A New Adventure!

So I haven’t been too active on this site for a while. Well, that’s about to change. This year I have decided to participate in InkRipples. I guess the best way to describe it is a themed blogging effort created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and, one of my favorite editors, Katie Carroll. You can find all three of them in guest posts on this site’s archives.


Each month, I will write a new blog post (or posts) with the predetermined theme. What are the themes? How about this:

January:           Book covers
February:         Genres
March:              Tropes
April:                Revision
May:                  Fairy Tales
June:                  Blurbs
July:                   Heroes/Villains
August:             Author Options in Publishing
September:      World Building
October:            Career vs Hobby
November:       Finishing that Book!
December:        Goals
I’m not going to guarantee I’ll make a post for each one, though that is one of my goals. Hmm, if I reach the goal, I may have to write about it in December. If you want to see what other participants are writing about, search Facebook and Twitter for #InkRipples.

Book Covers

“You can’t judge a book by its cover.” That’s the old cliché. And while I agree with it, I think you can tell a lot about a book by its cover.

One glance at a book cover and anyone who reads more than a book a year has an educated guess at the book’s genre. If you see dragons, swords, and mysterious hooded figures, chances are, you’re holding a fantasy novel. A space station, planet, or space ship…you’ve found fantasy’s sibling science fiction. And how hard is it to identify a suspense or mystery novel? What about romance? Hello, Fabio.

Now look at the font. If the title of the book is written in larger letters than the author’s name, you’re likely holding a newer author or a B-list author. If the author’s name appears huge and the book title much smaller, you have the tried and true author who the publisher knows is going to sell a lot of books based upon name recognition alone.

It really doesn’t matter if you can judge a book by its cover. Book covers sell a lot of books. They give me valuable tools to use while selecting my next read. Maybe I want a new sci-fi novel by that author who has sold movie rights to most of his books. Maybe I’m in more of a mood for an as-yet-undiscovered mystery by an author who has a couple books out, but she hasn’t made it big. I can find my book based on the cover alone.

I’ve written in the past about book covers, I won’t bore you by recapping those posts. But I will leave you with the images of my book covers, a link to a post with my cover artist, CK Volnek, and a link to her website. What can you predict about the covers she’s designed?

Foreign Exchange, My First Post on Lightning Quick Reads

For those of you not familiar with it, Lightning Quick Reads is a new short story blog created by Kai Strand. Each month features a new topic, and the participating authors will interpret that topic however they want in a short story. January’s theme is ‘GOALS.’ Today marks my first story. In Foreign Exchange, the narrator recounts a story from his childhood soccer team and his dream of playing goalie. I hope you enjoy it. While you’re there, check out some of the other author’s stories and feel free to leave comments.