Sep 092014
 

Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)

Unfortunately, due to publishing and shipping and customs there was a delay in me receiving this book so I received it today when I should be writing my review! Anyway, I thought I would quickly post the promo information for it anyway with a promise of a review to follow when author Christine Amsden is able to reschedule me! The first three books were awesome and you can find my reviews of them below along with an author interview with Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)!

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot #1)

Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)

Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)

Summary

Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have despised one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood’s grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie’s father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own? Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.

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Print Release Date: November 15, 2014

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The Cassie Scot Series:

Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot #1)

Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)

Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)

About the Author

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that affects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

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Jun 302014
 

Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark

Uncover CobbogothNorah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister.

When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before its too late to share her own.

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Praise for Uncovering Cobbogoth

“With a fascinating protagonist in Norah Lukens, a fully realized, never before seen fantasy world, and a fast paced, compelling story, Uncovering Cobbogoth establishes Hannah L. Clark as a major new voice in American fiction. The richness of the story and the scope of the world she’s created screams for a film adaptation. This is a fantasy novel for everyone, even readers not usually drawn to the genre. Highly, highly recommended!”

-Bryce Clark, author of Red Shirt Kids

“This book takes you on a wonderful ride, bringing myth and legend to life. The characters are full and flawed, with a sweet romance woven through the adventure.”

– Annette K. Larsen, author of Just Ella

“Uncovering Cobbogoth is an Icelandic tale that will appeal to many Harry Potter series fans […] For those who’ve missed the Harry Potter world, here’s a pretty good alternative!”

– Sharon Haddock, For the Deseret News
“This isn’t a typical YA fantasy/scifi/para story like the multitude of vampire or witch or werewolf or mermaid themes that fill bookshelves in stores currently. When after a couple of chapters it became apparent that this wasn’t yet another entry into the aforementioned themes, I was downright giddy. And then to find out there wasn’t a standard issue love triangle? I wanted to find the author and buy her dinner.”

-Radar626, Amazon reviewer

“A friend of mine recommended this book […] I checked it out and I was so pleased! I love this book. I can’t wait to read the next one […] and I am encouraging my daughter to read it as well. If you like fantasy with a little mix of science this book is perfect. I had such a hard time putting this book down just so I could deal with real life and working on promoting my own book. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book.”

-Pamela Hall, author

 

Excerpt

The Legend of the Cobbogothians is really where Uncovering Cobbogoth begins. For as long as Norah can remember, her Uncle Jack has been obsessed with the mythical people. He became an archeologist and world famous Myth-chaser because of the Cobbogothian legends he heard while visiting his Granddad Aegissida’s farm in Iceland.

 

The Legend of the Cobbogothians

Long ago, at the beginning of time, a peculiar race ruled the earth. They found favor in the eyes of the gods and received great gifts of knowledge and power at their hands. These gifts made them elementalists—masters of earth, wind, fire, water, metal, wood and space. The elementalists thenceforth became rulers of the earth and sky.

With this power came corruption, and the elementalists soon forgot their patron gods. Instead, they turned to worshipping themselves and their own creations. This angered the gods, and in their wrath, the vowed to bring an icy end to the prideful race.

Rumors of the looming destruction were heralded throughout the land, and a final invitation was issued to the elementalists to renounce their fallen ways. Yet only a few heard and heeded. Among them was a man named Cobbogoth. Being a wise and humble servant of the gods, he believed the warnings and led all who would listen deep into the bowels of the earth to wait out the approaching storm.

When the day of destruction was come and the wrath of the gods rained down, the race of elementalists was wiped away, and then came the dawning of a violent and frigid ide age.

It is said that Cobbogoth’s posterity still lives beneath our feet, waiting to rise and rule the earth and sky once more.

