Posts Tagged ‘book covers’

There’s nothing like it when the UPS guy delivers the big heavy box with your books in it. Yours. The books you created believable characters for, the books you built a suspenseful, exciting, meaningful, romantic story for, the books you had a fabulous cover made for, and the books you dreamed of holding in your own two hands one day.


Now that day has arrived. You tear open the box. The smell hits you first–the cardboard, the fresh print, the paper as you flip through the pages. You pick one up and rub the smooth, colourful cover over and over as if stroking a baby’s soft head. You hold it up to your nose and breath in the depth of it. Like a baby, your book is raw and fresh and new, and you love it more than anything else. It’s your baby.

It’s funny how whether you’ve had one book published or five books published, it’s the same uplifting experience every time. Just the same as if you’ve had one child or five children. Willow Wisp is my fifth book and the third and last in the trilogy that began with A Cloud of Hawthorne. I’m very excited about it. Even though in some ways the book is old to me. I wrote it, read it, edited it a gazillion times and read it a gazillion more. Still it’s that newness all over again.

I know you were hoping to hear how my online dating is going and maybe to hear about some actual dates I’ve had, but I’m obsessed with my new book at the moment. I’m in love with another…book. Sorry to disappoint. Perhaps once the dust settles (it always does) we can revisit dating and match and all that jazz but truth be known, not much is going on in that area so you’re not missing a thing. Give me another week or three. Things may improve. Maybe.

Till then, read Willow Wisp and enjoy it. In fact, read the whole darn trilogy and have fun escaping into another world. It’s always worth it.

Now, if you’ll please excuse me while I go back to smelling my books.
ML xo

I usually spend Monday night writing Tuesday’s blog. It’s the one blog of the week I write from the hip–just entertaining, hopefully interesting material of a personal nature. Real and honest.

Today, however, I have to do some (eh-hem) shameless self promotion.

You see, I have one book of erotic short fiction stories that I hope to have out in the early fall, and I have two amazing book covers that I can’t decide on. What’s a writer to do? Well naturally, create a contest where readers and followers choose their favourite book cover and wager on winning a prize.

This contest is currently plastered on Facebook, Twitter and now here, because the contest ends today at noon and I want one more kick at the can.

People don’t really respond to contests anymore. Sure, a few Facebook ‘friends’ hopped onboard, which was great. Twitter got some shares but no one actually participated. I guess we’re all so inundated with crap from the web, from spam mail, and from people like me who are working it–promoting instead of just writing and sharing with no strings attached. We’re all pretty sick of it, and I get that. However, this is social networking and social marketing and we’re all trying to make a living. True story.

Without further ado, and without further justifying my right to market, here are the two book covers, created by Monashee Photography. Pretty cool, aren’t they? And you can see my dilemma. It’s a very tough choice.


So here’s how to play, and you’re going to play because today’s the last day. You have till noon, so don’t just think about it, do it! And if you have time, tell a friend to just do it too!

1. Choose your favourite book cover

2. Email me at

3. Tell me why you chose the cover you did, and why you think it would be the best cover for me to use

4. Make sure to put your full name and contact info on the email. If you’re a winner we need to find you.

1st prize – $100 Amazon Gift Certificate

2nd prize – the full collection of Madison Lake books, including the two new ones due out in the fall (that’s six books in total)

3rd prize – the Cloud of Hawthorne three book series, the third book due out in the fall

So send us your choice via email and Good Luck!