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Sunday, October 30, 2011


Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks

I've mentioned a bit about the creation process for the cover of Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks (If you want to read that earlier post, you can check it out here), but I thought on this freakishly snowy Hallow's Eve, I'd talk a little about the picture itself.

First off, let me introduce the characters.  On the left, we have Maddie Hallows (Eve's Mom); hiding behind the tombstone is Sam Hallows (Eve's little ghoul of a brother); sitting front and center is Eve Hallows, and to the right is Bill Hallows (Eve's Dad).

In the picture, everyone is getting ready for a family photo, and, perhaps, the first question you may have is Why would they be taking a family photo at a graveyard?  And the obvious answer is that they live in a monster world known as Gravesville, and to Gravesvillians the graveyard is as much a part of their world as the beach is to, say, Californians.  You mean to tell me you can't see that from the picture?

Yeah, so, anyway, we have Mom, who is a gorgon, checking her face in a mirror and--What do you mean a gorgon can't look into a mirror without turning to stone?  Well, guess what?  This gorgon can.  You'll just have to read the book to find out why that's possible, won't you?

And then there's Sam, who appears rather frightened.  Perhaps he's annoyed Eve one too many times. And, of course, we have the star of the novel, Miss Eve Hallows, who looks simply miserable (she would say adorable, but I'm not gonna go there now).  Makes you wonder why, huh?  No?  Really?  Then you must want to know why Dad is checking his watch?  And didn't I mention they are getting ready for a family photo?  Shouldn't they be all happy and family-like?  Guess that depends on your definition of "family."

Also, you must be asking yourself why do Mom and Sam appear to be monsters while Eve and Dad look all human.  Hmm, very interesting.

Finally, you have to be wondering how the title and relates to the picture.  EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHRIEKS.  Sure, the "Eve Hallows" part is pretty obvious.  There she is sitting on a tombstone.  But what about the whole "Book of Shrieks" part.  She isn't holding a book, and no one appears to be shrieking, and how can a book be about shrieks anyway.  All very good questions.

So, in short, the cover makes very little sense at all, but for a nominal fee ($12.99 for the paperback or $2.99 for the ebook) all of your questions can be answered. Well, maybe not all of your questions.  The book doesn't offer up the meaning of life or how to bake a cheesecake without it cracking, but it answers any questions you may have about the cover.  After all, isn't that the point of a cover? To make you ask some questions?  Well, covers also gives an author like me a big head because my name looks all nice and shiny, but that's a post for another day.

So what have you learned from today's post?  Absolutely nothing.  Did you really expect me to make a point?  Absurd!

Hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween.  I'll send you off with this:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Eve Hallows Updates

Finishing up some last-minute edits on Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks, which is currently on schedule to be released on or about November 8.  The paperback edition will be available for $12.99 and the ebook-flavored edition for $2.99.  More to come on that once we get close to the release date...

If you'd prefer a free copy (because everyone likes free, right?) then email me at EveHallows1031[at]gmail[dot]com.  I'll have a limited supply of print books to give away and a whole lot of ebooks.  All I ask is that you review the book on your blog, Amazon, B&N, or wherever you comment about the books you've read.  You don't even have to say nice things about the book, I won't hold it against you.  Promise.


For fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows, life can be summed up in one word—horrible.  She has the most horrible friends.  She lives in a horrible old castle.  Even her family is a bunch of horrible monsters. 

However, in the monster-inhabited world of Gravesville—a world where messages are sent through Ouija boards, jack-o’-lanterns get facials to suit their moods, and the worst thing Eve has to deal with are those annoying zombie tourists who overrun her favorite graveyard during the Halloween season—horrible means wonderful.  And everything for Eve is perfectly horrible.

But her life is about to go head over heels when a mysterious group known as The Source starts terrorizing Gravesville.  Now she must move to the human world—where everything is opposite ... and for Eve, that's absolutely adorable!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Think Different

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. - Apple Inc.

Think Different.

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