Monday, June 29, 2015

A Children's Story that is Not for Children

  • Sometimes books are not quite what they seem on the opening pages. Hidden deep inside the book, squirreled away, is some deeper meaning or story. Sometimes a book switches gears, much like movies that start out in what a person thinks is one genre to have it actually be another entirely.  Then there are books that tell two stories that seem so far apart but in the end begin to blend until there is only one true story.  Robert A. Krueger tells just such a story in his book The Children's Story About Good and Evil. From the beginning you expect one thing only to find that is a small part of what the author is conveying.

  • From Amazon:
  • The novel is a mix of fantasy and reality. It defines different forms of evil and contrasts them with goodness and innocence in a format that is both serious and funny. One morning young teen sisters decide to go for a walk, not realizing that this outing will change them forever. They become trapped in a strange land where the outrageous and bizarre seem normal.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Huck and Sawyer and even Molly by Golly!

Author Andrew Joyce has kindly given me copies of two of his covers to share with you which is wonderful because I am researching what makes a great cover.  The one for Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer  is so perfect. I am beginning to think my new favorite color is orange. It catches my eye so often when I look at book covers.

One thing you learn, hopefully, when designing your own covers is that each cover makes a promise, gives a clue, or shows what the reader can expect inside. There is no doubt what these books have in store for the reader. The colors on Redemption also gives a feeling of riding off into the sunset. Can it be that we will hear the last of Hunk and Tom?

  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Andrew Joyce; 1 edition (January 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2014

Andrew has a story about the publishing of Redemption which I will let him tell you in his own words.

Meanwhile, Joyce's new book,  Molly Lee, has the same western feel to it.  The cover is still giving a book browser clues to what is in store for them when they read the book. Why is that important? An author wants to attract an audience who will enjoy their book and share it with others. If you write a book for a science fiction fan, while you would like others to pick it up, you want to be sure the book reaches its target audience, the readers of your genre. With the wrong cover it is quite possible that a reader of Romance would pick up the book and while the sale of a book is never bad, your target audience might slide right by your book, causing you to miss hundreds of sales.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Tuesdays with Morrie and other thoughts

I know people who seem to get three times as much work done in a day than any normal person would. My sister is one of those people.  I used to be one of those people. Author Eri Nelsen is a fine example. What gives these people the energy and wherewith all to accomplish so much? Some say it is organization but that can't be it. My sister is highly organized while I have a desk that looks like Einstein's did. Oh, I try to get organized but it lasts about five minutes.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Lexicon: Words are Weapons

Lexicon:  A Novel 
Words are Weapons
by Max Barry
Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0143125427
ISBN-13: 978-0143125426

Available at Amazon

Emily Ruff thought she'd found a quick way to get off the streets and get ahead in the world when the chance at a new life was presented.  She needed the challenge, a chance to learn to focus instead of living by her wits, and she wanted the opportunity, but she never expected to become one of the most dangerous people on the planet, the holder of a power so enormous that no human should be allowed to have it, a power that others would kill, again and again, to possess.