Water and the Hampden Branch Library

I had the most marvelous time at the Hampden Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  Devon, the branch manager, set up a theme in the library based on black art and water, including bottles of water from all over the world.  It was one of the coolest things anyone has ever done for a discussion about Water in a Broken Glass.  Speaking of discussion, it was so awesome.  Everyone really enjoyed the characters, the art in the book, and the way Baltimore is represented.  Devon appreciated the mention of the Pratt Library in the book.  If you have a chance, please visit the library.  It’s small but so adorable.  You will love it.

I thank the Hampden Branch for having me and all the people who came out to support me, which includes my mama and my husband, Michael.

Here are a few pictures.  Enjoy.

  

Discussing Water in a Broken Glass

On Thursday, July 20th I will be at the Hampden Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library discussing Water in a Broken Glass.  I am looking forward to meeting everyone there.  It’s going to be a fun time.  I hope to see you there.  Click on the link below for more information.  And thanks so much for all the support.  I couldn’t do any of it without you all.

http://calendar.prattlibrary.org/event/bood_discussion#.WW66LbpFyUk

 

Book Cover Reshoot: Third Time Around

Okay, so they say that the third time is a charm.  I believe who said this is right.  In my previous post I talked about the two different covers I had for my novel In the Mirror and how something is missing from both.  Well, this time I got it right.  Everything I wanted for this cover I got and more, much, much more.  And guess what!  For you viewing pleasure, I recorded some behind the scenes footage that puts you in the middle of that wonderful shoot.  I do have to warn you, though.  While this video shows several photographs, I do not reveal which picture I chose for the cover.  You’ll have to wait for the re-release to see that.  So click on the link below and enjoy.

https://youtu.be/XN0QZ2Jt3nU

It’s All About The Book Cover

Recently, I reshot the cover to my novel In the Mirror.  I’d been wanting and needing to reshoot the cover for a long time.  The first time the cover was shot was when In the Mirror was published by Dewdrop Publishing.  The cover featured my beautiful cousin, Dana Pryor, who plays the main character, Jasmine Falls.

It is a wonderful cover.  I love it, but it didn’t attract many readers.  There was something missing from the cover.  Not long after its release, I was able to acquire the rights to In the Mirror and I decided to reshoot the cover.  Now, I’ve never bought a book based on the cover.  I’m title’s person, meaning, if the title grabs my attention, I’m picking up the book to see what it’s about.  I now understand that covers do the same for most readers.  Their first introduction to you as a writer is the cover, and if it doesn’t grab them, they won’t grab the book.

So I had this wonderful idea for a cover and had a friend, Steven Houk, who dabbles in photograph to shoot it for me.  For the talent, I again used my cousin Dana, who is Jasmine.  I asked my co-worker, Lauren Smith, to play the role of Regina Roberts, and I asked my former publisher, Devlon Waddell, to play the role of Daniel Roberts.  This is what we came up with.

This cover attracted a whole lot of attention.  Every book fair I attended, I sold several copies because it drew people over to my table.  And once they read the synopsis, they couldn’t wait to read it.  The only problem is this cover didn’t exactly do what I wanted.  I wanted it to be a night time scene, but we weren’t able to achieve that.  So it looks like Jasmine is standing in Daniel and Regina’s room in the middle of the afternoon as they are napping.  Also, we had elongate the image because we couldn’t originally shoot it vertically.  So everyone is distorted, which I could say plays a part in how Jasmine views the relationship.  Yeah, I could say that.  It sounds really good….Naw…

Soooo, that brings me to April 23, 2017.  I’ll tell you all about that day in my next post.