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When exactly is my release date?

For those of you who don’t know, Wisdom & Folly: Sisters (Part One), will be available November 1, 2015.

That’s in seven days! I know! I can hardly believe it!

Why haven’t you heard this before now? Well, I’ll tell you.

I had planned this huge Facebook release party and giveaway (I have a stack of books to give away, people, and not just my own). I had dreams of titillating blog posts a month in advance, hyping up the release of my very first ever book. And it all worked out perfectly.

In my mind.

Not so much in real life.

Why didn’t I tell you a month ago, as I had planned?

Well, I honestly had no idea if my book would make it to its own release party!

Life happened. Edits were late. I ran into some problems with my cover. (My cover artist is amazing. No way could I have figured it out without her! Sara Helwe rocks!) Formatting took forever. And I didn’t want to tell you my book would be out on a certain date when I honestly had no idea if it would be.

Then there I was one day, scanning Amazon, and lo and behold there was MY BOOK. I can’t even tell you the crazy rush of emotions I felt when I saw my name and cover and BOOK on Amazon for the first time!

It has finally happened, dear readers. Finally.

Yes, I know there is a long road ahead. There is marketing, and letting people know my book exists, and marketing, and writing more, and marketing, and honing my craft, and marketing, and becoming better at what I do, and–have I mentioned marketing? (Pretty much my least fave part. I just want to write!)

But right now, I’m going to sit back, sip my hot chocolate, and revel in the fact that my five-year journey to publication has finally resulted in–publication.

Happy dance!

Oh, yes! Wisdom and Folly, Part Two will be available November 15th.

Thank you for your support, I love you all, and I’m so stinkin’ excited!!! :)

But most importantly, thank You, Lord!

In Him,

Michele

P.S.–Just so you know, you can pre-order the ebook of Wisdom & Folly: Sisters, Part One on Amazon, B&N, and Kobo, and Part Two on Amazon and Kobo. The paperback should be available for pre-order soon! Woohoo!

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Which cover did I choose?

I decided to use both of them.

Yep. You heard me right.

Both. Of. Them.

92 chose the gold cover. 23 picked the blue.

You voted. I listened. But there was just one thing I couldn’t get over.

I am in love with the blue cover.

So here’s the thing.

Since Wisdom & Folly: Sisters is such a massive book, it is being published in two volumes. (Seriously, I added so much more–it has doubled in size!)

Then you get your cover, and I get mine! How perfect is that?

I am working hard with my cover artist, the amazing Sara Helwe, to get this book to you soon.

(But I must say I am so relieved to have a little bit more time to perfect the second part of the book! Yay!)

Up next: Just when is my release date? ;)

Can’t wait to share my book with you!

In Him,

Michele

You want to feature ME in your article? What???

When Shayla Eaton, editor and owner of Curiouser Editing, asked to feature me in the article, “8 Female Indie Authors Who Are Killin’ It,” I nearly stopped breathing.

Who? Me???

Yes. You.

Even though my book isn’t out yet?

Yep.

I almost DIED.

But since that would seriously mess up my publishing plans, I settled for screaming like an idiot and sending her way more information about me than she quite possibly wanted to know. Ever.

Fellow writer Nicole Jonas from the Heartland Christian Writers recommended me; Shayla contacted me, enjoyed my covers and book blurbs, and decided to feature me. Can you say crazy happy dances?

And, of course, I did a little research on Curiouser Editing. (Dude. There are some amazing articles on their site. “What If I Have a $0 Book Budget” and “The #1 Way Authors Build Platforms” happen to be a few of my particular favorites. Their Facebook page is pretty awesome too.)

Shayla Eaton and I sent a flurry of messages back and forth, and I waited with bated breath to read what on earth she could possible have to say about me. ME.

Oh. Right. Trying to remain calm and professional here. (Is it working?)

But I’m not the only author featured in this lovely article.

S.D. Hendrickson, M.L. Gardner, Nina Soden, Jen Stephens, Camilla Kragius, Susan Pogorzelski, and Kelsey Humphreys all have books just waiting to be discovered by you, dear reader. (Or read again, if you already have them!)

To quote Curiouser Editing: “Are you ready to meet your new favorite author?”

Read article here.

