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I know, I know! I’ve been so bad as I’ve been gone again – FOUR DAYS! But I caught something that made me sick and dizzy and eww!
Well, today, besides sleeping and noming on chicken stew, I pulled together with Kate Marie Robbins and Zara Elise Thelms and pulled together the next TWO Authors Against Bullying anthologies! One will be on bullying, but we are also expanding and partnering with another author to bring awareness to another cause – Human Trafficking.
Attached, I have both promo banners for the anthologies and I am proud of all we have achieved with AAB. Our first volume went as far as #13 in its category! I’m so thankful for all the hard work and dedication people have put into the anthology and while Volume Two is now with our publisher, I hope to see more people participating and sharing the cause!
COVER REVEAL –
SHARING IS CARING!
Author: Kate Marie Robbins
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Release Date: March 2015
Rosalind Peterson just wanted her high school experience to be normal. She had dreams of being popular, being captain of the cheer leading squad, and just maybe, landing herself a boyfriend on the football team.
But high school was nothing like she imagined it would be. She caught the popular girls’ attention, but not in the way she wanted. Rose finds herself at the mercy of three ruthless bullies.
The torture and taunts become unbearable, driving her to do something so desperate, that almost no one can save her.
So, I did a quick write of about 1,000 words and I’m still not sure where this is going, but there were some people who said that they wanted me to write a little horror included and I hope this either satisfies them for now or leaves them begging for more! I definitely liked stepping out of my comfort zone with even this little bit 🙂
The rain fell in sheets, the sound of it hitting the pavement and the few ice droplets that were present bounced off. The wind whipped the woman’s hair in every direction, her long, black locks making it nearly impossible to see as thunder sounded and lightening lit up the area. She was waiting for someone that was already late.
Glancing at her watch, she sighed. There was nothing that she could really do to get him here faster, except for the one thing she didn’t want to do. Reaching up, she tied her hair up and waiting as the rain soaked through her tight black jeans, loose black shirt and zipped black jacket. The cloak that was billowing around her was just for appearances as she needed to show who she represented, not that the dark gray seal was visible in the light that was present.
Glancing around, she took in the bridge that she was standing nearby. Wanting to be seen and to have her visitor realize she was alone, she resisted stepping under its safety from the storm. There was a small stream that was running below the bridge that she was standing on the edge of the water. Looking up the small hill towards the edges of the road to her left, she could barely see the outline of her black Bentley sitting next to the guard rail.
With everything that was going on, she knew that the deal needed to be made and it needed to be made quickly. That was why they had sent her. That is why she was now standing in the rain, waiting on him to arrive. Time ticked by slowly as the wind picked up even more, the trees in the distance shifting their weight as they were moved. Once she heard the footsteps behind her, she sighed.
“You’re late,” she spoke quietly, knowing that he would hear her anyway, having exceptional hearing. “You were supposed to be here an hour ago. For the one calling all the shots, you’re not doing a great job.”
She turned around and only saw his shadow, but she knew that would be all that she saw. It had happened before the last time he had threatened all the peace between all the races and all the people, and everyone had bought it. Everyone had essentially, everyone had bowed down and given him what he wanted in return. Now he was back and the woman was stubborn – part of the reason her people had sent her. She wouldn’t bow down for anything.
“Doesn’t matter, does it?” His voice was soft and velvety, something that she could easily see herself begging to hear more of if it was a different situation. She cocked her head and narrowed her eyes, trying to catch a glimpse at his face, but it was useless. The dark hid him well, even if she had extraordinary sight. “Did you bring the stuff?”
She waited before replying because a part of her was scared. She was young and had her entire life ahead of her, but it could all disappear if she told him no. She didn’t have the drug.
“Damnit!” he cursed as he turned ad started walking away from her. When he turned back, it was clear that he was furious. Rushing up to her, he grabbed her shoulders quickly, pushing her against one of the pillars that held up the bridge. As he did so, his own cloak fell, exposing his decomposing face, the flesh slowly peeling off of it, bone and blood present and oozing from different wounds. “I don’t think you understand the severity of it. I need the drug. I need it to survive and if I don’t have it…”
He paused, leaving the woman anticipating the next part of the sentence. It was a good thing that she wasn’t squeamish as she would have shied away, but she didn’t. In fact, she couldn’t tear her eyes away from it. There was a piece right above his eye that was hanging down, brown and clotting blood where it use to be. A part of her wanted to reach up and tear the rest of it off for him, but she doubted that he would appreciate that very much.
