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Thanks for following this blog however due to chaotic crazy life I live between raising my boys, homeschooling, expecting my first granddaughter and trying to find time to write, I feel as if life has overtaken me so I am temporary closing all my blogs until further notice and life slows down….hope I have not disappointed you all and stay tuned for uupdates….

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Most Capturing Author

With being out for almost two weeks due to my health, I can say that I honestly missed writing these short articles and sharing them with you all.

This week’s article is about an author I came across just couple years ago and I have absolutely enjoyed reading her books. She is an Christian writer and all of her books are based around crime with a touch of Christ as a extra gift. Her work is amazing and the story-lines capture my attention and drew me so deep into the plot and characters. I would like to introduce my next author, Author Terri Blackstock! Terri’s writing leaves a feeling of completeness and fulfilling of interest. I recommend this author and all of her books.

My three favorite books by Terri:

The Cape Refuge Series: This series was my first read by Terri Blackstock. The plot was twisted and torted a little throughout these but I really enjoyed reading them.

The Newpointe Series was my favorite, I just adored the characters and the plot was more capturing than any other series I have read.

Lastly, this is a stand alone book by Terri Blackstock. This was to me a lesson ins disguise and a heart-touching tale about a mother and her two daughters facing the unusual events in life.

Update

Don’t know what to do, more-less I have stayed off my phone except playing Scrabble here and there and the pain, stiffness, inflammation and numbness is not any better than what it was, really frustrated and upset, obviously the typing on my phone is not making it worse…so unsure what to do…

A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp: Book 1 of the Secrets of Farbookonia Series Blog Tour

Blog TourBook 1 Cover KDP2 midsizeA Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp: Book 1 of the Secrets of Farbookonia Series

Once you find out your mother is an alien, what ISN’T possible?!

That’s what 12-year-old Anne and 10-year-old Atticus Reade want to know. Minutes after learning that their mother is from the planet Farbookonia and that their parents’ secret project has put them all in danger, the children are wrenched from their sheltered existence in the Midwest and whisked off to a safe sleep-away camp in New Jersey — each with a tiny, protective “Globot” on one shoulder.

Painfully aware they’re not like the others at camp, Anne and Atticus do their best to fit in while concealing their alien background and the “special talents” that go with it. But everything is so new to them, they have a hard time sorting reality from fiction. Quirky campers, campfire ghost stories, a bizarre camp director, Anne’s mysterious dreams, and Atticus’s unusual animal encounters are all equally disturbing.
Just as they start getting the hang of life among young Earth humans, a broadcast on the Rec Hall TV shakes things up, and things that are truly strange emerge from normal newness. It turns out Anne and Atticus — and their new friends — may not be safe at camp after all. A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp soon thrusts them into a reality they wish was fiction.

Character Interview With Maylin Sòng (Anne’s Bunkmate in A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp)

Q. Welcome, Maylin! Thanks for agreeing to talk to us. Should we get started? What is your favorite thing about yourself?

A. Oh. Well, that’s kind of an embarrassing question. So-o-o … hmm. Okay, I guess I’m — wait, really? I mean, I hate to use up my pass on the first question but … Yeah. Pass.

Q. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

A. Much easier! I would be more — patient? When I have something on my mind, I can’t think about anything else. Even if there’s nothing I can do about it. Like right now, for instance. Anne’s father gave me Anne’s email address, but I have to wait until they get moved into their new house and someone sets up her computer and hopefully a phone. Right now we can’t video or talk or even write because Dark Ages! How did people even live before technology?! It’s only been one day — and I probably only have to wait a day or two more — but I can’t take my mind off it. It’s a problem. I need to talk to her. When she finally logs on, she’s going to see about 50 emails from SO-not-patient me!

Q. You talk about your mom in A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp, and we meet her at the end of camp. Who else is in your family?

A. *shrugs* My dad’s not really in the picture, you know? It’s okay that you asked, but I don’t really want to talk about him. And I totally hate it when someone gets all “oh I’m so sad for you” over that, so please, don’t be sad for me! I’m not sad so I don’t really know who you’d be sad for. I live with my mom and Aunt Mingmei (my mom’s younger sister) and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Q. No judgment! Sounds cozy! So what’s your favorite thing to do together as a family?

