Smashwords is having a sitewide sale all through July with tons of titles being discounted! Some of my books are among those on sale. So, if you want to get some cheap reading this month, click on!

Have a great weekend!

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Last week I made a post about how darn broke I am. When you’re broke, you learn how to make do and find clever ways to be resourceful. That being said, I’d like to share one of my resourceful triumphs with you!

A couple weeks ago I learned about a sale Shutterfly was having–I follow blogs that offer freebies, samples, and coupon codes for various services/products, which was how I heard about it. Shutterfly is a photo printing service and I’d never used them before. However, I had a code to get 99 4×6 prints for free, all I had to pay was shipping (which was less than five bucks). I wasn’t sure how my book covers would translate to 4×6 photos, but I figured it was five bucks, I would give it a shot. So I uploaded all my book covers and had some made of each. They arrived today.

And they’re AMAZING!

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The picture really doesn’t do justice to how clear, clean, and vibrant the quality is. The only downside is that you can only get a small bit of text printed on the back, which is pretty hard to read. I had (much more expensive) cards made for my first book which had information about the book and my website on the back (however, they weren’t even as good of quality as the pictures I got today):

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I’m not going to complain for five dollars, though! When I hand them out I can just write information on the back. I think in November when my new book and my novella come out, I’ll do a giveaway and include some of them in prize packs.

And that’s how you be a thrifty author!

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and while that’s true, many people do. Have you ever bought a book because the cover caught your eye? How many times have you seen a well put together cover and felt the urge to read the book based on the cover artist’s prowess? Advertising has a strong influence on all of us, whether we want to believe it or not. And book covers are just that–advertising. A beautiful, compelling, dynamic cover attracts our attention, because that’s the point.

This is by no means a pronouncement that only books with amazing covers are worth reading. You can’t judge a book by its cover. A less-than-amazing cover may house an incredible, compelling story. All I’m saying is you can’t deny the power of advertising and artistry.

I’ve had covers I nearly wept over (in a good way), actually feeling my story was inferior to such an amazing cover. If you’re not an author, you should know: authors get very little say in what their covers look like. Some publishers allow input and ask for suggestions but the publisher has the last say in any disputes (this is often written into the contract).

I’ve been blessed so far, my covers have been created by some amazing artists (click on the covers to see them in their full size detailed glory):

MorganMegan_TheWickedCityThe Wicked City (and the sequels) are done by the amazing Fiona Jayde. I nearly did backflips when I found out she was my cover artist, as she’s one of the best in the business!

The cover for Her Darkest Secret was done by the equally amazing Celairen.

 

 

And the cover One Night In Chicago (and all the City Nights series covers) was done by the extremely talented Cora Graphics.

 

 

 

How about you readers out there–do you judge books by their covers? And if you’re an author, how do you deal with covers you hate and covers you love? Does it fill you with anxiety waiting for the cover art, or are you happy just to have a cover at all? Let’s hear your thoughts!

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In case you don’t follow me on social media and haven’t already seen, my big announcement is that I’ve just signed a contract for One Night In Cleveland, a novella that will be part of Tirgearr Publishing’s City Nights series! I’m already part of the City Nights series with One Night In Chicago. The series is a lot of fun to write for and I’m very pleased to get another spot on the list.

If you’re interested in digging into the City Nights series, it’s important to note that all the books in the series are stand-alone, so you don’t have to start with any specific one. The characters and plots are different in each book–their only connection is that they all follow the common theme of taking place during a 24 hour period in a city. All the stories are contemporary erotic romance, too.

So what will One Night In Cleveland be about? Here’s the blurb:

Chef Matt Fattore lives a clean and lawful life—so he doesn’t expect to meet the woman of his wet dreams by being arrested by her. When Lieutenant Caylee Benton of the Cleveland PD mistakes him for a wanted burglar, Matt finds out fantasies sometimes land right in your lap—and frisk you.

Sparks fly despite the misunderstanding and Matt decides to take a chance and take her out—and maybe, take her to bed. But Caylee is more than just a beautiful woman with a badge and a gun. While Matt is falling in lust with her, she’ll become his hero, too.

Matt is about to spend the wildest 24 hours of his life in Cleveland, and if he’s lucky, be in handcuffs by the end of the night.

The release date will tentatively be toward the end of this year, but that’s no way set in stone yet. I’ll keep everyone posted! In the meantime, you can enjoy the other books in the series. Maybe start with Chicago? 😉

And yes, I do live in Cleveland! I thought it was time to write about my fair city by the lake and all the naughty shenanigans one might get up to here…