Coming to your eReader soon… #DarkFacade READ 1ST CHAPTER PREVIEW NOW!

DARKFACADE-SMALLYou’ve been patiently waiting for a very dark turn in the Literary World of Sylvia Hubbard.

I’ve told you the whens, the whys and the hows and now you real read the what… Dark Facade.

Synopsis:

Maxine, an AA graphic designer who has no life, realized her best friend and coworker disappeared the day after telling Maxine she was going out on a hot date with a man she met on the Internet.

Now it’s up to Maxine to find out what happened to Lisa and who was this mysterious man who emailed his picture to her friend that Maxine just can’t stop thinking about.

Going undercover in Detroit’s black market to become a secret member of Detroit’s Masquerade Club, Maxine realizes how easy it was to get in, but she might pay with her life trying to get out.

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#DARK FACADE: Book 1 Cover … let the party begin… #SylLit #SneakReaders

Coming up with a book cover concept is one of the many banes in the Author’s side.

It’s one of the things that writer’s wish someone else would do because it hits a part of the brain, we’d rather reserve for writing.

Whenever I think of a cover, I think of what I need on there in order to get you, (the reader) to open up and see what’s going on.

This is a small project and with it being a small budget (a very small budget) for this book, I decided to do the first cover myself.

I wanted to embody a sort of party environment; A Mardi Gras theme, plus I didn’t have a green color cover.

I found the model for this book when I was out searching for a cover for Wicked Chances.

As soon as I saw her, I knew that’s who would be Maxine (or who the readers would see Maxine as.)

The bowed head was the key in the photo. Subdue and docile, the model gave just enough to let my readers know I was doing something just a little different.

The colorful mask was also the key. Most of the models had dark mask on, but I didn’t want the book cover to have more colors on it, although the main theme was a black model and a green cover.

For the writers that are reading, here are the technical aspects of what I created.

Here’s the before and after picture: DF-beforeAfter

My sixteen year old suggested I used Pixlr.com. She used to take pictures in the bathroom and she hated posting those on Facebook, so she started using this online software in order to keep up great resolution unlike other online software that would change the pixel count.

Pixlr allows you to use layers, so instead of the blue background I switched to the green.

I don’t know about you, but she actually looked a little brighter with the green.

After I cut off the edges of the background of the photo, I imported the photo into a word document.

After I added the text and color with various text boxes I printed the document as pdf. Copying the document at 350% as a snapshot, I pasted the file in a paint document and then saved it as a .jpg.

Sounds easy?

I know it probably doesn’t, but it worked for me and I hope you the reader enjoy the book cover.

MORE ABOUT DARK FACADE

The Set up:

Maxine, an AA graphic designer who has no life, realizing that her best friend and coworker disappeared the day after telling Maxine she was going out on a hot date with a man she met on the Internet.
Now it’s up to Maxine to find out what happened to Lisa and who was this mysterious man who emailed his picture to her friend that Maxine just can’t stop thinking about.

How You Can Get your copy:

It will be available on Smashwords, an eventually through other chains in two books. (Unfortunately, since Amazon doesn’t load Smashwords book, Kindle readers will have to upload their copy as a mobi file and then open it in your documents.)

The first book is the introduction of the protagonists and of course The Masquerade.

The second book will go deeper in the “rabbit hole” and try to fix what was torn asunder in book one between Maxine and “her master.”

 

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Here’s the temporary cover that was designed in the early stages when I first started the book. I want to keep reminding the old readers the cover is changing because I don’t want them to think there’s another book.

Plus, I might keep this cover as a showcase for other books to come for the Dark Facade series.

I was thinking about maybe some short stories about “the club.”

Okay, without further ado, here is the Book 1: Dark Facade Cover for your enjoyment.

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Please let me know what you think and if you’re interested in the drop date, we are going for January 20th.  I want to make sure Book two is well underway before I drop the first book and the cover to Book three should be done by then.

Working a Series is no joke and I want to do another read through to make sure it has as little errors as possible.

I also will say the first book’s price will be .99cents and I will have it at Smashwords and then at Amazon too, but I really need the reviews on the story guys to get others to get on board and read it.

I’m asking my readers for your help in your support. Even if you become an affiliate and make a little change. I really would love everything you can do.

Thanks in advance and now I need you to give me your opinion about the book cover.

Biting nails waiting for you to tell me what you think…

 

 

Coming Soon to paperback: Hope Is Love! November 2011 release! #reading #amwriting

(If you’d like to copy and paste this interview and press release on your blog you have the author‘s full permission)

For Immediate Release

 Award Winning Bestselling Author, Sylvia Hubbard, makes exclusive eBook available for paperback.