A. Yay! Another easy one: Watching movies together at home. All three of us love it. If competitive analyzing and talking was a thing, my mom and Aunt Mingmei would be the world champions. When I was little, they sat on either side of me and talked to me through every movie we watched to make sure I got stuff! I loved it then, but when I got older it got annoying because I wanted to get stuff on my own. So get this: Now they take notes so they don’t forget what they want to talk about! After the movie’s over, I just sit back at let them go at it. I can barely listen as fast as they can talk! The thing is, they’re super interesting. And I totally love it when I say something they didn’t think of. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, they go quiet for about 10 whole seconds, then take off again, only on the reboot they include what I said! Okay, so it’s nerd joy …

Q. In A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp, Anne and Atticus go to camp for the first time. But you’ve spent other summers at the same camp. How was this summer different?

A. Wow, how wasn’t it different? Did you ever do that thing with two magnets where they snap together? That’s how Anne and I became friends. It was instant. I never had a friend like that before. But really, everyone was different — and not just because we were a year older. I think because Anne and Atticus were new and questioned everything, we all started asking ourselves the same things. Like yeah, why is so-and-so always so mean? And why do I hang out with this person and not that one? You know? It’s like we all suddenly realized we had choices — then these invisible gears rotated, shuffling people I already knew into this perfect group of friends! Who knew that was even possible?! Amazing. And that doesn’t even touch on the bad stuff (which Marie said I shouldn’t talk about by the way). So the short answer? Before and after. My life will be forever divided into what it was like before this summer and whatever comes after it.

Q. It’s pretty clear from A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp that you really like science fiction. A. You can say it. It’s okay: I’m a little obsessed. No, wait — you can’t be “a little” obsessed – obsessed means “a lot,” right? So okay, I’m just obsessed. I don’t skip meals or not do my homework because of it or anything, but I’m definitely into it. Wait – what was the question?

Q. I haven’t asked it yet! If you could be in any science fiction movie ever made, what would it be.

A. Wow. Okay. Right back to before and after. Up until this summer, I would have said Star Wars. I wouldn’t want to be a character though. I’d want to be a techie behind the scenes — the one in charge of the robots. I kind of have — had — a thing for C3PO and R2D2. Dream job: Keeping the robots in line. But that’s all changed. You do get that my very own life became science fiction this summer, right? For as long as I can see into the future, I think reality’s going to be enough for me — it might even be more than I can handle.

Q. What would be the perfect gift for you?

A. *big smile*

Q. I sense that you are thinking about your perfect gift …

A. *bigger smile*

Q. Okay, you’re right. This is a no-brainer. A robot?

A. * huge smile while nodding vigorously*

Q. All right, Maylin. Thank you so much for talking to us today. In A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp, you promised Anne and Atticus you’d send them a sci-fi watch-list after camp, and I understand you’re going to share it with us, too. Is there anything you want to say about it?

A. Oh, yes! Thanks. Well, first of all, this list could easily have been 100 titles long. It was SO hard to keep it to 20! To make it work, I tried to define science fiction as our relationship to science, space, or the future. This eliminated paranormal and horror, which is an arguable distinction, but definitely helped me stick to the limit. Also, I tried to choose an early representative of what you might call each subgenre, then didn’t repeat other examples in that category. For example, I included Gozilla, but left out Mothra and King Kong. The way I see it, if you love Gozilla, you’ll be motivated to seek the others out. As another example, I included The Thing From Another World, but left out The Blob. (Heehee, notice I just secretly added some titles to the list?) There are definitely some places where this gets blurry. That probably just reflects my personal taste. The only other thing I would say is that, in terms of how sci-fi has evolved so far, you can’t leave out sci-fi books! But that’s a topic for another day. ☺

 

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Marie C. Collins lives in Lambertville, New Jersey (USA), with her two dogs, George Eliot and Henry James, who — in spite of their snoring and a tendency to sniff horrifying things — are very good company (and in return, willingly endure Marie’s insistence that they love being kissed on their snouts).

Marie holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Douglas College at Rutgers University and a master’s degree in English Literature from Temple University. She has held sundry jobs throughout her life, like caregiver, cook, waitress, newspaper reporter, and even a brief, misguided stint as a ballroom dance teacher. However, for most of her adult life she has written for hire, usually on topics related to education, as writing is the thing she likes to do best.

Marie has a daughter she adores, Laurel Pellegrino, who is now a doctor in Seattle.

Throughout Marie’s life, she has at times felt like an alien — mostly because she was extremely shy and didn’t react to things the way other people did. When she decided it was time to try to write a novel, she found herself wondering what it would be like to actually be an alien — then it struck her that that might be a good place to start. But since she’s also intrigued by the way cultures blend to make each of us feel a bit “different,” she decided her aliens should be half Earth human as well.

