Friday, 23 March 2018
I'm again champing at the bit to do a cover reveal for Book 2 - After Whorl: Bran Reborn - since the covers created by my cover designer Karen Barrett are absolutely fantastic. So, wait no longer- here it is!
What do you think this one will say to potential customers?
Monday, 19 March 2018
I am so delighted to be her first customer for book cover design and can totally recommend her to anyone who might be needing covers designed for them!
Creating book cover designs for historical novels isn't always simple. For some eras there may be loads of images to choose from e.g. the Victorian era, but eras of antiquity do not have plentiful, readily available and affordable images to use. I'm absolutely delighted with what Karen has put together for the series and can't wait any longer to share them with the world!
I'll be revealing the first three covers one at a time, so today's reveal is unsurprisingly that of Book 1.
My previous covers were designed with a very Celtic perspective in mind and I've always loved the iconic Celtic knot images that were chosen.
I'll still always have a sense of pride in my Crooked Cat Books covers but what they did not do was indicate any Roman involvement. At my Craft Fair events I've often had to say to potential customers: "Yes, my stories are about Ancient Celts but as the series progresses the involvement of the Ancient Romans increases. No, I know the cover doesn't show that but you'll know if you read the stories."
Now, I'm hoping that people will see the cover and immediately say: "Ah, it's all about Celts being invaded by the Ancient Romans."
When I knew I'd soon be self- publishing my series I decided that new covers needed to show the Roman elements in a highly dramatic way without losing the Celtic elements. In my non artistic mind, I wanted The Beltane Choice's new cover to have merged images indicating that my story is one where the Iron Age Celts of northern Britain are being invaded and dominated by the Ancient Roman legions.
I really do think that Karen Barrett's design shows exactly that!
But...what do you think?
My thanks go to Karen for a fantastic set of covers. Look out for the next cover reveals coming very soon!
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Today, we get a brief glimpse of Sue Barnard, a fellow Crooked Cat author. We've now been virtual friends for about five years, but I'm delighted to say I've also met Sue in person. Always willing to share her knowledge, Sue is also a brilliant writer, editor and general helper in all things writerly!
Good morning, Sue, and welcome again to my blog. Slip onto that comfy chair and let's get some updates on you and your writing...
Describe yourself in a couple of sentences
Nancy says: That sounds so organised! (* wink, wink- and what every author ought to do! But do I remember?)
Nancy: I've not yet joined Instagram but don't count out any social media options. Twitter and I don't get anything at all!
Nancy: That definitely sounds like one I'll love reading.
Nancy: That's a fabulous reason.
Nancy: That's such a tease but I will!
Nancy: Spoken like a beer aficionado! I'm drinking an occasional beer since my son-in-law set up Fierce Beer Co with a fellow beer enthusiast. They're too busy creating it to be drinking themselves but I'm enjoying their brilliant combinations of Craft beers.
Thank you for popping in today, Sue. I'm definitely looking forward to reading Heathcliff. Best wishes for all of your writing projects.