Mystery Thriller Week Author Spotlight: JB Richards

I’m excited to start my new Author Spotlight Blog Series in anticipation of Mystery Thriller Week (Feb. 12th-22nd.) Every few days through February 22nd, I’ll be interviewing an author in the mystery/thriller genre in a quest to help fans of mystery/thrillers/suspense discover great new books and learn more about the authors who wrote them.

My first guest author, JB Richards, writes YA novels that delve into the mystery surrounding Jesus’ “missing years”–the years during his teens and twenties when little was written about him in the Bible and elsewhere. Her books are sure to appeal to history buffs, mystery enthusiasts, and romance readers alike. Personally, I’m most impressed with the number of awards her book has won! Here’s more about JB Richards…

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JB Richards is an historian and international award-winning Amazon, Goodreads, and Xlibris author. Richards was a nominee for Author of the Year in the Indie Author Books 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. Her debut novel, Miriamne the Magdala —The First Chapter in the Yeshua and Miri Novel Series, was voted a Top 10 Best Historical Fiction Novel, Top 20 Best New Adult Novel, and Top 50 Best Young Adult Novel, and was a nominee for Best Romance Novel of the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards (SIBA’s). Miriamne the Magdala has been awarded a Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Seal and has continued to be nominated in multiple book award venues. In December of 2016, Miriamne the Magdala ranked in the TOP 3 on Goodreads/Listopia’s Best Indie Books 2016-2017 and TOP 10 on Goodreads/Listopia’s Self-Pub & Indie Books Worth Reading lists. Her upcoming second chapter in The Yeshua and Miri Novel Series, Yeshua the Christ:  The Silk Road, is due for publication in 2017.

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Back Cover Blurb:  Miriamne the Magdala tells the richly detailed story of an ancient Jewish family in crisis. When twelve-year-old Miriamne and her thirteen-year-old long-lost cousin, Yeshua, are unexpectedly reunited, sparks fly. But the grave illness of a parent causes turmoil and anxiety within the two related Houses, especially for Yeshua who recognizes that his earthly mission is fast upon him and his miraculous powers are growing out of control. As the life-and-death situation escalates, he begins to question his allegiance to his Divine Father while Miriamne finds herself torn between her newfound love for Yeshua and her premonitions about his unimaginable fate. Fall in love with the boy destined to be King of kings and the girl who captured his heart forever in Miriamne and Magdala, the provocative and compelling introductory chapter to The Yeshua and Miri Novel Series, the greatest love story never told!

INTERVIEW with JB Richards:

Hi, JB. I know your characters lived long ago, but if you could spend a day with one character from your book, who would it be? Why?

Wow, that’s a tough question! I mean, the obvious choice would be Yeshua … But since I hang out with him all day long, with him buzzing in my ear about what to write, I’d have to choose The Commander—Micah bar Abram—Miriamne’s father. The Commander is a study in contrasts. He’s a solid family man and dedicated husband who just can’t wait to join his cousins and laborers in the odd afternoon spent getting drunk, placing wagers, and winning wrestling matches. He is a good and loyal Jew, but he isn’t afraid to bend the rules when the laws simply don’t make sense. He’s a brave and decorated soldier at heart—the retired Hekatontarchus of the Hyperatai … the Captain of the Jerusalem Temple Guard—tough, embattled, and unyielding with those who portend to be his enemies, yet his children have him wrapped around their little fingers. Although Micah can act like a bit of a rake at times, charming his way through life and flirting with other women at social gatherings, he’s always careful to make certain his beloved Salome has her eye on him and is within hearing distance at all times. His romance with his wife is as passionate as it was when it was new, but The Commander equally enjoys cavorting with his men. In the past, it was his soldiers who meant everything to him. In the present, it’s his bonded cousins, Reuben and Joshua, and his day-laborers he loves to be with the most.

If your book was made into a movie, who do you envision playing the leading roles?

actor-headshotI used to think a young Tyler Posey would have made a great actress-headshotYeshua—with his raggedy mane of jet black curls and his whimsical nature. Trying to come up with someone who might currently fill the role, the ladies in my group—the Indie Fab Five: Aliya DalRae – Author of “Sweet Vengeance”, Renee Gauthier – Author of “Control”, Eva Pasco – Author of “An Enlightening Quiche”, and Lyra Shanti – Author of the “Shiva XIV” Novel Series—nominated Cole Sprouse for Yeshua and Chloe Grace Moretz for Miriamne. I believe they did a very good job!

