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Spark’s Gorgeous Cover!

Hurray! I’m so excited I get to be a part of J.M. Hackman’s cover reveal for Spark!

This is the first book in the Firebrand Chronicles, a series that follows Brenna James, a normal teen who discovers she can shoot fire from her bare hands. And freaks out just the teeniest tiniest bit.

(I mean, come on. Wouldn’t you?)

It’s so good!

Here is the back cover copy:

Brenna James wants three things for her sixteenth birthday: to find her history notes before the test, to have her mother return from her business trip, and to stop creating fire with her bare hands.

Yeah, that’s so not happening. Unfortunately.

When Brenna learns her mother is missing in an alternate reality called Linneah, she travels through a portal to find her. Against her will. Who knew portals even existed? But Brenna’s arrival in Linneah begins the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy, including a royal murder and the theft of Linneah’s most powerful relic: the Sacred Veil.

Hold up. Can everything just slow down for a sec?

Unwilling yet left with no other choice, Brenna and her new friend Baldwin (Um, hello, Hottie!) pursue the thief into the dangerous woods of Silvastamen and beyond. Exactly what Brenna wanted to do for her sixteenth birthday. Exactly. When they spy an army marching toward Linneah, Brenna is horrified. Can she find the veil, save her mother, and warn Linneah in time?

And more importantly, why on earth doesn’t this alternity have Belgian waffles?

And just to drag out this sweet torture just a smidgeon more, here is a little about the author herself. (Are you dying to see the cover? I’m dying to show it to you! But seriously, you’ve got to get to know J.M. Hackman first.)

J.M. Hackman has held many positions: assistant librarian, office assistant, office manager, substitute teacher, writer, wife, and mother. She still holds the last three. And loves it. She received a degree in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University and now spends her days writing stories, consuming massive quantities of chocolate, and looking for portals to other worlds. You can find her at www.JMHackman.com.

And now for the main event.

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It’s coming.

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I promise.

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Are you as excited as I am? Squeal!

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Ta-da!

Take a deep breath. Stare at it some more. Maybe drool a little…

In. Love.

Sara Helwe from Sara Helwe Digital Arts creates magic with her art and with her covers!

This incredible book releases May 16th, and the preorder link will be available soon. (Check out www.L2L2Publishing.com to stay updated on all that jazz.)

Hip, hip, hurray!

In Him,

Michele

Special Post: Cover Reveal!

Oh, wow.

Sara Helwe has done it again, only this time for another author. Isn’t that cover gorgeous?

My dear friend, Sarah Armstrong-Garner, is having her debut novel published.

And I get to be a part of her cover reveal! Squeal!

Sinking releases February 23, 2015, and will be available for pre-order soon.

I have read this book, and let me tell you, the cover is just as lovely as the inside. I can’t wait till you get to read it too!

Check out Sarah’s website to learn more about her, or her Facebook or Twitter to keep up with her updates. And don’t forget Pinterest! Her Sinking board has some crazy awesome pins of what inspired her story.

Okay. That’s it. I just had to share.

I can’t wait till this book is out! :)

Happy Reading!

In Him,

Michele

She’s back!

She’s back! The artist who started it all, who fired my imagination with what Folly looked like, is finally back on DeviantArt.

And she gave me permission to share her deviation with all of you.

I’m so excited!

This is Lost Angel by, well, another Sarah! (Known as Sugargrl14 on DeviantArt.)

I have tried to get in touch with her for over a year now, to use this image, or one similar, on the brand new story I was writing, Wisdom & Folly.

At the time, I only wanted to use it as a chapter header for the abbreviated story I published weekly on my website. Of course, you now know I began following Sara Helwe’s art and fell in love with her design and artistic flair.

I can’t imagine a better Folly for my cover than the one Sara crafted! (Folly’s model on my cover: Ruxandra Tudorica. Wisdom’s model: Georgia Stanwix.)

But I had to share with you the image that started it all.

I had already read the verses that first gave me the idea for an angel story, following the sisters Wisdom and Folly (Then I (Wisdom) was beside Him as a master craftsman. Proverbs 8:30 NKJV…and…The woman Folly is loud…her guests are in the depths of Sheol (hell). Proverbs 9:13, 18 ESV), but I had not written anything until I saw this image.

The minute I saw this picture, the story started flowing out of me and wouldn’t stop.

So thank you, Sarah, from the bottom of my heart, for inspiring me to write my first published book! It means the world to me that you came back to DeviantArt and gave me permission to share this deviation. A million times, thank you!

In Him,

Michele

 

Lost Angel by Sugargrl14 on deviantart.com. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV), copyright © 2001 by Crossway. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Wisdom & Folly, Part One

Wisdom & Folly, Part One

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Genre: Supernatural Fiction
ASIN: B016PGE15W
This book was so much fun writing, you guys. Authors start with the question, "What if?" and my question was, "What if Wisdom is actually an angel? What if her sister, Folly, hates her, and they are locked in a battle that spans the ages? A battle that very much affects each one of us?" This book is completely from their perspective, and I am so sad not to be writing any more of it. I hope you love it! :)
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Wisdom. She may have crafted the worlds by the Maker’s design, she may have been by His side since the beginning, but her heart aches. Her sister is gone. Defected, to a group of rebels who loathe their Creator with every fiber in their beings, who plot His downfall. Her new assignment? Fight them. Defeat them. But how can she fight her sister, when all she wants to do is bring her home?

Folly. Fury seethes within her. Jealous of the attention the Maker lavished on her sister, she turned to a new master and became his favorite. Or so she thought. Determined to prove herself, to become invaluable, she realizes destroying her sister just may be the key to Lucifer’s heart. Her plan? Engage Wisdom. Distract her, defeat her. If only there wasn’t the minor detail she wasn’t counting on. Missing her sister.

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Wisdom & Folly, Part Two

Wisdom & Folly, Part Two

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Genre: Supernatural Fiction
ASIN: B0172UB1GW
I was so sad to see my story come to an end--but what a fun ending to write! I hope you enjoy my book as much as I enjoyed writing it, or perhaps even more so. Happy reading!
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Wisdom. She is furious. Her sister has destroyed countless of the Maker’s creatures and shows no sign of remorse. Or of stopping. She knows Folly’s end is near and cannot wait to staunch her sister’s wrath. Forever. Now if only her heart believed her.

Folly. Her hatred wanes with each passing day. What’s the point? Her defeat has been promised, and its surety strengthens with each step of time’s cruel march. Can nothing change her path? Why did she leave heaven’s bliss for such a cruel taskmaster?

But Wisdom has orders to thwart her sister. Folly’s orders are the same. And both are determined to win.

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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

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.)

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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.

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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

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