Monday, June 16, 2014

I’m Gonna Go to the Movies (plus a Cover Reveal)

It’s been awhile since I’ve wanted to go to the theatre. Two whole months! Just hasn’t been much that I’ve wanted to see. Doesn’t stop me from reading the reviews of the movies playing in town, though, and on Friday I found the movie I want to watch. Showed the review to my daughter and the first thing she said was, “I want to see this.” So tomorrow my daughter and I will be going to see “Only Lovers Left Alive.”

Poster for the movie Only Lovers Left AliveThis is a vampire romance (of sorts) staring Tom Hiddleston. I’m surprised I’d never heard of it before. It’s gotten good reviews. Maybe people aren’t as enamored of Mr. Hiddleston as I thought! Anyway, it’s playing for this week only at the Neon Movies (they tend to show the artsy films), and we’re going on $5 movie night. I’ll let you know if it’s any good (you know, in case you’re into vampire romance flicks).

Okay, now time for a cover reveal. Yeah, it’s for one of my stories. No, it’s not for “Bite Me, I’m Yours” (I’m still trying to find out when I can share that one!). This is for my short story, “Forever Thirty-Two,” the back story of the hero (John Pennington) in Bite Me. It was a story I needed to write (for myself) as I wrote Bite Me, and discovered it made an interesting short story. It’s not a romance (John doesn’t get his happy ending until the novel), but it has sex in it (so—warning, warning!). Anyway, the story starts out on New Year’s in 1957 in Columbus, Ohio and it’s snowing. I had an idea of what I wanted my cover to look like and I happened to be in Columbus on this past New Year’s Eve. I found a park across the street from a hospital (a hospital John could have been working at) and took several pictures. I would have preferred there being snow on the ground (it certainly was cold enough for snow), but probably wouldn’t have been able to GET to the park if it had snowed. I was just happy to have found a park that worked. J

My husband works with someone who loves to play around with photos. He was willing to create the cover for me so I gave him several different photos to choose from.

Picture of a park in Columbus, Ohio (taken 12/31/13)
Here’s the photo of mine he chose:

Picture of the cover to Forever Thirty-two
Here’s the finished cover:

Can you believe they’re the same photo? It’s perfect for what I want.

Eventually, I’ll be giving away my short story, hoping to generate some interest in Bite Me. Heck, maybe I’ll generate some interest in “My Sunny Vampire.” I can only hope.

My husband will format “Forever Thirty-Two” in epub and mobi versions (he wants the practice). Not sure if I’ll “sell” it on Amazon and B&N, since I don’t plan on charging anything. I may just feature it here and my website and Facebook. Or a newsletter, if I ever get off my butt to create one.

Hey! Did you notice? I added some reaction buttons (down below) for my posts. Forgot I could do something like that, and didn’t know I could make them unique. Frankly, I think the suckers should be big and bold (and maybe in an eye-catching color), but who am I to complain? The site is free, right?

So… Do you read newsletters? Think I should start one? What kind of stuff do you like to read on them? News? New content?

Have a good day!





JeffO said...

Nice cover, Stacy, congratulations! I hope you enjoy the movie.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Cool photo! I'm looking forward to reading that story!

I have a newsletter sign up, but have never sent one out. Just one of those things I never get to. I don't subscribe to many, and often just delete them. I get my new book info from the blogs but I'm not typical.

Paula Millhouse said...

Nice cover, Stacy!

Love the atmosphere your photo created for the story.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - Thanks. I hope I enjoy the movie, too! :)

Jennette - I'm beginning to rethink that whole newsletter thing after I read Anne Allen's blog. But hey, I might be able to give away my short story at the library event this month (must remember to bring up a sign-up sheet or something).

Paula - Thanks. I needed something that didn't look like a romance.

Bonnie said...

Stacy I love the cover.
Let me know how the movie is. I'm always up for a good vampire movie.
Yes. You should have a newsletter. It doesn't have to be fancy or anything. It just has to keep us up to date on all your new projects.

Stacy McKitrick said...

First off--thanks to whoever clicked on some reaction buttons! Me likee!!! :)

Bonnie - I keep everyone updated on my projects with my blog. And people can follow my blog (sign up is in the side bar). That was brought to my attention on Anne R. Allen's blog, and you know what? It makes sense! Of course, I could see doing a newsletter if I want to send out new content each time (like M.Q. Barber does on hers--which I love!). But do I want to spend my time writing new content for a newsletter or spend my time writing a new book? That is my dilemma.

Donna Hole said...

Love the cover.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Thanks, Donna! He really did a good job, didn't he?

The Happy Whisk said...

Great cover. Very cool. And a newsletter. That sounds like a fun and challenging project. Wishing you the best.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - Glad you like the cover. Still thinking about that newsletter...