Monday, May 25, 2015

RT Booklovers Convention: Lightning Review

Hi All! It's Memorial Day and we're busy enjoying the holiday weekend, but I wanted to write this super quick lightning review about the RT Booklovers Convention in Dallas last week.

SFR Highlights

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015

Sci-Fi Cooties in Space -- How to Keep the Romance Without Loosing the Rocketships!
Panel: CAPTAIN Linnea Sinclair, Donna S. Frelick, Rachel Bach/Rachel Aaron, Sabine Priestley, Monette Michaels/Rae Morgan, M. D. Waters.

Very well attended, high energy panel that discussed some of the unique elements of SFR. Note that Spacefreighters' own Donna was included in the panel.


THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015

The Strangeness Budget: Overloading on Weird
Panel: CAPTAIN Linnea Sinclair, PJ Schnyder/Piper J. Drake, K. M. Fawcett, Pauline Baird Jones, Lydia Kang

Not quite as well attended, but very lively and fun discussion about what makes SFR different, fun and fascinating!

Wild, Wild West Steampunk Party
An evening costume party with music, drinks, dancing and a big crowd of Steampunk partiers! The party lasted from 9PM to Midnight and featured a mechanical bull with various cowboys and cover models in attendance.



FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015

Linnea Sinclair's Intergalactic Bar & Grille Event


Captained by Linnea, with co-MC PJ Schnyder/Piper J. Drake, and Table Lieutenants K. M. Fawcett, Sabine Priestley, Pauline Baird Jones, Stacey Kade, Janet Miller/Cricket Starr, Monette Michaels/Rae Morgan, M. D. Waters with Spacefreighters "Ensigns" Donna S. Frelick and Laurie A. Green pitching in on assisting with games.



A huge, high-energy gathering featuring games, giveaways, activities and featuring a massive prize table of SFR goodness. A super event!

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015 

Giant Book Fair
A monster gathering of authors doing signings, photos and chatting with fans. Featuring several SFR authors--including Rachel Bach,
Barbara Elsborg and K.M. Fawcett (who SOLD OUT! during the event).

This was my first RT Convention and I especially enjoyed getting to meet and chat with other SFR Brigaders, authors and readers. It was also a recon mission for me to learn more about the event and how we might present a larger SFR presence in the future.

The next RT will be in LAS VEGAS in April 2016. You might want to mark your calendars. :D

Check out Donna's post for more about RT.

(left to right) Donna S. Frelick, Sharon Lynn Fisher and Laurie A. Green of Spacefreighters Lounge

Friday, May 22, 2015

MAD MAX RIDES AGAIN



You gotta love Max. Mad Max, that is—one of the great, enduring antiheroes of SF film, first introduced to the world in George Miller’s iconic film MAD MAX by a very young Mel Gibson back in 1979. Tormented by guilt, incoherent with grief, he fought for revenge, and ultimately survival, in a world as bleak and empty as his soul. The images of that solitary human lost in a sea of sand and blood, pursued by the hounds of hell, are burned into our brains.

So the question is, why would Miller remake his own film thirty years later in the new MAD MAX: FURY ROAD? The short answer is that the new film is not really a reboot of the original film at all. The storyline is different, though it is clear Max is the same character, plagued by the same demons from his past. Miller has said that this film is a “revisiting” of the MAD MAX universe, updating Max’s character and putting him in new circumstances.

But astute fans of the old Max will notice details—his leg brace still supports a knee that was shattered by a gunshot in ROAD WARRIOR, his “uniform” is still missing one sleeve ripped away by paramedics to treat a wound in the first film. And Tom Hardy shows all of the pain, grit and survival instinct of Mel Gibson’s Max. With even less talking, if that’s possible.

The real answer to why Miller would consider doing this is that modern film technology and a bigger budget allowed him to take this MAX to, well, the max. From the opening scene to the last this film is a jaw-dropping, pulse-pounding, gear-grinding, flame-spitting, bodies-flying, screaming, unrelenting thrill ride. The variety of vehicles and weaponry is astounding. The sheer volume and inventiveness of mayhem is mind-boggling. The desert is dryer and vaster. The heat more inescapable.

 Is there a plot? Uh, barely.  Dialogue? Minimal. But who cares? Bring on the pole boys! (If you’ve seen the previews, you’ve seen these crazed characters who cling to long poles at the front of trucks for the purpose of leaping onto enemy vehicles—at ninety miles an hour, mind you.)

