Delphinium, slower than I’d hoped, but it is on its way. So far I still think I can hit the scheduled release date. Have a fair amount of homework to do today as well, so I’ll be busy with one or the other.

Facebook Release Party!

(Was going to wait until I wrote today’s 3K, but I’ve barely started.. so I’m going to do this and then go write).

I’m told this is a thing! So Delphinium’s going to be released on June 20th, and as a part of my ‘you have to do it, people know’ plan, I’ve also set up a Facebook Event. It’s open to the public, anyone can join, and I freely encourage questions and/or chatter. I’ll probably work out a thing where I give away a free copy or two, maybe of Larkspur and maybe the upcoming Delphinium. Please do join, and ‘invite’ anyone else who might be interested or interesting!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1492874244262537/

Delphinium Release Date!

I’m going to take the risk and announce my ~release date for Delphinium: A Necromancer’s Love–

June 20th, 2014 ❤

KDP Select ends on Larkspur the 21st, and so for the last two days (20th and 21st) I’m going to have Larkspur set to FREE. By that point I want there to be a link in the back pointing to Delphinium (which will NOT be in Select). After the 21st I’ll put both books on to other platforms like Kobo and B&N.

I’m writing this post for two reasons- hype, and motivation. The only reason I managed to get Larkspur done is because I set a publish date and *had* to stick to it. So I’m going to do this again with Delphinium, knowing there are at least a few folk who are waiting for the release.

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Facebook party

All day Monday there’ll be a facebook release party going on here: https://www.facebook.com/events/309247659228158/

It is for Zoe Dawson’s ‘The Starbuck Chronicles: AfterLife’ – it’s urban fantasy.

I’ll have a 15 minute slot from 5:45pm – 6:00pm, where I’ll be there to answer questions or receive comments. I’ll also be asking everyone the meaning of purple larkspur– and the chosen winner will get a copy of Larkspur: A Necromancer’s Romance emailed to them.

Hope everyone is having an awesome day!

Cover Reactions

So, because I love my shiny new covers, I went around and asked what other people thought. Since the usual reply to my earlier covers was “the font looks off, but I like it” I assumed, with the font fixed, it would be “oh, awesome!”

It.. wasn’t.

Mostly I was told they weren’t right for the genre. That it was neither romance-y, or fantasy-like, enough. That I needed people, a face. Maybe I should have been more clear that I meant gothic?

Now I’m bummed. I don’t know what to think. I could certainly change the covers to a London-y background with a guy in a top-hat and a woman with a parasol.. but that isn’t what I think Larkspur is. I like the flower-paintings with the red so strong that it reminds you of blood. Larkspur has it spattered on the wall, Delphinium’s table looks soaked in it, and if you look closely the vase in Consolida is filled with blood and not water. It’s the frail loveliness of a flower contrasted with blood– and the realization that the flower itself is toxic and just as likely to do you harm as any blade.

Maybe I’m reaching too far. I know the meaning, but that doesn’t mean a lot of other people do.