Sneak Preview #DarkFacade | #SneakReader #amwriting #amreading

And you know you’ve been waiting all morning. I bet you even checked what time zone Detroit was in and was wondering why I hadn’t posted this morning.

I wake up at five and literally am going at sixty to one hundred miles an hour as soon as I put my feet on the floor.

Sigh…

I know… no, excuses!

I promised you a sneak peak to Book four and I’m going to give you just that.

I’d like to thank #SneakReader, SDunn for her help in a pinch early in the morning for helping me and responding fast to an email for some story research.

I’d love to hear your feedback. There might be some major errors in this puppy because Momma was very overwhelmed this week.

Okay, no more talkie talkie, time to post an excerpt… 

Enjoy...

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#DarkFacade Book 4 Coming soon | Updates & Partial Book Cover Reveal #Sneakreaders #amreading #amwriting

Life as we know it for me has been a bit difficult.

Uncomfortable.

Not only am I struggling to get into a house because currently my family and I are homeless (but staying with my father, which is a tale in itself), I’m also going through the gambit with men and my writing life. I’ve also started a new job that’s consuming all mental activities and making me really exhausted once I get home.

I’m suppose to be finishing up the edits to His Substitute Wife, but I had to put it down to get the house done. On top of that, I need to finish off Dark Facade Book Four.

I just need to work out the last part. I figured out who killed Lisa and I’ve pretty much wrapped up how I’m going to use Onyx, while slipping in a little bit more about what’s going on in her life – you know with Blaque & Shadow.

(Currently listening to The Tourist with Johnny Depp and I keep typing their lines.)

Also I’m working with @paytonleaf on the final book cover for Dark Facade.

Coming up with a fresh and final book concept to tie all the other books together is very difficult.

I really had planned on book three being the final and leaving it at that, but so much story line had to be put in book four so this is all new.

For this book cover, I thought to concentrate on the rugged Philippe. I hardly have men on my cover and I wanted to do something just a little bit different.

Low-key portrait of scary man with evil eyes
partial book cover for #DarkFacade Book 4

I’m going to incorporate some elements from book one and three into this one and go from there. Wish me luck and thank you for your patience.

Now that I’m 80% moved into my home – kids still need beds and I have other things around the house that need to be worked on (a roof, a basement, a kitchen and so forth) I think I can sit down enough to hack out all the notes I’ve made on scrapes of paper, on my phone and @Evernote (my most favorite app for writers in the world).

Next post will be by this Thursday when I’ll have an excerpt of the book available for you – my loyal #SneakReaders.

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WARNING: There are possible story spoilers below in comments so please read all the books before reading any comments.
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COVER REVEAL #DarkFacade Book Three #amreading by @paytonleaf

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Evasive, but artistic.

Well, what do you think? (Answer in the comments below)

I’m really deep into getting this book done before next week.

Reviews are pouring in – some good, some bad – but I’m going to take this it like it is.

I do warn readers this is different than what I usually write and I would like to note, I originally wrote this in 2007, so stop telling me I’m trying to copy 50Shades.

Honestly, I’m not trying to.

This story originated when I saw a building with the address I describe in the book and the concept of the story came to me.

I’m excited about the hoopla the book is getting and I do appreciate your patience in getting the story to you.

Dark Facade: Book Three is coming.

If you haven’t caught up with us and just joining us, please go to Amazon by clicking here or there are the smashwords links.

Dark Facade (Book Two)    by Sylvia Hubbard
Price: $1.49 USD. 21420 words. Published on February 14, 2013. Fiction.
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When The Dark Comes… As the saga continues, Maxine infiltrates The Masquerade, an underground secret society of wealthy men who believe money can buy everything, including treating women however they please.
Dark Facade (Book One)    by Sylvia Hubbard
Price: $0.99 USD. 24510 words. Published on January 30, 2013. Fiction.
(5.00 from 1 review)
Maxine, an AA graphic designer who has no life, realizes 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.

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Don’t forget to tell me what you think of this cover for book three? And any other questions you have for me?

I’ve been reading past comments and I must say this is one of the most liveliest discussions on my blog to date!

Keep it coming!

