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Cover Reveal: The Littlest Dragon

After the busy blur that was my week at Tinker Mountain Writer’s Workshop, I almost forgot I had scheduled this cover reveal for today!

We have about 30 minutes left of the day, so without any further ado…dun dun dun…here it is:

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Isn’t Bimnid just the most precious little dragon you’ve ever seen??!! 🙂

And the synopsis:

Bimnid is the puniest dragon on the Island of Bones. Not only is he tiny, but he does not have the shiniest scales, or the sharpest teeth, or the loudest roar. When the island is threatened by dragon-hunters, Bimnid looks to the other dragons for help, only to discover that everyone – even the fiercest – is afraid.

Can Bimnid find the courage to save his horde and earn his name?

I can’t end this post without sending out a HUGE THANK YOU to my wonderful illustrator, Sarah Waterfield. Without her, there would be no Bimnid and Co.

You can find Sarah online at her website and on Facebook, if you want to check out more of her wonderful art.

The Littlest Dragon with be available to purchase in hardback and paperback very soon; stay tuned for the official release date!

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Cover Reveal: Communion of the Damned

It’s time for a new cover reveal! Weeeeeeee!

Unfortunately, it’s not the cover for Stones and Finger Bones book dos (sorry if anyone is terribly disappointed!) but it is set in the same universe and follows one of the minor characters on a brief adventure. Also — and this is very exciting — includes a sneak peak into book 2, tentatively titled As White As Bone.

I am working on it, I promise! 🙂

Now, without further ado, here is the cover for my short story, Communion of the Damned:

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Blurb: Vivaine Arany Barone was once the toast of a city; the beloved of a king; a shining jewel in the crown of Myrinthia. Now, she’s nothing more than a fallen star.

How far will one woman go to get everything she’s even wanted? Everything she thinks she deserves.

Release Date: November 26, 2015

CotD will eventually be available exclusively for Kindle — for only .99! — but if you’d like to get it for free when it comes out, sign up for my newsletter right hurr. I’m a terrible newsletter-sender-outer, so don’t be afraid that I’m going to spam you with emails. You’ll be lucky to get one every six months. LOL.

JMizzle out!

Credit for this pretty thing goes to Rebecca Berto at Berto Designs.

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Stones and Finger Bones: The Cover

Huzzah!

I’ve been sitting on this baby since May…so I’m not going to beleaguer this post with a bunch of extra words. I just want to say that Ravven is a fantastically talented artist, and an absolute pleasure to work with! I first discovered her a couple years ago, and my immediate reaction was “Wow, if I ever decide to indie publish, she’s who I’d want to design the cover!”. And voilà, here we are! 😀

So, without any further ado and pomp, here it is:

Cover Design by Ravven

Release Date: February 2015

Synopsis:

Aurelia Barone, Jewel of Starry Stone, harbors no illusions about the purpose of her life as heir to the throne. But after two failed betrothals, she starts to feel like nothing more than a pawn being moved aimlessly about a game board.
 
Until the night she loses everything.
 
Kidnapped by a wise-cracking mercenary with more than one identity, Aurelia embarks on a mission across land and sea to avenge her father’s death.
 
But an evil is rising from the ashes of memory. Insidious magic is stirring. The dregs of a once-powerful nation are thirsty for blood and revenge.
 
They seek to harness Aurelia. To tempt her. To manipulate her.
 
And if necessary, to destroy her.

Also, check out these awesome bloggers (Elaine Jeremiah and Allie Potts) who were kind enough to feature Stones on their sites!

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Setbacks

Newsflash: I’ve grossly underestimated the time it would take me to get Stones and Finger Bones ready to send out into the world. Anyone surprised? No? I’m definitely not. Ugh.

The good news is that I have a delicious brunch scheduled for Sunday to meet with my final reader to gather up her thoughts and edits. And I’m working on scheduling a final pass with a proofreader (after I take one more look at the ms).

I’m throwing around the word “final” in the hopes that it motivates me to hit a final deadline. *fingers crossed*

🙂

In other exciting news – just in case you missed it – I’m officially a homeowner! I closed on my condo about 2 weeks ago, and while this is very exciting and adult, it’s also taking quite a bit of time away from doing anything else. Like writing. Or blogging. The fact that I don’t have internet at home isn’t helping, either. I’m typing this post on my phone.

