Tuesday’s Title – Abomination by Audra Middleton

 The seeds are planted. Which will take root, change or destruction?
Abomination  by Audra Middleton
(Volume 2, The Watcher of Anthelion Series)
 
Genre: Fantasy

Buy Links: http://amzn.to/1rl4hOV

 Blurb:
 
A seed of destruction is sprouting in Forest End, but the kingdom is in too much of an uproar trying to locate their missing princess to notice. Princess Willow has been kidnapped by the enemy. Her mother, the Fauna Queen known as Watcher, is the only one who can reach Luminar and rescue Willow before the winter snows come. While the queen finds a way to save her daughter, the princess is able to plant seeds of change in the enemy kingdom. But if Watcher doesn’t make it back in time to stop the abomination that has been growing in Forest End, Willow’s seeds will never take root.

 

Author Bio:

Audra Middleton was born and raised in Washington State where she lives with her husband and their three boys. She gave up her teaching career to raise her children, and in between diaper changes and baseball games, she began writing books. Once she started, she couldn’t stop, even after she went back to teaching.

Website: http://www.audramiddleton.com/

Tuesday’s Title – Nobody’s Child by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Book 4 of the Georgia Davis Series.

Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: The Red Herrings Press 

 Blurb:
A bloodstained note left for PI Georgia Davis reveals the shocking existence of a half-sister she never knew about. Her sister, Savannah, is pregnant and begging for Georgia’s help. Determined to track her down, Georgia finds herself heading deep into the secretive and dangerous underworld of Chicago’s illegal sex trafficking business. She soon discovers that trafficking is just a small part of the horrifying and deadly situation in which her new sister is caught up. Even worse, as Georgia tries to extricate Savannah, she comes up against an old enemy determined to make sure neither woman will escape alive. In the fourth Georgia Davis novel, Georgia faces her toughest challenge yet—and one she might not survive.

Author Bio:

 Libby Fischer Hellmann is a critically acclaimed crime writer loved by readers the world over for her compulsively readable thrillers and strong female characters. Her fast-paced crime fiction spans 10 novels and 20 short stories, and she has also edited a popular crime fiction anthology called Chicago Blues. She has lived in Chicago 35 years and says they’ll take her out there feet first. You can usually find her at her website: http://libbyhellmann.com and other social media platforms. 

What’s In A Cover?

One of the major decisions an author has to make is the cover design. Even if the publisher controls the design, you probably had to create a marketing or cover design form with a summary of the elements of the book. However, when you are independently published, what goes into that first impression is even more important.

Fred Showker, the publisher and editor of DTG Magazine, provides some fundamental design rules.  What I liked about Joel Friedlander’s post “E Secrets to e-Book Cover Design Success”  is the variant of the old KISS philosophy. To summarize what Friedlander, a self-published author and an award-winning book designer put forth for a good cover, is to keep it  Simple. Ebook covers don’t have the space that print books do. Small — today books are found and/or purchased online, so the cover has to look great in a thumbnail. And his final “S” hint, Strategic. Remember, your cover is part of your brand.

Whether you hire someone, design your own cover, learn the important concepts. At the end of the day, what makes a great book cover? The one that makes YOU purchase a book.

The reason I’ve been looking at this topic?

The cover for Hatchling’s Curse is being designed as I type.

Till next time ~ Helen

Additional Resources:

http://digitalpublishing101.com/digital-publishing-101/part-2-preparing-source-files/ebook-cover-design/

http://promo-design.co.uk/blog/ebook-cover-design/10-tips-for-designing-your-kindle-ebook-cover.php