Sigurd Jorgensson

Icelandic Bard, 1045 AD

 

*Translated from the original Old Norse by Dr. Jack A. Lukens of Harvard University, April 1975

 


hannahAuthor Hannah L. Clark

Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and their son in the Rocky Mountains. She has always known she would be a storyteller. In 2006 she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in English and immediately began writing Uncovering Cobbogoth, the first book in a seven book series based on Clark’s mythological brain-child, the Icelandic Legend of the Cobbogothians.
Clark loves her family, running, mythology, laughing, soulful bluegrass music, road-trips, studying alternative medicine, retro hairdos, and growing things. Like her heroine Norah, she also kind of believes trees have souls, but must clarify (for her parents’ sakes) that she was not raised by hippies. 😉

 

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The Interview

Recently I was able to send author Christine Amsden (The Cassie Scot Series) 20 interview questions. Her answers are amazing and I am so excited to get to share them with you today. There are some juicy details about upcoming books and characters, her faith, how she planned and researched the books and so much more! If you have a question for Christine please leave it in the comment section below.

Q.1 –When would you say that your love for the paranormal began?

I don’t remember ever not loving things that were strange and unusual. It wasn’t specifically the paranormal, though – I have loved science fiction and fantasy with equal fervor since my childhood, and for pretty much the same reasons. Aliens. Ghosts. Robots. Witches. It’s all magic; the only difference is the delivery mechanism. At first, what I loved was the imagination of it all, but gradually I came to appreciate a more human aspect. I love seeing real, sympathetic human characters defining themselves through extraordinary ways.

Q.2 –Have you studied the Occult, Paganism or any religions that tend to be associated more with the paranormal?

Yes, I have. I’m no expert, but then there are so many different ideas out there that it would be hard for anyone to become one! The part that spoke to me personally was the part I used as the foundation for magic in my books – meditation. Ground and center. Finding your quiet place. I find these exercises, whatever you like to call them (even prayer), to be peaceful, spiritual, and powerful.

Q.3 –Have you heard of the term “Psychic Vampire” and if so have you done any research into this feeding on energy?

I have not specifically heard of that term, but I’ve heard of vampires who suck energy rather than blood. They are sometimes called succubi or incubi (depending upon gender) or just plain demons. I haven’t done any research along these lines. Vampires are not my favorite fantasy trope.

Q.4 –When you wrote your first book did you plan to write a book or was it pen-to-paper that evolved?

There was a plan. In fact, I planned half the series before I started on the first book! It also evolved. I rewrote it several times as both it and the series changed. 🙂

Q.5 –How do you take the leap from a thought to having three books now in the Cassie Scot series?

Four. It’s finished. Stolen Dreams is coming very, very soon. 🙂
But it didn’t write itself. This series was a labor of love and an investment in time. Years of my life went into writing it, and not every day was a good day. But you just go at it, one day at a time. Some of it is planned, some of it surprises you, but day by day it takes shape.

I coach young writers, and one of the things I ask them to do is to figure out how many words they can realistically write in the time they have to devote to writing every day. I once worked with someone who had a full time job and kids who said she had 30 minutes and in that time, could write about 500 words. She was so discouraged! So I broke down the math for her: A standard adult novel is 100k words. She was writing YA, which can be shorter, but assume 100k anyway. 100,000 words divided by 500 = 200 days. If she didn’t even write on the weekends, she would have a rough draft in 40 weeks of steady progress. It happens. It just takes dedication. <

Q.6 –Does your family support your interest in the paranormal?

My family supports my writing career. Fantasy/paranormal isn’t everyone’s favorite genre, but they love it anyway. 🙂

Q.7 –Have you had any experiences that you feel were paranormal? {ghost sightings, premonitions, etc}

No. Those aren’t the parts of my books that come from personal experience – those are the parts that are fun to imagine. The parts that come from personal experience are the struggle for self-identity and the need to make personal changes. Earlier, I mentioned bringing meditation into the forefront of this magical world. Mind over body is a powerful tool – almost magical. I believe our greatest power is the ability to change ourselves and in so doing, effect the world around us.

Q.8 –Do you believe in aliens or extra-terrestrials and do you see yourself ever writing about them?

It’s a big universe out there. I wouldn’t presume to believe or disbelieve anything about it without a lot more proof. 🙂

I have written about aliens before, at least in short stories. I’m not a big short story writer, but Betrayal was published in Aoife’s Kiss in June 2008. I’m not sure if it’s still available any longer.