“What will happen?” she questioned as she tried to push him back. It was useless though as he pulled her away and then slammed her back against the stone again. She winced as the pain shot up her back, but she tried not to show it on her face.
“What will happen is that this… this disease will be spread and that’s not what you want, is it? Think about it. All the races will be faced with this disease, this affliction and you would have an outbreak on your hands. Is that really what the Elders want?”
He took a step back from her and paced, but she was frightened, keeping against the stone, just in case he decided to attack. She was sure he didn’t know, but she had a dagger strapped beneath her cloak, one with an intricate design on it. It was made especially for her as the hilt was made of gold and the blade was made of the purest sapphire, formed into an unbreakable blade that made the smoothest of cuts.
“You don’t understand what you’re doing, keeping the drug locked up the way that you do…”
“It’s not my call,” she started to reply, but again, he spun around and slithered up to her quickly. She could feel his rancid breath against her cheek and the ooze of the blood as his cheek touched hers as he whispered in her ear.
“That’s where you’re wrong, dear.” Okay, maybe she was starting to feel a little nauseated from everything, holding back the vile that was rising in her throat. “The people control the Elders, just remember that.”
Stepping back, he raised his hands as his eyes bore into hers. “I will give you one week and not a second longer to get me what I need or else. My dearest Ophelia Moriarty.”
Her eyes grew wide as her name slithered off of his tongue. For a moment, there was something in the air, something that wanted her to retreat and find the Elders, telling them everything that had transpired, but the other part left her intrigued as to how he had known it was her.
“Did you really think I wouldn’t figure it out, Princess?” Princess was all but spat out as he rolled his eyes, stepping towards her again. “Turn their heads,” he whispered before he walked past her and back under the bridge.
“And if I can’t convince them?” she called out, thinking that he was already gone. His reply came, quietly and barely audible, but still it was there.
“Then the countless deaths from the affliction will be your problem, not mine.”
(C) Bree Vanderland 2015
Languish, by B.E. McLaughlin is a mystery, thriller novel that has LGBT themes within it. The novel follows two mothers in search of their kidnapped daughter, and tests the strength of their love, as well as the mental and physical strain one can take within a given amount of time.
Languish was released on the 1st of January this year, and I am very excited about its progress, much more excited for my following novels and the path that this career will lead me.
When asked about her current WIP, this was her response –
My current WIP is the first of a trilogy that started from a question of “What will humans do for the possibility of money, cold hard cash in their hands?” You’re Next: the Descent, is a horror, thriller, dystopian piece that questions society and how well it is truly run.
But I love to read all types of books, when my University schedule allows for me to. 18 books this semester doesn’t seem like a lot until it is all piled up on top of you. Haha.
I am hoping to have my next novel out by mid summer, or late spring if I am lucky.
It took Amazon.com long enough, but of course, being Amazon, Dance with Darkness is FINALLY up for preorder! The ebook will be $0.99 for the duration of the preorder 🙂 After preorder, it will be put at its regular price for $2.99, so get it while you can!
PREORDER LINKS FOR DANCE WITH DARKNESS! ON SALE FOR $0.99 for preorder sale 🙂
Paperback links coming soon as well!
So, lately, I’ve been trying out some new promotional methods, trying to find one that suits me. I’m not one for shoving my book down their throat telling them that it’s the best thing since sliced bread and all that and well, posting in all different Facebook groups like some people do is also annoying to the point where it clogs up some peoples notifications and I just really don’t know much in the promotion area.
What I do know is that there is a small group that has been set up for a few authors to join to promote each other and well, I have to give a shout out to them. They are all amazing. Click their names below to be taken to their author pages! They seriously are amazing people and amazing authors 🙂
Kate Marie Robbins
They are all seriously amazing and I hope you like them too! On top of all of them, please don’t forget to like my own author pages!
So, there have been a few changes to Dance with Darkness – for one, it will not be published by Kingsnake Publishing, but instead by me. I won’t say anything bad about them because they are a good company and the group that I was in had people talking about more than Kingsnake things. It was my decision to leave, thinking that it would be best for me and my book due to personal reasons and that’s all I’m going to say.