How do you deal with rejections and/or negative reviews?

I welcome them! Don’t get me wrong … It’s not that I want to get negative reviews or expect to get many of them, but I welcome the feedback they provide in order to improve my writing.

Many authors are devastated when they discover a low review rating has come in on their book. Of course, it’s upsetting. Who wants to hear that a reader hated their novel? But before you have that knee-jerk reaction to defend your work with a written response to that reader, take a deep breath and examine the situation. Most authors can easily tell the difference between a review that’s giving an honest critique of one’s work and one that’s a load of bunk. Any reviewer who’s given your book a 1 or 2-Star rating with no reason indicated should be considered invalid. It’s meaningless. It’s like reader graffiti: tag the author with your mark and run away! There’s absolutely no purpose to a rating that does not include a commentary other than to diminish the author’s work. My best advice is to walk away from this type of situation. Any rebuttal or comment will only make you sound defensive and unprofessional.

I completely agree. So, what are you working on now?

As a historian, I’m constantly gathering research for the development of The Yeshua and Miri Novel Series, which includes this current installment—“Miriamne the Magdala”, “Yeshua the Christ: The Silk Road”, “Thomas the Twin: The Sefer Revealed”, “Mark the Scribe: The Angel’s Gospel”, and “Princess Sarah: The Daughter of the King”—as well a 5 chapter prequel on the generation before Yeshua and Miriamne, and a 5 chapter sequel on the subsequent generations of Yeshua’s family, concluding with the rise of the Merovingian dynasty.

Currently, I’m writing “Yeshua the Christ: The Silk Road” to be published and released later this year (2017).

Which well-known authors have inspired your writing?

Many authors inspired me to write, but there are two women authors who impressed upon me some important views about women in ancient times; Anita Diamant, Author of “The Red Tent”, and Anne Rice, Author of the “Christ the Lord” novel series (includes “Out of Egypt” & “The Road to Cana”). Diamant’s powerful and introspective look into the lives of women in biblical times instilled in me a deep appreciation for what women had to go through—and put up with—in simply going about and living their day to day lives during biblical times. Rice, on the other hand, impressed upon me the important concept of having Yeshua and Miriamne be the first-person protagonist in each of their self-titled novels.

 Up until the time I read Rice’s novel, “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt”, I had never before considered the impact one would feel by having Yeshua tell his own story from his own perspective. I’m not certain whether it was due to respect or reverence to a religious figure held so sacred by his followers, but the idea of getting into Jesus/Yeshua’s head and having him act the protagonist in any form of traditional media, whether it be through biographies, movies, miniseries, etc., was something that, as far as I knew, had never before been done. After reading Ms. Rice’s series, I was more determined than ever to portray Yeshua as an actual historical figure, both human and divine, and to allow him to tell his own story from his own point of view. I did the same with “Miriamne the Magdala”, and once my protagonist’s viewpoint became personal, it made all the difference in the world!  

What subjects do you enjoy writing about and why?

As an historian, I’m perfectly comfortable writing within with my own genres—Historical Fiction, Gnostic Fiction, Religious Fiction, Christian Fiction—since I’ve concentrated on that particular field of study and done extensive research on the lives of Jesus, Mary the Magdala, and the early Christian community for nearly a quarter of a century. That research extends to everything and anything that impacted and shaped the lives of the Jewish people and the early Christian community in and around Jesus’ time. My research portfolio includes, but is not limited to: the history of the region; Jewish culture, tradition, and law; neighboring cultures and their own religious traditions; the relationships between political powerhouses involved in Middle Eastern affairs—including the Roman, Egyptian, Assyrian, and Persian Empires; international and domestic trade and economic influences; and even the fashions and style trends of that time! Through my research, I’ve become somewhat of an expert on these subjects, and I think it’s safe to say The Yeshua and Miri Novel Series will keep me quite busy and content in my career as an historian and author for the remainder of my days!

Wow! Your books sound fascinating. Thank you for participating! Please learn more about JB Richards on her website and blog: YeshuaAndMiriNovelSeries.com  or leave a comment for her below.

In the meantime, stay tuned for the next MTW Author Spotlight with mystery author, Catherine Dilts!

