Cover Reveal: The Haunting of Littlefoot Orphanage!

Hi everyone! I’m so glad to help out my friend Martina. She has written a novel and I’m part of her cover reveal group. Please do check it out!
Author Name: Martina Marie
Book Title: The Haunting of Littlefoot Orphanage
Tagline: A group of teens look for a thrill, soon find out the stories are real.
Genre: Teen/Ya Thriller/Suspense?
Release Date: Coming Soon!
Cover Artist: Desiree DeOrto Designs
~ Blurb ~
Their laughter grows louder,
Their little feet patter.
Don’t make them angry
Or your world will shatter.
There’s no where to go.
Chills run down your spine.
No where to run,
And no where to hide.
To them it’s a game,
And you’re the next pawn.
Play it correctly,
You’ll make it till dawn.
One mistake
And it all ends.
Don’t mess up.
Or you’ll meet their friend.
~ About the Author ~
Martina Marie was born in Akron, Ohio and grew up on the coast of North Carolina. She currently still resides in North Carolina, though more towards the mountains now, with her husband of six years and their five year old son. She has dreamed of becoming an author since she was in middle school, finally giving all of the voices in her head an escape. She has taken many medical classes and one day hopes to be a Neonatal Nurse; while magically finding time to write. She is obsessed with anything Wizard of Oz, mainly the Wicked Witch, and loves musicals and food. You can normally find her at home spending time with her family, playing Xbox, or binge watching her favorite shows.~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Website ~

~ Full Cover ~

 

Coming Soon-ish: New Cover + $0.99 Sale

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I’ve been kicking around an idea to give A Raven’s Touch some new life. Even though it’s not even a year old the sales have gone down as I’m trying to work on A Raven’s Revenge. What do I plan on doing?

  1. A New Cover!
  2. PLUS – $0.99 sale (for a limited time only)

I figure this sounds like a good idea. Now, I have to try to figure out two things:

1. Who will do this cover?
2. What the heck should it look like?

I’ve gone through lists of popular YA novels and there are a few categories:
A) Girl with no connection to the story
B) Big bold title letters
C) Cartoon style images
D) Real items as the only image featured
E) Close up of a face (full or half)

I am thinking since A Raven’s Touch is a dark story it should be predominantly black with ONE main feature. Now, whether that is the title and an item it’s hard to say.

Take these covers for example:
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I haven’t read any of these my assumptions are just based on the cover.

Red Queen:
This one looks bad add because there’s blood and you can tell it’s going to be a story about a power struggle.

We’ll Never Be Apart:
This looks terrifying. The first thing I thought was, “I hope this is a Hansel and Gretel retelling”, but it’s probably something of a horror story.

Vengeance Road:
This looks like it’s going to be a bad ass story with death, fighting, and sticks to an old fashioned way of delivering the story.

Cinder:
I know this one is a Cinderella story with an updated twist, so that’s not a true guess. However, I do like the aspect of what you see is not what you get. Interesting and simple.

How is a girl to choose? Any suggestions are welcome!

Maybe this is how it is

While I was writing a Raven’s Touch I did research regarding book promotions. I asked a million questions, “When do I do a blitz? What is a blitz? Do I have to have a Facebook party? How do I find beta readers? What’s the best way to promote my book?  How do I find readers?”

Honestly, I thought I was well prepared until I actually did go through the process of launching a book. Even throughout the whole thing I was confused. Only eight months later do I really have a better perspective. I suppose that’s how it goes with everything.

What struck me today, as I was going through a bookstore, was that I will most likely never be able to find my book there.

I will continue to write, even though I don’t think I’ll ever be famous. I’ll write because it’s what I want to do. I know I’m not in the same boat with anyone being sold in a store. All those books are also dreams. If I was one of those writers I would lose my mind with happiness. Good for them.

Almost at 20,000 leagues under the sea

Lately, I’ve been working away on A Raven’s Revenge. The experience has been quite different from A Raven’s Touch and I can only assume it’s because I have somewhat of a plan. When I say somewhat, I mean that very loosely, but it’s better than nothing.

A Raven’s Revenge takes Justice, Moira, Tom, and Darien through the various levels of Hell. I did a heck of a lot of research and it’s somewhat overwhelming how many Dante’s Inferno versions there are out there. I also did watch an animated movie based on a video game of the same title, and it was really quite entertaining.