The other thing that has changed is the formatting. I’m actually working on it now, but I do think that it looks beautiful 🙂 I’m hoping that the print copies also look beautiful and hopefully I can get it posted soon so I can order some proofs 🙂
The last thing that was changed was the cover. Now, I know I just released a cover with the blue swirls and everything, but I do believe that this new one fits the genre more and well… Let me show you and you can decide 🙂
Title – Dance with Darkness
Author – Bree Vanderland
Release Date – 2-17-2015
Genre – Fantasy
Emmaline just wanted to be normal – a normal life filled
with school, boys, gossip, but what she gets is far from normal.
What if you discovered you were the daughter of the villian? What if everyone was counting on you to perform a task that could save thousands?
What if you had the magic?
Be taken away with Emmaline as she tries to discover who she really is.
So, a lot of authors offer their books for FREE or for $0.99! Let’s give you some examples! Maybe you would be interested in buying an ecopy to help support an indie author – DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A REVIEW!!! Click the author’s name to be directed to their Facebook page and the book titles to be directed to that book on Amazon.com (synopsis is included)
Books by D. Love
– Today Only
*There is no time to fall in love; only to be loved….*
Rye Silcox desperately tries to hide her anxiety and suffering from her tight knit family, especially her young daughter, Emily. Coping with the heartbreaking diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumor, while trying to appear stoic, is often an overwhelming task.
*Sometimes the miracle you are granted isn’t the one you want, but the one you need.*
Rye is reunited with high school classmate, Jett Connor. Even though the attraction is mutual, her grim prognosis reminds her that their time together will be limited. She’s determined to push him away, but Jett will have none of it. His place is by her side, and he’s unwavering with his pursuit. She finally concedes, and they adopt a new philosophy—one that celebrates seconds instead of days, moments instead memories. With one simple childhood prayer, peace comes to one, while heartache consumes another. Unfortunately, when one soul travels on, another soul must stay behind.
*The past is in their hearts, the future is not promised—they live for today only.*
– Ready for You
Author Penny Lane decides to team up with fellow author Kain Brooks because she believes the collaboration will bring something refreshing and new to her humdrum life. It is at first, but what she doesn’t count on is developing feelings for a man that’s hundreds of miles away while continuing to struggle with the death of her fiancé, Zack.
The newly divorced Kain is excited about the partnership and happily realizes that it may lead to much more than just a book.
However, there is a threat! A stalker’s evil intentions are far more serious than either of them can ever imagine– so serious that they may not make it long enough to discover if their feelings are genuine or just a long-distanced crush.
– Learning The Lies (The Bailey Trilogy Book 1)
Fourteen hundred miles has separated Bailey Jones, from a tragic heartache. After her first love ends their relationship, Bailey continues forward with her decision to move with her Aunt in Maine. Adjusting to a new home, job, and friends was supposed to be simple but love interests have come knocking on her door.
The question is can either of them be trusted? Each of them is harboring secrets but once exposed, will it send Bailey running or will it be her salvation? Amongst the chaos of her love life, a unexpected appearance comes back into her life and could possibly change everything.
Bailey is ‘Learning the Lies’ but which will she accept?
– A Breath of Death (Life and Death Saga Book 1)
What if one day you awake to realize you can only remember two of the twenty two years of your life? Kate Miller is damaged, and her only possessions are a bird, a shady past she can only remember through nightmares, and a very uncertain future. These constant nightmares introduce her to a life she never knew existed. Running away from a certain evil, she discovers she has a gift that can change the course of life…
In one night everything will change. After being taken by a stranger who claims he’s there to protect her, odd things start happening. Will Kate have time to learn the truth about her past? Will she learn how to use her powers in time before she dies?
After all, death is just a breath away!
Books by Sara Nelson
– Falling to Pieces (Finding Yourself Series, Book 1)
Lily Stevens had it all. The white picket fence, amazing kids, and the perfect husband? Till one day it crumbles around her when she discovers her husband is mixed up in a real bad situation and that her mother has been holding the truth from her.
When she meets Oliver she thinks her life is getting better but oh how she was wrong. Can she survive the madness she has uncovered?
