As always my author had a fairly good idea of what she wanted on her cover. We did our best to accommodate her wishes within reason.
For Snow Blood: Season 2 we tried to get Brogio, Selene, Snow Blood and our main characters love interest--Nova on the cover. It was way too crowded.
We tried for Nova and Selene.
But after deliberation, we decided to go with the familiar element of Snow Blood on the second cover with Selene.
As our cover artist said from truenotdreams people might think we're being lazy putting the same image on the second book. But this isn't so. Blending the photo took precision and effort only a cover artist can achieve. The result was a great cover.
I really like the human element on the cover and since this story deals with Snow Blood helping Selene with her issues, it made sense.
Then there was the subtitle war.
On the author's camp the subtitle was too small. Nobody could read it. It MUST BE SEEN!
On the publisher's camp the subtitle was perfect because it didn't interfere with the title, didn't overpower the other elements but was still there.
There was a back and forth and finally, we did a Pickfu competition.
We here at TRP were prepared to go with which ever won. We specified that the subtitle was our issue and we got 50 results back. Each person voting commented on how the subtitle they voted for was easier to read. I couldn't help but laugh. Click the button above to see what I mean. :)
And now, with no further extravagance, we give you the contest winner of the Snow Blood: Season 2 book cover poll.
We are always proud of our covers, because we work closely with our authors to give them the cover they envisioned. However, experience with other author's gives us knowledge of what works and what doesn't. Together we find something our authors are proud of and can present to their fans with delight.
If you are interested in winning a $50 amazon gift card and would like a free copy of Snow Blood: Season 2, please join the launch party! Launch partiers got to see this cover exclusive before it went public. In the following week there will be more surprises for those who join the launch team, so come party!
Dear dog and vampire fans! Carol McKibben is having a Snow Blood Launch Party and you're all invited!
Carol is so excited she's including an Amazon gift card and 5 print copies of Snow Blood: Season 2 as potential prizes for those who participate in this launch event!
Also, you'll be the first to see the cover reveal and get exclusive excerpts. Only if you join now...
Here's the blurb:
Discover the paranormal romance series of the first vampire as it continues with Season 2! Not just the usual vampire story … but one filled with twists, turns and suspense and told through the eyes of a kindred dog!
As dark forces close in on Brogio and his beloved children, the end of all vampires could come from a single blow at any moment.
When Kane sacrifices himself to save Snow Blood, the pack believes he is truly lost forever. After the devastating loss, a new ever-present threat of destruction surrounding Brogio, the original vampire, threatens his kindred.
While the pack stands guard watching for predators on the outskirts of Brogio’s winery estate, Snow Blood discovers Selene is keeping secrets from Brogio. This deception and Selene’s rapidly growing strength and independence could create a rift between the father of all vampires and his mate.
Snow Blood again helps hold their love together as he tries to protect them from the approaching evil. At the same time, Snow Blood suspects that Nova, the beautiful female wolf that attracts him in the forest, is part of a sinister plot to destroy his master … but he can’t resist her power over him.
˃˃˃ Continue the Adventurous Paranormal Romance Series
I'm pleased to announce the Warriors of Strathan R4R event!
But you need to get in now. We launch the book Saturday, August 15th and to be eligible to win the prizes, like the $50 amazon gift card you need to post your review by August 22nd.
Kellus Aquitar is drawn into the ancient enchanted land of Strathan where he finds the love he craves, a challenge he cannot refuse, and the cause he was destined for.
To keep his sister and parents safe from Rome’s persecution, Kell has been forced to lead his elite cavalry on constant campaign against the enemies of the Republic. Now at thirty-seven, he is weary of senseless bloodshed, petty Roman tyrants, and sleeping in tents. Above all he is tired of sharing women with other men.
On a secret mapping expedition in the mysterious isles of Britannia, his journey takes him away from everything he knows when he discovers a hidden, mysterious world and meets Leis, a woman he desires more than life itself. But to remain in the timeless realm of Strathan he must overcome the endless reach of Roman vengeance -- and his deep aversion to sharing.
Leis, an erotic siren of Strathan, can impart immortality to her lovers, but only when bound in a ménage a trois. In a rite of passage, Leis’ magic calls to the outsider, Kell. The newcomer stirs turmoil in Strathan but with eminent attack of the Hobb, Kell’s experience and strategy in war is a welcome asset.
When every warrior is needed to battle the monsters that threaten Strathan, Kell must devise a way to guard Leis, while protecting his sister and parents from Rome’s wrath in the outside world. His plan calls for sacrifice… dark, bloody, and dangerous…but if he survives, he will possess the woman he loves, keep his family safe, and secure his destiny with the Warriors of Strathan.
Immortal warriors, a passionate, loving siren, menage M/F/M, some bondage and discipline, sword battles, monsters, and mayhem.
Warning: Warriors of Strathan contains explicit sex and violence. Kell, the hero in this story, lives in a different time and culture. His world is harsh and without compassion. It does not conform to current sensibilities, ideals, or laws. There are brief mentions of non-consent in the story, but they are written without extensive detail.
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