Marie is currently writing the second book in her Secrets of Farbookonia series: The Quest for Normal. Her goal is to publish it at the end of 2015.

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See you all on the 9th of July…

I want to apologize that there will not be any new post on my blog until July 9th due to my physical therapy… I am in physical therapy due to severe chronic pain in my hands and elbows due to severe carpal tunnel, guyan tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome. My therapist suggested for me to take time off to see if inflammation, swelling and pain decreases. This is going to be hard and difficult for me to do this but I am determined to try my hardest in complying with his suggestions and to decrease my pain and discomfort. Please keep me in your thoughts and I will be back…

Weekly Digest June 19th – June 24th

Most Inspiring Authors

Everyone has their own opinion on which authors has inspired them the most, even if they are not writers. I know before I actually started to collect and write my own mmaterial I had read some authors words that just either blew my mind and left me at awe or angered me so much that I wanted to speak about the words and I share them with others because they had touched my life in some way or another.

Here is one author who has touched my heart or inspired me in some way or another:

The first author I can truly say that really reached me was S.E.Hinton. I actually saw the movie before I read the book, “The Outsiders.”
I went to my local showhouse with my cousin and saw the movie when I was 11 and of course I fell in love with Patrick Swayze too. After viewing the movie, I checked with my town library and found the book, Yay!!

As I read Hinton’s words I found myself so captured into her storyline and the way she wrote her characters, Sodapop, Ponyboy, Dallas, Johnny, Two-bit, Steve, and Darrel made them feel to me as if they were real people I knew.

Hinton drew her audience in by building such a simple but strong plot about the troubled life of young kids growing up on the wrong side of the track and how the  family problems they faced such as abuse, death, alcohol and drug problem brought them closer in the end.

One inspiring note from reading Hinton’s books:
She made me want to write like her, for one I write mainly poetry and that is because of how she used poetry to gain and capture her audience and two, her magic is her own that is what makes her such an inspiration and great author.

Favorite part of the book:
Ponyboy and Johnny are hiding out in the old abadoned church; after Johnny kills the Socs, Bob in the park. Ponyboy wakes up early one morning, while he is standing at the fence line Johnny walks up and Ponyboy starts to recite a poem by Robert Frost

Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaft’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then left subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Stay tuned for next week’s author!!!

Project “Voices”

I have been working on several writings over the last six months. The problem I have wwhenever I write short stories or other writings I get bored easly. But this project I am working on came to me one morning while listening to music and writing. To take you to the spot where this all started, I was listening to some good classic rock and one of the best ballads came on by Def Leppard, and I stop what I was doing and just really sat there and listened to Joe Elliot’s voice and how his voice sung the lyrics that took me back to my high school years. This made me start thinking about all the voices I have heard over the years in music and outside of music within the normal realm. I decided right then that I was going to start a project about the voices that helped shape me into the person I have became.

So the layout of this book project starts of as myself being an infant to adulthood. As I write each day, I start with a list of voices that help build me from on stage to the next. Such as an infant to toddler to a young kid to middle school to high school to etc. And. I give credit to the people who’s voice has stuck with me and the wisdom, advice or lesson they taught me. Some of these voices are my parents, siblings, teachers, friends, close family members and friends of the family and especially the lyrics of songs and who sung them that help pull me through the harder times in life.

Word choice has been difficult to work with and I have had to seek new descriptive ways to describe their voices so the reader will understand what I am trying to say and portray . Also word choice has been difficult in deciding what words could capture the attention of the audience I am working at. Such as, this book could be read by anyone at any age, so I have to keep my audience in front of me with every word I write.

The release date is quite a ways away, but I will be blogging about my struggles and accomplishments throughout the writing.

Stay tuned!!!

10 Favorite Author Quotes

1. Fiction and poetry are my first love, but the really beautiful lyrical essay can do so much that other forms cannot. ~Chris Abani~ (BrainyQuotes)

2. It’s all about your ddetermination, I think, as much as anything. There are a lot of people with talent, but it’s that determination. ~Judy Blume~ (BrainyQuotes)

3. Save your rejections so that later on when you are famous, you can show them to people and laugh ~Meg Cabot~ (BrainyQuotes)

4. If you want to be happy for life, love what you do ~Mary Higgins Clark~ (BrainyQuotes)

5. I write about the American Dream; if you set your mind to do something, you can do it. My fans know they’re getting the real thing. ~Jackie Collins~ (BrainyQuotes)