Books by Madison Sevier
– Wicked by Nature
What’s a witch supposed to do when she learns that she isn’t just a witch? Will Selena use her powers for good? Or will she embrace the part of herself that truly is wicked by nature?
Until now, life for Selena Barnes has been fairly easy. Aside from the constant stares and gossip of a few busy-bodies in town, her upcoming wedding to a mortal was all she cared about. When she finds out that no one, not even herself, is who they claim to be, she embraces the powers that she’d buried deep inside, unleashing a catalyst of dire consequences.
When secret after secret is revealed, Selena finds herself racing against time to save her friends, her soul mate, her town and to keep her powers from falling into the wrong hands. Hands that belong to someone she’s never met. Someone with whom she shares more than she could have ever imagined. Someone who has been waiting twenty-five years for these events to unfold.
– Anything You Want: River Jewel Resort Series Book 1 18+
Welcome to the River Jewel Resort—where fantasy becomes reality!
Sydney Blake had the ideal life. A handsome, charming husband who took care of her and a fabulous home. When her world is shattered by Roger’s infidelity, Sydney checks into the River Jewel Resort for some relaxation and soul searching. Possibly even a one night stand through a special service provided by the all-inclusive hotel.
When she arrives, Sydney is more than shocked to find that the staff members know more about her than she knows about herself. Her every need, want and desire is taken care of before her very eyes and complete strangers are telling her that she is where she was always meant to be. But after being a fool for so long, can she trust what her own heart or what anyone else says?
Hotel manager, Mark Willburn has been searching his entire life for the perfect woman. When she walks through the door of his office throwing a fit and demanding to leave, he knows he’s finally found her. But will she see it that way?
Can the River Jewel help Sydney heal and find love again? Or are some wounds too big to be healed even with a magical resort on destiny’s side?
– Banged In The Bayou (Monster Erotica Book 1) 18+
Banged In The Bayou: Louisiana Swamp Monster
A humorous, supernatural, sex tale featuring a bombshell reporter and a paranormal creature.
Should not be read by anyone without a sense of humor. This is a dark fantasy, and any similarity to anyone who has indeed had sex with a swamp monster is purely coincidental. No swamp monsters, crocodiles, raccoons, plants, snakes or spiders were harmed in the making of this book. The contents herein are FICTION and suitable for adults ONLY. Preferably adults who have wild imaginations.
Small town investigative journalist, Rosie Peaks needed a vacation. Getting stranded in Cajun country on her way to the Gulf of Mexico definitely wasn’t something she anticipated. Hot, dehydrated and alone, she had no choice but to wander deeper into the swamps in search of help. What awaited her there would change her life forever.
You know what they say. “Once you go monster…”
– Hunter’s Fortune (River Jewel Resort Series Book 2) 18+
Welcome to the River Jewel Resort—where fantasy becomes reality!
After Hunter Golde’s father died, she became President of his company; one she never truly wanted. Having such big shoes to fill has put Hunter in an impossible situation. With stockholders who’ve never believed in her and who were just waiting for Hunter to mess up, she’s had to be tough on everyone, including herself.
She soon learns that someone has embezzled a sizeable chunk of her assets. Hunter must find a way to bring the thief to justice before she ends up losing it all and has a company-wide mutiny on her hands.
With her life in shambles and no one to comfort her, Hunter leaves town, in the hopes that her lawyer can get the financial mess sorted out. When her plans to hide out at her family’s cabin fall apart, she finds herself at the mystical River Jewel Resort where she’s reminded that money isn’t the only important thing in life.
When she’s confronted with her past and reminded of her present troubles, Hunter realizes she’s been missing more than several million dollars. Lee Michaels, with his rugged good looks, and seemingly perfect life, make Hunter crave the two things having money could never provide; the two things she’s never truly had.
Can the River Jewel Resort show her that it’s never too late to change the future? Or will Hunter Golde remain true to the fortune that life has already given her?
– Smoky Mountain Escapes Book 1: Natural Lust 18+
Meet Kallie Masters. She has spent the past seven years becoming a renowned book reviewer. In that time, Kallie has forgone any romantic entanglements for the sake of her job. Good or bad opinions, she is highly respected by her readers and peers. However, when an arrogant author sends death threats in response to Kallie’s scathing review of his latest novel, her boss sends her to the Great Smoky Mountains on a weekend getaway to keep everyone, especially Kallie, safe.