 

The Emotional Stages of Editing

heart-touching-feelingsRecently, I’ve been working with a copy editor to put the finishing touches on my YA mystery, BARN SHADOWS (Dark Horse, Book Two). Our mission:  to identify and correct all typos, grammatical errors, inconsistencies, and overused words/phrases in my novel. Thankfully, we’ve almost reached the end of this back-and-forth editing process which has been successful (yeah!), but also a roller coaster ride of emotions. Because I experienced a similar set of emotions when editing my first novel, I’ve outlined my own Emotional Stages of Editing below in order to help other writers going through this harrowing ordeal–or at least to make them laugh.

Emotional Stages of Editing:

  1. Fear–Your publisher notifies you that the copy editor has your manuscript. She’s probably reading it right now. Will she like it? Will she hate it? Will she understand your jokes? You break out in a cold sweat and lie down in the fetal position while repeating positive phrases in your head.
  2. Anger–A few days later, you click open the Word doc entitled, First Round Edits, expecting to see a few extra commas and comment proclaiming “WELL DONE! BEST BOOK I’VE READ ALL YEAR!” but what you see instead is a blur of red typing and strikethroughs. As your eyes focus on the specifics, the heat rises to your face and your hands shake. Why has the word “that” been added to the third sentence of the opening paragraph? Why have those two short sentences been combined into one long run-on sentence? Where is the joke about the baby llama who works at the cheese factory? This editor is trying to ruin your book! You’re sure of it!
  3. Despair–After exchanging a livid email voicing your displeasure with the suggested changes, the editor sends you a point-by-point outline of why she made each change. You slump into your chair and suck in your breath as you realize she was right–an em dash does work better than a comma in that sentence, and the word “that” is sometimes grammatically necessary. How could you have made so many mistakes? Your book must be horrible. Once again you curl up in the fetal position, only this time no positive thoughts pop their way into your head.
  4. Determination–After several martinis and a good night’s sleep, you open your “motivational phrases” Pinterest Board and realize that no mountain is too tall to climb and everything worthwhile is worth fighting for. You determine to get through these edits, one by one, word by word, sentence by sentence, chapter by chapter. You sit down at your computer and start re-reading your book for the 803rd time.
  5. Hope–The editor looks through your responses and sends you round two edits. Hey! There are only a few comments this time. And she added that joke back in–the one about the baby llama and the cheese factory! She probably realized how funny it was the second time she read it. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
  6. Joy–All edits have been approved by both parties. The work is done! You jump up from your chair and wish you had a co-worker to high-five. Your dog will have to do. Soon your publisher will present you with the most dazzling cover ever created. Oh, the joy of all this hard work coming together! Editing isn’t so bad after all…o-book-wrapped-gift-facebook

Real Life Inspiration

The Foxwoode Riding Academy I dreamed up in Trail of Secrets was purely a figment of my imagination, but some of the specific physical characteristics of the cabins, dining hall, and surrounding wilderness were based on a magical place from my real life–Camp Michigania in Petoskey, MI. This family camp set on over 350 magnificent acres in northern Michigan is run by the University of Michigan Alumni Association and holds a special place in my heart. I attended Camp Michigania for ten years growing up and now have been back for four years with my husband and our kids. Without exception, it has always been the best week of our summer.

Today, I’m sharing some photos from real life that inspired certain scenes in Trail of Secrets. IMG_1845While Michigania is not an English riding academy by any means, they do offer Western riding as one of the activities. In fact, this camp is the very first place I ever sat on a horse. (His name was Sassafrass!) I love this view of the horses grazing in the pasture with the expanse of wilderness in the background.

Brynlei’s Cabin 5 in Trail of Secrets is loosely based on this cabin at Michigania. I’m not sure why I chose Cabin 5 specifically, as I’ve never

The inspiration for Cabin 5 at Foxwoode
The inspiration for Cabin 5 at Foxwoode

actually stayed in this cabin, but all of the cabins at camp look basically the same. The thwack of the wooden screen doors closing behind people coming and going is one of the most recognizable sounds of camp. I couldn’t help but incorporate those distinctive slamming wooden doors into the cabins of Foxwoode Riding Academy.

A perfect place to hide
A perfect place to hide

Hiking is one of my favorite activities at camp. Trees like this one inspired the idea that a *certain* person could climb to the top and hide in the woods. Additionally, the miles of trails through dense forests provided plenty of material for Brynlei’s many trail rides in Trail of Secrets.

