So, the entries are in for the cover art contest, and they are wonderful! A huge thank you to everyone who took the time and aggravation (and believe me, I know how aggravating this stuff can be) to help me. I really appreciate it.
Now, on to the entries!
I think we can all agree that I have very talented readers! More importantly, I have a bunch of people willing to help a gal in need out, and I appreciate it more than I can say. As a result, I decided to give everyone a prize, to say thank you for your hard work and generosity. Everyone who entered will therefore receive a signed copy of Ride the Storm as soon as I get my author’s copies. Just please send me your snail mail address, so I know where to send it. And thank you for helping!
I couldn’t decide on an overall winner, so I did a random drawing for the $75.00 gift card. The winner was Elaine Murphy. Thank you Elaine!
So, which one will be the book cover?
Um, so here’s the thing. You guys sending in all these great entries inspired me to do some Photoshop work of my own, for the next Dory novella, “Dragon’s Claw”. I had a cover, but didn’t like it much, and thought I needed to punch it up. And in the process of trying to find a better background image, I came across a photo I liked and started fiddling with it and . . . well. By the time I was finished, I had a cover. Which wouldn’t have been a problem, except that it was for “Lover’s Knot”! And that, you know, I really sort of like this one.
Awkward, right? But I thought it went really well with the previous novella’s cover, “Zombie’s Bite”, and with the next one, “Dragon’s Claw” (which I finished revising, btw. It’s in the previous blog entry). Anyway, since all these novellas are connected, I thought it made sense for the covers to be as well. But I would never have gotten here without you guys, so thank you very much. You can expect the newest freebie either at the end of this month or early next (probably the latter, you know me.) I think you’ll really like this one. 🙂
I am finishing up “Lover’s Knot”, the new Dory freebie, and have decided I don’t like the cover art I did for it.
It doesn’t seem to go very well with the other two covers (see below), which are more Dory centered and just came out better.
If both Dory and LC were going to be used, I was thinking something more like the image below, which I created for a story (TBA) with Pritkin and Cassie:
But I’m open to anything, really. It just needs Paris, LC, and Dory, or just Paris and Dory. So I decided to open it up to a contest, if anyone is interested. Winner gets a $75 B&N or Amazon gift card, plus a signed copy of Ride the Storm whenever I get my author’s copies. That may be before everyone else gets to read it, it may not; I never know when they are going to send them. Anyway, if your cover is used on the novella, you’ll also receive acknowledgement as the artist. I plan to publish the story end of this month or first of next, so let’s make the deadline Sept. 25. And, remember, if I don’t get a better pic from you guys, I’ll use the ugly one, lol!
The winners in the audiobook contest are: Liv. W., Dorthe Laursen, and Tierney Shaver! Congrats! Please send your snail mail addresses to KarenChance@hotmail.com to claim your prizes. And have a great day!
Got a big box of books in yesterday, more than I expected. So I drew 2X the names for the website contest. Congrats to: Nicholas Pyron, Duca Jolic, Susie Armstrong, Tom Sims, Sanna Sjoberg and Maheneen Alam! Please send your addresses to KarenChance@hotmail.com and I will get your books right out to you. If there’s something special you want in the inscription, please include that, too. Thank you to all who took the time to enter. I hope you enjoy the book!
Okay, so I’m all pissed off now, because people keep pirating my stuff. So, when I get in a bad mood, I like to do something nice and/or fun to balance things out. So let’s do some ARC giveaways! Same conditions as last time, if you don’t know them, they’re on the last giveaway post. Basically, if I see you’ve sold your personally inscribed copy on ebay (for what? Like a dollar?) I will go ballistic on your ass. So don’t do that. Just send your name and whether you are going for a blogger copy or a reader copy to KarenChance@hotmail.com. I will pick a winner sometime on September 1, so you’ve got a couple days to get your name in. Please only enter once. Good luck!
I have ARCs for Reap the Wind! What are ARCs, you ask? Advance Reader Copies, which are early versions of the book put out for bloggers, etc. to read and review. They are not the finished version—they don’t have cover art and the final edit hasn’t been done (necessary to get them out early). So some scenes may still be a little rough, some bits of dialogue may change here and there, and there may be a few typos to deal with. They are still a good read though. And I have six!
I’ve decided to do three giveaways, one for each month leading up to the release in November. Each giveaway will feature two books: one for a blogger and one for a reader. There are, however, some conditions:
1. You promise to do a review of the book. This can be on your blog, on Amazon/B&N, or wherever you usually review books.
2. You promise that, in your review, you will not spoil the main plot points! That also includes any comments you may leave on forums, etc. Some people really do not like this and it ruins the book for them.
3. You promise not to sell them. If you are a blogger and want to pass the book on to a fellow blogger for review when you’re done, that would be awesome! But please, no selling on ebay, etc.
I’ll do a blind draw for these at midnight EST on 8/7/2015. If you agree to the above conditions and want a chance at one, leave your name and which book you’re going for (blogger or reader) in the comments. Also, if you have a blog, please leave a link to it (helps me verify and it’s an easy way to advertise!) Good luck!
Congrats to Melissa Dennis, who wins the RTW Length Contest by a very close guess of 578 pages and 175,000 words! The real totals were 548 and 173,206–my longest book to date! In the end, we cut about 6 chapters out of the book, because Penguin was tired of my shit, lol! Their max on mass market type books is supposed to be 120,000, so they stretched a point pretty darned thin for me (thanks Penguin!) But don’t worry, you’ll see those chapters again. In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy RTW, and thanks for playing!
P.S.: Melissa, please send your contact info (email is fine) to KarenChance@hotmail.com so I can get your prize out to you.
Okay, so I did this last time and people seemed to enjoy it, so let’s try again. I have a shiny new $25.00 Amazon or B&N gift card for anybody who can guess the total number of pages AND the word count of Reap the Wind. First one to get it right, wins. If nobody is exactly right, then Friday night I’ll pick whoever came the closest and announce it here. You can enter here on the blog, on Facebook, or send your guess to KarenChance@hotmail.com. Oh, and in the event of a tie, the first one to send in the right answer takes it. Go!
Congrats to the winners in the Pets contest! Random draw wins from the comments here and on Facebook go to akruegs629 and Natascha van Lieshout. Special how-could-we-not win goes to Alexandra Kinsce. Great job! Please get in touch with me so I can send you your prizes. And thanks to everyone who played.