 Whatever happens to those bad people who destroy lives, sever family ties and never learn their lesson?

They end up in a Sylvia Hubbard story. In the sequel to her most downloaded book, Love Like This, Detroit Author, Sylvia Hubbard weaves an intricate tale of suspense romance.

 In her new book, Hope Is Love, (HubBooks/CreateSpace $7.99 November 2011), Hubbard presents a contemporary tale about a woman named Hope, who’s given up on everything and wishes death would come soon to take her away from her misery. Yet, when she makes a decision to actually care for someone in need, she realizes she may have made the worst decision of her life. Rescuing James Black from near death brings her into his world of lies, deceit and murder.

 “When there is nothing, there’s always Hope,” Sylvia believes. “I created two very diverse characters from different walks of life that have no chance at love or happiness, but as an author, I strive to make that happen, no matter the odds.”

 Along with being a suspense/romance author of over 25 novels, Sylvia Hubbard is also an avid blogger, founder of Motown Writers Network & AAELN, radio host of The Michigan Literary Network and chairperson of The Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference. As a native Detroiter and a single mother of three, Hubbard works tirelessly in Metro Detroit to erase illiteracy and strengthen the Michigan Literary Network.

More information about Sylvia Hubbard and all her books can be found on her website at http://www.SylviaHubbard.com or wherever books are sold. Media inquires, book signings and speaking engagements can be made with Andrea Daniels, AND Communications adaniel0089@comcast.net 313.468.2459.

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 Author Questions about Current Work, Hope Is Love

 1.  What made you create a sequel to Love Like This?

 A lot of readers really enjoyed the characters that were involved in Love Like This. Instead of creating another story for Ethan and his wife, I decided to bring characters from there and give the reader another great story.

2. The protagonist , Hope, really leads the contradiction of her namesake? Why  did you build her life to be so miserable?

 In order for us to get up, we have to know we’ve been knocked down otherwise we’ll continue to stay down and be even more miserable. Hope was in that situation and I knew giving her a name like Hope would clearly signify her horrible situation, even more. Her trials and tribulations were very needed to show what is possible when one is at this point in their lives.

3. James was clearly a selfish man consumed with only his happiness. From reading about his evil deeds in Love Like This and what he did to his brother, a lot of readers really hated him. Why bring him into this story with someone as fragile as Hope?

 I’ve always believed people who do bad things to others, are really unhappy themselves. There comes a point though when we are tired of the disconnect and in need of finding that one person that will complete us. James was coming to that point in his life and Hope really came to his rescue in more ways than one.

 4. Why have your readers crowned you Cliff Hanger Queen?

 To me, I think it happened by accident. Back in 2004, I started live blogging a book called Mistaken Identity from Monday through Friday; taking the weekends off.  I was actually typing out a book from the top of my head on a blog where readers could come and see the “magic” happen. Yet, when things would become really intense, that’s when I had to take a break in the story, leaving the reader all worked up and waiting until Monday morning to find out what happened next. I started receiving phone calls, death threats and wails of hair pulling until I finally finished the book. It was a great experience for me as a writer to get an actual reader comments as I was writing and I was addicted to do it again and again. I try to do a live book now once a year. In 2011, I’m taking on NaNoWriOrg.com and will be live blogging all through the month of November.

5. Why did you only make Hope Is Love available as a download from your website The Literary World Of Sylvia Hubbard?

With the popularity of Love Like This and the wonderful way the readers have embraced that novella, I wanted to show appreciation for them by writing a book just for them. By making this a website exclusive (available as a pdf and epub for only $1.99) I have created a gift to my readers. I hadn’t released a new paperback in a while and decided this was also a good time to still reach readers who have not acclimated with the new electronic formats.

6.  Is there more to come for the characters in these books or you as an author?

 There’s another book on its way, The Mysterious Mr. Black. This is a very deep, dark novel that really gets into love on a whole new level.  I hope to release that in 2012 in ebook  and also I will be releasing His Substitute Wife… My Sister, which involves Parker from Love Like This as an ebook and paperback in March of 2012.

More information about Sylvia Hubbard and all her books can be found on her website at http://www.SylviaHubbard.com or wherever books are sold. Media inquires, book signings and speaking engagements can be made with Andrea Daniels, AND Communications adaniel0089@comcast.net 313.468.2459

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Upcoming Book Release Party for Hope Is Love

November 12, 2011 3pm

Virgil Carr Cultural Center

311 E. Grand River, Detroit, Michigan 48226

Giveaways, prizes and more!

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