Wednesday, August 29, 2012

free for the last time


from tomorrow onward, and for the last time ever, I will give away free copies of my historical novel "Ann Angel's Freedom" on amazon. The promo lasts from the 30th of August to the 1st of September. Tell as many of your friends as you can, and if you download it yourself, please leave a review.

Here are some more informations:
At the end of the 18th century, living on a rich farm like the one of the Waldmann family means lots of hard work and little time for privacy. Still, as long as Adam is working near her, Ann Angel Waldmann is happy. However, everything changes when her father decides to buy their freedom and starts a lawsuit to get it. How can life change for the better when Adam starts courting her mother?

This novel is based on the true history of the Waldmann family. It covers the time from 1799 to 1803 in the area of Osnabrueck, a time of world-wide changes. Beside the everyday worries about friends and families, people of the rural community have to cope with the results of the first and second Napoleonic wars. Even if they aren’t involved yet, war casts its shadow over the peaceful village.

US-Author Holly Lisle judged the book like this:
"Ann Angel’s Freedom is an amazing, beautifully researched, well-written tale of a world and a time far different from our own, but one that still resonates with the struggles we all face today. I found myself suffering with Ann and those she loved, hoping for her, and in the end cheering with her. It’s a wonderful story, made more wonderful because it’s true."

I'd love for you to enjoy the book. The sequel is scheduled for October.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Cover Reveal for William Hahn


speaking of covers, my friendWilliam Hahn approached me with a cover a few days back that had a great background. But the drifting clouds and cracked ground made it difficult to read the title or the author's name, so he had put gray boxes under them. Needless to say, it didn't look nice. So I took out my good old graphic-program and added a few text effects to make the letters stand out some more. I am rather pleased with the effect, and so is he. What do you think. Does this cover suggest weird dreams, epic adventures and heroes in distress?

If you want to know more about the novel, due on Labor Day (in America, not Germany since that would be the 1st of May, a rather long wait wouldn't you agree?), head over to my publisher, the Independent Bookworm, tomorrow. He'll post a blurb ans some information about the Land of Hope where he sets all his stories.

And if you like it, please support him by liking his FB page, or even buying his books. I've read them all and although I'm no fan of epic/heroic fantasy myself, I loved every single one of them. I'm soooo looking forward to Labor Day (and I've had a head start on this novel since I'm beta reader).

Enjoy the day,

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Not winning and more about cover design


I have been participating in NaNoWriMo for a couple of years and wet to NaNo-Summer-Camp last year and this year in June. Nearly every time, I won. I loved the exhilaration of chasing words and getting the first draft on paper, and I liked the prospect of revision (my favorite part of writing novels). So I took up the challenge again this August, although I'm currently not writing anything new but translating my backlist from German into English.

I thought it would be easy to win because I usually get many words per day out of translating. Wrong. First, I was ill, then my PC was hit by a virus. It took me days to figure out how to get rid of it. Of course, I was frustrated but last night, I had a revelation. I looked at my overall wordcount this year (more than 220 000 words so far with one more 90K novel to translate before November) and realized I had never written so much in a single year. Also, my August NaNo-Camp count isn't too bad either, slightly below 40K with 5 more days to go.

I could still make it if I wanted to. But I'll take it slow instead. I'll enjoy the last few holidays with my kids and see that we have all the necessary books for school. There are some things that are more important than writing, no matter how urgently I need to make a living out of my passion.

That said, I got the preliminary sketch of the cover of my next release (a Fantasy with Scottish setting and loads of mythical creatures from my favorite country). I won't post it here (yet) but I'll make a proper cover reveal when I get the final art some time in September. I'm soooo looking forward to it.

Enjoy the rest of the summer,

Friday, August 17, 2012

Something to think about when creating covers


do you feel like making a cover for your newest eBook? Watch this before you do. It ain't easy!


Monday, August 13, 2012

Back again


Looking at the header of my last post, you can see how tired I was. Posting something in German without even noticing -- I must have been more knackered than I had thought. But now I'm back and well rested (if slightly sore from horse riding). I answered 300+ eMails yesterday (with surprisingly litllte amount of spam), revised a short story that might get published in an anthology next year by a traditional publisher, and dove right back into transalting. Did the full 2K today. I think I can be proud of me.

What have you been up to this sumer?