I played around with Being Human in Gimp the other day and finally added something I've been wishing the cover had for a while. It's just too bad I did this after I ordered all my copies for MI ParaCon.
Do you see what I added? Do you like it? Does it give it a more paranormal vibe? I'd like to do something similar to Snapshots so people will instantly know to expect something extra-ordinary, but my skills in Gimp are still pretty lacking so my attempts haven't been successful. I might have to hire someone to add what I have in mind.
Favorite Five is something I discovered thanks to KTDaxton. They were five questions given to her by Aila Stephens to answer when she finished her book, Broken Tomorrows. I thought it sounded fun to do, so here is my latest favorite five for my debut novel, Being Human.
What was your favorite line of dialogue? "Yes, love you lots and lots and lots." In this scene, a vampire says it just like a teenage girl because that's how Mackenzie taught Tommy to say it because she thought it was funny.
What was your favorite scene setting? Right after Tommy basically kidnaps Sunlight. In his mind, he's trying to protect her, but he has no idea what a human needs.
What was your favorite cliffhanger? The end of part one.
Who is your favorite secondary character? Tommy's niece, Mackenzie. Whether as a child or a teenager, she was fun to write interacting with Tommy.
What was your favorite change? Probably all the cutting down I did. The first draft was massive. Almost 150K words. After lots of beta readers and an editor, it's a trim 75K, I think.
For Tommy, there is only one thing he needs to do: survive.
Only surviving isn't that easy. The hunt for blood can be tricky when humans know to fear the night. Desire sits on the edge of his mind, urging him to become the monster humans think he is. Vampire Forces, a special branch of police, is determined to turn every vampire to ash. Tommy included.
The only human Tommy can trust is his twin brother. A bond connects them, and with Danny's help, Tommy starts to understand the human world he struggles to survive in. He'll learn what friendships means and feel the sting of betrayal, find that sometimes the worst monsters are very human, and come to understand that family means more than blood.
Tommy just wants to survive and he knows what he needs to do. But with the number of humans that mean more to him than a meal growing, Tommy learns there's more to life than simple survival. He'll discover being human doesn't mean being a human.
The rules are blog about something good in your life. It can be something little or something big, but the goal is to find the positive in life and celebrate it. Then hop around the linky list on Lexa's blog and see what others are celebrating.
My post today is inspired by KT Daxon's post about her new release, Broken Tomorrow, and how a memory of her mom is her biggest fan. Seriously, go read it then come back here.
You back? Great.
So, what's that got to do with me? Well, it reminded me of a surprise I got when we were going through my brother's stuff. He was a history buff, especially the world wars. He had bookcases full of them (as well as Star Wars and JRR Tolkien books.) Before he died, he bought a Nook. It was easier to carry when he was stuck at the hospital waiting to see his doctors.
My older sister was curious to what the Nook could do because her oldest son wanted a table. We turned it on, and to all our surprise, among the World War books was MY book, Being Human. He never said a peep about buying my book, and I don't know if he got to read it before passing, but it was sweet to know he cared enough to support me by buying my book.
PS: The Nook was just for reading, so my nephew didn't get it. I currently have it and have no idea what to do it. Was considering switching to it and giving away my Kindle, but with B&N struggling I don't know if that will be a good idea.
Last year, I did an event similar to Trick-or-Treat Reads called New Year, New Reads. It was a 99cent ebook sale aimed at getting people to spend their gift cards they received for Christmas. It was a fun event, but this year, I didn't have time for it. I also forgot and when Tui Snider asked me about it, I realized I was woefully underprepared to host it again. She kindly offered to take it over and host it at Story Dam.
The gist of the event is authors price their books at 99cents and readers hop around and take advantage of the deals. All of December, I had my books on sale, so I joined because what's a few more days at 99cents? Just know, you have until January 3rd to get in on this deal. Then the price jumps back up.