6. Never say ‘no’ to adventures. Always say ‘yes’, otherwise, You’ll lead a very dull life. ~Ian Fleming ~ (BrainyQuotes)

7. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller ~ {BrainyQuotes)

8. The trust of the innocent is the list’s most usefool tool. ~Stephen King~ (BrainyQuotes)

9. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new ddream ~C.S. Lewis~ (BrainyQuotes)

10. Making better choices takes work. There is a daily give and take, but it is worth the effort. ~Tom Rath~ {BrainyQuotes)

Book Covers

We all can admit that at one point or another we have choose a book by its cover. As an author and poet who self publishes, I understand the importance of how the cover works to draw an audience in. Below are some tips and interviews with authors. Some has self published and some are with publishers. Each one of these are extremely talented writers and you can find all of their books on Amazon.

Author Elle Klass is a teacher, mother, and grandmother who has written several books and who is achieving her dreams as an author. Elle writes stories that capture and draw her audience in. Such as, her “Baby Girl Series” and the Eye of the storm which are two different genres, “Baby Girl” is an unique story of a young girl facing her past and finding the real her. “Eye of the Storm” is a paranormal story about a young woman who’s curiosity open doors that lead to frightening events. Elle’s stories are great reads but her covers intrigued me. The covers always left me feeling as if I was dwelling inside of a mysterious compound in search of something.

My interview with Elle Klass
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1. Tell me a little about yourself and the book you have chosen to discuss about its cover.

My name is Elle Klass. I write and read a variety of genres. I have published 3 novels and 4 short stories. The book I’m choosing to discuss is my new release Baby Girl Box Set.

2. Did you create your own cover or did you have a cover artist do the cover?

A very talented author/graphic designer created the cover. In fact she created the covers for all the short stories that make up the box set.

3. Of course, to give credit where credit is due, who was the cover artist?

Author Manuela Cardiga.

4. What role did your publisher or you play in creating the cover?

Hmm… I am my own publisher so everything. I gave Manuela a description and we talked about what type of mood and thoughts I wanted portrayed on the cover. We were on the same page and had very similar ideas in mind. She created the amazing cover. The girl on the cover is an exclusive original created just for the Baby Girl Books. She did an amazing job. I LOVE THE COVERS!

5. Why do you think the cover images and book blurb or author info is so important when putting your book up for sale?

Covers are the first thing we see when looking for a book so the cover needs to be appealing and mood setting. A boring blurb won’t catch too many people’s attention yet the blurb should reflect the story and make it enticing. The author info is important because it tells the reader a bit about the author and helps the reader relate or connect with the author.

7. What type of images, fonts and colors did you use and why did you choose them?

Baby Girl Box Set cover was created to provoke a certain emotion. We wanted the girl on the cover to look forlorn. Cleo is abandoned by her mom when she’s only twelve years old. Alone, Cleo leaves her home and starts her own life as a street kid. She rummages, hides, steals, dumpster dives and anything else she has to do to survive.

8. Tell me why you think your cover fits in with your genre

If you look at all the book covers in the series she aged the image to reflect Cleo’s age during each book. The covers are attractive and appealing to the age group they are written for and above. I get tons of compliments on them of course I take absolutely no credit.

9. If you could change anything about your cover to fit the book better what would it be and why?

I wouldn’t change anything. I think the cover is absolutely perfect.

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Baby Girl Blurb:

Box Set includes In the Beginning, Moonlighting in Paris, City by the Bay, and Bite the Big Apple with an added prologue and epilogue. Abandoned at 12, Baby Girl is forced to face the harsh realities of life and struggles to find her path. She forages for sustenance, steals from the wealthy, and sleeps in any dark hole she can find. A ‘family’ of sorts forms between her and a band of other youngsters. Together they fight for survival, friendship, and love in the midst, but that is only the beginning. Life throws her one curve ball after another until secrets are revealed and the search for her true origins begins and ends with the powerful truth.

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Author Bio:

Elle was born in Redwood City, California and spent her childhood growing up in the fabulous San Francisco Bay Area. She is an avid San Francisco Forty Niners fan. She currently resides in Florida. For fun she reads, spends time at the beach, travels, and enjoys time with her favorite friends, and family. She is a night-owl known to be a hermit during rainy days, as she loves the sun, and is mostly found poolside over the hot, humid summer months.

http://thetroubledoyster.blogspot.com/
http://elleklass.weebly.com/
https://twitter.com/ElleKlass
https://www.facebook.com/ElleKlass

My next author, Author Haley Hatch Freeman, is a young mother that has a strong message she portrays in her writing. That message is about self-worth, raising self-esteem and accepting our own self-beauty. Her audience is written for young girls and boys but also for any adult. Haley has facesd her own demons of anexoria, her book “A Future for Tomorrow” tells her story of survival. She is now a public speaker on eating disorders for young children and adults. She has released a children’s book call “From Head to Tummy.” Haley’s covers always made me feel at peace and gave me a feeling of inner strength.

