I admit I’m somewhat old-fashioned. I’ve been writing for a long time, and when I started there weren’t nearly as many formats for books to be published in as there are today.
But this is so fun! Whatever way you want to “read” a book, there are probably some titles out there in whatever format(s) you choose. And I’ll also admit in advance that I’m sure there are a lot of options that I’m not familiar with.
Let’s start with print. There have been different types of print books for quite a while, including hardback, trade paperback, and mass market paperback.
And now there are also e-books in several different formats, depending on the e-reader you use: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, and more.
So… there are many different ways to use your eyes to read. But you can use another sense, too–hearing. Audio books! I’m in the process now of having a couple of books in my Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Series made into audio books. Looking forward to it!
Another possibility, of course, is Braille, which I assume is only used by the blind or perhaps also those with poor eyesight. And yes, people who use Braille do use a different sense: touch.
Those are the main ways of enjoying a book that I know of. Anyone want to educate me on something else?
And, yes, enjoy what you read no matter what way you do it!
The sales pitch.
You either love it or hate it.
For your novel, it’s called the back cover copy. It can be even more difficult to write than the dreaded synopsis when you’re self-pubbing a novel. But you gotta do it.
The tease. The logline. The character descriptions.
Sometimes it seems it takes longer the write the back cover copy than the novel itself (just kidding…).
So you can imagine how excited I was when I found out my back cover copy and beautiful cover from Covers by Ramona for A Soldier’s Italian Christmas is a finalist in the Novella category in the I Heart Indie contest!
Here’s the back copy cover:
He is a U.S Army captain, a battle-weary soldier who has lost his faith.
She is a nun, her life dedicated to God.
Together they are going to commit an act the civilized world will not tolerate.
They are about to fall in love.
The ravages of combat have taken a toll on Captain Mack Oâ€™Casey, who has lost his faith after seeing the horrors of war as the Nazis fight hard to keep the Allies from reaching Rome. His beliefs are challenged even more when he loses his way and ends up in a mystical place called Monte D’Oro Rose during the cold winter of 1943â€¦and falls in love with the beautiful Sister Angelina.
The young nun has a secret of her own, one she will die trying to protect: the lost Cross of Saint Cecelia. She must find the religious relic first before the brutal Nazi major who will stop at nothing to get it. Even murder. Sister Angelina risks her life to save the cross for the Church, but will she also risk her heart? Falling in love with the handsome American soldier is against the rules, but she canâ€™t deny the stolen moments with him have made her question her vows.
It is Christmas Eve when these two lonely people come together on this holiest of holidays and how faith helps them overcome their greatest fears. A time when the whole world holds its breath as brave men and women fight for freedom.
And a soldier and a nun dare to fall in loveâ€¦
And here is the cover! Check out this extended video excerpt from Chapter One from A Soldier’s Italian Christmas
I have written over 25 novels. Each one starts with voices in my head. By the time a book is done, I know every inflection, tonal change and speech pattern of every character. So, when I had the opportunity to create the audio versions of Hostile Witness and Silent Witness, I was excited. This, I thought, was going to be a breeze.
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