Okay, so that’s not really fair. The film does have Charlize Theron, who is a pleasure to watch anytime and even more so here. She does a great job as an action heroine—every bit as tough and wordless as Hardy’s Max. But when the story calls for her to let go—once and only once—she makes us believe it.  Nicely done.  I think I’m in love.

There is some symbolic stuff about bodily fluids/waters of life, etc.—the essential liquid in this MAX is not gasoline, but water—and there is a decent little subplot that explores the idea of redemption, something that Max might be in need of, of course. But it’s best not to think too deeply when approaching this film. Go in with your bucket of popcorn, buckle up and enjoy the ride. It’s well worth the price of admission.

YIPPEE-KI-AY AT RT IN DALLAS!

Laurie’s going to give you the complete lowdown on our adventures at the RT Booklovers Convention in Dallas last week, but I thought I’d give you a few of my observations here. This was my first RT and I noticed a few things:

--RT is a lot less “formal” than the Romance Writers of America National Conference. Except for the Awards Ceremony, there are no luncheons and speeches. Instead there are parties—the first night barbecue, a Steampunk bash, a supernatural night and, of course, the awards night gala. Whew!  That’s a lot of partying, even for me! I did miss the opportunity to sit down at lunch with complete strangers and make new friends, which RWA allows us to do. Fortunately, I had my Spacefreighters crewmates and bunch of SFR Brigaders I hadn’t met face-to-face before to spend time with and get to know.

--RT is geared toward readers, with a lot of activities—like Karaoke with the Cover Models—just for them. I think that’s fun, but for a newbie author, I found them a little less useful as an opportunity for readers to get to know me.  Linnea Sinclair’s Intergalactic Bar and Grille Party has filled that gap for SFR lovers, bringing readers and writers together for a good time at RT for a number of years. It was a blast again this year!  We need more events like that to attract readers to SFR.

--Finally, the highlight of RT for me was getting to meet my wonderful agent Michelle Johnson face-to-face for the first time. We spent a lot of time together and found out we have a lot in common outside “the office.” What a terrific confirmation of something I suspected all along!

Oh, and, uh, cowboys. It was Texas, after all.  

Cheers, Donna



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Subscriber Lists - are they worth your hard-earned dollars?


Ask your average Indie author what the hardest part of the job is, and I suspect most will tell you 'marketing'. Do you see my hand up? Quite early in the self-publishing rush some entrepreneurial types recognised that money was to be made by providing services for independent authors. People hung up their shingles as editors, cover designers, reviewers, formatters, organisers of blog tours and purveyors of advertising opportunities.

I could come up with a list. I'm sure we all could. But for this post I just want to talk about sites which advertise promotion for free or discounted books. I've come across a few. The idea is to offer a free book or heavily discounted book – the first in a series is good – with the intention of appearing on some of Amazon's top 100 lists. That way, you get visibility and people hopefully buy your later books, based on the one you gave away for free. It's a well-known technique in marketing, referred to as a “loss leader”.

The trick is telling the world the deal is available “for a short time only”, or as perma-free. Amazon's five free days in Kindle Select is one technique. But you're locked into Amazon, and you still have to tell the world your book's up there, available for FREE.

So what options are out there, and (more importantly) do they work? Let's look at a few subscriber services – sites that produce targeted neswletters telling readers about new 'deals'.

Bookbub is one of the best known. It's also very expensive. A listing for a free offer on Bookbub in the science fiction category is $200. Bookbub is very fussy about the books it takes, going to some trouble to match the books they offer to their clientele. I've not been able to get any of my books into Bookbub, but anecdotal evidence from my circle of friends indicates results can be anywhere from okay to phenomenal. It seems to me that Bookbub works very well if you're already doing very well. In my case, I'd have to sell a LOT of the subsequent books in a series to get a return on investment on $200.

EreaderNewsToday (ENT) The site does try to select for quality, but not to the Bookbub extent. And at $15 for an SF book the price is much more manageable. I've used ENT for my own book, and also for a box set, "Sing a Song of the Stars". More on ENT below.