Ever try writing a blog post on a phone? Bugger.

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my front door!

Anywho, that’s about all my little thumbs can manage for today, I just wanted to keep y’all updated!

P.S. Cover reveal coming soon! If anyone is interested in helping me with the reveal (I would love you forever!) send me an email at jessicaminyardbooks @ gmail (dot) com. Or message me on Twitter or Facebook. Or leave a comment and I’ll contact you!

I still have to finalize the back cover copy, but I just wanted to go ahead and start asking for minions. 😉

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Updates Galore!

Greetings, my lovely peeps!

Thing have been a little hectic here lately, and I don’t have the energy for a useful informative post, so you’ll have to settle for a “life update” post instead.

Business Item Number 1:

I started a new job about 3 weeks ago, which accounts for all the busyness I’ve been encountering recently. I haven’t had nearly enough time to cultivate and tend to my social media outlets. And my Pinterest boards. The struggle is real, y’all.

Business Item Number 2:

I got that infernal prologue written and sent it off to my editor. She returned it with minimal revisions (yay!), and I got it critiqued by my writing group last Monday. Besides a few piddly issues — like Track Changes deleting spaces — I’ve officially finished the heavy-duty editing process! Woop woop!

I cleaned up the piddly issues (hopefully) and literally just sent Stones off to a second round of beta readers.

With all that being said, here’s an updated, still-subject-to-change publication schedule:

September: Stones in the hands of new betas, start working on that back cover copy (do not want).

October: More editing and proofing. Depending on what kind of feedback I receive from betas, I may or may not send it back to my editor. If changes are minor, I’ll just prepare for a final proofread for small errors. Also, COVER REVEAL MONTH!

November: Formatting, final cover design for the paperback version, and any miscellaneous issues.

In my mind, I’m still on schedule for an early December release. Of course, since this is my first time, I could be seriously underestimating the time it takes to get Stones out and about. I also don’t think I’ve got much wiggle room for catastrophic events or grievous errors. Anyone know what those could be??

December seems to be creeping up on me so fast!

Oh, and I’ll be throwing promotional stuff around in there as well. Oy. So much to do!

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Cover Reveal: BOUND

Today I have the privilege of helping one of my favorites — writer and blogger Kate Sparkes — reveal the cover of her debut YA fantasy novel, Bound. And there was much rejoicing. Yay! I’ve been lucky enough to read excerpts from this novel and can happily say I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Without further ado, I present the stunning cover, designed by the extremely talented Ravven.

Are you ready?

I don’t think you are.

Oh well.

Here it comes.

Duh duh daaaahh

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Welcome to Darmid, where magic is a sin, fairy tales are contraband, and the people live in fear of the Sorcerers on the other side of the mountains.
 
Rowan Greenwood has everything she’s supposed to want from life — a good family, a bright future, and a proposal from a handsome and wealthy magic hunter. She knows she should be content with what she has. If only she could banish the idea that there’s more to life than marriage and children, or let go of the fascination with magic she’s been forced to suppress since childhood.
 
When Rowan unknowingly saves the life of one of her people’s most feared enemies, a simple act of compassion rips her from her sheltered life and throws her into a world of magic that’s more beautiful, more seductive, and more dangerous that she ever could have imagined. Now Rowan might just get everything she ever dreamed of — that is, if the one thing she’s always wanted doesn’t kill her, first.

I’ll give you a minute to take all that in.

Done? Great. Are you excited? I thought so.

You won’t have to wait long, though, the e-book release for Bound is set for June 26, 2014!

Now let’s meet the author:

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with a Mountie, two kids who take turns playing Jeckyll and Hyde, three cats with more personality that most people she meets, and the saddest-looking dog on the planet. Her first novel, Bound, will be released June 2014, assuming the dragons don’t eat her first.
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Kate can be found frolicking around the internet at the following places:

Her blog: Disregard the Prologue
Twitter: @kate_sparkes
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/katesparkesauthor
Goodreads

Congratulations, Kate!
*throws confetti*

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