Author’s Update: #DarkFacade finalizing cover & guestimating release of Book Three #writing

Doing a series is like looking after a baby. You have to keep checking on it just to see what’s going on, take care of it, nurture it and keep it strong and healthy.

Especially when you just want to sit in a corner and write.

There’s a lot to do and it’s never enough.

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When is book three coming?

I’ve been getting that a lot off line and now I’m starting to even see it in my search options as well.

PEOPLE ARE SEARCHING FOR BOOK THREE IN GOOGLE. lol

I thought it was exciting to know.

ANSWER THE QUESTION, SYLVIA!

Book three should be available by March 1st. SHOULD BE?

Currently, I’m on Chapter 27. Yeah, serious. As I type this, I’ve just finished up 27 and moving to 28.

That’s how quickly I’m moving. three pages a day. On good days, I could get up to six, but this is a bad week so you’re getting three pages a day.

Don’t push it.

I’m trying to move in a house, get the kids together, keep my sanity during this bad time in my life and just trying to push out the best book you’ve read.

Maxine’s fun.

Onyx is funner.

(I know that’s not a word.)

Back to work.

Have you gotten your copy? Have you done your review?

Dark Facade (Book Two)    by Sylvia Hubbard
Price: $1.49 USD. 21420 words. Published on February 14, 2013. Fiction.
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When The Dark Comes… As the saga continues, Maxine infiltrates The Masquerade, an underground secret society of wealthy men who believe money can buy everything, including treating women however they please.
Dark Facade (Book One)    by Sylvia Hubbard
Price: $0.99 USD. 24510 words. Published on January 30, 2013. Fiction.
(5.00 from 1 review)
Maxine, an AA graphic designer who has no life, realizes 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.

Thanks in advance

PS: I sent the cover concept to @paytonleaf and I hope to have a preview of something at least by Monday. That’s the 25th. (My son’s birthday, so I won’t be revealing the cover until the 26th.)

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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Are you ready to read Dark Facade Chapter1? CLICK HERE!

After you’ve finished reading, please return here and let me know what you think!

And then share this with other readers, with the social buttons below. It’s our segment of Talking Tuesday and I would need your help getting the word out about the book!

Would you like to read more updates regarding Dark Facade? Click here: https://sylviahubbard.com/category/books/work-in-progress/dark-facade-work-in-progress/

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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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temp cover

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…

 

 

Update for #SneakReaders: Guess who just finished #DarkFacade Part One? Yep! #SylLit

Mardi Gras Mask

To read a previous updated post about Dark Facade click here.

As I work on the book in my favorite spot I’m falling in love with it all over again.

It’s my darkest sensual work yet and I find myself very disturbed about the character Maxine. She’s different.

Different than other characters I’ve created. She’s got this quite strength and though she leads a life of loneliness, she feels this is necessary in order to keep her sanity.

In my next post about Dark Facade, I’m going to put a first chapter and I would love to hear what you have to say about it.

Here’s some old stuff about Dark Facade in case you didn’t want to go back. Otherwise jump to below the cover to see more things I’m speaking about.

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.”

Here’s the temporary cover

DARKFACADE-SMALL
More updates for Dark Facade.

I’m still going out to take pictures of the building I see in my story. I even changed the address of the building to coincide with my story and now it even feels more real.

I like Detroit because even though the “real” building is four stories, I’ve actually made underground “chambers” in the story so the building has about ten floors. Four above ground and then six below. I have the large parking lot in the back and it’s on a street that people would think it was an abandon building.

No one would pay attention to this building… just like the building in my book.

On top of this, it’s near a railroad… just like the building in my book.

I can’t believe it myself.

I can’t wait for you guys to see the picture.

Also, I decided on the cover. I was talking to a designer who gave me the idea of three covers in one. Someone’s going to help me design one large panoramic cover and then We’ll chop it up into three book covers so when you put all the covers together, they fit like pieces to a puzzle or give you one phenomenal poster.

that’s the journey so far. Be on the lookout for the first chapter excerpt. If others have read the book, please leave your comments on what you thought of it.

And I’d love to know how do you guys feel about me doing this one as a serial in a book for 99cents a piece. I know it’s different for me, but I wanted to do something different this time.

Also, is ten days too long or should I do seven days between each release?