Stolen Enchantress (Forbidden Forest #1) By Amber Argyle Genre: Fairytale Adaptation/ Epic Fantasy Age category: Young Adult Release Date: April 9, 2018
Any girl who goes into the Forbidden Forest never comes out again. Except the one who did.
Larkin should have been watching her little sister. Should have paid more attention to the trees looming over her family’s fields. Now Sela is gone. Knowing full well the danger of the forest and its beast, Larkin goes after her anyway. With her sister clutched in her arms, she manages to escape, but not before discovering the truth lurking beneath the wicked boughs.
She may have evaded the beast once, but with the full force of his magic now fixated on her, she isn’t sure how much longer she can resist . . .
About the Author:
Bestselling author Amber Argyle writes young-adult fantasies where the main characters save the world (with varying degrees of success) and fall in love (with the enemy). Her award-winning books have been translated into numerous languages and praised by such authors as NYT bestsellers David Farland and Jennifer A. Nielsen.
Amber grew up on a cattle ranch and spent her formative years in the rodeo circuit and on the basketball court. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in English and physical education, a husband, and a two-year-old. Since then, she and her husband have added two more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less-crazy larger people. She’s fluent in all forms of sarcasm, loves hiking and traveling, and believes spiders should be relegated to horror novels where they belong.
It’s called 25 Days of Christmas Anthology
Amy Allen Hallmark
Rae B. Lake
25 Days of Christmas; a Holiday Romance Anthology
In the run up to Christmas instead of opening your advent calendar each day,
Why not read a short holiday themed story?
25 short romances from a variety of romance authors,
all set on making your holiday season sassy, sweet and saucy.
Is the cover really that important? YES. In a webpage or bookstore full of books that’s the one thing that will make your book stand out!
Common features to most covers:
1-If any characters are visible their faces are partial orhidden. You want to leave the character’s face to the imagination of the reader. As you can see above some characters are from behind or their faces are cut, but some are visible. I prefer hidden faces, it’s more intriguing 😉
2-The title and image have to be legible in a thumbnail size!
3-Do your research! Go to the library or a bookstore and look at your genre.What are the common features between bestselling books? For example YA books are colorful, and typically use many font types at once. They have many layers. Thrillers instead tend to be black, white and read, with minimal covers.
4- If you are working on a series, plan ahead and tie in all covers.There is nothing more infuriating than books in a series that don’t fit well together 😉
5-Think about the cover scene. It could be a scene from the book or a play on words, but it has to convey the mood of the book and not mislead your reader. Don’t put a half naked hunk on a horror, unless it’s a horror romance 😉
Some great covers of books I did not read and I have never heard of:
Why is this great? The tree-house tells me teen/kids, holding hands tells me romance/coming of age, the title is clearly legible, the illustration is pretty.
The black and white combined with the title suggests thriller/horror, the juxtaposition with Dorothy is funny and intriguing, the graphics are simple and catchy.
Here is what I did with my books:
The Italian village gives the setting, three boys and a girl on a tree (YA, tomboy), the scene seems funny and lighthearted but the black and white suggests a deeper tone.The yellow on the spine adds color and looks wonderful with the other books in the series.
In book 2 the darker color suggests maturation, the kiss and the moon hint at romance, but you can clearly tell our MC is still a kickass tomboy 😉
In book 3 the characters are older, and the graffiti on the wall suggests we are in Italy and, if you bother to check, “ti amo” means I love you. Did I mention the red? 😉
How long does it take to design a cover? The first one took me over a year because I had no idea what I was doing. But the other volumes in the series were a breeze because I already had a template 🙂
What programs did I use to design the cover? I used Adobe photoshop, which is really expensive, but I had available for work. Other (expensive) options are Adobe Illustrator, or Indesign. If you are broke you can use the free program available at Create Space or download the free, simplified version of Photoshop. Just make sure that your cover looks professional and awesome. If it does not, you might need to hire someone to help you! I know you’re likely broke (most writers tend to be) but you either give yourself the time to learn and make a mind blowing cover yourself or you need to invest cash in someone to do it for you.
Who am I to give you advice?
I was a little girl who was told she could not become a genetic engineer (not a “girl thing” ya know), and even less become a novelist in a country that was not her own.
Well, I am a genetic engineer, a researcher, a college professor, and a successful indie novelist, and I want to show you that if you want you can; I’m here to help ^_^
My books are available worldwide on Audible, Amazon, B&N, i-Tunes, Smashwords, and bookstores (ask to order them if they’re out!). Check them out and help me spread the word ^_^
Great blog post for you fellow authors out there. I really enjoyed it and have learned a lot for my future releases. Great work @gaiabamman
As an author, I always get great pleasure out of reading other peoples work and seeing new releases come out. I was recently contacted about an upcoming release I feel compelled to share. Written by melskubich and Stevie Conradi, the book is called Murder, Mayhem and Magic. I’ll post the synopsis and release date below, but what fascinated me about the project was that it’s a part of a collection called Rock and Roll Saved My Soul, and all proceeds will go to the UK Bipolar foundation, a cause I’m super passionate about and eager to bring attention to. So please check out the information on the book below and help support this great cause and incredible book by two awesome authors!
Synopsis: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” – Sherlock Holmes.
what if the truth is not only improbable, but otherworldly? Meet
Alistair Gordon and Jerome Garibaldi, two Victorian gentlemen and
part-time sleuths. Not only do they follow in the footsteps of the
greatest detective who never lived, they meet more than they bargained
for when a case of magic goes horribly wrong.
Accompany them on a
journey through several Victorian murder mysteries, from a marriage
that was not meant to be to a match celebrated with rose-petals. Join
Alistair as his investigations lead him to opium dens and follow Jerome
turn his life around as he stops being a blackmailing lay-about and
becomes lover, lodger and layman detective.
Walk with us through
foggy alleyways where hansom cabs and Ladies that are not paint a
picture of Victorian London in six illustrated stories of murder, mayhem