My interview with Haley Hatch Freeman

1. Tell me a little about yourself and the book you have chosen to discuss about its cover.

I’m going to discuss the cover of my second edition of A Future for Tomorrow: Surviving Anorexia, My Spiritual Journey. It tells about my remarkable story of overcoming anorexia, having a near death experience and other miracles along the way.

2. Did you create your own cover or did you have a cover artist do the cover?

I did my own cover with help from some very talented people.

3. Of course, to give credit where credit is due, who was the cover artist?

I came up with the creative idea of how I wanted my cover to look. I had my brother, Jason Hatch, draw the girl on the journal, he is a talented artist and it turned out better than I could have imagined. I had a photographer, Mari Farr, (who was also a friend – it’s great to have connections) take the photos. Then myself and another remarkable friend of mine, Megan Svetz, who just happened to be very talented with graphic design work helped pull it all together into a cover.

4. Why do you think the cover images and book blurb or author info is so important when putting your book up for sale?

The cover has to draw the reader in and pique their curiosity, but also tell the reader what the book is about within seconds. With so many books on the market if your book’s cover looks unprofessional the customer will assumed the quality of the writing is also low and they will move on. It has to look intriguing and of high quality.

5. What role does your cover play to your audience?

My cover tells a story and has meaning. The journal in the photo is my actual journal, with an actual journal entry showing and the picture I had my brother draw depicts the story of anorexia. Also, I wanted pink roses on it because they are symbolic of my sister who died and is a huge part of my near death story. My book details more about why there is a connection with pink roses and my sister.

6. What type of images, fonts and colors did you use and why did you choose them?

With my first edition, I choose colors that I love and that I think look great together and are appealing. I used predominantly dark hunter green with the contrast of pink roses. I loved it but for the second edition of A Future for Tomorrow I wanted something lighter, something more heavenly since it is a near death experience book and a story ultimately of love and hope, so I went with white.

7. If you could change anything about your cover to fit the book better what would it be and why?

That’s what is great about having a second edition, the things I would have changed in the first edition I did in the second, so I really love this cover!

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BLURB:
A Future for Tomorrow is an extraordinary non-fiction account of the author’s battle against Anorexia Nervosa, as well as a spiritual triumph against evil.
Not only will you be brought into the anorexic mind, but you will be spiritually edified as you journey with her between life and death to an eternal world where angels confirm Christ’s gospel truths.
You will be touched by a mother’s sacrifice to save her daughter, be riveted by insights into the psychological world, and witness miracles along the way.

“Beautiful! I was left breathless” –Kelly Hill, Utah Mother

“Haley Freeman has provided a uniquely personal and revealing account of how destructive eating disorders can be as well as how they can be overcome. Her story offers insight and hope to families impacted by this illness.” –Shawn C. Edgington, PH.D. Psychologist

“I came away filled with the knowledge that for all those who suffer with debilitating eating disorders, there is hope. There is promise. They can be made whole again and look to their futures with joy and happiness as Haley did, leaning on her relationship with Jesus Christ and coming to a deeper understanding of her true place as a daughter of God.” –Tristi Pinkston, LDS Author and Media Reviewer
“It’s as tense and dramatic as a thriller novel.”—Tamara Heiner, Author of the Perilous series

“A Future for Tomorrow saved my life! I could not put it down. It gave me hope that I could overcome my own eating disorder and regain my life.” — Cindy Vanderveen, Canada, Recovering Eating Disorder Patient.

About the Author:
Haley Hatch Freeman is the author of A Future for Tomorrow which tells her remarkable true story of enduring and overcoming anorexia and detailed miracles along the way which including a unique near death experience.