I also have a science fiction novel available, The Immortality Virus, though no aliens appear in that particular book.

Q.9 –With Wicca and Paganism coming out of the woodwork and into mainstream society did you find that you had to do extra research for your books to have facts or are they unresearched works of fiction?

These books are not about any specific religious system. I think it is important to point out that first and foremost, Wicca is a religion. It is not synonymous with witchcraft, and some Wiccans prefer not to call themselves witches. (Some even take offense.) As for “pagan,” the term derives from a Latin word referring to someone from the countryside, such as a farmer or villager. Since Christianity initially spread like wildfire through cities, pagans were some of the last to convert. Nowadays the term is often misused and misinterpreted. In its most correct sense, pagan simply means “not Christian” or even “not Judeo-Christian” (including Judaism, Islam, and Christianity). So-called “Neo-Pagans” believe a wide variety of things and do not subscribe to one central, organized doctrine. (Neither do Wiccans, for the most part.)

I feel that this is important to point out because religion is not a theme of the Cassie Scot series, nor do I spend much time discussing it. And whatever else they sometimes are in individual interpretations, Wicca and Neo-Paganism are primarily religions. They have gods, goddesses, ceremonies, etc. Most of it is spiritual, not magical.

Having said all that, I did do some research to try to lend a foundation of credibility to the Cassie Scot series. I drew upon known (scientific, medicinal, or claimed magical) properties of certain plants and herbs before using them in the book. There are those who say snap dragons can be used to deflect a curse, for instance. Various forms of tea, meanwhile, are common herbal remedies with real-world medicinal applications. I also associated colors as correctly as I could with known applications in spells and religious rituals.

After that, I let my imagination carry the rest away. 🙂

Q.10 –Do you personally associate with a certain faith/belief system? If so, which?

I was born and raised Catholic, but these days I go my own way. I suppose you could call me pagan, although since the word carries certain negative connotations, I usually say “not otherwise specified” or else mumble and dodge the question. 🙂

I do not fully subscribe to any belief system that I am aware of – and I am aware of a lot of them! I take a bit here, a bit there. I am spiritual but not religious. Generally speaking, I believe that God, whoever or whatever He is, is as vast as the universe and as such can be many things to many people. Or to put it another way, my primary belief is that there is no wrong way to believe in God – including not believing in Him at all. Starting here has given me the freedom to ask the next logical question: If He can be many things to many people, depending upon their needs, then what do *I* need? It is a question I never fully expect to answer, but I keep looking! 🙂

Q.11 –Which of your characters do you feel you most relate to and why? In Book One I felt most like Cassie as she was different than everyone around her and felt she had something to prove.

There is a lot of me in Cassie so it’s easy for me to relate to her, of course! She has my voice. I sort of let myself talk through her as I wrote the book. But Cassie Is, in some ways, my ideal me rather than my real me. So I also relate to Madison, her shy friend swimming in self-esteem issues. Madison doesn’t get a point of view in the series, so the reader may not fully understand her until her spin-off sequel, Madison’s Song, which I’ve recently completed.

Q.12 –Do you have a favorite psychic/medium that your readers may have heard of or a favorite paranormal show like Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, Children of the Paranormal etc?

At the moment, I’m all about Sleepy Hollow! I discovered it shortly after the first (and currently only) season ended, but wow! I was just about to give up on paranormal television (honestly, I prefer scifi on TV, fantasy in books – not sure why) and then someone convinced me to give this a try. It’s not perfect. There are a few bumpy moments, especially early on, but what an amazing, dynamic group of characters. I’m a character girl, first and foremost, and a show finally gave me some to love. 🙂

Q.13 –Do you personally feel like you have any psychic abilities or have you had any notable unexplainable things occur?

No. I did successfully cast a spell once, but it was a classic case of using self-affirmation and meditation to do what I was already capable of doing, if only I would have faith in myself.

Q.14 –What scares you?

Being alone.

Q.15 –How is the book tour coming along? Do you think you will set up your own in the future or is this more than you expected?

