Forever Blue Cover Reveal

I’m at the stage of writing which I like the least. I say ‘like the least’ rather than ‘dislike’, as there aren’t too many aspects of writing which I dislike, but this stage would have to be my least favourite. I guess I’m a little impatient.

Forever Blue is written. I’ve completed the first of the major edits and now I’m at the stage of those smaller edits and typos, the ones which my mind often corrects so I have to use various different ways to spot them. This can be fun for one or two chapters, but after an entire book the fun aspect definitely wanes. I’m also stuck writing the blurb. I would rather write an entire book than a blurb. Once I figure it out I’ll be able to let you know more about the actual story line. Hopefully.

This part of the process also includes sending it out to beta readers, something which is exciting but also nerve-wracking, especially since I have given out zero details regarding the book. My writers’ group may have got the odd snippet here and there, but not many. The reason for this is I wanted the feedback to be as unbiased as possible. The only details I’ve given are that it’s aimed at the YA audience and a romance. Sort of. Even though I’ve only sent it to a few people, the feedback so far has been good. (It still counts if it’s your mum, right?)

But the thing that frustrates me the most is I just want to get it out there. I want to click the publish button and see if people enjoy it as much as I did writing it. But I promised myself I wouldn’t do that. I would stick to my plan.

But there is one thing I can share with you . . . the cover!

Personally, I think it is rather beautiful. What do you think?

Cover

 

I’ve also been playing with an animated gif and I’m pretty pleased with how it came out.

Cover Gif

Anyway, that’s it for now. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break.

Abby Wilder lettering

The Title of my Next Novel

I’ve been working on my current project for a few months now. I started to write it back in 2011, but after publishing the Behind Glass series, I decided to completely re-write the story. I started in October 2015 and by December, I had finished the first draft. Over the holidays I had very little spare time and so it wasn’t until February this year that I started the editing process. I’m pleased to say that it is coming along nicely and I’m still hoping for a May release date.

I always had a name in mind for the story, and, as I’ve mentioned before, I even wrote the last word of Girl Beneath Stars as the title.

And we fall into the water, breathless.

In my mind, the book had always been called BREATHLESS, but after making changes to the story which altered the main plot, and looking at how many books already had that name, I began to doubt my choice. There appears to be well over 50 books by that title in the kindle store alone. Hardly a good choice.

So my next choice was JUST BREATHE, or simply BREATHE, inspired by Anna Nalick’s song which was playing on the radio when the idea for the novel first popped into my head. Once again, I went to the kindle store to see how many books already had that title. Again, there were lots.

I had to start thinking down a different track and there seemed to be one obvious choice derived from a theme running throughout the book. FOREVER BLUE. Although there are still novels out there by that title, there are not as many as my previous choices.

So there you have it. The title of my next book is Forever Blue.

Forever Blue title

The cover is already designed (the picture above shows a small snippet) and I am working on the trailer now. There is still some editing to do on the novel but I’m hoping to release it to my beta readers in the next few weeks.

While I was working on the cover, I decided to do an animated version. I can’t show it to you just yet, but here is the one I did for the Girl Beneath Stars cover with twinkling and shooting stars.

GBS

Abby Wilder lettering