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Cover Reveal – Broken Melody

Broken Melody Michelle Louring Cover

As promised, here you have the cover for my upcoming book Broken Melody.

As it’s the fifth in the Angel’s Voice series, it obviously matches the covers of the other books. We’re just going orange this time.

Broken Melody Michelle Louring Cover

It was pointed out to me at a convention that I had the colors of all the Hogwarts houses, except for Hufflepuff, and several Hufflepuffers (Hufflers? Puffers…? I’m not sure what they call themselves) found this completely unacceptable. However, I did not actually have a yellow version of the artwork, so I’m hoping orange will do.

(I checked my own set of Harry Potter books – there’s no yellow book either, but there ARE blue, green, red and orange…)

I’m quite sure I have my arguments in order if I get cornered at the next convention. I can hear you laughing, but geeks – even the nice ones – are surprisingly fierce when they feel wronged. One memorable game of World of Warcraft Trivial Pursuit once led to me getting beaten up by prop weapons made from thermoplastic and I have been tackled by cosplayers more times than I’d like to think about.

I bet you thought this post was about a book cover, huh? But nope, it’s really about why I wear footwear suitable for running when I sell books at conventions…

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The Satisfaction From Finishing a First Draft

Broken Melody Draft

Yes, you read that right. I finished the first draft of my next book, Broken Melody.

We can all agree that the world is horrible right now, right? It’s been nearly impossible for me to come up with something positive to write about, but I’ll allow myself to be proud of my productivity while everything around us went crazy.

This book was written at record speeds for me. Both Quiet Whisper and Ghostly Scream, the previous books in the series, took embarrassingly long to finish, so when I started Broken Melody in November last year, I honestly hadn’t expected it to be done in 2020, much less in the first half of the year.

Of course I still have a lot of revising and editing to be done, but if I get off my ass we’re looking at a summer 2020 release, and at the very latest it should be out in autumn.

But I’m not sitting idle. I’m already hard at work on the sixth book in the series, which will be called Eerie Song. I’m not letting this sudden writing spree go to waste, so hopefully I can crack out several chapters before I run out of steam. It’s weird writing this book at this time, though, seeing as one of the main plots revolve around a contagious disease… I tend to use fiction to escape reality, but right now it feels like I should be taking notes while watching the news…?

But let’s forget about Corona for a while.

(But do still wash your hands!)

I’m planning to reveal the cover of Broken Melody next week and hopefully share some excerpts as I make my way through the first round of editing.

Unless, of course, I hate everything. In which case you will just hear the sound of distant screaming.

 

Broken Melody Draft

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New Cover – Song of Angels

Book Cover Song of Angels

I’m struggling with insomnia lately and my brain is using the extra time coming up with design ideas I didn’t ask for. I hadn’t planned on making a new cover for the ebook collection of the three first books in the Angel’s Voice Series, Song of Angels, but my insomnia-fueled design craze turned out results too good to hide away on a hard drive, so… here we are, I guess.

Behold the result of my brain being idle:

Book Cover Song of Angels

I have in fact already finished the covers for my next three books and the next ebook collection, but my hyperactive brain is not willing to stop working on designs just because I have run out of books, so I’m currently mentally making maps of everything and I might soon go insane from trying to remember where I placed the city gates in Var’nori at 2 am in the morning.

I’m strongly considering taking up alcoholism.

What do you think of the new cover?

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Smashwords’ Read an Ebook Week 2020

Smashwords Read an Ebook Week

Smashwords Read an Ebook Week

Today marks the start of ‘Read an Ebook Week’ on Smashwords where you can get thousands of discounted and free ebooks.

I can’t believe it’s already this time again… When I previewed this, the related posts showed me the update I did about this sale in 2014 and now I feel old. It’s hard to talk about the wonders of digital books when all I want is to sit in my rocking chair and complain about young people these days.

Do me a favor and go download some books. Download all of the books. And then read all of the books. And then tell me if you come across anything good you think I should read.

What are you still hanging around for? Go on!

Smashwords Read an Ebook Week

1. March 2020 – 7. March 2020

Resounding Echo Michelle Louring cover
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Silent Sound Michelle Louring cover
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Quiet Whisper Michelle Louring cover
Quiet Whisper – 75% OFF
Ghostly Scream Michelle Louring cover
Ghostly Scream – 75% OFF
Redesign Fantasy Cover
Huntress – FREE
Book Cover Demon
Demon’s Dance – FREE
Song of Angels Book Cover
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My Next Book Will Be Called “Broken Melody”

Book cover question mark

Book cover question mark

I finally solved my title problem!

After months of asking on Twitter as well as on this blog, I eventually confided in a friend about my growing frustration.

15 minutes of brainstorming later and I had not only the title for this book, but for the rest of the planned books in the Angel’s Voice series.

It’s the same friend who helped me fix some typography issues when I was redesigning covers for the series. I might just have to start paying her…

Of course we’re continuing the ‘sound’-theme from the earlier books and naming the fifth book ‘Broken Melody’. Let’s hope I don’t jinx the book by naming it. The writing has been going remarkably well and I would love to break my habit of taking years to finish books.

And yes, I know some of you will be disappointed that the book won’t be called ‘CSI: Var’nori’, but it’s very important to remember that I’m often quite sleep-deprived when I write blog posts and that I never should have shared my weird working title with you to begin with. It’s bad enough that it’s still kind of stuck in my own head…