The Fussy Librarian offers places in its newsletter based on number of reviews and overall rating (see the link for the details). At present, cost for a science fiction book is $6. I suppose it's as good a way as any of judging quality, and I can't offer a better alternative, but it means writers of great books who haven't been able to attract reviews can't advertise on this service. I've run ads a few times on Fussy, and saw no change to my sales graph.

BookScream is still in Beta and currently offers free spots in its lists. I paid $5 for the featured author spot, where I could list up to six books. One was my perma-free, The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy. After the time, I received a long 'analysis' of results, clearly produced from a boilerplate template. However impressive the 'analysis' was, (and in my opinion it simply produced some dubious statistics and a few platitudes) my promotion at Book Scream produced no visible change to my sales.

BookGorilla This service requires books to have at least 5 reviews with an overall rating of 4+, although exceptions can be made as explained in the site's T&C. Price for an SF book is $50. We used this site for the boxed set Sing a Song of the Stars. As a result the collection appeared in several top 100 lists.

Free Book Service has been around for about 18 months and offers money back guarantees for positions on Amazon's top 100 lists by guaranteeing number of downloads on your promotion. The cost? The gold package is $189 (5,000 downloads), the platinum package $299 (10,000 downloads) and the executive $379 (15,000 downloads). Each is for a 24-48 hr period.

The cynical part of me (it's quite large) says the downloads can be done using fake accounts. Which means only a fraction of the downloads you get will actually be real readers who read the book. But going on the results I got with eReader News Today (see below), the book might well make it onto Amazon's top 100, and that's a powerful place to be.

Let me show you what happened when I made The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy perma-free.
I have found that I make more sales on Amazon US than anywhere else, by a very long way – well over 90%. So what I’m showing here is only Amazon US, although the book is available at most large sites.

I made the book free at all outlets except Amazon (where you can’t offer a free book – I set it to $0.99) on 18 January 2015. I did not advertise, beyond one Twitter post. The graph below shows what happened after Amazon price matched.

The first peak was simply from being in Amazon’s free books section. Then the initial excitement died away. The second peak is as a result of buying a US$15 ad on eReader News Today. The book raced up the Amazon lists and was soon #1 free in store for Galactic Empires and #1 Space Opera and #1 Romance Science Fiction. The big goal is top 100 free in store. It didn’t quite get there, but it reached 110 which is pretty good for a novel in a niche market like SF romance. To date, there have been over 4,000 downloads, and the number of units moved has tailed off over time.

Of course, we all know free downloads don’t necessarily mean readers, let alone fans. Many a free book languishes on a reading device, ignored and forgotten. But some people certainly did read the book. I’ve seen a substantial (in relative terms) increase in sales of the second Iron Admiral book – in fact all three titles in the series.

I can see value in having a perma-free first of series. And I can see value in advertising. BUT – consider return on investment. In my experience (and I can only speak for myself) the only program I've done which really worked for me was eReader News Today.

I'd love to know where you might have found success – or not, as the case may be.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Aftermath - Pippa's Journal

A Science Fiction Romance Novel
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Status Update

So Keir has been out nearly two weeks, and I couldn't be happier with the reception so far. Yes, I know with a re-release of what was my bestselling title for my first 18 months as an author I should have had some confidence in it. But I had certain expectations. I didn't expect a re-release to have many sales, since surely anyone who wanted it must have bought it previously. I was so wrong! Keir has already smashed any previous monthly sales record I had, and looks set to hit three figure sales numbers for the first time in my career as an author. Stunned? Yep. Happy? You betcha!


On the 13th May, Keir also very briefly hit the Amazon top 100 bestsellers for Time Travel - again, another first for me! It remained there for a heady six hours, reaching a high of 88 before falling back down and out. Then it hit the same list once more on the 17th, this time at number 83. Again, it was only there for a few hours, but in the top 100 twice in less than a week? *Muppet flails* You can bet I took screenshots to remind me of my fleeting moments of top 100 glory. ^_^

And while I had mostly positive reviews the first time around and even some awards, I was under no illusions that it meant the new extended version would be immune from negative ones. So far, I haven't had any. Unfortunately because I ran so close to the bone on re-releasing Keir my ARC reviewers didn't get much of a chance to read before release and post reviews, but hopefully those will trickle in over the coming weeks. The old reviews on Amazon haven't reappeared, so another job on my to-do list is approaching those who reviewed it previously and asking them to repost. I took the precaution of saving a copy of them all that I can send back to the owners to make life easier. :)

















No Angel and When Dark Falls also returned to Amazon with their adjusted cover art on Friday, and to other online retailers yesterday - well, Kobo is still processing them, but they're uploaded everywhere. Bizarrely, the old reviews for No Angel reappeared on Amazon, while those for When Dark Falls and Restless In Peaceville did not. Odder still when B&N even managed to restore them all and especially for Keir despite the slight title change. Le sigh. But a couple of emails to Amazon soon fixed that, and now all my old reviews are back, leaving my re-releases looking a little less naked, lol.

