Have you Noticed the New Look?

You may have already seen the changes on my website, or at your favorite book retailers (which are still gradually rolling out). The Wind Rider Chronicles has brand new custom covers! Artist Alfredo Pachicano and Cover Designer Kathryn Jenkins of Magical Designs have done a great job giving my series a unique, cohesive, and more professional look.

Today I’ll introduce the new cover for Journey to Aviad, which is being featured on Instafreebie’s blog today. You can download it free, no strings attached, through Instafreebie and most other ebook retailers.

Elowyn lifts a strange silvery object from a woodland stream. Is it a medallion? A coin? Looking about curiously, she also finds a helm, a bow, broken arrows…and blood drenched soil. Something terrible has happened in this usually peaceful wood. Her world—the whole world—is about to change forever…


The Book Cover Survey Results are In!

a few days ago I asked you for some advice on my book covers. here is what you told me…

What do you think? If you didn’t get a chance to vote yet my survey is still open. Thank you so much to everyone who has participated! The results and the comments have been very illuminating.

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words…or Maybe 100,000

In my last newsletter, I asked my readers for some advice.

For those of you who don’t get my newsletter (or just haven’t voted yet) my survey is still open. What’s it all about, you ask?

My cover art for Into the Shadow Wood was custom made by a wonderful artist–and it’s gotten a lot of attention. Readers helped me choose from a couple different concept designs for that cover, and they were totally right!

Now I am considering redesigning my Journey to Aviad and Ancient Voices covers too, so that they match in style and quality. I would release them when my next book is finished.

But before I go back to the artist and have him get to work, I’ve got a decision to make. Should I have him take the existing images and recreate them (or something similar) in his style? Or should I go with a completely new design?

I am not a marketing expert, and most of you probably aren’t either. But that doesn’t matter–you are my audience. You know what you like, and what you don’t, right? So I’m open and ready to listen.

I’ve got a survey set up, and I would appreciate any advice you have. Here are the book covers so you can see the old versus the new. (Click to see them enlarged.)

Ready? Take the Survey

Your Votes are in!

Last week I gave YOU the power…

to choose the cover art for my upcoming novella.  Well, the votes are in, and the response was overwhelmingly in favor of…*drum roll*…

Cover Concept #1!

The artist will be developing this idea into my new cover.  Thanks to everyone who participated! The comments I received gave me great insight into why this particular cover resonated with so many of you.


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I’m Giving YOU the power!

Whoever said “you can’t judge a book by its cover” clearly wasn’t an Indie Author! Let’s face it, being your own publicist isn’t easy. There’s no marketing team, staff cover artist, or editing specialist at your disposal. There’s just you, a lot of heart, and a lot of hard work. When your name is largely unknown out there in the book world, your cover might be the first and only thing readers see. If it doesn’t stand out amidst the sea of other covers vying for attention, the blurb that tormented you for weeks as you tried to perfect it might not even get read.

My novella, Into the Shadow Wood will be released soon, and I’m excited to say that I have an artist making a custom cover. He just sent two rough concept sketches for me to choose between before he fills in all of the details, and I’m asking you, the Fantasy Fix readers, to help me decide!

Which one would you pick up off the shelf first?  CLICK TO VOTE

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