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Restless Spirits Now Available on Smashwords

Restless SpiritsVeronica Wilson wakes up dead and discovers she’s in for the fight of her life. A paranormal investigator in life, Ron is setting up for a ghost hunt in the spookiest house in town when she finds herself the one being hunted. Now she’s trapped in the house along with a bevy of other ghosts — including an axe-murderess and the family she killed, an old man who just wants to go be with his wife, and a handsome handyman whose past seems more haunted and mysterious than the house they’re imprisoned in — all of them victims of a malevolent, murderous spirit. Refusing to accept this as her afterlife, Ron rallies the other ghosts to gang up on their captor and fight for their freedom. But how does a ghost fight a monster who can devour souls–especially when that monster has red pigtails and freckles and is cute as a button?

Restless Spirits is now available for preview and purchase on Smashwords. If you’re not familiar with Smashwords, it allows you to download the book for just about any device, or you can just read it online. You can also read an excerpt free of charge.

I’ve run into technical difficulties trying to upload it to the Kindle store, but it will be available there as well once I get the bugs worked out.

New Hungry Child Cover; Thoughts On Revising

Thanks to a couple of impassioned arguments that my cover for Hungry Child really needed a child, or at least something child-related, and also thanks to finally coming across a photo that seems to fit the bill that I can actually use, I’ve done up a new new cover:

I think that one’s appropriately creepy, don’t you?

In other news, author and self-publishing guru Dean Wesley Smith is currently re-posting his “Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing” series. Today’s post on Rewriting is one that every writer should read, regardless of whether you’re self-pubbing or trying to storm the gates of traditional publishing.

I read it, and I’m so glad I did, because I was really psyching myself out about doing some fairly major rewrites on Restless Spirits. I already went through that story with a fine tooth comb back when I posted it online in 2009, and it’s gotten good feedback, but I’d managed to convince myself that it still wasn’t good enough. And I have to tell ya–I’ve reached my limit on how much I can stand to look at that story. I could barely get through another re-read, let alone another re-write. I’m at the point where I can no longer look at it and tell what works and what doesn’t, because my eyes glaze over as soon as I begin to read. I know that doesn’t exactly sound like a ringing endorsement of my own work, but I do remember quite enjoying it when I read it back in ’09. I’ve just stared at it too long for it to have any meaning for me anymore.

Before I read that DWS post I was on the verge of canning it and forgetting about publishing it. But now I realize how foolish that would be. I still think the beginning could stand to be tightened up a bit, but by and large, I’m giving myself permission not to worry too much about further revisions on this one.

As for everything else, I’m going to be pondering this article and what it means for my future approach to beta readers and revisions.

This Old Haunt: New Title, New Cover

This weekend I’m planning to buckle down and make some headway on getting This Old Haunt ready for publication. In the meantime, since TOH was never intended to be more than a working title, and since the cover I created for the Scribd version two years ago doesn’t really accurately reflect the book’s romantic-comedic tone (and was also just bad), I redid them both, which resulted in this:

Some notes:

  • I toyed with a few different titles, including borrowing from myself (and Buffy) and calling it Something Other Than Dead; I also considered just Restless (another Buffy nod) and Restless Souls. But I think Restless Spirits fits the story best, and gives it that slightly playful vibe. I worried over it a little because there are a couple of books with that title already in the Kindle store, but their genres are different enough that I think I’m good.
  • For the longest time I was fixated on having a depiction of Sarah’s red ball on the cover, but that was when I was still telling myself that this was a horror story. When I got over myself and admitted that it’s not really that horrific, and that it is, in fact, a romance novel, I was able to broaden my image search parameters. I’m pretty happy with this picture. The model is close enough to the description of my protag, and she’s slightly ethereal and come-hither without being too on-the-nose ghostly.
  • I think I’ve decided that I’ll be going with Jean Marie Bauhaus for romance and stories that appeal primarily to women, and J. M. Bauhaus for my slightly more masculine works.

Thoughts?

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