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Playing around with cats and pharmacists

Training cats Version 2In an excess of confidence I created a cover for Training Cats, which has been the face of the story for about 6 months. It’s… a cover.

So I got to playing around with the pictures yesterday, and got this. I’m trying to decide if I got to0 exuberant with the gradients. Might have to tone that back, which will unfuzz the lower part of the picture.

Sigh. More fiddling. Or not. Comments?

Glossy or matte? Poll

Decisions, decisions. It used to be that a book was a book. You picked it up off the shelf and either you took it home or you didn’t. Some books came with choices: hardback or paperback. If you loved the author or had great hopes for the story, and had the money and/or shelf space, hardback. If you wanted the words and weren’t sure about long term keeping, paperback. Otherwise, you took what you could get.

Now that the choices include ebooks, you have to nail down a format because your reader only likes one, which means choosing technology before you choose reading material…

Sigh. It’s a wonder anyone gets to sit down and actually read. (Next on my TBR list: Carole Cummings’ The Queen’s Librarian. Cracking that one right after I take care of some errands today!)

SpokesNow that I’m creating the books, more choices. Or rather, I have to make sure that everyone’s favorites are available, because some folks like PDFs and others want epub or mobi, and for others, paper is the way to go, so I have paper and epubs and lions and tigers and bears… Oh wait, that’s a different book. But now, I have the choice of glossy or matte finish on the trade paper edition of Spokes. What to do?

Crowdsource, that’s what. Vote!

Version 2, The Boy Next Door

Thanks for the feedback on the cover of The Boy Next Door. I went back and played with it some more, and learned all sorts of things about the Transform tool in Photoshop. Meet Luna Moth II.

Still not totally in love with one particular element of this, but I think there’s a way around it. I’m working mostly in InDesign, and just determined that there’s a way to pick up part of a picture, put something under it, and then set it down again. Let’s hear it for cutting paths. Quite a lot of my floundering has to do with learning what is the right tool for the job.

But in the meantime, here’s V2 of The Boy Next Door. I wanted the very casual feel, so I changed the type and scruffed up the background. I’ve shared a house with these programs for years and never had need to use them, and now it’s all I can play with.

Dean Wesley Smith has created a monster.


Durn you, WordPress! I have news to share.

I spent a big chunk of yesterday redoing some pages around–there’s new releases on the horizon after all–and WordPress ate it! After I did tables and text and links and…and…and…

And it disappeared. >._.<

I wanted to show everyone the pretty covers for the Mountain stories that will be out Friday. Gary and Seth’s novel will be out, and so will Cross the Mountain, a Mark and Allan short. I redid the front page, so you can imagine how surprised I was to see Jake, Kurt, Mark, and Allan decorating the front page. Not that they aren’t cute, but…

So here! Check ’em out!

Return to the Mountain400x600 (2)Cross the Mountain400x600 (2)

Reese Dante did a great job capturing the essence of the stories, for which I can’t thank her enough. And now that I’ve made WordPress regurgitate the code I worked so hard on, things look quite, um, green and white around here. There’s a lot of golf courses up in them hills. And you ski cross country on them when there’s three feet of snow covering the grass.

March 22. At Dreamspinner.

A new face for Snow

Snow on the Mountain will be out from Dreamspinner in August, just in time to heat you up and cool you off. Reece Dante’s set them on a ski slope for a cover and we’ve written fresh blurb, to go with the spiffy new text and editing. What do you think?

Champagne powder snow, gorgeously groomed slopes, and elegant hotels draw the expert and the wealthy to the exclusive Wapiti Creek Ski Resort, but for Jake Landon and Kurt Carlson, the lure is work. A novice skier, Jake’s been assigned to run the bunny lift, but Kurt’s afraid he’ll be stuck shoveling snow all winter. Instructing at a private ski school should be his dream job, but it brings giggles and sideways glances among their new friends.

All summer, Jake and Kurt were alone in the wilderness. If Jake wanted to stay in the closet, it didn’t matter. Now they have to navigate a relationship in public, where the five-year-old twins who’ve adopted Jake as their ski buddy are as big a nuisance as the ski patroller who has a crush on him. Would-be friends, vicious coworkers, and the perils of the mountain could mean the end for Kurt and Jake, but their biggest danger comes from each other.

Bonus story: Mistletoe on the Mountain

Jake’s agonizing over what to give Kurt for their first Christmas together—he knows what Kurt wants most can’t be gift wrapped.