Great! It’s a lot of up-front work. (A LOT of up-front work!) But I do think I’m going to set up my own again, at least for the Cassie Scot books and spin-offs. There’s really no point getting new reviewers on board for book 4 of a series meant to be read in order anyway, so I’m going to stick with the bloggers who have supported me so far. You’ve all been great!

Q.16 –If you have children now or in the future will you expose them to the paranormal and teach them there is nothing to fear or will you keep them away from it until they are older?

I have an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old. We are currently reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows together. 🙂

Q.17 –Why young adult and not something aimed at the more mature reader? Perhaps something more along the lines of author Ann Rice? I think you would do very well at creating stories of that calibre.

I don’t consider Cassie Scot to be young adult. I know a lot of people are calling it that, but I feel that Cassie is an adult book, maybe “new adult” but not really YA. For one thing, Cassie is 21. I chose her age, not because I was targeting an audience, but because the early 20’s are a time when I felt I learned a lot about who I was. A lot of people think of the teenage years that way but not me – too much peer pressure and too little self-definition. After that, I tried my best to stay true to the character. I wrote an article a while back called “What is Young Adult Fiction? (And Why Cassie Scot Isn’t)” that discusses this issue in depth. You can find it here: http://christineamsden.com/wordpress/?p=2945

As for whether or not I will write a more adult book in the future … Madison’s Song, which I mentioned earlier, is more mature. I’ve been struggling to figure out how to explain it to followers of the series who may be surprised by its direction. It went where the characters needed it to go, so I stand by it, but I guess the way to put it is this: Madison is not Cassie and Scott is not Evan. They are darker and more grown up characters.

I don’t know if my next project (after the spin-offs) will be adult or YA. I do think, however, that I am going to stay away from this difficult-to-define middle ground that is new adult. I like and stand by it, but it’s been challenging to market.

Q.18 –Will we see more books in the Cassie Scot series?

Stolen Dreams (book 4) is DONE! And by DONE I mean it may be released to ebook in the next week or two, a month at the outside. (Print and audiobook take longer.) This was always a planned four-book series, but there are two spin-offs coming too. Madison and Kaitlin got too big for footnotes in Cassie’s story. Madison’s Song, the first of these spin-offs, is written and undergoing editorial revisions. I expect it to be out early in 2015. I’m not as sure about Kaitlin’s Tale. To tell you the truth, putting out an entire series in barely more than a year has made it difficult to write. The reason these books are coming out so quickly is that they were more or less done when I started. (It was weird, actually, to be finishing Stolen Dreams while reading reviews of the first Cassie Scot book!) Kaitlin’s Tale will happen, but I don’t know when.

Q.19 –Is writing your main source of income or do you also have a separate career? Do you have any articles or guest posts published that you would like to link to and share with us?

Writing is my main ambition, but it doesn’t really make money. So I’m a freelance editor and writing coach too. You can find articles and guest posts on my blog here: http://christineamsden.com/wordpress/?page_id=200

Q.20 –If money wasn’t an issue what would you do to live your ultimate joy?

Travel the world.

Bonus: Anything Else you would like to share?

You want more?!?! LOL, this has been very thorough. Thank you so much for the interesting questions!

Thank you for answering my questions. You have been awesome to work with and get to know over the last several months.

 

Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)

By: Christine Amsden
Published: June 15th 2014
By: Twilight Times Books
ISBN13: 9781606192795
Series: Cassie Scot #3

Summary

Beware your heart and soul…

Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff’s department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him… irresistible

Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze.

My Review

Mind Games is another great book in the series and I definitely agree with the author, Christine Amsden, that the books need to be read in order. Fortunately, I was able to start working with Christine from the first book in the series and I never got behind!

She sent me Mind Games in an exchange for an honest review.

Mind Games has the characters we love from the first books and the characters we love to hate. The book is a bit darker than the previous books but it was a good darkness and in a lot of ways pulls us back into history, or I guess pulls history into the modern age of witch hunts etc.

Cassie’s struggle with not being the same as those she is surrounded in, family, friends, others in the town, continues into this book and is definitely a part of HER story.