Because of her incredible story she has been interviewed on radio shows both in the US and Canada. She’s been on TV including appearances on the Good Things Utah show. Her story has been featured in newspapers, national publications, and her book is available worldwide. Entire retreat programs have been developed because of Haley’s book and she mentors women all over the world.
(Haley’s recent TV appearance talking about From Head to Tummy and giving parenting tips about how to deal with body image with our kids.
http://www.good4utah.com/gtu/story/d/story/talking-to-your-kids-about-body-image/18421/xLiJLHN0wk-w6lIQQghtuQ )

Haley not only studied Eating Behaviors in college, but since she defeated anorexia she provides valuable insight on both professional and personal levels. She has been professional trained in public speaking and is a member of the Mountain West National Speaking Association. She is a keynote speaker presenting at women’s conferences, schools, church groups, and more.

To schedule her for your event contact her at haleyshearttoheart@gmail.com

Haley founded the company Haley’s Heart to Heart in 2012. Haley’s Heart to Heart is a resource of truth for women and children about eating disorders, media messages, and social pressures.

Haley’s Heart to Heart encourages others to creating a healthy relationship with food, develop self-acceptance, and internalizing their divine-worth. Haley was a recipient of the Zion’s Smart Women grant award in 2014 which is given to a few elect women who are making a difference in world around them.

After seeing a great need of children in these areas Haley wrote her next book From Head to Tummy: The Simple Truth about Food, Media Messages, Self-worth, and True Beauty. She loves speaking to this younger age group as well.

Haley delights in raising her three children in Utah with her eternal companion, best friend, and true soul mate: Brandon.

Social Media Links:
https://twitter.com/Haleyhf
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/haley-freeman/4b/828/2a8 https://www.facebook.com/haleyhf
http://www.afuturefortomorrow.blogspot.com http://www.haleyhfreeman.com

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My interview with Krysten Lindsay Hager
1. Tell me a little about yourself and the book you have chosen to discuss about its cover.
I write the Landry’s True Colors Series, a Clean Reads young adult series about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, modeling, crushes, values, and self-image. The book cover I’m going to discuss with you today is, Best Friends…Forever? It is the second book in the series, however the books can also be read as standalone novels. Best Friends…Forever? was ranked at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values and #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values & Virtues Fiction. The first book, True Colors, is an international bestselling book. I have a new book, a standalone young adult novel, Next Door to a Star, that will be released on September 1st from Limitless Press.

2. Did you create your own cover or did you have a cover artist do the cover?
The publisher, Clean Reads, assigned a cover artist. I had worked with the cover artist (Cora Graphics) on the first book in the series, True Colors, and I had some suggestions for her. I wanted to use the same model for Landry (the main character) and I wanted to see her friends, Ashanti and Peyton on the cover, too. For a while it was going to be just Vladi ( the crush/boyfriend) and Landry, but I am so glad the two other girls are on there as well. The previous title dealt with Landry trying to fit in and “find her tribe” so to speak, whereas this book had her dealing with true friends and how hard it is to deal with when there is any sort of drama between you and a best friend. I have to say I also love the backdrop of the book with the school.
3. Of course, to give credit where credit is due, who was the cover artist?
Cora Graphics did both covers in the Landry’s True Colors Series.

4. What role did your publisher or you play in creating the cover?

The cover artists and I emailed back and forth about the story and I was so glad we were able to keep the same “Landry” as the cover model. I wanted Peyton and Ashanti on the cover since this time the friend drama in the book is more about the painful, lonely loss you feel when you fight with real friends as opposed to frenemy types. We had the cover be in a similar vein as the first one.
5. Why do you think the cover images and book blurb or author info is so important when putting your book up for sale?
People still do judge a book by its cover.

6. What role does your cover play to your audience?
I think it shows the character is dealing with some inner conflict and feeling separated from the group, which so many teens deal with on a daily basis, while the colors keep it light which showcases the fun side of the novels.

