Two Sides to Every Story

This weekend I’ve had some time to sit down and dedicate to writing, and I’m pretty excited about what I’ve been able to accomplish as well as what is to come.

After hearing some feedback on First Impressions, I decided to move forward with a sort of sequel.  Second Thoughts will be told from Dylan’s point of view, and so far I am just about to wrap up Chapter 2 of Dylan’s story.

I already have a rough outline for all 11 chapters, along with notes for what things happen in that chapter in the first book, as well as what things happened in Dylan’s story that we didn’t see in Zia’s.  What goes on in Dylan’s mind?  What things happen when Zia isn’t around?  Well, you’ll soon find out in my upcoming installment!

Two sides to every story

If you’re curious to know when to expect Second Thoughts, I anticipate having it done within the next few weeks to possibly a couple of months.  First Impressions was about 25K words, and I expect Second Thoughts will be somewhere around the same length once all is said and done.  First Impressions took a total of 2 years to write from beginning to end, but once I actually sat down and really got to writing it, the process really only took about 5 months.  Since I already have a storyline, I’d calculate maybe half that time or less to finish this one.

What are you reading this weekend?  Let me know!

New Book Cover, and WHY?

I’ll be the first to admit that, when it comes to artistic design, I am not the most creative person in the world.  In fact, I’m not even close.  I’ve tried drawing, painting, even coloring in those fancy adult coloring books they have now days.  When it comes to envisioning something really beautiful and visually inspiring, my talents and skills fall significantly short.  What I see in my  head does not translate well.

When I was close to finishing writing my book not too long ago (like a few weeks ago), it occurred to me that if I wanted to self-publish as I had planned, then I would be required to come up with some kind of visually appealing book cover.  Instead of panicking and giving up, I did what any technologically savvy girl would do in 2016.  I took to Google.

Search term: book cover creation software

Those search results led me to Canva.  In theory, this was exactly what I needed!  I had a vision for what I wanted on my book cover, but since I’m not a photographer and don’t know any Kate Beckinsale or Matt Bomer look-alikes that I could hit up for a photo shoot, I scrolled through hundreds and hundreds of stock  photos that I could use instead.

The process was frustrating, to say the least.  Finally, I gave up on my initial vision, and I ended up with my initial book cover.  Don’t get me wrong… it’s not terrible, and I’ve seen much worse in print.

First Impressions Front Cover

But it just wasn’t right.  This feeling kept nagging at me, and nagging at me, until I decided that I would try again.  I want something that better catches the story of my book and doesn’t look like a self-help book instead.  Not to mention, the coloring on the print copy was entirely too dark, so it looked completely wrong in print anyway.

So I took to Google once again.  This time, my approach was a little different.  I wanted to do my research this time, and I even considered paying someone to do the cover for me.  That made the most sense, after all.  I don’t have the artistic talent, but I can find someone who does.

Search term: book covers for sale

Turns out there are quite a few websites dedicated to individual artists who list their artistic work for purchase.  And I must say, there are some really talented people out there.  But what ended up happening was, nothing I found was exactly right.  I wanted to keep in mind something that I could use that I could create a similar cover to later for a 2nd book I’m writing , that would be visually consistent with the first.  (Yep, that’s right!  Dylan’s side of the story will be available soon!)

The good thing about scrolling through thousands of pre-made book covers is, I was able to get an idea of how I could do one for myself that was more in line with what I really wanted in the first place.  Here is what I was able to come up with.

First Impressions - Kindle Cover

This, I feel, looks more like a romance novella than what I initially came up with.  The blue eyed brunette represents my main character, Marzia (Zia) Benagli.  In my book, I describe her as having light blue eyes, and these are dark blue, but perfection is hard to achieve in all things, and I’m okay with that.

So at any rate, please tell me what you think about the new cover versus the old one.  No worries for anyone who’s read the book already… the story inside remains the same. 😉

Enter for a chance to win a FREE e-book copy here:  https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/778bf30e9f6deb90/?ref_=tsm_4_tw_h_dashboard#ln-dei 

Enter for a chance to win a FREE paperback copy here:  https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/185964-first-impressions-a-novella 

Kindle Unlimited subsribers can read it free HERE.

Comments I’ve received on the book so far:

LOVED IT. Hope you’re continuing to write and allow me to read 🙂 – Bianca M., Littlefield, TX

 

I’m halfway through and loving it. – Sarah J., Springtown, TX

 

I just finished reading ur short story and I loved it!  I enjoyed the steamy parts! 😉 – Danielle P., Fontana, CA

Free Book #Giveaway – Enter to Win!

Good Saturday to everyone!

I thought I would put some smiles on some faces this weekend by hosting an Amazon Giveaway.  Because, well, who doesn’t love to win something and get things for free?

If you would like to win 1 of 10 free copies of my e-book, First Impressions: A Novella, Click HERE: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/778bf30e9f6deb90

I will also be hosting a free print copy giveaway through Goodreads beginning May 10, 2016, which will run through May 18, 2016.  The link to that giveaway is HERE: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/185964-first-impressions-a-novella

Happy reading, everyone!

Nicole R. Locker