Kallie’s mountaintop respite is shattered when she runs into Hank Fogle with his drop-dead gorgeous eyes and frat-boy attitude. Denying the unmistakable chemistry between them, Kallie steels herself against the attraction, determined to remain aloof and free of the mess this man and a romantic adventure would surely bring into her life.
Can the magic of the Great Smoky Mountains allow Kallie Masters to let things flow naturally between Hank Fogle and herself? Will a second chance be enough? Or will she fall into a lustful trap that will only break her heart in the end?
Will Kallie Masters ever get the “happily ever after” she’s spent her entire life searching for? Or will she find out they only exist in the romantic books she’s been reading?
– The Librarian 18+
*Prequel to Long Overdue*
Olivia Milan is twenty-nine years old and single. That’s how she likes it. The only thing she loves more than her library and books is sex. A lot of sex. Having her pick of all three, the best of the best, makes her a very lucky woman.
Her past relationships have always held too many complications and now she prefers the no-strings approach with the men she chooses. Younger or older than her, it doesn’t matter. As long as they are of consensual age, she’s more than willing to help them with one-on-one personal attention.
Beautiful, intelligent, sensual, promiscuous, self-assured and maybe a bit conceited, Ms. Milan is the librarian you’ll wish you’d had in college.
– Long Overdue (River Jewel Resort Series Book 3) 18+
Welcome to the River Jewel Resort—where fantasy becomes reality!
After a decade of serving in the campus library, a small-town scandal involving one of its college students leaves Olivia Milan unemployed and able to spend a lot of time with her best friend of ten years. She’s always been attracted to Matt Osgood, but she believes he’ll never feel the same about her. When Matt heads out of town for the weekend, Olivia takes the opportunity to head to the River Jewel Resort in search of a new job. However, what she finds when she arrives proves life can be stranger than fiction.
Romance author, Matt Osgood, has been in love with the same woman for a very long time, but he thinks she’ll never return his feelings. Years of going to the River Jewel Resort have allowed him to live out his every fantasy. Still, he aches for a real emotional connection to the woman he loves.
Can the River Jewel Resort make fantasy become a reality for these two best friends? Or will they both run in opposite directions when confronted with the truth?
– Smoky Mountain Escapes Book 2: You’ll Never Be Lonely 18+
The second installment in this romantic adventure brings our favorite couple back.
Kallie Masters and Hank Fogle return to the Great Smoky Mountains, picking up where they left off and they’re heating things up!
Kallie is still adjusting to being in a relationship and Hank finds himself torn between work and play. When Hank leaves to take care of some business, Kallie finds herself in a precarious position.
Will Hank be able to handle the guilt he feels for leaving Kallie alone when they’re supposed to be on vacation?
Will Kallie ever be able to forgive him for choosing money over her?
Can these two polar opposites, a book reviewer and an author, ever make it work? Will they finally get their “happily ever after”? Or is a second chance too much to ask for?
– Make Mine A Monster (Monster Erotica Book 2) 18+
Kentucky: Alien Menage
A humorous, supernatural sex tale of a bombshell reporter on a nationwide hunt for her next, great monster-sex encounter.
After having a very erotic adventure with a monster on her way to the Gulf of Mexico, Rosie Peaks realized her life would never be the same. As a reporter, it was her duty to search out other monsters that were rumored to be lurking in the shadows of the United States. As a woman, now touched in unbelievable ways by a monster, it became essential to be touched by another…ANY other monster.
Were they all simply misunderstood creatures who only craved human companionship? Rosie would never rest until she found out.
Her next adventure begins in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Will the little green men theory prove to be true? Will Rosie find more than she ever thought possible to be true of otherworldly creatures? And can any of them satisfy her as Nessiana did in the bayou?
– Making Him Mine 18+
No other man had ever been so kind to her. Don’s eyes were the color of the finest chocolate and she felt herself fall into them whenever he looked at her. His voice was as smooth as silk, caressing her body with each word. He was her destiny.
J.B. would stop at nothing to get the man of her dreams. She’d change her entire life to be the woman he would want and she’d love him until her last breath. But would he ever return her love? Or would J.B. end up alone?
