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Fiction Friday!

Happy Fiction Friday everyone! I hope you are all having a delightful day. I will be spending the afternoon preparing for Matthew’s family birthday party that we’re hosting tonight. My baby boy is turning twelve (sniff, sniff). Tomorrow he is having two of his buddies over to spend the night, eat junk food, and watch the movie Paranormal Activity (he has been begging me to let him watch it since last fall). “It’s your nightmare,” I told him. “Just don’t wake me up at 3 a.m. when you’re scared because I will boomerang your butt right back to bed.”

Why yes I am a stellar mom, thanks for asking.

Anyway, as most? some? all of you know, I have decided to self-publish my novel On the Island. I am hoping for a September 1st release and I’m hard at work preparing everything. I will be sending the manuscript to my freelance editor on August 1st, and then I’ll do a final line edit and make sure the formatting is correct. The novel will be available for Nook and Kindle users, plus some other e-reader formats, and in paperback as well.

I wanted to share the image I’ve chosen for my cover. This is an actual beach in the Maldives (which is where my story takes place), and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. Plus my main character has long dark hair (and often wears blue) so it seemed like a no-brainer. I also love the colors.

Here’s a VERY ROUGH mock-up of what it might look like with the title (which needs to be centered properly, and much bigger) and my name. My very awesome friend Penne, who is a graphic designer, is going to help me make sure it looks professional (and not like something I might have, ahem, whipped up on MS Paint), and my super awesome critique partner (who is a traditionally published author) is going to write a blurb for the cover.

So, what do you think? Is it eye-catching? For those of you who have read the manuscript, does it capture the essence of the story? As my friend Elisa and I discussed, it’s not very “stranded on an island” but it does invoke (I hope) the romantic aspect of the story. I think it looks very women’s fiction-y which is super cool since that’s the genre of my book.

Let me know your thoughts if you have a free moment. I’d love to get your input.

Have a great Friday and a great weekend everyone!


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  1. Yes, I will definitely leave off the “by” and make the font bigger for the title. My name will be all on one line.

    I definitely want it to be as readable as possible in the thumbnail.

    Thanks for weighing in everyone 🙂

  2. Enticing cover. Talk about a “beach book!” I’d pick it up for sure. Love me some rom-com.

    I might pump up the font a point or two bigger, so it’s more readable in thumbnail.

  3. I am so excited for you! I hope your characters have the same wonderful sense of humor you have. I want two copies but may I please have them signed?

  4. Sounds like you’re approaching this release in just the right way, Terry! So far the cover looks really good! SO glad it’s going to be available for Nook, because I will definitely buy it! 😀

  5. It Screams Chick Lit and as you already know, it’s perfect. I can’t wait to tell all my friends it’s available since I have been telling everyone I know how good the book is and they are dying to read it ASAP!!!


  6. …You probably want to leave off the “by” — that’s not seen on too many books…and author name on one line, and maybe darker…?

    It could make for a fine cover…

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