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Bibliophile’s Collective Tuesday – Steampunk Book Cover Reveal

September 15, 2020
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And now here is the eagerly awaited full cover reveal of my steampunk novel, The Commodore’s Gift. I am so pleased with it. Thanks to DLG Cover Design for making my vision come to life.

The Commondores's Gift 282-1

Genre: Steampunk

Blurb: Under the Buldrick Empire’s rule, Owena finds herself fighting alongside a rebel force. Her aptitude for strategy and swordsmanship come to the fore. When she meets Galen, not only does she fall in love but becomes even more determined to join the fight to restore the rightful King to the throne.

Official launch date 26th September 2020

Location: Facebook Live – Writers Foundation of Strathcona County’s Words in the Park Virtual event. https://www.facebook.com/groups/178555652163835/ 

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Enjoy author interviews, book trailers, Trivia games and a story sharing contest, prize draws, book readings and much more.

ATTENTION BOOK CLUBBERS!

HAVE A BOOK CLUB AND NEED A BOOK RECOMMENDATION? Have a Book Club? Or thinking of starting one? Know someone who does? If you said YES! Please contact me at www.mandyevebarnett.com I am happy to supply Q&A for any of my books and can arrange a prize draw too.

Book Review

One Step Closer by Sophie Pollard – A good debut novel by Sophie Pollard. The twists and turns and internal angst came through well in the writing.

My current read is: City of Dreams by Suzanne Burkett

What are you reading?

Bibliophile’s Collective Tuesday – Does A Book Cover Entice You?

July 14, 2020
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Riggs

I am currently reading the third book in this series of extraordinary children. I love the world Ransom Riggs has created. Now an interesting point came up at supper, the other evening as I was talking to my friends about the book. I grabbed the first two books to show them and both responded with the same exclamation – “I wouldn’t read that!” When I asked why – “the cover is so creepy and the idea of ‘possessed’ children is unappealing.” Once I explained the actual plot of the books, they both changed their minds, although were not keen on the images in the books. “Too creepy.”

As you can see from the three book covers above, the children are different – would you read the book based solely on these covers? Do you have a preconceived idea of what the story is about?

This exchange got me thinking. Can a book cover give a ‘wrong’ impression of its content? If so does it put readers off buying it?

The best book covers of 2019 list is here: https://lithub.com/the-78-best-book-covers-of-2019/  When you go through them, which ones stand out for you?

I have several but really liked: Thick, Bangkok Wakes to Rain, Instructions for a Funeral, Circus and Dead Astronauts. These covers may or may not reflect the content in a way that a casual glance would ascertain. It would be the initial draw to take a look at the blurb but only if it appeals. So are we actually using the old adage – don’t judge a book by it’s cover – or not?

Are you draw into a book by it’s cover or do you read the blurb first?

Other Writing News

I have begun an edit of a freelance client’s contemporary fiction novel. It is always a pleasure to read an author’s first work.

My own current manuscript project for editing and revisions is The Giving Thief. A suspense, which was overwhelming voted as the one I should work on! Thank you all for voting.

 

 

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