7. What type of images, fonts and colors did you use and why did you choose them?
I had asked for the best friend bracelet charm to be on the first book in the series (True Colors) and it appears on the lettering. I also mentioned to the cover artist how the True Colors phrase in both the first book title and the series name had more than one meaning as it refers to seeing a friend’s true colors, but I also had another purpose in using it. You see, Landry is insecure and she often compares what she has to what other people have and thinks whatever they have/possess is better. For examples, in the case of her hair and eye color, she wants to look like her friend Devon with the curly dark hair and dark brown eyes or with Peyton’s dark red hair. With that in mind, Landry often picks thing (makeup, etc.) that match what the other girls use, whereas her true friends appreciate Landry’s unique beauty—like when Thalia picks makeup for her that matches Landry’s skin tone or when Peyton and Ashanti pick colors that flatter her instead of Landry just following the crowd and going along with what everyone else is wearing. Landry thinks her light blonde hair isn’t attractive because a frenemy refers to it in a negative light. It just shows us how hard we can be on ourselves and we can easily miss the positive side. So the rainbow font really shows the role color plays.
The font has a romantic and sweet feel to it, which I think shows that there is a crush developing into a first boyfriend type relationship, which shows she’s growing up. Although Landry and Vladi are teens, they’re very innocent and sweet, so it’s more like one of those couples that is like a Nancy Drew and Ned type as opposed to those Bella and Edward type couples. I think the font showcases that.
8. Tell me why you think your cover fits in with your genre
The font reminds me of young adult romances—in particular sweet romances where there is nothing the slightest bit explicit, just that hint of first love and those hopeful feelings that come with a first crush. I think the colors are youthful and fun as in the sky backdrop as well.
9. If you could change anything about your cover to fit the book better what would it be and why?
It would be nice if there was a way to convey the humor in the novel.
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Best Friends…Forever? (Landry’s True Colors Series) by Krysten Lindsay Hager
I have always loved reading books that use humor and have realistic (and relatable) characters. I decided to write the book I wanted to read when I was in middle school and I’m overjoyed it’s now a series where people can follow along on Landry’s journey through dealing with friendships, the ups and downs of school, crushes, and insecurities. Sure, going back to that time in my own life was a little crazy, but lucky for me there weren’t camera phones to capture me dancing in the grade school talent show…while wearing jean shorts. If you’re not cringing yet, let’s just say I also had a moment of “genius” where I thought my super dark brown hair would look amazing with “Sun-In” highlights that actually turned my hair a lovely shade of copper. Sigh.
The Landry’s True Colors Series is a clean reads young adult/middle grade series about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, modeling, crushes, values, and self-image. Best Friends…Forever? was ranked at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values and #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values & Virtues Fiction. True Colors is an international bestselling book. Her new book, Next Door to a Star, will be released on September 1st.
Tag line: Good friends have your back, but some go behind it.
Blurb: Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her best friends make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk about is starting high school next year—something she finds terrifying.
Landry gets her first boyfriend, but then gets dumped just as things come to a head with her friends. She feels lost and left out, but finds good advice about dealing with frenemies from what she considers an unlikely source. Landry faces having to speak up for what’s right, tell the truth (even when it hurts), and how to get past the fear of failure as she gets another shot at competing in the American Ingénue modeling competition. Will Landry get a second chance with her friends, fame, and Vladi?
Excerpt:
I got ready for bed and then stopped to check my social media page one more time and that’s when I saw it — another picture of Peyton, India, and Devon hanging out. They were sitting on the couch with their heads scrunched close together and laughing. It was a cute picture, but then I saw the caption: So glad we could all be together for the holidays. Love these guys soooo much! Best friends forever. #Alltogether #Threemusketeers #BestFriendsForever #ThreeBestFriends #ThreesCompany.
My heart sank. It was India’s caption and anyone who read it would think what a close‑knit group of friends and not realize anyone was missing from that photo. Sure, I was in another state, so naturally I couldn’t be there for it, but the way India wrote that made me feel so left out. I mean, what did she mean by the “ʺThree’s Company”ʺ hashtag? And sometimes people tagged friends who weren’t there in pictures and added, “ʺWish you were here,”ʺ but there was no mention of a fourth member of the group.
“Ready for bed, hon?” Mom asked coming into my room.
“Yeah, just signing off.”
“Okay, sleep well.”
I got into bed and hoped I was reading into things, but the knot in my stomach wouldn’t go away.
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFp2fPFbvTQ&feature=youtu.be
Author bio: Krysten Lindsay Hager is a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult fiction. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in Portugal, South Dakota, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.
What people are saying about True Colors (Landry’s True Colors Series Book One):
From Teenage Book Recommendations in the UK: “This is a fantastically relatable and real book which I feel captures all of the insecurities and troubles which haunt the modern teenage girl. It is about a young model who has to go through tough times when she is torn between a life as a model and managing her friendships. You learn which friends she can most trust and which will create the drama typical of teenage life. Follow the life of Landry and try to see if you can find out which are her true friends before their true colours are revealed. This book is all about relationships, hopes and truth. I loved this book!”
From Books & Authors Spot: “This book is such an inspiration for those who just care about their looks and are tensed about them. This thing is looks aren’t everything. This book is related to every teen’s problem. Hager has written a very inspiring novel.”

