So that’s what he really looks like?

My vision of main character Alex was always more emotional then physical.  He was solid, dependable, someone to rely on and hang on to. Okay, he was also tall and blondish, but that was about all I knew.

My first cover for Twists of Time (originally published as z2) showed an outline of the man, and I sort of liked the vagueness of this portrayal.

When I decided to rename my books, I needed new covers. Current fashion is to show the characters, so it looked like I had to find someone who could show the world what Alex really looked like. I found a group called Deranged Doctor Design.

I decided to tolerate the model they selected for Alex, even though I wasn’t crazy about him. He really didn’t look like Alex to me, but I felt like I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted and if I gave it some time then maybe this one would grow on me.

Lucky for me, my sister disagreed. She didn’t know what Alex looked like either, but she was so positive it wasn’t this that she went to Shutterstock and emailed me photos of several other models.

Okay, it looked like we’d have to find another Alex. Option one she sent was clearly too young, but the other six could work. I went searching for any of them.

Man number four was easy to find, and I asked the fine folks at DDD if we could use him. Back came the new Alex and I knew he was right.

When it came time to create the last cover, we needed Alex to make a second appearance, but not with an identical face. This particular model had dozens of photos to choose from, but unfortunately most of them had one of two expressions. Alex was either grinning, or looking puzzled. (Or both.) And on this cover, we needed Alex to be a bit menacing.

The first attempt worked for me, but I got a lot of push back from others who thought Alex looked sneaky because he was looking away. Well that wasn’t the intent, so I asked DDD to see what they could do. I was pretty pleased with the eye surgery they performed, and when I saw the final product, I knew this was what Alex really looked like.

 

z2 goes on tour

In the never ending quest to find those readers who enjoy my kind of writing, I’ve signed z2 up for its first blog tour. The fine folks at Orangeberry will will be trotting out z2 blurbs and excerpts and hopefully even a few reviews before they are done, as well as featuring me on a few guest posts and interviews. I’m excited!

Click here to visit Orangeberry Virtual Book Expo

Click here to visit Orangeberry Virtual Book Expo

Please come find me at the locations below, and also check out some of the material being produced by my fellow eager indie authors.  I am always impressed with the breadth of unusual topics and story lines. Those of us who are trying to make it outside of the traditional world of publishing are a creative lot, you’ve got to give us that.

Book Tour Schedule 

13th August  – Book Feature at Peace from Pieces

14th August – Twitter View with OB Book Tours

15th August – Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours

16th August – Author Interview at Mommy Adventures

17th August  – Guest Post at The Bunny’s Review

18th August – Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours

19th August – Book Review & Author Interview at The Reading Cat

20th August – Guest Post at Blog-A-Licious Authors 

21st August – Book Review & Author Interview at Author’s Friend

22nd August – Book Review at UK Book Club

23rd August – Guest Post & Book Review at Me, You & Books

24th August – Book Review at Book Professor

25th August – Author Interview & Book Review at Brainy Reads

26th August – Guest Post at Paws on Books

27th August – Book Review at Gentleman Reads

28th August – Author Interview at My Life in Books

29th August – Book Review at Journey’s thru Books

30th August – Author Interview at Top Shelf Books

31st August – Book Review at A Novel Design

1st September – Guest Post at Non-Stop Reads

2nd September – Excerpt at Quality Reads

9th September – Author Interview at Nobody Important

16th September – Guest Post & Book Feature at Book Connoisseur

23rd September – Excerpt at Next Big Book Thing

30th September – Author Interview & Book Feature at Just My Opinion

7th October – Guest Post at Aspiring Books

z2 featured

Please check out fellow author SJ Hunter’s  blog here where she features z2. It’s also a good place to learn more about her own very interesting series.

Also, it  was fun to watch z2 this week-end as it rose through the ranks of Kindle giveaways.  It made it up to #64 in the very large category of general science fiction, and up to #4 in the more specialized category of political fiction.

First Review for z2

Waiting for that first review to come from somewhere, anywhere, is one scary experience.
Luckily, z2 is off to a fine start, and I am posting fellow author Bob Craton’s review of z2 below.
I should add that I don’t know Bob personally, but I am a fan of his books, we’ve exchanged some emails on writing websites, and I very much appreciate that he seems to enjoy my books too.

Bob Craton‘s review is posted on Goodreads here and Amazon here.

Feb 06, 13
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I’m a big fan of this author’s first two books, ‘x0’ and ‘y1’, so it is no surprise that I love this third volume of the series. Once again she has put together a marvelous tale. I don’t know of anyone doing better in the genre of magical realism than she does. All of the books involve the fictional Zeitman family with a different member featured in each volume — Lola (wife/mother) in the first, Zane (son) in the second, and now Alex (husband/father). Each character is a very real and believable person who just happens to have a special ability.

The author is unafraid of tackling serious social problems, in this case racism, and she does so without being preachy. She also does a lot of research so the facts in the ‘realism’ part of magical realism are always accurate. (That makes those of us who just make stuff up as we go along feel lazy.) I don’t give spoilers so all I will say about the story is that there are two subplots, each with its own set of characters, and that the story-lines merge and the characters meet each other.

As before, the ending is very upbeat and optimistic. As a skeptic, I would not expect such happy endings in the real world. In the Zeitman family’s world, however, the conclusion shows the way things could be — and should be. I find this approach very encouraging.

Check out the blog of fellow indie author Michael Brookes here  where he features the newly released z2. Michael is also about to release his third novel entitled “Conversations in the Abyss” and he will join us on this blog March 24 for a short interview.