Hi! This is just a quick one ... A Spirit Displaced is taking longer to write than I expected. There are a lot of reasons for this, but it's a bit too long and personal to put in a blog post.
If you're signed up to my newsletter, which you can sign up to here, then you will have receieved an email a moment ago with all of the details on why I'm behind on Book Three.
All I can say is: I'm writing as fast as I can! =] Thank you for your patience; I'll try my best to make Book Three worth the wait!
I hope you're all well,
The Lansin Island Series has a new look! I know many of you liked the previous covers, which I designed myself, but I was never completely happy with them. So, I saved up my pennies and went straight to www.damonza.com to get these books looking PRO-FESH-UH-NAL!
Not only did I have the eBook and Paperback covers professionally done, but I also had the interior formatted and decorated by www.awesomebooklayout.com/
I'm really pleased with the new covers and formatting, and I hope you all like them, too!
A Death Displaced - New Cover:
If you've read A Death Displaced, then you'll know the knife has significance to the storyline. The mist/smoke hints at the paranormal/fantasy elements, and the background image and symbols hint at the pagan themes throughout the book.
A Death Displaced - New Interior Formatting and Décor:
I think the new décor inside the book adds to the pagan/witchy feeling I was aiming for with this series. For all of Nick's chapter headings, there's a triquetra symbol, which has many meanings, one being: past, present, and future. It hints at Nick's psychic ability.
For Juliet's chapter headings, there's a triple moon/triple goddess symbol. If you've read the book, then you'll know that (minor spoiler) in one of Juliet's chapters, she is visited by the ghost of Rowena Howard, the woman who fell and died in the spot where Juliet was fated to die. Rowena was a Pagan in life, and her ghost is wearing a necklace with a triple moon pendant on it. I thought this image was appropriate for Juliet's chapter headings, because the scene I just mentioned was moving for Juliet, and important for her character development.
For when Nick falls into or snaps out of a vision, there's another pagan symbol, a triskele/triple spiral symbol, which is kind of similar to the triquetra. One of it's meanings is the same as the triquetra's--past, present, and future--so it's quite suited for Nick's visions.
For any 'twist chapters' in the series, which jump inside the head of someone other than Nick or Juliet, there are entirely different images.
The font for the chapter headings come out differently on Kindle tablets to what you can see in the sample above. It comes out as the same gothic-style font used for the titles on the new covers. The font is called the Mason font, which you can find out more about here: http://www.identifont.com/find?similar=Mason
Below you can see the image for Juliet's chapter heading, and also the Mason font I just mentioned. This is a picture I took on my mobile of the inside of the paperback version, so it's a little dark and the text is cut off at the side, but you can see how nice the heading and formatting looks! In the paperback version, the first letter of every chapter has a big, bold first letter, which was not possible in the eBook versions, because apparently it can cause display problems on some devices ... but it looks awesome inside the paperback!
A Body Displaced - New Cover:
If you've read A Body Displaced, then you'll know the cherry blossoms have significance in the plot. I really love this cover! The colours are awesome, and it contrasts really nicely with the background colour of the first book. The mist/smoke hints at paranormal/fantasy elements again, and the blood spatter hints at gore; this book is a bit darker than the first one, and I wanted the cover to reflect that.
A Body Displaced - New Interior Formatting and Décor:
The formatting and images for A Body Displaced are mostly the same as for A Death Displaced, except for
a different image for the final chapter heading; if you've read the book, then you'll know the final chapter is a 'twist chapter,' like the final chapter of the first book.
A Note Below (A Lansin Island Short Story) Cover & Formatting
At the moment, A Note Below doesn't have a new cover, because it's a lot of money to spend on a short story cover, considering sales for short stories are generally less. I definitely plan on getting a professional cover done for it, because I want everything in the series to match in style, but I'll have to wait until I have the spare money.
I had the formatting done for A Note Below, but unlike ADD and ABD, it has no chapter heading images. It does have the Mason font, which I love, and is professionally formatted, so there should hopefully be no problems in how it's displayed on all devices.
A Spirit Displaced (Lansin Island 3) Cover & Formatting
The last blog post I did was a cover reveal of A Spirit Displaced. Now I'm here to tell you the cover is changing! I'll be getting the cover for A Spirit Displaced designed by Damonza.com, so it matches the new style of the series.
I'm still planning on the cover having a light blue background, to hint at the Spiritworld, which Book Three's storyline heavily focuses on, but I haven't decided what image will go in the middle of the cover yet. The formatting will be in the same style as the rest of the series.
I know a lot of you really liked the cover I made for A Spirit Displaced, and I feel bad for kind of taking that away from you, but I hope you like the new look of the series more. When I designed the old covers, I didn't have the money for, or the right mindset about, getting professional covers done, but now I know I want to give you all the best possible product and experience I can. Whatever elements of publishing I don't feel competent handling, I will now be paying professionals to do ... which I should have done from the beginning--it would have saved me a lot of suffering, and you all deserve the best books I can put out there!
How to update your copies:
For Kindle: If you've purchased the old editions of A Death Displaced or A Body Displaced on Amazon, you just need to go to the Manage Your Kindle page on your Amazon account, find the books in Your Content, and update/download the new versions to your device. Amazon have told me that they've made the new editions available to all customers who have purchased the books before, so hopefully there are no problems. Alternatively you could email Amazon support and ask them to send the latest edition straight to your Kindle for you. I did ask Amazon to send out a mass email to alert you all about these new editions, but they were unwilling to do this.
Other Retailers: I'm not sure how to get the updated versions on other reading platforms, because I read everything on Kindle and only purchase books from Amazon. I'm hoping that if you send an email to the retailer you purchased the books from, they'll be willing to make the new versions available to you.
A Spirit Displaced Update
I was planning on having released A Spirit Displaced by this time. I really wanted an early summer release. But I should have remembered that things always take twice as long as I expect, then I could have given a more realistic release date and saved myself some disappointment.
I'm going to write another post tomorrow about the progress of A Spirit Displaced and why I'm behind on it. Some of the reasons are quite personal, so I might only include those details in the email to my subscribers, which I'll also send out tomorrow, if all goes to plan (does it ever?!).
Thanks, and happy reading!
Thanks for reading. I hope you're all well and enjoying whatever you're reading!