After spending a long weekend at the OWFI conference (http://www.owfi.org/) earlier this month, I came back with tools to hopefully get my epub books out there and selling. One hint I learned from Smashwords guru, Mark Coker is that the cover is many times the first thing a potential reader will see and evaluate as it whether or not they want to pick your book up from the shelf in the brick and mortar bookstores or take a peek at it online. So, yesterday I spent many hours working on new covers for all three books either currently available for Kindle or that will soon be available there. Here are my three new covers. I would love feedback k from you as to what impact they make.
BTW, check out Mark Coker’s FREE books about epublishing. Here are the Amazon.com links:
The sessions with Mark Coker were among the BEST, in my opinion at the Oklahoma Conference (http://www.owfi.org/).
MY NEW COVERS
What if you found out you were not completely human?
During a time of civil war, Kenshi Sanada is born the son of a powerful warlord. When he is still a child, a rival clan takes his family castle. Helpless to save them, he can only watch as a nightmarish creature murders his father and mother right before his eyes. Barely escaping with his life, Kenshi is spirited away by the king of the tengu. The shape-shifting raven leads him to the hidden retreat of a sect of mystic warriors–mountain priests who practice the magic of Shugendo. Six years have passed and the time has come for Kenshi to leave the mystic’s protective lair and face his demons in the world beyond. But the fiend that haunts his nightmares is also the one that shattered his life. More than a bad dream, it wants him dead. In Legends of the Shape Shifting Demons: Tengu Prince, nothing is as it seems. Shape-shifting creatures, both good and evil, populate the magical world of feudal Japan. And a young man could pay the ultimate price for a deadly rival spawned in the mists of time. This riveting first volume of an epic fantasy adventure will leave you stunned and begging for more.
New cover for Theibes House was created using composites of images and Photoshop.
Being the youngest son… can lead to murder!
After his wealthy mother dies, Thaddeus Theibes is furious to inherit a pittance portion compared to his older brother’s lion’s share. But when a besotted admirer bequeaths him two books of power, Thaddeus’ life will never be the same. And neither will the ill-fated denizens of Breton Washington. Set on the windswept coast of Washington State, in the late 19th century. During a time when a serial killer stalks and slaughters on the streets of London and a mad man cuts off his ear in pursuit of artistic genius, a gentleman from a prominent and wealthy family becomes the keeper of magic, created in the ancient past. At first Thaddeus thinks he has acquired a great find to add to his antique book collection. Until mysterious and terrible things begin to happen to everyone around him and the finger of blame is pointed directly at Thaddeus himself.
New cover for Black Obelisk was created using photographs of images and Photoshop. I am the most proud of this one. It turned out so beautiful!
Charles “Charlie” Malachi Theibes is a talented linguist and historian of ancient times. But Charlie has a terrifying problem…
For the past ten years, since he and his widowed mother moved to Theibes House, the family’s Victorian mansion on the luscious Washington coast, a ghost he calls the gray lady has haunted him. But it’s his nightmares of a soul-sucking obelisk that have caused him the most trouble. So when a renowned archaeologist begs him to come to the rainforest, deep in the African Congo where the tip of a giant, black obelisk is “growing up” out of the jungle floor, Charlie is intrigue. Especially since his nightmares are about a phenomenon such as this occurring in this same place. But what are the glyphs that swarm like insects around the dark column and why does the obelisk feel “alive” to the touch? A dark secret, traced back to antiquity, may have the answers to stop the terrors that haunt Charlie awake and asleep It may also hold the key to keeping an unimaginable horror from ripping apart the very fabric of the world. In Book Two of the epic adventure, Keepers of the Ancient Tomes, Black Obelisk will have you turning pages and breathless until the last word.
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