Sometimes taking a break from what you’re working on to do a quick writing sprint to work on something else gives your mind a break. I did that today and I loved it. Here’s what I wrote in about 20 minutes. I’m thinking the start of a new story! Tell me what you think then take a break and write for yourself – write anything – for 20 minutes straight!
She could hear him call out her name, but still she didn’t turn around. She continued running through the field that was located on the outskirts of her hometown. The long stalks of wheat brushed against her legs as her dress flowed behind her. While she was running, she was laughing, the sweet sound rising through the night and over the empty air, filling it with something melodic.
“Catch me if you can!” nineteen year old Emily Steele shouted back toward the young man behind her. For years, Emily had been chasing Chase Jones, trying to get him to go out with her and here he was, chasing her through a field on their first date, trying to catch up with her. “Come on!”
A quietness fell over the pair except for the heavy breathing that they were both giving out. The closer she got to the creek, the louder the rushing water became and soon, she couldn’t hear Chase behind her. She didn’t stop to think, thinking that it was all a part of the game that they were playing. Continuing down, she weaved around the trees that were starting to appear, heading to the creek.
After a moment, she had reached the edge of the creek, the terrain changing to small pebbles and mud that was a result of the water nearby. Taking a few more steps, she placed her feet in the water, not bothering to take off her shoes since she was barefoot. Closing her eyes, she savored the moment, loving the feeling of the cool water against her skin. Emily turned around, waiting for Chase to come through the trees.
“Chase?” she called out, but there was no reply. There was only silence and the hoot of an owl, perched overhead. “Chase? Where are you? This isn’t funny anymore.”
She waited another few minutes, allowing the water to wash away her anxiousness, but still, she was curious about what was taking him so long. Emily stepped out of the water and headed back the way she came, not really wanting to look or her date as she was now in a bad mood and the bright moon was now hidden behind clouds, making the world around her darker and harder to see.
“Chase, please,” she all but begged. “Where are you?”
Emily started back to the field, the stalks billowing lightly in the breeze. There was no sign of Chase and she honestly thought that he had just left her here, all alone, at two in the morning.
“Great,” she muttered as she leaned against one of the trees that were at the edge of the field, glancing over the field at the lights from the town. There weren’t many on and the few that were on she knew were only street lamps, ones that stayed on from six at night until about eight the next morning. There was one flickering in the distance that was giving her a headache.
Turning away, she stood straight and let out a deep breath, deciding to head back in town. She considered looking for Chase, but then thought that it wouldn’t have been worth it. She thought that if he left her out here alone that he wasn’t worth it and there went years of chasing after him.
Heading back to the town, she knew that the quickest way was through the field and over the interstate roads that hardly anyone travelled over. Still, there was something about walking there alone that scared her, even at nineteen years old. Every day on the news, she heard about bad things that happened to people, but never here. Never in the small town of Royal Lakes.
Heading back, she thought about her life and where she wanted it to go, but she knew that even though she was nineteen, she had her entire life to figure out what she wanted to be. Fresh out of high school last year, she had so many plans that she wanted to pursue, but all of that changed just by tripping and falling over one thing.
Once she hit the ground, she winced, trying to get a tiny stone that had managed to find its way far from the creek to the middle of the field out of the palm of her hand. After that was done, she turned her head to look at the large object that she had tripped over and when it finally clicked, she screamed.
Chase Jones was lying on the ground of the field, with blood trickling from a wound on his head. His brown eyes were open and looking straight at her as his left cheek was pressed against the dirt of the ground. There he was, lying dead in the middle of the pathway that ran through the field leading from the town to the creek.
That was when Emily Steele’s entire life changed.
(C) Brianna Vanderland 2015
So for me, my book covers are always something that I think reflects the story well, whether it has the main characters or shows an event that happened in the story. The thing is to make something that will stand out – something that will make someone in a bookstore pause to at least glance at it and be prompted to pick up the book and read the back.
Now, there are a lot of people who can make book covers, but the thing is not to limit what you want on it. They’re working for you. If you can’t find someone who can do what you want, it’s my opinion that you should move on. Don’t compromise unless you love what they did more than you loved your original idea.