 

 

 

 

The sandy path leading through the woods down to the beach in Trail of Secrets was based on this beach at Camp Michigania with a few minor

View of Walloon Lake
View of Walloon Lake

differences. First, my imaginary Lake Foxwoode is much smaller than Walloon Lake. I had to create it that way so Brynlei could spot a ghostly figure on the other side. Secondly, the trees surrounding Lake Foxwoode are more dense than pictured here.  Again, I created it that way so Brynlei would be surprised at what she found every time she emerged from the woods onto the beach.

Me, hiking away from reality
Me, hiking away from reality

This last picture is of me hiking into the wilderness surrounding camp. The relief of disappearing into vast expanse of nature for a while is reflected in Trail of Secrets through Brynlei’s love of outdoors and her need to get away from mainstream society. Brynlei and I are alike in that way!

Thanks for taking this inspirational trip with me! Have you read Trail of Secrets? If so, let me know if any of the above the photos reminded you of the book!

Have you written a book inspired by a real life location? Tell me about it!

My family at Camp Michigania, August 2016
My family at Camp Michigania, August 2016

 

Book Marketing (that Works!)

Those of us who have authored and published a book, whether through traditional means or self-published, have experienced the initial elation at seeing our book sales take off on release day and riding the tide of the “new release” designation for the first few months. On the flip-side, we’ve probably experienced an equal measure of despair when our books have been out for a while and those sales start to dwindle. Since Trail of Secrets was published last August, I’ve tried numerous marketing techniques. Some were expensive and turned out to be complete scams (I’ve learned not to pay companies whose only marketing angle is to tweet about my book. It doesn’t work!) Others have produced better results. This summer, I’ve taken a more creative approach to marketing, and I’d like to share what has worked for me in the hope it might help you too.

  1. Library Postcards

After my book was named as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, I decided to capitalize on the award and send postcards to libraries in my home state of Michigan. (Note: my book also takes place in Michigan so I thought it might have double-appeal to Michigan Librarians). Lists of libraries in your home state are easily accessible online through websites such as http://www.50states.com. The post card I created looked like this:

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Obviously, you will want to personalize your postcard to promote the selling points of your own book. Postcards such as these can be ordered cheaply through companies like OvernightPrints or Vistaprint. The back of my postcard displayed my name and website in the top left corner. I left space to write a short note on each one. My note said something like, Trail of Secrets makes a great addition to your teen library collection!”

A few weeks later, I noticed an increase in my print sales on Amazon from locations in Michigan where people had not bought my book previously. For example, someone in one Michigan city bought nine copies at once! Not surprisingly, when I later checked that city’s library catalog, my book was listed as being available in every branch. I’ve also done a cursory check of few other libraries where I’d mailed my postcard and found my book available at over half of them!

Before sending the postcards, Trail of Secrets might have been available for checkout at three or four public libraries in MI. After the postcards, I believe it is now available at somewhere around twenty public libraries (and counting). Well worth the investment.

2. Magazine Articles

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My article in the July 2016 issue of Practical Horseman Magazine

 

Another fresh approach I’ve taken toward marketing, is submitting articles to “horsey” magazines and listing my name and website at the end of the article. Trail of Secrets is set at a horseback riding academy so my target audience includes people who ride horses.

What subjects does your book touch? Is it set at a winery? Submit articles to wine magazines. Is the main character a beautician? Submit to cosmetic magazines. Believe me, there are magazines having to do with just about every subject under the sun and most of them welcome new content from people who can write. Having an article published in a magazine related to your book’s subject matter has multiple benefits. First, most magazines will pay YOU for the article (EVEN BETTER THAN FREE ADVERTISING!) Second, the magazine provides you with a captive audience of people who are interested in the subject matter of your book and, therefore, will likely want to check it out. Third, having articles published in magazines adds additional credentials to your writing resume.

3. Group Sales

I’ll admit my last tip on marketing is not that innovative, but it is effective. Place your book on sale for a limited time if your publisher will allow it. Even better, group your book with others that have a similar theme and do a group sale. It’s always better to have six or eight authors promoting a sale than one. The digital version of my book is currently marked down from $4.99 to $2.99 as part of Fire and Ice’s “Beach Reads” sale. I’ve noticed a boost in my Amazon ebook sales since the sale began.

