For years, I've scrapbooked, and just recently, I started working in the digital medium. It's mind-blowing how easy it is to create something fun. In fact, I spotted this digital scrapbooking kit that made me want to see if I could adapt it to something for Lev, my hero from Sojourner. In the end, this is what I came up with.
I was going to post this yesterday, but then the new laptop I'd order came, and I experienced Windows 8 for the first time. Let's just say the transition wasn't smooth. To add to the fun, Dropbox is still syncing all my writing data. Still, I promised that I would post my cover and blurb for Nano, and here it is. I hope you're looking forward to the journey as much as I am.
Three Things I learned the Hard Way:
1. Vampires suck as boyfriends.
2. Guardian angels have lousy bedside manners.
3. Never, ever step between the two of them.
Sixteen-year-old Chelsea Montgomery pretty much has her whole life mapped out. She’s going to go to college, hopefully with Tad Coventry, her amazing boyfriend, and maybe become a social worker. Lord knows she’s got enough experience about DHS because her best friend, Olivia Hightower, has one rocky home life. She doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but after a devastating car wreck that should have killed her, that all changes as she finds herself in the middle of an ancient battle between light and darkness. She’s been revived and fashioned into a weapon for the angelic force, but it’s hard to soldier up, when part of you is tied to darkness. Yes, Chelsea’s alive, thanks to the angels, but both factions have secrets, and she’s going to have to forge her own path with her own rules she can live with, and that path might make enemies on both sides.
Currently, I'm writing the first draft of the last Dreamwalker novel. Thanks to Claudia McKinney, aka Phatpuppy Art, and The Font Diva, I now have the ebook cover to display. It's actually my favorite of the three covers. And if you check back tomorrow, I'll have the new cover and blurb up for my NanoWriMo project next month.
I have a wicked cool surprise for those readers who like the Sojourner world. The talented artist behind most of my covers, Phatpuppy Art, has designed an amazing hidden object game in the Sojourner world, and as always, the art in the game is completely stunning. I narrated the story segments, as well. Right now, the game is only available for the Kindle, but it will becoming for the Nook very soon.
As a teacher, I'll be the first to say I'm not really ready for summer to end. Yes, I know autumn is approaching. Still, there are a few good things that make me feel better.
This is coming:
And finally this is coming out on DVD:
And if that weren't enough, I know that I also get much more writing done during the school year. Yes, I know that's crazy, but it doesn't make it any less true. And I'm still hoping that I'll be able to get the new Sojourner book edited and out by the end of the year.
So what are you looking forward to?
It's no secret that most writers are avid readers. I know I am. I'm usually in the middle of several books at once, all of them in different genres. Still, considering the large number of books I've read, there are some that I always come back to. Those are the books which have had the biggest impact on me because each of these has, in some way, changed me. The words have left indelible marks on me, and I think my only regret is that I can never go back and read them again for the very first time. That's probably the highest compliment any reader can pay a book--to want to re-experience it for the first time and feel that impact all over.
What you will probably notice is that may of these titles are young adult reads. There are many of them I did not read as a young adult. I wish I had. I just love both reading and writing in that genre more than any other. And when you get done reading my list, put at least one of your favs in a comment. I'm always looking for new
And here's the list:
1. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Because it's difficult to focus since school let out (those of you with children will understand), I've been kicking back a bit a enjoying some movies and books, which always helps to feed my imagination. Of course, then the problem becomes all the new novel ideas I get. Seriously, I'm starting to think I need an intervention. Or at least I need to write faster. I have put up different boards on Pintrest for several works in progress as well as the finished novels, but if you are curious about where I've been spending my time. Here's a slide show for you.
It's no secret that the end of April and May are hectic for teachers, and unfortunately, it's been really hampering what I get done as far as writing. Although I am still working on the next Sojourner book, I have had a lot of people asking me when I'm going to wrap up the last book in the Dreamwalker series. At this point the novel is outlined and ready to be written so I've decided that once I've finished with my current novel, I'll start to work on that one. Perhaps at some point soon I can nail down a final cover. Until then, here's the two finished novels just in case you haven't seen them yet.
Two more Mondays left in my school year. No, I'm not dancing on my table. That comes May 25th. Still, this is a Monday, and I need something to make the week a little better so this is what I'll be seeing tomorrow night with my son. Can't wait! I hope you enjoy your week.