In Him,

Michele

Learn more about Shayla Eaton:

Shayla is a connoisseur of the writing and editing process, having edited over two hundred books and countless articles, blogs, social media posts, and web copy. Starting out in a small publishing firm as a copywriter after college, she quickly worked her way up to copy editor and into marketing, where she began to hone her skills on the inner workings of the publishing process. She took this experience and began her own business with one goal: providing authors with honest feedback and superior work in writing, editing, and marketing. She is the author of The Curiouser Crusade, an e-book to help writers finish their novels in six months. She loves coffee and is an admirer of all things creative and bookish. www.CuriouserEditing.com

Images used by permission.

Cover Reveal: Zombie Takeover

I have been wanting to show you this for ages!

Zombie Takeover was the first cover Sara Helwe designed for me, and I love it even more now than I did then. If that’s even possible.

The reason I couldn’t show you before was I received a query from Pelican Book Group, asking to see my manuscript. They also wanted 90 days in which to review it. At the end of those 90 days, their very kind editor informed me that although she enjoyed the story, Zombie Takeover just wasn’t right for their publishing house. (But she did say she hoped to see me in print soon!)

Before I received said rejection letter, I started working on rewriting Wisdom & Folly, and I asked Sara to create a cover for that book as well.

We went through many versions of both covers (and I may even show you a few), but I wanted to reveal Zombie Takeover’s cover today for several reasons.

One, just to show it off. I mean, come on. Gorgeous.

Two, to ask you to compare it to Wisdom & Folly’s gold cover.

Is it a good idea to have two covers of the same color scheme? Should I choose the blue for more variety? Or is the gold so wonderful and eye-catching it doesn’t matter if both covers are the same color?

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the gold Wisdom & Folly cover, and I’m so excited to use it! But I want to know.

Does this change your opinion?

I honestly wasn’t expecting such an overwhelming vote for the gold cover–I thought it would be rather even between the two.

Nope.

You picked gold, and gold it shall be! (Unless you think it’s better to have two different color schemes…)

Anyway, back to Zombie Takeover.

Can you wait to hold that thing in your hands? I know I can’t!

Here is a little about the book:

I was the bravest, fiercest warrior, singlehandedly stopping the zombie apocalypse and earning the respect and admiration of those who fought with me. Just kidding. I pretty much peed my pants and wasted a ton of ammo. At least I know everyone else shot what they were aiming at. Me? Not so much. This is my story—me, Candace Marshall, the world’s biggest scardey-cat, facing my biggest fear. Zombies. It was awesome. (As in, not at all.)

***

Candace Marshall hates zombie movies. She hates anything scary, in fact. In his usual way, her not-so-thoughtful boyfriend surprises her with advanced screening tickets to the latest zombie flick, complete with interactive features and a tour. Yeah right. Like that’s gonna happen. She refuses to watch it, but it doesn’t matter.

Horror becomes reality when an experiment gone wrong transforms her peaceful town into a mess of slathering zombies. Thrown together with the only other survivor, Gavin Bailey, her favorite actor and secret crush, she somehow fights her way out of the mess, making plenty of blunders and surprising herself with…courage?

But, just when Candace thinks it can’t get worse than zombies, it does.

***

There you have it! Book one of the Candace Marshall Chronicles.

I had so much fun writing it, and I hope you will have fun reading it as well! I’ll let you know the moment I have a release date. For either book. (I do know Wisdom & Folly will be released first!)

Don’t you just love the covers for both of my books?

Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments and support!

I am enjoying this journey so incredibly much! :)

In Him,

Michele

 

Cover Design by Sara Helwe

Model: Jessica “Faestock” Truscott

Help choose my cover!

Sara Helwe has done it again. She has designed a beyond amazing cover, rich and full of beauty. (She has also designed a cover for Zombie Takeover, which I have yet to show you because of my quest to be traditionally published. More on that later…)

My only question for you is, blue or gold?

I am deliriously happy with both and would use either. (In fact, I wish I could use both…) ;)

I think the covers speak for themselves. Now I want to hear from YOU!

Can you see why I’m having such a hard time with this?

What are your thoughts? Blue or gold? And why? :)

Comment below!

In Him,

Michele

 

Wisdom & Folly: Sisters Book Cover Copyright © 2015 by Michele Israel Harper

Cover Design by Sara Helwe (www.sara-helwe.com)

“Wisdom” Model–Georgia Stanwix, Photography by Cathleen Tarawhiti

“Folly” Model–Ruxandra Tudorica (www.methyss-design.com), Photography by Claudiu Miron

Wings by Katie Litchfield

Cloud stock photography (on the blue cover) by Michele Israel Harper (I know, right? Sara used my photograph! How cool is that!!!) :)

 

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