Master Cat Poll And Thank You Gift

August 13th, 2014

I’m so excited. Master Cat is nearly ready to be released (scheduled for October). To celebrate I’d love some help choosing a cover design. As a thank you for your vote, download the first chapter from the upcoming release, Master Cat, FREE! (scroll down to download)

In case you’re unfamiliar with the book’s concept, here is the back cover blurb: Toby, a magical talking cat, has cut ties with the Office of Kingdom Guardianship, intent on finding his long-lost father and avenging his mother’s murder. He thought he left everyone behind, but someone from his past is stalking him. Now he must avoid this strange new menace while he seeks the truth about his family’s dark history, a history that threatens to unravel his sanity and cause the rest of the world to descend into madness. Can Toby reconcile himself with the past or will his inner turmoil allow his enemy to plunge humanity into chaos once and for all?

Here are the three covers to choose from. I need your help because I just can’t decide which one I like better. Here are the choices (scroll down to vote):

Master-Cat-Cover-mockup Cover #1 Master-Cat-Cover-mockup2 Cover #2 Master-Cat-mockup3 Cover #3

The poll is now closed. Sign up for my newsletter to be the first to find out which is the winning cover. Mass audience cover reveal will be Sept. 24, 2014.

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Catch up on the adventure with other books in the Malkin series.

Apprentice Cat CoverApprentice Cat available in paperback and for KindleNookKoboScribd and iTunes.

Buy the .pdf now 

Also available as an audiobook on AudibleAmazon and iTunes.

 

 

Journeyman-Cat15percentJourneyman Cat available in paperback and KindleNookScribdiTunes and Kobo.

Buy the .pdf now 

Audiobook coming soon.

 

 

Secrets-of-the-Malkin-sidebar-newsletterSecrets of the Malkin ebook version available for KindleNookiTunes and Kobo.

Buy the .pdf now 

 

 

 

Huntress of the MalkinHuntress of the Malkin ebook version available for KindleNookKobo and iTunes.

Buy the .pdf now 

New Simply Prayer Ebook Cover Revealed

April 4th, 2012

I want to thank everyone for helping me choose the new ebook cover for Simply Prayer. I’m so excited to show it off, so without further ado… the winner is:

Simply Prayer ebook

If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, then you know I think is a very important part of our lives. Yet it is often the one area that we neglect. Sometimes it’s because we don’t consider it very important — until we’re in crisis. Most often, though, I find people procrastinate in their prayer life because they think its more complicated or difficult that it really is. If this is you, then read on.

It’s my intention (and my fervent prayer) that this book will help anyone who wants a closer relationship with God to find a deeper, simpler method of prayer. Prayer is the best way to learn about what God has planned for our lives and to communicate our needs to our loving Parent.

Please enjoy this excerpt from the Simply Prayer:

The Heart of Prayer

To find the heart of prayer, we have to go to someone who not only taught about prayer, but lived a prayerful life.

For Christians, the authority on how to live a prayerful life is Jesus. He taught his disciples to pray by example, as well as giving them a solid template of words to build on called The Lord’s Prayer.

One of the best examples of what prayer can look like is Jesus’s prayer at Gethsemane:

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go there and pray.” He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and severely troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here, and watch with me.”

He went forward a little, fell on his face, and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire.”

He came to the disciples, and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What, couldn’t you watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray, that you don’t enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Again, a second time he went away, and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cup can’t pass away from me unless I drink it, your desire be done.” He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. He left them again, went away, and prayed a third time, saying the same words. — Matthew 26:36-44 (World English Bible)

Jesus’s prayer is not only beautiful in its emotional depth, but also in its simplicity. Here we see God’s Son in deep spiritual communion with God the Father, his “Dada.” Jesus shows his pain to God and asks for what he most desires at that moment in very simple language, something we often have a problem doing.

For some of us, it’s not the language that’s a barrier, it’s the sharing. I grew up believing I had to be tough. I thought any mention of pain, be it physical or emotional, was a sign of weakness. Emotions were only acceptable if they were mild, as in being mildly amused or slightly irritated. Anger was taboo and anger at God was blasphemy.

Somewhere along the line, though, God reached into my heart and showed me what Jesus demonstrates in his prayer at Gethsemane. Because God made us, he understands how we feel. He expects us to show our emotions, especially when we pray. To keep them to ourself is to keep God at arm’s length. When we do that we make prayer into just a petition again instead of the communion God desires.

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There are a lot of ideas and examples on simple ways to pray in my book Simply Prayer, available in print, for KindleNook and audio book.

Simply Prayer Gets A New Cover… a poll

March 17th, 2012

I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on cover design. While I still love the original cover of Simply Prayer, reading Joel Friedlander’s ebook cover design awards has convinced me I need to make a change — at least to the ebook. Add that to the success my friend Steena Holmes has had with her new book cover for Hot For Cowboy and it just makes sense.

However, (isn’t there always a “however”) I’m having trouble deciding which new cover to choose and I could really use your help.

Here are the two new covers:

cover 1
 cover 2

Voting ends Easter, April 1.

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I’m No Artist, But…

October 15th, 2011

Welcome to Toolbox Saturday where you’ll find tools for various things from writing to whatever.

Okay, so I maybe putting the cart before the horse, but I believe in getting a head start when I can. I’m only about half finished with my third book (first draft!) and I’ve been considering cover art. Why? Because you only get about 8 seconds to entice a prospective reader to take the time to read the blurb about what’s inside the cover.

Well, as this post’s title indicates, I’m not an artist. (I can draw a mean stick figure, but that’s about as far as it gets. :D) I did design the cover for my first book, Fear Not!, using a photo from the drive-thru window of the Northwest Missouri Regional Credit Union where I work and Photoshop to create a rainbow. I also designed the text for the cover. However, being as it was a Bible study I felt the artwork was appropriate in its simplicity. With this Apprentice Cat being a fantasy, though, I thought maybe I should see if I could hire a real artist to design the cover.

I went to Lulu.com first because they “supposedly” have professionals who do cover designs. Here’s my problem: each Lulu sponsored designer stated that they would design my cover for a fee, but I would have to submit all the images I wanted to be incorporated in the cover. Huh? I have to give you the images? Isn’t that your job? That’s the whole reason I’m looking for a designer. Sure I could probably merge some pictures together and come up with something nice, but I want a really great professional cover.

I’m still looking for a good artist with reasonable fees, but in the meantime I’m trying to find ways to use my Photoshop and the skills I learned at Rush Printing as a desktop publisher to create a cover I can be proud of.

When buying a book, how important is the cover art to you? If you’re an Indie Author, how have you tackled the cover design?

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Update: I did end up designing the cover for Apprentice Cat myself and, I think, it’s pretty good. Sometime in the future I would like to have all the Malkin series covers re-designed by a professional, but until then, I’m satisfied.

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Catch up on the adventure with other books in the Malkin series.

Apprentice Cat CoverApprentice Cat available in paperback and for KindleNookKoboScribd and iTunes.

Buy the .pdf now 

Also available as an audiobook on AudibleAmazon and iTunes.

 

 

Journeyman-Cat15percentJourneyman Cat available in paperback and KindleNookScribdiTunes and Kobo.

Buy the .pdf now 

Audiobook coming soon.

 

 

Secrets-of-the-Malkin-sidebar-newsletterSecrets of the Malkin ebook version available for KindleNookiTunes and Kobo.

Buy the .pdf now 

 

 

 

Huntress of the MalkinHuntress of the Malkin ebook version available for KindleNookKobo and iTunes.

Buy the .pdf now