It also helps to have a graphic all the authors can use to promote the sale:

Beach Read Sale

What effective marketing strategies have you used to boost book sales? Please share!

A Night to Remember

As I may have already told you, I was shocked and elated when I found out Trail of Secrets had been named as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (First Novel). I read about the upcoming award ceremony at the Newberry Library in downtown Chicago, but wasn’t sure I wanted to take the time to attend. My husband, on the other hand, REALLY wanted me to go. He convinced me it was important to be recognized for my hard work and even took two days off work to go with me. The event also happened to fall close to our eleven year wedding anniversary, so we decided to make a weekend out of it. I’m so glad we did.

We dropped our kids with grandma and drove five hours to Chicago where we spent a whileBook Awards 3 shopping on Michigan Avenue and visiting our old haunts. (We lived in Chicago for many years before moving back to Michigan.) After cleaning ourselves up, we walked to the Newberry Library for the ceremony. Having never attended a book award ceremony, I was nervous and had no idea what to expect. The people who ran the event did a terrific job making us feel welcome as we walked through the front door. A smiling woman handed me a name tag and goody bag filled with extra award stickers and information on all the other winners and finalists’ books. Someone else escorted us into the room and introduced us to several of the judges. Dozens of authors and their guests mingled, each author holding a copy of their book. Waiters and waitresses circled the room with glasses of wine and champagne and appetizers. It was like being at a wedding where the books were the stars.

My nerves subsided, as I fell easily into conversation with a group of authors and judges. Everyone seemed genuinely interested in everyone else’s books, and with seventy categories of winners and finalists, there was a quite a variety of books. I was amazed by how far people had traveled to attend the ceremony and what a big deal being there actually was.

At last, the Awards Chairperson began announcing the Finalists and Winners in each category. Only the people who attended the ceremony had their books announced. When it was my turn, I walked up on the stage (focusing very carefully on not tripping) with my book cover on the screen behind me and lowered my head to receive the medal. I shook hands with Awards Chairperson and Coordinator and exited the stage. That was it–my fifteen seconds of fame!

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The top three winners gave short speeches and there were a few more photo opportunities. I left the award ceremony feeling happy and reinvigorated by all of the positive energy. After two hours of conversation, speeches, and clapping, my husband and I were ready for a quiet dinner in the big city. We caught a cab and made it to our eight o’clock dinner reservation right on time.

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Trail of Secrets is an Award Finalist!

IndieBookAwards2Several months ago while searching online, I happened to come across the website for the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. I perused the site, checking out the categories and last year’s winners. A category for First Novels under 80,000 words caught my eye. I had a first novel under 80,000 words! I thought, “Why not?” A couple of hours later I was standing in line at the post office to mail off a few copies of Trail of Secrets to Seattle, Washington. Then I got busy with life and completely forgot about this book award competition.

Fast forward to yesterday. An email from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards waited inCover with Sticker my inbox, promising “exciting news.” I still didn’t let myself get my hopes up. Perhaps the exciting news was only to let me know who the winners were. It didn’t mean anything. Then I read the first word- “Congratulations!” and I started to realize maybe this really was “exciting news.” As I read further, I realized Trail of Secrets had indeed been selected as one of five Finalists in the First Novel (under 80,000 words) category!

For all of the lonely, depressing, and frustrating moments that writing can bring, it can also provide the highest of highs. I know because that’s how I felt yesterday after reading that email. I’m so glad I took the chance and entered my book. I’m not sure if I’ll attend the award ceremony in Chicago in May. Regardless I am basking in the glow of unbiased validation of my book. There’s no better feeling!

Writing Inspiration is Everywhere

Please stop by fellow Fire and Ice author, Nina Mansfield’s, blog today to read my guest post on writing inspiration and to enter to win a digital copy of Trail of Secrets! Nina is the author of Swimming Alone (Fire and Ice YA, 2015), a fun and suspenseful YA mystery. I read it a few months ago and highly recommend it to any mystery-lover!

CLICK HERE to visit Nina’s blog – NOT EVEN JOKING

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Please stay tuned to this blog for an exciting announcement related to the imminent release of my children’s picture book, Henrietta’s Hoof Polish!