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Tips and Tricks for publishing book covers

1. Hire an cover artists, the web is full of them and their work is excellent.

2. Cannot afford to hire a book artist, the platform I recommend for self-publishers is the  one built into Createspace. However I do suggest to study other authors that self-create their own covers within your genre.

3. Decide on a message….your message will capture your audience. The cover must fit the message within the words of your book, it it doesn’t, it will turn people away.

4. Think of visual metaphors when thinking about your message. Such as, does your book portray the following suggested feelings and emotions: Inspiration and Aspiration, Success, Knowledge and Power, Romance and Passion or Murder and Revenge.

5. This helps with determing the imagery, font , colors and layout. Your titele must generate excitement – Do not over think!

For more helpful tips see following article:
Hongkiat “The Beginners Guide to Book Cover Design”

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/designing-book-covers/#2

Movies & Books or is it Books & Movies
Favorite Books into Movies

1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
This is another one I saw the movie first too but I rather read the book anyday tthan watch the movie. The book is so much better than the movie. Of course if you read the previous article on my blog “Most Inspiring Author” you know what my favorite scene of the movie and book is.

2. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank I read the book for years over and over before I saw the movie and I will say the book is better than the movie. This whole story broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes. The suffering Anne and her family went through at the hands of the Nazi Germany was horrible and heartbreaking. Even though this is one of the saddest novel it was a learning experience as well.

3. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
Again, I read this book a hundred times growing up, this is my favorite Judy Blume book and I haven’t seen the entire movie but it is on my watch list, however from what parts I have seen with my daughter watching the movie, I feel as if Davey’s thoughts are portrayed better in the book.

Favorite Movies from Books

4. Amanda Knox by Amanda Knox
I have watched this movie on Netflix and it is one that I highly recommend and this is the next book I am buying and reading. Amanda Knox made headlines a few years ago for being convicted of murdering her roommate, I immediately started to follow the news lines and when the movie hit Netflix, I was excited to watch it.

5. Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg
I have started this book many times but have not been able to read it, but the movie is one of my favorites and is always on my ‘watch again’ list.

6. The Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
I remember reading this story several times in school and it has just been recently that I sat down and watched the movie. The movie is better than the book.

7. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
My daughter’s favorite and I can even countnon how many times I have seen this movie. I will have to admit I have never actually finished reading this play of William Shakespeare. It is one of my favorite plays but my favorite one to read by him is ‘Hamlet’

8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Okay , I will admit that I have never read ANY of the Harry Potter books but I have seen every movie at least a hundred times. My daughter loves Harry Potter and this is one we have watched the most of because it is my favorite one for the introductions of new characters.

9. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
Okay, I will have to admit that the movie is better than the book and more than likely it is because I saw the movie before I read the book and also because my favorite actor plays the lead role.

10.The Fault in the Stars by John Green
Again I have seen the movie without reading the book, the book is on my ‘to read: list but I just have not had the time to read this summer.

See you all next week! Thanks for reading and following my blog! I truly appreciate the support 🙂

Movies & Books or is it Books & Movies?

Favorite Books into Movies

1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
This is another one I saw the movie first too but I rather read the book anyday tthan watch the movie. The book is so much better than the movie.

2. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank I read the book for years over and over before I saw the movie and I will say the book is better than the movie.

3. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
Again, I read this book a hundred times growing up, this is my favorite Judy Blume book and I haven’t seen the entire movie but it is on my watch list.

Favorite Movies from Books
4. Amanda Knox by Amanda Knox
I have watched this movie on Netflix and it is one that I highly recommend and this is the next book I am buying and reading.

5. Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg
I have started this book many times but have not been able to read it, but the movie is one of my favorites and is always on my ‘watch again’ list.

6. The Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
I remember reading this story several times in school and it has just been recently that I sat down and watched the movie. The movie is better than the book.

7. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
My daughter’s favorite and I can even countnon how many times I have seen this movie. I will have to admit I have never actually finished reading this play of William Shakespeare. It is one of my favorite plays but my favorite on to read by him is ‘Hamlet’

8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Okay , I will admit that I have never read ANY of the Harry Potter books but I have seen every movie at least a hundred times. My daughter loves Harry Potter and this is one we have watched the most of because it is my favorite one for the introductions of new characters.

9. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
Okay, I will have to admit that the movie is better than the book and more than likely it is because I saw the movie before I read the book and also because my favorite actor plays the lead role.

10.The Fault in the Stars by John Green
Again I have seen the movie without reading the book, the book is on my ‘to read: list but I just have not had the time to read this summer.