New Book – New Playlist


A scan of authors’ posts show how they use music when they write. It can
trigger a mood or emotion or take you to another place and tiime. It doesn’t even have to be an entire song. Sometimes just a few notes of a reprise brings a character to mind. I admit I don’t always have music on when writing. Jotting notes while at an outdoor concert or sitting in a doctor’s office while waiting for your appointment isn’t conducive to headphones or even worse, playing tunes on a cell phone.

But that doesn’t mean that music is not part of my writing life.

Some of the music that inspired Hatchling’s Vengeance have appeared in other posts regarding the world of the dragshi.

  • Celtic flute and harp always send my mind to a fantasy world where magic rules and dragon fly. On the player now is Celtic Twilight by Gabrielle Angelique.

  • “Desperado” from the Eagles set the title characters, Lord Talann Fitheach and Lady Glynnes Janaleigh firmly in my mind.

  • I couldn’t decide on what song to use for Gynnes as her own. One was Brothers In Arms chosen because Glynnes was as much as warrior as any man… and paid the price. Note, the character featured on the cover of Hatchling’s Vengeance is Glynnes in her alter ego as Glyn, bodyguard to the dragon lord Lady Lexii.

  • One song carried over between books in the series. In Hatching’s Mate, Roger Whitaker’s “The Last Farewell” set the tone for the night before a battle. However, combining it with the “Lonely Man” reprise that was used as the theme for the television series, The Incredible Hulk, brings both sides of Glynnes to mind. The one for the years spent in waiting to be able to love, and the other for the world that threatened to keep her away from him.

Coming up next, the cover reveal for Hatchling’s Vengeance, available for pre-order now. Release date July 15th.

 ~Till next time, Helen

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What Makes A Good Cover?

Covers have been on my mind a lot recently. And I mean a lot. The final two books of the Dragshi Chronicles recently underwent their final production and along with it a review of all material, including the cover design notes.

Did the overall design of each book in the series blend? Check.
Does the cover reflect the storyline? Check. 

And a full-moon surprise. My first series, The Windmaster Novels, is going to be re-released. Of course, with a new publisher comes a new cover, and its accompanying model search, and element review. A reveal of the cover and its design points is coming.

Now to the inspiration of this post. An article by E. Ayers made me take a critical look at the covers. Before you think about your next cover, read the excellent perpective by Ayers on “What Makes A Good Cover.”

The link is https://authorsofmainstreet.wordpress.com/2016/06/17/what-makes-for-a-good-cover.

~till next time, Helen

Tuesday’s Title – Ancient Curse by Barbara Edwards

Intense, riveting romance with an edge

Title:  Ancient Curse (Finding Rhodes End, Book 3)
Author:  Barbara Edwards

Date of Release:  Nov. 11, 2014

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Buy Links:  Amazon    Wild Rose Press
Blurb:
Evil never dies; and for psychic Rainie Gamble who accepts a job to weed out evil artifacts, this could not be more true. When she arrives at the home of Thomas Broquette, her new boss, she isn’t sure what to expect. But the handsome and intriguing Thomas is only the tip of the paranormal activity she encounters while going through his library.
After several near misses when Rainie is injured by evil forces, she wonders if her new boss is hiding a secret? What does the previous owner Mason have to do with the threads of doom encasing the estate? And why does Thomas bring her father, a well-known art thief, into their midst.

Read the rest of the post here…helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com/2016/06/tuesday-title-ancient-curse-by-barbara.html.

Behind the Scenes: For those who want to read more about Rhodes End, the town that inspired (or is it haunted?) the tales captured in the series, information on its background and location can be found here. And while there read the blurbs on the other books in the Finding Rhodes End series. Ancient Blood (Book 2), Ancient Awakening (Book 1).