 

Book Signing Checklist

checklistLast weekend I participated in my first large book fair as an author at the Women’s Expo in Grand Rapids, MI. Attending the event was a last-minute decision and I’m the first to admit I was woefully unprepared. I arrived ten minutes before the expo began carrying an ambitious stack of my YA mystery, Trail of Secrets, some bookmarks, a pen, and a Square Reader for accepting credit card payments. My hopes were high as I made my way back to the author room in the corner of the enormous expo hall, but my heart sank as soon as I saw the swag all the other authors had incorporated into their tables. I’d miscalculated the “sales” aspect of the book fair.

Did I sell any books? Yes. A few. I’m guessing I could have sold a lot more if I’d bothered to read a blog post about how to stand out amidst thirty other authors at a book fair. I’m going to chalk it up as a learning experience. This checklist is for others who may have a book signing in their future (and  a note to myself to step up my game next time!)

  1. Candy (or some other giveaway) — Everyone (except me) had a bowl of candy placed on their table. Some authors had additional freebies to attract people, such as keychains or soaps personalized with the name of their book. This may seem like a gimmick, but it works! Once people approach your table, they’re much more likely to talk to you and buy your book.
  2. A sign, poster, or banner — Take the time to create an eye-catching poster, sign, or banner that clearly displays the cover of your book and why people should buy it. Once again, I did not have any signage with me and it put me at a disadvantage. I’m currently having a foam-board poster made through Overnight Prints. FastSigns also sells attractive pop-up banners.
  3. Square Reader and small bills for change — Register for a free Square Reader to plug into your phone or tablet. Square Readers allow you to accept credit card payments for your book. You don’t want to miss out on a sale because someone doesn’t have cash on them. Similarly, remember to bring small bills so you can provide change to people who only carry $20s.  
  4. Bookmarks or Cards — Place your bookmarks or business cards next to your book and encourage people to take them. People may not be ready to buy your book at that moment, but at least they’ll remember the name of your book later.
  5. Email signup list — Print out a professional-looking sign-up sheet for people to receive your author newsletter. This is a great way to connect with readers and keep people coming back for your future books.
  6. A suitcase with wheels — This is a classic case of “Why didn’t I think of that?” My arms practically ripped off my body as I lugged grocery bags full of books out of a parking garage, across a city street, and through an  enormous expo hall. Meanwhile, other authors glided past me with their book-filled, wheeled luggage. Next time…
  7. Books — Obviously. This probably should have been number one on the list.
  8. Pen — Make that pens, in case one runs out.
One additional thought–when deciding whether to buy a table at a book fair, be sure to consider the crowd who will be there. I learned this the hard way last weekend. The majority of the women attending the Women’s Expo seemed to be there for the free cheese samples and makeup demos–not to buy books. This reflected in sales. In the future, I’ll likely only invest in book fairs where books are the focus.
I hope this checklist helps you arrive at your next book fair prepared and confident! Do you have any other tips to add to the list? Let me know!

 

Cover Wars Update

For the last five days I’ve been on an action-packed and computerless family vacation in

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We ran into a few cowboys out in AZ

sunny Arizona. In between hiking, swimming, and helping my kids pan for gold in a wild west town, I monitored the voting on Cover Wars via my phone. As of last night, my family and I are back home, slightly jet-lagged, and a few days late reporting the results of Cover Wars. It was worth the wait because Trail of Secrets won Cover Wars and is now the BOOK OF THE WEEK on AuthorShout.com!

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The winning cover!

 

Thank you to everyone who voted, and to Caroline Andrus of Fire and Ice for designing such an eye-catching cover.

In other exciting news, Trail of Secrets is now available as an audiobook on Audible. Check back soon for more about my experience turning my novel into an audiobook!

Trail of Secrets on COVER WARS!

I fell in love with the cover of my YA novel, Trail of Secrets, the moment I saw it. (Thank you Caroline Andrus!) So when I heard about Cover Wars on AuthorShout.com, I knew I had to enter the battle for the week’s best cover. Finally, MY WEEK has arrived and I really want to WIN!

Here’s how you can help:  Cover Trail of Secrets

  1.  Visit AuthorShout.com/Cover-Wars and select your favorite cover (Hint:  It’s Trail of Secrets!)
  2. Return ever day February 28th-March 5th to vote. You can vote once per day.

I’ll post an update on the final results after March 5th. The winner of Cover Wars receives a free week of advertising for his or her book.

Thanks for your support!