Friday, 30 October 2015



                                                          

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HOW TO CREATE A BOX SET COVER

Boxed sets are great ways to market and resell content. Someone who might not buy just one book on a topic might leap for the opportunity to get a boxed set of everything they need on that topic. It feels like a bargain. For series of novels, it's a great way to ensure you have everything in order and in one place. 

I have twelve medieval novels and I offer boxed sets by theme. That way someone who only wants the books that involve chaste heroines, or wants to read about the heroines who have prevailed over harsh challenges, can read those stories without having to hunt them down manually. 

Here's step by step instructions on how I created one of these. 

First, the final product. We are trying to create an image which accurately reflects to the user what they're going to get. In this case, it is four full length novels. 

How to Create a Box Set Cover 

So, step 1. The top cover has to show that there are four books. In my medieval novels I have an emblem on each individual cover, like this: 

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I put each emblem on the box set cover to show these were the stories included in this set. If your book covers have integrated text and images, you might want your overall box set cover to have small versions of each full cover. 

You want your original cover to be 1563 x 2500 - the Kindle proportions. Create a cover which has the box set title and features all four (or however many) sub-books in it. 

How to Create a Box Set Cover 

OK, great! Step 1 is done. Remember, this is going to be seen at tiny thumbnail size when people are buying it, so those images have to be clear. That's part of why I love my emblems. They stay clear even as they shrink. 

On to the box set creation. Make a brand new, blank image which is also 1563 x 2500. That's a good Kindle size. 

Make a version of your cover which is only 1635 pixels high. Cut and paste that into your blank document. Put it against the left side, leaving a few pixels of margin. Center it top to bottom. It doesn't have to be exact. 

Select the bottom left corner of your graphic. Now click the "SKEW" button in the bottom area of PhotoShop. This lets you use that anchor point to skew your image. Drag the bottom left corner up. Then drop the top left corner down. Create whatever feel of perspective you think works best for your book. 

How to Create a Box Set Cover 

Great! Now to add in the spines of the book. On the right side, make a black rectangle which is 1635 pixels high and fits from a few pixels right of your cover to a few pixels away from the right edge. Just as before, click the far corner of it, use skew, and skew the right top and right bottom to create the slant on that end. 

How to Create a Box Set Cover 

So far so good! Now you want to add in colored bars to show the different spines. Use colors to match your color theme. These are just rectangles with, again, a bit of skewing. 

How to Create a Box Set Cover 

Now for the titles! These are just normal text. Use whatever font you want. The ones further back should be a little smaller than the front ones, but try to ensure they can all be read. Fancy fonts don't work well at small sizes. Keep it simple and legible. 

How to Create a Box Set Cover 

You're nearly there! Select the area of black showing through around all four rectangles, make a new layer with it, color it tan (or whatever color you want your empty area to be) and bevel it. That creates the slight rise around your four book spines. 

Voila! You're done! 

How to Create a Box Set Cover 

Let me know if you have any questions! It should take about five minutes to do this once you get the hang of it. 

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Thursday, 29 October 2015





PARANORMAL

 BLOG THURSDAY

Introducing Paramormal Romance Author 

Kimbra Kash

FOREWARD

 Most everyone who searches for tales of the middle ages and seeks out stories of Knights and battles, castles and magical swords only hears the stories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table but there is an entire world full of rich stories and other countries who hold their legendary heroes in just such high regard. This is one such story.

And, if you could read English, French and Danish, you would be able to see that this story is merely one slice from the rich tapestry of tales that have been woven together throughout history.The Viking Princess is the story of the legendary romance between King Arthur’s half-sister, Morgaine Le Fay, and her epic lover, the heroic Viking Holger Danske, the Prince of Denmark and heir to King Geoffrey’s throne.
Morgaine Le Fey is worthy of her own stand-alone stories for she was the most powerful sorceress in all of history, having tutored under the guidance of Merlin the Magician, it is said she quickly surpassed his abilities. But it is her tragic love story with the Danish Prince that forms this first story in the Viking Series: The Viking Princess.
Holger was the Norse leader and legendary warrior who is immortalized in stone in the dungeons of Hamlet’s Castle on the shore that sits between the sound of Denmark and Sweden.But there is more to this tale than a simple love story.
King Arthur received his magical sword, Excalibur, from the Norse Goddess, also known as The Lady of the Lake but Excalibur was not the only magical sword she ever relinquished to mortal hands. She gave just such a magical sword to the Danish Prince, Holger, and one to the French King, Charlemagne. And together the three men joined forces fighting side by side, Britain, France and Scandinavia, battled the invading Saxons. And it was only with the help of these European forces that the famous King Arthur was able to defeat the Saxons.
Had it not been for the aid given by Holger and Charlemagne we may never have heard the heroic tales of King Arthur and Excalibur.
And though I am married to a Dane who was born and raised in Denmark, and have visited the Castle of Kronborg in Helsingor, Denmark and viewed the statue in the casemates, I have also visited both England and France and tried to stay true to the three legends, which are woven together in history, I have taken some artistic license in interweaving the languages and the individual tales, as this is the story from my personal perspective.


