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My plan was to blog my way through NaNoWriMo this November, but instead of spending time blogging about writing, I actually did some of that. Writing, that is. While I didn’t “win” NaNo, it was never my intent to do so. Especially after I discovered that my former WIP required a LOT more words, approximately 24,000 of them.

I did end up finishing that novel, a.k.a. the beast, and sent it off to be critiqued in December. I’ve been holding my breath ever since – just kidding… kind of. I don’t expect it to be good. I just want to learn where I made my mistakes. Hopefully I’ll get that feedback in the next couple of weeks.

I didn’t get much time to dive into the short stories I wanted in order to finish up the Cop and the… series. Life got in the way and my writing life was put on pause for a month. But I did start writing and am almost finished with the sequel to “Love Bites.”

And as I am so close to completion I thought it was time to get those covers made.

LoveBites

“Love Bites” was originally published in the anthology, LOVE STINKS!. But I was given the rights back so that I could self-publish it should I choose. And I wouldn’t have if the question about a sequel hadn’t been asked. And even then…

It is a very short story. The guidelines for writing it specified a length which I almost adhered to. Even with this very lovely and amazing cover I just couldn’t see publishing it as is. And so I wrote – or rather, am writing – a sequel. One that also has a cover.

LoveBitesHarder

As there are no limits to its length or to its topic, “Love Bites Harder” will be a bit longer. Okay… a lot longer. But it’s still a short.

I haven’t decided whether to self-publish or just offer them for free. Or offer “Love Bites” for free and publish the sequel. I think I’m going to leave that decision up in the air until I’ve asked a few people to read it and give me their thoughts.

And…

If you couldn’t tell, the covers – which I approved without change on first pass – were the inspiration for this site’s redesign. They are also the design for my new business cards. (So excited!)

They’re also making me want all sorts of other designs… so very dangerous.

If I were a little more comfortable with self-promotion I might have tried to do an actual reveal instead of a blog post here on my writing blog. But a) I am not comfortable reaching out to people – at all; and b) I have the patience of a two-year-old.

So there you have it.

If you happen to stumble onto this site and catch this post – as I haven’t decided whether or not to tweet it – I’d love to know what you think about these covers.

Site and cover design credit goes to…

Parajunkee Design