I’m just at 18,350 words at the moment. That’s not bad considering I started seriously in June. I like to think that’s pretty darn good. I’m not one of those writers who churns out a thousand words per sitting. I just can’t. I am lucky enough if I can get out 300 words a session. I find often I’m humming and hawing over what to do next. I had a serious debate to introduce Darien’s sister into the mix. I do love her, as she is a little nuts, and that type of character is hard to resist for any writer. Maybe Seliki has a sibling? Maybe Tom has a bad elf in his family? Who knows what will happen?

The element of the unknown is truly astounding for me. That’s partly what makes writing so difficult. I don’t know where I want to go with this because there are so many opportunities for ANYTHING.

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Well, it’s really anyone’s game, but I have to drive this bus somewhere. Oh, mixing metaphors. So much fun.

How deep is your love?

Back in the day, and I mean way back, artists had patrons who paid for their livelihood. Things are rather different these days. Now, artists have day jobs and most don’t have someone paying them to do their craft.

However, there is something an artist can do to help spread the word. I started a Patreon account and offer a few ways people who love my writing can support me. Self-publishing is VERY expensive. While writing A Raven’s Touch I spent at least $1,200 on: editing, cover art, and formatting. This doesn’t even touch the marketing campaign I ran on Facebook and Google Ads.

Check out the details on how you can get in on this fun and help a writer out.

How does it work?

Here are your patron awards:

Pledge $2 or more per A story

I will make you a personal postcard and handwrite whatever strange thing pops into my brain.

Get $2 reward

Pledge $4 or more per A story

You will get an EXCLUSIVE digital copy of ONE micro stories that don’t belong to an exclusive genre.

Plus, the post card if you like.🙂

Get $4 reward

Pledge $10 or more per A story

You will get an EXCLUSIVE digital copy of FIVE micro stories that don’t belong to an exclusive genre.

Plus the post card if you’d like.🙂

Get $10 reward

Pledge $15 or more per A story

You will get an EXCLUSIVE digital copy of FIVE micro stories that don’t belong to an exclusive genre.

Plus the post card.

PLUS: I will create a personal handwritten greeting video just for you.

Get $15 reward

Pledge $25 or more per A story

You will get an EXCLUSIVE digital copy of FIVE micro stories that don’t belong to an exclusive genre.

Plus the post card.

PLUS: I will create a personal handwritten greeting video just for you.

PLUS+ I will create a physical Chapbook with the micro stories delivered to your door!

Get $25 reward

Pledge $30 or more per A story

You will get to read one unedited chapter of my new novel, A Raven’s Revenge, as I write it.

PLUS the remainder levels of patronage:

You will get an EXCLUSIVE digital copy of FIVE micro stories that don’t belong to an exclusive genre.

Plus the post card.

PLUS: I will create a personal handwritten greeting video just for you.

PLUS+ I will create a physical Chapbook with the micro stories delivered to your door!

Get $30 reward

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I realize this is going to take some time, but hey, you have to start somewhere!

Don’t fret about my progress on A Raven’s Revenge. I’m going to hit 20,000 words this weekend and I intend on chipping away at it every day. I may not be a fast writer, but I am writing.

Thank you so much!

RESULTS re: Keep Calm and Love Books Newsletter

Hi everyone! I wanted to keep all of you up to date with the newsletter and how things went.

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I sent the first (Romance) newsletter on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 10:00 am. Here are the numbers:

18 Subscribers
38.9% Opens
16.7% Clicks

Not too bad really, but I was hoping for at least 50% open rate. Either way, yay for new beginnings.

Currently, Romance is the only category with over 10 people. I’d love to do this for other categories, but it has to be worth my time since this is taking me away from my own writing time. Can you all share these sign up links for READERS and WRITERS to participate?

Horror & Paranormal Writers List
http://goo.gl/forms/7NcfTXw6i4z43F5L2

Horror & Paranormal Readers List
http://goo.gl/forms/tmMpGxa6LLCZgYgq2

Romance Writer List
http://goo.gl/forms/xpg1DCf0bVZi9Imv2

Romance Readers List
http://goo.gl/forms/RgX9g2Gg4BTzKf4J2

Fantasy Writers List
http://goo.gl/forms/ls6FsKo9YpEwGn5p1

Fantasy Readers List
http://goo.gl/forms/H6DQ9XOZIwBZhSQt2

Thriller/Suspense/Action Reader List
http://goo.gl/forms/UvUYUpfC0P48ZZFq1

Thriller/Suspense/Action Writers List
http://goo.gl/forms/nArSBw3H2MRXD5tH3

Science Fiction Readers List
http://goo.gl/forms/tnIit2fva8Oj7ash1

Science Fiction Writers List
http://goo.gl/forms/44lnMvzTdkDIRkT52

Please do share this around so we can get people up and in front of readers who want to know about them.

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