Cover reveal: Hexen’s Cross, by J. Kowallis

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Sometimes, I can’t quite put my finger on what part of a novel’s summary hooks me. All I know is that there’s something there that catches me, something that makes me want to keep reading.

That’s exactly the case with Hexen’s Cross, by J. Kowallis. I was hooked as soon as I read the summary–enough so that I eagerly signed up to help reveal the cover.

I’m glad I did, too. I quite like this one. I’ll tell you why after you’ve had a look for yourselves.

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Cover reveal: Deadly Sweet, by Lola Dodge

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Some covers just hit me more than others, in an absolutely wonderful way. Do you know what I mean?

Take the cover of Deadly Sweet, by Lola Dodge. I signed up to help reveal it because the summary hooked me from the first line. I mean, baking and witches? Yes, please. But this cover, you guys. This cover alone would have had me picking up the book.

Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourselves.

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Monthly update: September 2017

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Is it already time for a sensational September? Where did that come from? And if it’s really September already, why hasn’t it cooled off enough for me to wear comfy sweaters?

Well, lack of comfy sweater-weather aside, September is still shaping up to be a pretty good month. I accomplished two out of my three goals for August, and I feel optimistic about the ones I have planned for September. Plus, September is my birthday month. That always adds an extra little bit of excitement, don’t you think?

Before we get too far into September, though, let’s take a look back at August.

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My experience with a sensitivity reader

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As writers, we have the option to utilize–sometimes for pay, sometimes not–a variety of readers and editors along the road to publication. What they provide varies with their role; critique partners offer different feedback than beta readers, copy editors different than developmental editors, and so on.

A relatively new type of reader to come on to the scene is the sensitivity reader. New, but no less important, especially if you’re writing about a marginalized character. The main character in one of my own novels is an example. She has a different cultural background than I do. The story itself doesn’t revolve around her culture, but the culture did help shape who she is. I decided, therefore, to hire a sensitivity reader.

When I mentioned to other writers that I’d taken that path, I got a few common questions about it. So, I thought I’d answer some of them here.

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Wednesday links: A simple solution and fall contests

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I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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