In my line of business here, I’ve come to know many cover designers, all who make very beautiful things, but there are also some out there who will fool you and take a stock image, slap on some words and be done with it. THAT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU SHOULD DO! Every stock image, no matter how it looks, should be slightly edited to give it some originality. The issue is that with stock images, many people could have the same one and you want to give it a little something to be original to your piece.
Only publish with something that you are proud of!
Some cover artists that I have worked with or seen amazing work from –
Mae I Design – Regina Wamba (original stock images available for purchase)
Steph’s Cover Design – Stephanie Hobbs (premade and original work available)
Kate’s Ye Olde Booke Cover Shoppe – Kate Marie Robbins
Below are some samples from each artist –
Regina Wamba –
To celebrate the release of my new website, I’m here to celebrate by releasing a small excerpt of Goddess Becoming 😉 Hope you like it!
To back track through those years, Adelaide was locked in a tower in Kiro’s castle, punishment for stealing bread from a marketplace to feed her hungry children, but Kiro saw something different in her. He saw beauty as in physical desire rise in him whenever he gazed upon her, which he did so frequently by magic without her knowing. He put an ultimatum before her – marry him or die. She chose marriage in order to keep her children safe, but after the wedding, she had discovered that Kiro had her two beautiful children murdered. Adeline didn’t remember any of it anymore.
The Black Order was a group of people who wanted to protect their Queen from harm, especially harm by their Deity, Kiro, who was rather rough with things, including people. When the Queen came back to her chambers and her personal guard saw how she was injured, he formed The Black Order, with the goal to get her far away. Kiro had searched high and low for her, exhausting all his resources at his disposal, but with no luck. She had been moved to Earth and now imagine Kiro’s anger when he found out that another Deity had married her and had given up his immortality for her.
Kiro was furious. He stood and shoved is chair back, it hitting a tree somewhere in the distance as it flew, shattering.
“You didn’t marry her. You couldn’t have!” Kiro shouted as he shook his head, slamming his hand on the table, making it shiver beneath his force. “She’s mine. My property and I would like her returned to me immediately.”
Taien was taken aback as Kiro told him a lie, a story about how he and Adeline were lovers once upon a time, but Taien didn’t want to believe it. He didn’t want to have anything to do with the feud between Kiro and his so called Adelaide. Adeline was his and that was all there was to it.
“You have no right to her,” Taien spoke quietly, the other deities glanced around, trying to stay out of it all, but Taien knew that they were all thinking the same thing – something to do with shame that one of them was giving up an eternity for a woman, someone who would eventually die before the Deity there.
“You’re a fool,” Kiro spoke again before spitting in Taien’s direction. “You have no right to her.”
“I have no right to her? What about you? How do you have a right to her? She left you, is that not obvious?”
“How dare you,” Kiro lifted his hand and with a beam of light that protruded from his hand, he sent Taien flying back, his back hitting against a thick tree trunk. Taien cried out in a slight pain, but no one except Osoreme came to his defense, helping him up and back to his seat.
“Stop it,” she demanded. “Just stop, please. It was his choice to fall in love with her. And it was her choice to run away too, not that she would remember it here. There’s no need for this violence.”
“Violence? This is more than just violence, this is vengeance. She is mine and you, and everyone, knows that.”
“Kiro, no. Give up this battle, please. For the sake of all of us.”
“Step aside,” Kiro stepped up to Osoreme with orders, but she wasn’t backing down. Instead, he lifted his hand and hit her face, sending Osoreme to fall to the ground, clutching her face. While normal wounds wouldn’t hurt, hits from gods would do damage and did hurt. He then stepped up to Taien and grabbed him by the neck. While Taien was strong, he wasn’t quite strong enough to ward off Kiro. Kiro had a wicked plan in mind. “Give her to me. Tell me her location,” he ordered, but Taien wouldn’t give in. Taien loved Adeline and while Kiro’s knife was slowly sliding across Taien’s neck, Adeline’s face flashed into view. Her hair was perfect and he saw her the way she was on the mountain, her hair blowing in the breeze. He was happy to see her one more time as she stood right outside the door, looking to the sky for him to return. He whispered a goodbye through the air, hoping that it would make it to her.
He watched the woman he had given everything for as a silent tear fell down his cheeks and his breathing slowly came to a halt.