One cup of coffee, one day’s nightmare.
I released my Spirit Key Book 1, Painted Girl on March 15th. I’ve been making videos and ads, and today I’m going to tackle the embedded link so you can get a preview. Free.
Painted Girl is the beginning of a whole new world, one filled with ancient spirits and love. My writing captain, Bailie, has compared it to a paranormal YaYa Sisterhood.
My problem? Figuring out exactly who to market it to. (One of the first things I should have thought about—writing to market.) I took my own road, and wrote to what speaks to me. I should have made it romance, they are so easy to market, but Painted Girl doesn’t contain a happily ever after, it’s the beginning, the long road to love. A love that sticks with the good and the bad. One worth fighting for after RedHorse loses his arm, and can’t have children. Real life dilemmas with supernatural elements.
First, I have to tell you that I spent three hours yesterday making a video, one that turned out perfect… and guess whose internet decided to crap-out the second it was finished online? Yep, mine.
Now, to the sample. If you’ve read it, leave a review for me. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
The Spirit Key Book 1, Painted Girl.
So, yeah, the title says it all. Authors who write fantastic books shiver with fear at the mention of this foul five-letter word.
Why? Because so much rides on it. The story may be the best thing since whipped cream, but if the blurb sucks, well…
And of course, it doesn’t help when asking someone about your blurb and the spellchecker keeps changing it to bulb.
So, if autocorrect can’t get it right, how can we?
I’ve been studying them. Youtube videos, downloads, ebooks, you name it. Then I read other blurbs and a lightbulb went off.
Each week I read a book for a review. Some blurbs had me biting at the bit to read them. Why?
Because the MC’s wrote the blurb, not the narrator. I want emotion. When the MC tells you about the book, it’s personal. I don’t like to read 1st person POV, well, very few but in a blurb, it is fantastic. (Sue Seabury is excellent at 1st POV, read her Shear Luck and you’ll see why.)
I’m tweaking my blurb for a new release. What do you think? Yes, there is a long version and a short. I also cut this one up depending on who I’m targeting and try to use each section/voice in different ways. It does need another pass for smoothness, and I’m not sure I like the ‘filly to sugar line’, it sounds too young for a robust cowboy. But, each voice comes through. Will it work? I don’t know, but it’s better than saying this is a story about…
RedHorse. Tortured by his father’s voice.
We have to stop them, but only if Sara finds her calling on her own, without interference.
Grandfather. The Old One called me.
Only the Spirit Key can save our heritage.
Death is always near.
I made a bad choice.
Check out Karen’s first chapter, she has it up here. This gal is one fantastic writer. Join her in her new world. You won’t be sorry.
I may have mentioned this before, but it bears repeating the question into the ether…
Are prologues out or are they in?
As I’m wrapping up the draft for Book 3 of my Greylyn the Guardian Angel series, I once again find myself asking the same question I asked when I started the series. Do I introduce the character from the very beginning (450 years ago when she awoke in her own grave) as part of a prologue before diving deep into the story which is set in modern times USA (at least in Book 1, Rekindled Prophecy)? Or do I include this aspect of the story as a chapter or eliminate it altogether?
Trouble is, no one agrees. Some people love prologues and epilogues. Others don’t. Some declare that prologues and epilogues are out of fashion in the publishing world. Some say…do your own thing, to hell with current…
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