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I don’t think I’ve said a WHOLE lot about the book I’m working on. I don’t like to say too much about my WIPs until they’re released. Anya and I sat down at lunch yesterday and worked on some book cover ideas and book titles. Those are the two things that sell a book to me. Although most people look at the cover first. I always look at the title first, the cover second. If the title is catchy, I look further, but if it doesn’t interest me, I don’t usually even look at the cover. The cover is the second step in determining my interest, though, so it’s very important, too.

I think Anya and I have a general idea of what to do with the cover. I think it’s going to look great. But the title is still elusive. I have an idea, but someone else has a title ALMOST exactly like it. I know a lot of books share the same title, but I try not to duplicate unless the title just calls to me. So that’s where I am, thinking of a cover, trying to come up with a title, and about 8,000 words away from finished.

I still don’t know if this will be considered horror or not. We shall see. There’s murder, an evil spirit, and bad people in this book. And a little romance thrown in for good measure. 🙂

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I’ve been very nervous about every aspect of this book. So the cover is no exception. But I think it’s time to let people see the cover of my current WIP, which will also finally give my title away. This is the first time I’ve ever had the title before starting the story. In fact, it was the title popping into my mind that actually started this story. So, without further ado, here is the fabulous Jimmy Thomas, cover model extraordinaire with “the bottle”. And you have to read the book to understand that part. LOL

Also, on another note, the lovely and sweet Emma Meade nominated me for three blog awards. 🙂 I’m also supposed to tell seven things about myself. I’m going to break the chain (sorry) and not nominate seven more people because I don’t want to miss anyone I should tag. Anyway, here are the awards.



And here are seven things about me:

1. My favorite author is Stephen King.
2. My favorite movie is Half Light.
3. I love roller coasters.
4. I’m a coffee snob…I love the good stuff.
5. I have a very strong southern accent.
6. Hubby and I are about to celebrate our 30th anniversary.
7. And here’s the embarrassing story. One time my husband and I were in a restaurant with another couple. I was wearing a black skirt, black leggings, and black boots. The two men got up and went on out to the car, and my friend and I got up to start on out a couple of minutes later. I realized that for some reason, I couldn’t walk. I looked down, and there was my very white slip down around my ankles. My friend and I burst out laughing, and I reached down and pulled my slip out from around my ankles and put it in my purse. My friend and I were laughing so hard, we could barely walk, and it took us forever to tell the guys what had happened.

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I finished up edits on the second Libby Fox novella last night. I sent it out to another beta reader to see if anything else needs changing. My working title was Secrets of the Wolf. But there are two or three other books with that same title. But I checked out some other books I’ve read recently, and one of them had the same title as six others. What do you think? Should I change the title or leave it?

Also, I have a dilemma about what to do about a photo that will show on all social media. Right now I use my book covers for a “gravatar”. I know that a lot of you have a picture of yourself. My problem is that I need to stay under the radar. I want my personal life and author life to stay separate. There are a number of reasons, some big ones, for this that I won’t go into right now. I actually took a photo of myself and converted it into a drawing. I’ve also asked my son if he thought he could sketch a pic of me. I just don’t know what to do. Using book covers seems impersonal for some reason. What do you guys think?

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Name That Book

One of the things that I’ve found about myself is that I have more trouble thinking of a name for my books than I have actually writing them. This is how the other book names came about.

A Rocky Path – this was my first novel and the name wasn’t as hard. Because there is a literal rocky path in this book, but the MCs also were going down a figurative rocky path

Club Blood – Zoe Winters actually picked this one

See Me – a sudden inspiration based on a note that was found by the MC

Starfane – I tried and tried to think up something for this one. I kept trying to figure out something about the MC going through the mural, etc. I kept calling it the Starfane book so I would just have something to call it. Starfane is the world she finds through the mural. So somehow the name just stuck. And it was simple.

Ok, here’s the problem. I’ve tried and tried to come up with a name for my WIP. Very brief synopsis: Female MC sees something she shouldn’t, people are trying to kill her, she doesn’t remember what she saw, father hires a bodyguard, bodyguard is a vampire (she doesn’t know it, but the readers do), he tries to keep her safe but they keep being found, etc.

Anyway, I would love to hear some brainstorming from some of you awesome authors out there. Just any title that comes to mind. I keep trying to incorporate the word “bodyguard” or “protector” into the title, but that’s not set in stone. Come on, I need some help! I don’t want to get this novella written, only to be held up by a title. If I see the right title, I’ll know it almost immediately. So throw some things at me, even if you think they sound silly, and let’s see what we can come up with.

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