This book doesn’t disappoint with its quick pace, many references, awesome research and a story that I think most of us can relate to in our struggle to find ourselves.

I am excited to read book four in the series!

Hands down this book is a full five stars! Great job Christine!

Don’t forget to hop back over here on Friday June 20th for an interview I had with Christine about her beliefs, the series, what she is working on next and so much more!

About the Author

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

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Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective

Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

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Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot Book 2)

Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents’ betrayal, wants out of the magical world. But it isn’t letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the only one who can save them.

To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness.

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Beware your heart and soul… Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff’s department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her to heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him… irresistable. Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze. Book 3 in the Cassie Scot series.
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May 272014
 

Immersed (A Ripple Effect Romance Novella, Book 6)

Immersed NewBy: Jennifer Griffith
Published:
May 19th, 2014
Series:
Ripple Effect Romance #6

Summary

Lisette Pannebaker speaks five languages and has a brilliant business plan—personal language immersion. Clients can hire her to shadow them and speak all day in any language they need to learn for business or travel—whatever.

But there’s a major hitch: she’s far too pretty. Clients with less than honorable intentions sign up just have Lisette at their side. Solution? A make-under. Way under. It works like a charm. None of her male clients show her the least bit of interest.

Until… Erik.

Erik Gunnarsson is charming, kind, and smart—everything she’s ever looked for. Even though he seems to have a secret and she swore she’d never date a client, Lisette is tempted to shed her disguise—even if it means jeopardizing her career.

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My Review

An awesome finish to the Ripple Effect Romance Novella “box” set! This story was really sweet and again gives the pitter-patter of love in your heart as you unveil each page and read through. It is nice to have a series of books that are all novella’s because you can easily curl up during a rain storm or even in the tub and enjoy a great read and that’s what this story was for me. I have been sick with pneumonia and unable to concentrate for long periods but was able to read this book with ease and not falling asleep or feeling over/under stimulated.

This story is awesome because this beautiful girl essentially goes undercover in order to stop getting unwanted attention and she ends up finding a guy who finds the undercover version beautiful for who she is. I think this story is a great little romance for a young girl as we face so many issues with our bodies and wanting to always be prettier and look better and have male attention. This book teaches that if a guy finds you attractive while sick and in your jammies and he still comes around that he is probably worth a second glance!

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unnamedFDRE9K6NJennifer Griffith studied French, German, Japanese, and a wee bit of Spanish in her school days. Her grandmother was Norwegian, and Jennifer grew up with lots of Scandinavian traditions floating around, including fabulous cardamom laced cookies called Krumkaker, made on a fancy waffle iron. However, she’d never dream of trying to teach someone any of those languages. And she might botch the cookies. Instead, she writes novels in English, drives her five kids a million places, and laughs with her husband, who came up with the plot for Immersed because he’s just a cool muse like that.

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May 152014
 

COVER REVEAL!

Brand new covers for Lancaster House and The Middle Aisle!

~A paranormal romance series by Taylor Dean~

I love my OLD covers. (Pictured on the left.) I really do. They’re different from the norm and that’s why they captured my attention.
For Lancaster House, I liked the idea of a hand reaching out from the grave. It seemed appropriate to the story; Andre reaches out to Zoe from beyond the grave. It was Carrie-like and kind of creepy.


There’s just one problem.
This is not a horror novel. Not at all. This is a paranormal romance. People who like horror are drawn to the cover and are sadly disappointed when they realize it’s a romance.
People who love paranormal romance are turned off by the cover because it looks too creepy.
In other words, the cover just wasn’t working.
I love The Middle Aisle cover because it matched Lancaster House so perfectly. And part of the story takes place in Monterey, California. Monterey is known for its Cypress trees. The tree on the cover of The Middle Aisle reminded me of a Cypress tree and seemed perfect.
But, if the right people aren’t reading the first book, no one will ever read the second one no matter what the cover looks like!
Bam! Decision made!
It was time for new covers for Lancaster House and The Middle Aisle! I love the new covers because they speak so perfectly as to what’s on the inside.

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