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Book Covers and Titles

Some of you might have noticed a change with the Haunting Danielle book covers. I am in the process of updating them now.

When I first started the series in 2014 my idea was to title the books Haunting Danielle and then give each a book a number. Like: Haunting Danielle, Book 1 and Haunting Danielle, Book 2 and so on…

Around book three or so I realized that was a bad idea. I went back and gave the published books titles and then started titling all the new books. Since I liked my book covers, I asked my designer to add the title name below “Haunting Danielle,” without making changes to it.

I suppose it did a good job branding the series name, but the titles were illegible in the thumbnails, something that bothered both me and my designer.

While on a hiatus between books (I am back to writing again) I made the decision to have my designer redesign the covers, giving the book titles front billing.

I love the results. And while it is a pain updating seventeen published books—in various formats and at numerous retail venues, I think it will be worth it.

Above is a sample of the new look.

Back to working on The Ghost Who Dream Hopped. But before I do, I wanted to let you know the Haunting Danielles interview series begins tomorrow. Stop back at the blog, and you can read my first interview when I sit down with Heather Donovan in the Marlow House library. See you then!

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Haunting Danielle’s first cover reveal!

Cue the bands and release the doves!

Set the fireworks!

Presenting:

 The Ghost Who Dream Hopped

*Loud cheers and ahhhhhhhhs*

 

How was that? I’ve never done a cover reveal before. At least, not an official one. I frequently see my fellow authors planning elaborate cover reveals. Well, at least they seem elaborate to me. You see, cover reveals are one of the tools in the author’s marketing toolbox. It’s one I’ve never utilized.

Why? you ask.

The publishing schedule for Haunting Danielle has generally entailed publishing a new book every 90-days. There has been at least one book that was released less than that, and several a month or two longer. But, most of the books in the series have come out about every three months, and all but two have been available for pre-order from Amazon prior to release.

The pre-orders are the reason I’ve never had an official cover reveal. You see, before a book goes live, I like to include a link to the next book in the back of the current release. This means, for example, before I publish the final file for Book 17, I need to publish the pre-order for Book 18, so I can include a link to its product page in the back of 17.

Does that make sense?

Because of that, my book covers have never received much fanfare. Normally the first time anyone sees them is when they pop up as a pre-order. And because the book that precedes it is just days away from release, it tends to get ignored, since I’d rather focus on the new, upcoming release.

But, I thought I would break with tradition and release the cover for Book 18, The Ghost Who Dream Hopped, which will be released late August, 2018. It should be available for pre-order in about 24 hours or so.

In other news, The Ghost of Second Chances, Book 17 of the Haunting Danielle series, goes live on June 5, 2018.

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Two New Releases on June 5!

The last few weeks have been hectic. The Ghost of Second Chances (Book 17 in the Haunting Danielle series) was sent off to the editor and scheduled for a June 5, 2018 eBook release.  Also coming out that day is the audiobook of The Ghost and the Muse, which is the 10thbook in the series, published by Tantor Media.

The question I usually hear about now—will there be a Book 18?  The answer is yes. The Ghost Who Dream Hopped, Book 18 in the Haunting Danielleseries, is scheduled for release the end of August, 2018.

The paperback versions of The Ghost of Second Chances—regular print and large print—should be available by mid-June.

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