What have I learned from re-releasing all these titles? Well, one - formatting is key. Get that right and you'll (mostly) have no issues at any of the retailers. Two, a relaunch plan with tasks embedded into your calendar/smartphone really helps, although only if you stick to the dates you set. Three, don't upload books on a Friday. Four, I really, really don't want to be re-releasing five titles in a month ever again. One benefit of being self published now is that I shouldn't have to, plus I can easily update anything as and when needed. In the case of Restless, I ran into issues with Amazon twice rejecting it because they didn't accept that I had the rights to republish it. They didn't respond to two emails, but a third attempt to upload got Restless accepted. *shrug*

Meanwhile, Keir looks set to smash further records in my three year career as an author, I'm waiting on the print proof for approval for the paperback release, and I'm all set to begin edits on the sequel - Keir's Fall - next month. I'm finally going to be releasing book two!

Coming soon...

Happenings

Huge congrats to fellow Spacefreighters Lounge crew-member Greta van der Rol who will be on the Broad Universe board from the 1st June. Woot! Congrats also on being their first non-US board member.

On Saturday I learned When Dark Falls made it as a finalist in the RomCon Reader's Crown contest (Restless In Peaceville just missed out on qualifying for the YA category finals by a measly 0.1. Darn!).


The new cover for Restless In Peaceville was revealed on Friday to many compliments. ^_^ Kudos once again to Dani Fine for her stellar work! Unfortunately, Amazon decided to dispute my right to publish it on KDP for two days, although was available again at most other digital retailers. Le sigh. After a third attempt, Amazon finally accepted it, while it's still pending at Kobo.

A YA Zombie Novella
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There will be an exclusive reveal for Tethered's shiny new cover at the SFR Station on the 22nd May.


And the 1st of June sees the start of a six week long Brigade event - the SFR Brigade's Summer Cafe! Each week featured a sub-genre of sizzling science fiction romance - Space Opera 1, Weird Science, Dystopia, Androids and Aliens, Supernova Hot, and Space Opera 2. Each week will see a group of Brigaders post about their books and some giving you a recipe connected to their works, plus there's a themed prize bundle each week. Stop by the Brigade blog for more details.


Ping Pong

Laurie, Donna, and Sharon - hope you had fun at RT! I am hideously jealous - envy is such an unattractive thing. :P

Monday, May 18, 2015

2015 RT Booklovers Convention: KickAss Chicks Spotlights SFR Authors

I'm just returning (and recovering!) from all the fun times at 2015 RT Booklovers Convention in Dallas!

Here was a very impromptu moment hosted by SFR Brigader Sabine Priestley of the KickAss Chicks author web site, featuring some fellow Brigaders including a couple of "Loungers."

Left to right: Stacey Kade, Linnea Sinclair, (Lounger) Laurie A. Green, Pauline Baird Jones and (Lounger) Donna S. Frelick. This took place not long after Linnea Sinclair's fabulous Intergalactic Bar and Grille party on Friday afternoon.

Check out that "deer in the headlights" moment when Sabine fired off the pop question to name our superpower. LOL

 

 I'll be back later with a more in depth RT report and more photos.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Want to be part of a franchise?


Franchises seem to be all over the place at the moment. I wrote about the concept recently, and I've seen franchised books published via Amazon's new venture which encourages the idea.

A franchise in writing isn't much different from any other franchise – basically, it's a shared environment where all contributors get the benefit of that known arena, but run their own business. Think Macdonalds.

Although I don't much like the concept of an author franchising his/herself, such as James Patterson, there's no doubt it works. I have less objection to something like the Star Wars franchise. It's a bit like licensed fan fiction. You set your story in the Star Wars universe, you can use the iconic characters who appear in the movies, along with the alien species, planets, hardware etc etc and then you can introduce your own characters and stories. The Star Wars extended universe has been hugely successful and is undoubtedly why Star Wars is still a phenomenon forty years after the first movie (then entitled just “Star Wars” - A New Hope was added later) exploded on the movie screens.