THREE reasons to read a Viking Romance:

1     1.   Ragnar;
2  .  Lagertha; and,
3      
Rollo

But seriously, during the dark ages, the Vikings were more than merely heathen marauders. In truth, they were brave explorers. Men and women who took the original Captain’s Oath, vowing to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man (or woman) had gone before.
They were not the pillagers that the British portrayed them to be but people searching for new lands and new civilizations and along the way, they faced gripping family sagas that questioned more than their strength, agility and patience. These journeys brought into question alliances and loyal friendships, while testing their faith. And, there was nothing more important than family relationships. If a Viking couldn’t count on his family to help him survive, he perished.
But it wasn’t only the men, these warriors were women as well as men, who stood side by side on the battlefield. Perhaps that is the reason and the truth behind the tales of the Valkyrie and Valhalla, which still haunt the stories of the Vikings.
The VIKING PRINCESS is one such tale of the extraordinary lives and epic adventures of two people: Holger Danske and Morgaine LeFey.
And Holger Danske was not the first Danish Prince to appear on the printed page or to share a well-known castle as his home. Hamlet’s story is set in the same structure that stands on the sound between Denmark and Sweden. Holger’s home is in Kronborg Castle, known to most English speaking people as Hamlet’s Castle.

It was there, inside this Castle that I first was introduced to Holger Danske and the legends surrounding his iconic life. He was a warrior, a Prince destined to become King of all the Norse lands during the time of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round table.

I found it odd that everyone had heard of King Arthur and his magical sword, Excalibur, which he received from the Lade of the Lake (a Norse Goddess) who had also given such a sword to Holger Danske. Holger’s sword was named “Cortana”, and was made from the same metal and magic as Excalibur. Yet no one I talked to outside of Denmark had ever heard of Holger or his sword.

And, even more interesting was the fact that Holger and the Vikings invaded England, yet somehow, even as enemies, Holger and King Arthur’s half-sister, Morgaine LeFey, were able to share a forbidden love.

Theirs was a romance that threatened two kingdoms.

THE VIKING PRINCESS has never been told outside of Denmark...until now. Morgaine and Holger faced an attraction more powerful than any sword, stronger than any warrior and more magical than all the powers of Merlin.
*****


EXCERPT OF THE VIKING PRINCESS

He laughed at her, making her senses bristle.

She was not amused. “Am I humorous?”

“I have heard you are many things,” he replied, “but humor has never been cited as one of your virtues.”

“First you laugh at me, and then you belittle me. Is this the way you treat all women?”

He pulled back on the reins. His horse slid to an immediate standstill. Then, burying his face into her hair, he whispered in her ear, “I have shown enormous restraint. Would you like me to show you how I treat all women?”

The burning ember inside her flared to a flame. The muscles low in her belly tightened, as she clenched her legs  tighter, wrapping them around his steed. Sucking air into her lungs, she felt the immediate pulse of desire race through the core of her body. She wanted to reach back over her head and wrap her arms around his neck, to pull him even closer.

It was all she could do to hold her tongue and keep from begging him, when all she wanted to say was, “Yes, yes, please show me.”

Her body motionless, she could feel the warmth of him as his hands grew bold, slipping beneath the soft linens covering her, his fingers gently gliding up over her stomach, traveling beneath her breasts and edging up…

A voice whispered inside her head. What are you doing? This man is your enemy. He intends to kill you, your brother, everyone you love…

She grabbed his wrists, holding him still and steady. “You have caught me, kidnapped me, and dragged me here. I may be your prisoner, but do not think that I am interested in your advances.”

His body tensed and he pulled back his hands, gripping her firmly about the waist. “I, Holger, the prince over all the Norse lands, have never had a woman decline the privilege of being my lover.”

“Prince or pauper, it matters not to me what rank you hold, for I, too, am highborn and accustomed to many privileges,” she snapped back, unwilling to let him bask in his own conceit. “And being your lover is not a privilege I would prize.”

“Perhaps,” he said, softening his touch. Slowly he ran his finger down the length of her neck, taunting her. “But are you accustomed to this?” He swung her around to face him; his mouth moved to her neck, gently caressing her throat with his lips and tongue.

The warrior with the devil’s horns was surprisingly gentle and tender with his affections. Morgaine could not contain her pleasure. A small sigh moved up from her throat, over her lips, unexpectedly escaping into the night air. “This is nothing,” he whispered against her flesh, his hand moving down over her navel. Traveling to the valley between her thighs, he pressed his fingers into her apex and she gasped at his touch.

He pulled his hand back. “After your shrill tongue and insults, the next time you will have to beg for my attentions.”

His tone shocked her back into the present. No man had ever spoken to her in this manner. He had no idea of her power. She was not some peasant he could toy with. Morgaine Le Fey was a princess, the sister of King Arthur. It was her turn to laugh…and it came out of her loud and hard. He must not know of her talents. She was the most powerful sorceress in Camelot and perhaps a dozen other kingdoms.

“Me? Beg? To think you will ever witness such an act from me,” she started to say but then shook her head and continued, “You must be more than foolish.”

“We will see,” he said, sounding more arrogant and insolent than ever.

“Yes, we shall see,” she replied, as he gave his horse a nudge and they continued riding.




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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Two part novel


TWO PART NOVEL-Urban Fantasy, Time-travel, witchcraft.


My friend Keta Diablo will be 

publishing a two part novel 

together which should be up

 on Amazon next week!

 It is a novel we had out 

together a few years ago 

when we ran the publishing 

company Eternal Press

 together.

 I had to sell the buisness due to a long illness.

 I am now well and Keta and I have decided to republish our 2 part novel again.

 We have very similar writing styles and it was said by one reviewer it was hard to see where
 one story finished and the other started, because we write so alike:-)

I will keep you informed on our progress. We have named our novel Mine by Moonlight.