Interlude: Turquoiseblood available now!

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Finally! TURQUOISEBLOOD is up and available for purchase! So many people helped make this happen and I’m so thrilled to share this labor of love with the whole world.

If you’re thinking of self-publishing and want a little guidance, feel free to contact me, I’m happy to share everything I did to make it here.

No time to rest on my laurels though–new installment of St. Paul Grimoire will be up later today! Check it out!

Interlude: Cover reveal

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It’s finally here! The cover to my forthcoming novel, TURQUOISEBLOOD!

Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?!

For this cover, I worked with Glendon Haddix of Streetlight Graphics. I was very impressed by the professional-looking covers in his portfolio and I was not disappointed with this striking design!

I sent the plot of my novel and my requests for the cover look/feel over to Streetlight Graphics and was very pleased with their quick responses. I definitely recommend them to other authors looking for cover art (they are very reasonably priced as well).

TURQUOISEBLOOD will be out soon. Keep checking back here for updates!

Twin Cities Speculations Release Party

Our anthology release was long in coming! But we finally got everything in order and threw an awesome release party yesterday! Check out the pics below. And there’s still time to Like our Facebook page to win a free copy of the book!

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Me in front of our poster

 

 

 

 

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Free dragon drawing with signing

 

 

 

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Upselling :p

 

 

 

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6 of the 8 authors near the end of the party: (l-r) Jonathan Anthony, Eric Binfet, Lindsey Loree, me, Bill Cutler, Tina Murphy

 

 

Buy the anthology for $2.99 HERE! And check out my story for free here.

 

How to Make Pinterest Character and Story Boards

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The title to this sounds like an instructional, but I’m really asking a question.

I’ve seen character and novel boards on Pinterest from a lot of other authors, and thought it was a cool idea at first. That’s why I decided to make my own. I have two Pinterest boards just for my novels, TURQUOISEBLOOD and DANA (here’s DANA below for reference).

Let’s use TURQUOISEBLOOD as an example. The novel takes place in the mountain country of Rak, where an albino village girl named Kiri takes up with the rogue dragon Anya to solve a murder. Their journey takes them to Rak’s lowlands, royal court, and deep into the mountains. At the same time, we learn the story of Pristina, fighting to stop a civil war in Rak 200 years before Kiri’s birth.

Because of this, my Pinterest board has pins of mountains, dragons, white-haired girls, and lots of clothing. But it suggests nothing of the narrative of the story, that there’s a mystery, a parallel storyline, or even other characters. Because of the changing fashion in the areas Kiri and Anya travel to, the clothing styles don’t have any consistency to anyone but me.

These two boards don’t have many followers. Likewise, I find myself less interested in other writer’s story/character boards. If I haven’t read the book, or if it’s unpublished (TURQUOISEBLOOD will be out in 2015!) then it’s harder for me to enjoy these kinds of boards.

In order to improve mine (New Year’s Resolution time?), I’m going to try out some new things:

1) Create a better narrative by writing more description in the header and on the pins.

2) Reshuffle pins so they more closely follow events of the novel.

3) Find more ways to pin to these boards. After all, the more you pin the more followers you get!

What about you? Has anyone seen an example of a good story-Pinterest board? Let me know what you’ve seen/done before! And send me your name so I can follow you on Pinterest 🙂

 

Like what you’ve read here? Follow me on Pinterest!

Twin Cities Speculations Anthology Update!

“Welcome to Minnesota, where aliens go ice fishing, angels roam the streets of Minneapolis, and missing socks show up on a distant planet.”

News! (a little overdue, but…)

The review blog AmazingStoriesMag.com has reviewed our forthcoming anthology, Twin Cities Speculations! An anthology of all Minnesota authors, the review specifically highlights Eric Binfet, Lindsey Loree of HerStoryArc.com, and yours truly. Read it here!

Twin Cities Speculations is at the publisher’s now, so stay tuned for more info and my own story, which will be posted on my site soon!

 

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Out soon!



“In Minnesota, there’s a lot of time during the six-month-long winter for creativity. The folks who wrote the stories in Twin Cities Speculations have dump trucks full of it. From ice fishing through an alien’s eyes to an alien fighting Ripley-style to save her race, to a grieving mother trying to save a strange child during an icy northern winter, you’ll find great entertainment here.”

–Deb Elliott, author of Race the Night