When the credits finally rolled on Return of the Jedi I wasn't the only one mourning a loss. It was over. No more star destroyers, no more derring-do amongst the stars. I felt bereft, as though a part of my life had come to an end. I imagine the fan fic started almost after the first movie finished. Fan fic web sites popped everywhere. Then in the early nineties Timothy Zahn, already an established author in his own right, came up with his Thrawn trilogy. Han, Leia, Luke etc were back with a new enemy. Although it took me a bit of time to get over Thrawn replacing that wonderful arch-villain Darth Vader, Grand Admiral Thrawn soon became one of my favourite characters of all time. There again, I wasn't the only one. Thrawn pops up in Star Wars franchises several times. He plays an important bit part in Tatooine Ghost, for instance. Zahn himself was forced to write several more Thrawn books, one being Outbound Flight, where we meet a young Thrawn before he is forced to move his considerable talents to the Empire.

There are pros and cons to any franchise. On the one hand you have the advantage of an established universe, and an existing pantheon of characters. It's much easier to create convincing background. On the other hand, that's a limitation. You need to be careful that when you use established characters that they act as they should/would according to the canon. Apart from that, the sky's the limit. Looking back at the Star Wars expanded universe, several hundred books have been written, as well as a bunch of other tie-ins.

The point is IT WORKS. Amazon is trying to harness the power of the franchise through its KindleWorlds. Well known crime writer Toby Neal is just one of many who have participated with her Hawaiian crime series, and already there are eight new stories, written by different authors, using Toby's characters.

Today in a Facebook group I came across a group called the Dryden Experiment. This one is a Scifi universe, and it's inviting participation from writers of science fiction romance of any heat level willing to write as part of a creative commons project. So it's a franchise of sorts. They have a Facebook group, and a website. You write a story set in that universe and it becomes part of the ongoing canon (if it's good enough - there are hints of some sort of quality control) so your work can be used and built on by others.

It's not for everyone. Some authors couldn't possibly consider the constraints imposed by such a structure. Then again, it didn't hold Zahn back. Apart from a host of Star Wars novels, he's written plenty of other books. I could mention Sean Williams and Alan Dean Foster, who also wrote for Star Wars. The huge advantage, of course, is marketing. If you're part of a greater whole, if the greater whole is recognised, your chances of being recognised increase enormously.

It's another arrow to keep in your quiver. If it's to your taste.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Cover Art that Could Have Been #scifi #romance

Original Lyrical cover
One of the big things for me when relaunching Keir was the cover art. Although I loved the cover I got from Lyrical Press Inc., it had two main issues for me. One, the tattoos weren't right and they weren't as prolific as my character's description (but frankly I was lucky to get any at all). The second was not having Quin on the cover. To be fair, with the restrictions of cover art getting a blue skinned tattooed man and a redhaired woman as an actual couple was an impossible ask. It's something you have to learn to accept as an author. You might not get what you envisaged, or what you put down on your cover art request form. You might not get anything even remotely like it if the publisher decides your vision is not only unattainable but also unmarketable. The cover for Keir was certainly popular. It was also an award winner. It wasn't exactly what I'd expected.

But one benefit of being a self published author is that, providing you have the budget, can find the stock images and have a talented cover artist (like Danielle Fine) on the job, then you can get something at least remotely like you want it. And with taking back the rights to my book, I wanted to get away from that old cover and reclaim Keir completely.

So the first task was to throw together some ideas on a Pinterest board of what I was looking for and what images Dani could find that might match or make suitable alternatives. This took time as we both hunted for stock images and uploaded them with various notes along the lines of 'might make a good Quin' or 'which of these do you prefer?'. Then Dani put together several draft images. I'm showing them below, along with a note about why they didn't make the cut.

