I Need Your Help

I am trying to decide on the cover for my next historical fiction: Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up.

It is a story about who created Nancy Drew. You would think that would be an easy answer but it’s not. In fact, in 1980 there was a lawsuit to answer just that question (plus who owned what rights to the Nancy) and there is still significant controversy even today. My book is currently in the hands of my betareaders, but after they are done with it and I make my appropriate changes from their comments, I’ll have it out for you-all to read – I’m hoping by July. But until then I have to decide about the cover.

My basic cover was created by SelfPubBookCovers.com. I worked with Rob – the creative director – and he was very helpful in giving the artist that they picked some examples of art of the era that I was looking for (the 50s), and the show I was basing my title off of (To Tell The Truth). I needed a custom cover, which cost a bit more, but they have lots of pre-made covers in many genres that you can pick from and tweak to your liking for cheap! That coupled with the excellent customer service, I’d recommend Self Pub Book Covers to anyone. Unfortunately for people like my brother (Earl Keleny), who do cover art for a living, they are some stiff competition. Though when you go to his site, you’ll see why he gets paid more for what he does.

Anyway, here are 4 different versions of the same cover. I’ve added a border to three of the four. You’ll have to look closely to see the difference between them. Let me know your preference.


Photo Phriday

Had to do something related to Easter – or at least related to all the eggs lying around.

from thedesigninspiration.com

from thedesigninspiration.com

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Old Tune Tuesday

Tuesday getting you down.

Here is your Tuesday music pick-me-up.

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Photo Phriday

My daffodils (or are they jonquils – I don’t know the difference!) are starting to make their way back into the world, so I thought I’d push them a long by showing them how they looked last year! Bloom babies, Bloom!


Published in: on April 11, 2014 at 11:26pm04  Comments (2)  
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Old Tune Tuesday

Here’s another Tuesday Tune pick-me-up, this one is from Stealers Wheel -

Start dancing!

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‘Rosebloom (Rose Series)’ by Christine Keleny – Book Review by LAWonder10 – Meet the Author on this Site 03/28/2014!! | Rockin’ Book Reviews

A nice review from a fellow blogger and book lover. Thanks Lu Ann!

via ‘Rosebloom (Rose Series)’ by Christine Keleny – Book Review by LAWonder10 – Meet the Author on this Site 03/28/2014!! | Rockin’ Book Reviews.

Ever have one of those days?

The video speaks for itself.

Published in: on March 27, 2014 at 11:26pm03  Leave a Comment  
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The Racketeer by John Grisham

racketeerI had never read any of Grisham’s stuff so I thought I’d try it. I’m still not sure I’ve read something from him (see below).

Genre: Drama

Stats: 340 pages, audio (which is what I did) 13 hours/10 discs

Blurb: (from goodreads) Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland.

On paper, Malcolm’s situation isn’t looking too good these days, but he’s got an ace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge’s body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.

What was in the safe? The FBI would love to know. And Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them. But everything has a price—especially information as explosive as the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett’s death. And the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday . .

What I liked: It was hard to figure out what Malcolm was doing until the end, so that helped keep you reading. I liked the narrator, J.D. Jackson. He did a good job with what he had.

What I didn’t like:  It was pretty slow reading and, infact, if I hadn’t been listening to it, I’d have probably either skipped parts or just dropped it all together. It’s a long book, so I’m not sure why the writer (and editor) decided all the extra words had to be put into this. There was a lot of repeating of facts and text that just didn’t need to be there/that didn’t add anything to the story other than it’s length. And at the end, I found out it wasn’t even copyrighted by Grisham, which probably means he didn’t even write it.  It was published in 2012. I’ll have to try one of his earlier books. Anyone have a suggested title?

 Rating: 2.5/5

Published in: on March 26, 2014 at 11:26pm03  Leave a Comment  
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Old Tune Tuesday

I was listening to Pandora while working at my computer and they played this song by Bill Withers. I couldn’t help but do a little chair dance. Hope it does the same to you!

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Photo Phriday

I know I should be thinking spring – and I am! – but I saw this and couldn’t help sharing it. Reminds me of northern Wisconsin.

I think this was taken by Gilles Chenevert in Canada

I think this was taken by Gilles Chenevert in Canada

Published in: on March 21, 2014 at 11:26pm03  Comments (2)  
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