I'll confess right up front that I have a thing for faces. I know there's a bit of a split opinion because some readers prefer to imagine how the characters might look. To those, I apologize. I love faces on books. I feel like the character is trying to catch my eye and talk to me. And the advantage is if I'm picking the image, then I know what my character looks like and I can share it with you.
Now, this one is striking, but first off I've seen it used a couple of times already. One bug bear I see a lot of complaints about is the repetition of certain images on book covers. I remember seeing one particular blogger who had collected some 37 book covers featuring the exact same couple in the exact same pose, and in many cases there wasn't even a variation in lighting, colouring, effects, text etc. I did not want to do that. I wanted something as original as it could possibly be. So, this one had been used and on books I'd seen. I also felt that perhaps it was a bit too scary, especially for a romance novel. I want people to be intrigued and pick it up, not get the shivers.





With these two, my first issue was again that I'd seen the image used before, and on another science fiction romance to boot. Secondly, the text was too like the Lyrical version, and with the right hand one I was concerned that it would be unreadable at thumbnail size (always look at a much smaller version of your cover art, and/or on your phone. So many people surf on their phones now, and thumbnails are all you'll see on most retail sites. If you can't read the title when you know what it says, you can't expect visitors to read and remember it either, and you want them to remember it. Right?). So even though I love squiggly text, I had to reject it from a marketing point of view.
This one - loved 'Quin' and liked the gateway type image at the bottom, but didn't like the guy. At all. That just wasn't Keir.
This one had Keir and Quin, as I wanted, and the image of Keir was one I'd added to the Pinterest board. It's also the same model who posed for the Lyrical version of the cover. But again, I've seen it used a few times. I really liked the image for the gateways that my characters use to cross time and space, but it's too Stargate looking, and not how I describe my portals in the book. And Quin...wasn't quite my Quin.













Something here might start looking familiar now, though. Again, I wasn't keen on Quin and the portal looked too much like something else. The one on the right fitted more with my idea of the gateways - a door full of stars. And the guy...well, he definitely had the right look for Keir...












So 'Keir' was staying, and it was time to settle on an image for the bottom half of the cover. What I really, really wanted was Quin. And I stumbled across an image that totally captured her for me.
THAT was Quin (and yes, fans of New Who might see a resemblance to a certain companion. NOT deliberate. To me, this is Quin and not Amy Pond, although I can't deny the Doctor Who-ishness of the story). And that was the cover I wanted. I had my SFR couple. A few more tweaks were needed to get the right text and to add the new tagline and series title, and then we were there.
A Science Fiction Romance Novel
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So there's the evolution of the cover for Keir. And since the sneak peek for book two went out in my newsletter last week, I can now show you the cover for Keir's Fall too.

Now you can see the linking design between the two books, and the tattoo symbol that will be on all the books of the series, and a return of that gateway image I loved. But you're going to have to wait a while to see the cover for the third book...

Update

The tour for Keir continues, or you can pop back and read any of the previous posts.


Tour Dates and Places
4th May SFR Station - spotlight
7th May Literary Lagniappe - Two Hero Inspirations (+giveaway)
7th May The Multi-verses of Liza O - No, It's Not Twilight
7th May Romance Authors At Large - Top Five Movie Inspirations
8th May Cover Reveals - excerpt
11th May Mark of the Stars - excerpt
12th May SFR Brigade - How Alien are your Characters?
12th May Spacefreighters Lounge - The Cover Art That Could Have Been
18th May Everyday Fangirl - My Four Rs of Writing
27th May The Perils of Pauline - Why I Wrote Keir
3rd June Katherine McIntyre - interview

Last week as well as having fun setting up Keir for re-release and preparing my Breathless Press titles for re-release, AND celebrating both my third anniversary as a published author on the 7th and my 22nd wedding anniversary (copper, for those curious) on the 8th, I've been deciding on cover art. It was a tough choice, in a good way! The reveal for the new Restless In Peaceville cover will take place this Friday (15th May) at:

Everyday Fangirl, The Perils of Pauline, Aurora Springer, JoAnne Kenrick, Philip Hoy, Dana Wright, Raven McAllen, SA Hoag, Celia Breslin, Tara Quan, Sparky's Fireplace, M Stegman, Shelli Rosewarne, and Kelliea Ashley.

Also on Friday I'll be doing my regular monthly post at Romancing the Genres, and I'll be sharing my suggestions for some summer reads - my favourite books from the past year! Want to tell me yours? I might mention them too.

Tomorrow I'm at Everyday Fangirl as part of a series of Fangirl interviews about our love of Star Wars. ^-^

And finally, there will be an exclusive reveal for Tethered's new cover over at the SFR Station on the 22nd May. 

This is a very busy Pippa Jay signing off...