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I Walked the @DaretoWearLove Runway to benefit @stephenlewisfdn #charity #lgbtq

The Dare to Wear Love 6 Gala and fashion show took place at the Ritz Carlton Friday, May 12th. It was an amazing evening, raising more than 275K for The Stephen Lewis Foundation‘s new LGBTQ Funding Initiative.

The new initiative will support organizations responding to HIV/AIDS within sub-Saharan African communities where HIV rates are highest.

As always, huge hugs and thanks to Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell of HOAX Couture, founders of Dare to Wear Love. They are two of the most generous people I know, and their tremendous energy brings out the best in everyone around them.

Photo credit: Eyecontact Photography

Many thanks also to designer Farley Chatto who created my beautiful dress, which I love!

Lovely man and designer, Farley Chatto

The evening was filled with love and hope. By celebrating the talents and commitment of Canada’s fashion community and artists, we all used our powers for good!

Thanks to everyone who supported me this year, either with a monetary donation to my Challenge or by sharing the event and encouraging me along the way. It all helped!

Below are a few pictures from the evening’s show, but there are hundreds more! You can see them on the Flickr galleries, accessible via the Photos link on the website.

Enjoy!

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 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Anatomy of a Book Cover

A short time ago, I started thinking about changing some of my book covers to better represent the genre and tone of my stories. For this post, I’ll talk about the changes I made for my latest mystery/suspense novellas—A Snake in Paradise released April 9, 2015, and SEAL of a Monk released July 26, 2015. Both were written for the Lei Crime Series in Kindle Worlds, based on the books of author, Toby Neal.

 

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Original covers – Early attempts

 

I don’t like busy covers with too many images. I prefer something subtle and spare. The problem with this is that subtlety can be lost on a reader if they know nothing about the story. If the cover does not grab them immediately, they are unlikely to read the blurb or sample the first few pages.

At the other end of the spectrum, some covers incorporate too many story elements and end up as a cluttered mess of images in a collage.

So … what is the right balance? I’m no expert, but here’s what I do.

I consider the cover as the first point of contact for my book—a visual sales tool, if you will. As such, I try to do everything I can to make it appealing to a buyer.

 

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Original covers – FINAL

 

It’s true that most people judge a book by its cover. He or she may assess it any number of ways:

  1. Does it look professional?
  2. Do the graphics evoke a particular genre? (Horror, women’s fiction, romance …)
  3. What kind of mood does it convey? (Mystery, humor, fear …)

All these thoughts go through a reader’s head when browsing for a book, but the process is quick. We have limited time to hook a potential buyer before they move on to the next book cover.

 

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Image used for A Snake in Paradise – NEW COVER

 

When Toby suggested I change the two covers I had written for the Lei Crime Series, I had already been considering it, but her input clarified what I had to do. She offered ideas for how I could keep the dark restraint of my original covers while adding some sexiness to better convey the mood of the books.

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Image used for SEAL of a Monk – NEW COVER

 

Toby was absolutely right. My old covers were too dark and subdued. They conveyed the mystery/suspense genre, but the graphics did little to reveal the mood. In the original cover for A Snake in Paradise, my designer gave me a symbol of the story as I had requested, only … the story was not about a snake. It was about a woman named Lainey Lee with a snake tattoo. She was the main character and deserved to be on the updated cover.

In SEAL of a Monk, the story continued with Lainey. In it, she met Max, a Navy SEAL who helped her with a search and rescue operation. He was central to the story, so he was represented on the new cover. Common elements such as color, texture, and font linked the two books together.

When the essence of the stories became clear for me, it was obvious that I needed to add the human element to the covers. The symbols I had originally used were too vague. It was important to allow readers to visually know what was between the pages.

 

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NEW covers – Early attempts

 

Ultimately, I changed the covers so they would better resonate with my readership as well as attract new readers. And let’s be honest, the reason authors want a great book cover is not just so that we love it. Potential buyers have to love it too. If it can please both the author and the reader, then we have found the sweet spot.

Here are a few things I learned with this change process, and I hope you find them helpful.

~ Whether you use a professional cover designer or not, it is important to have a clear vision of what your story is about. Is it a love story, a mystery, or a different genre? Once you determine this, choose a color scheme and image(s) to clearly communicate it. If uncertain, refer to bestselling books in your particular genre for ideas.

~ Ensure a proper balance of text and graphics. Remember that e-books should be clearly visible as a thumbnail, and a cover with a white background will lose its borders on most sales’ sites. That means your book image ends up “floating” in white space. If you must have a white background, consider going a few shades darker to give your book a distinct outline.

~ Book covers should be both functional and attractive. It’s art, but there are rules. Do some research on what sells and what is considered good. I’m a bit of a design junkie, so it’s interesting for me to read up on trends, but you can google “best book covers” and find numerous sites that will provide useful information.

 

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NEW covers – FINAL

 

As always, huge thanks to JB Graphics who designs all my covers.

I hope you like the new ones and enjoyed learning a bit about the process I used to arrive at them.

Over the next while, I will change more of my covers. I want to attract new readers, particularly for some of the books that have not been selling as well as I like. I will keep experimenting. Aside from doing the work, I don’t see a downside, and the upside is … greater sales and connection to more readers. I think that’s worth it, don’t you? 😉

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SEAL of a MONK releases by Eden Baylee for #LeiCrimeKW

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My second novella for the Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds launches today!

SEAL of a Monk brings back my main character, Lainey Lee from A Snake in Paradise, with a completely different storyline.

Along with my book are five others that are part of this second wave for the series, based on the books of bestselling author, Toby Neal.

The Shell Seeker by Christine Nolfi

Torn Roots by Scott Bury

Money Makes it Deadlier by Julie C. Gilbert

Coffee and Kukui Nuts by A.J. Llewellyn

Princess Eyes Part 1 and Part 2 by Lucas Kana

Please check out all the books in the series so far

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Huge thanks to the designer of all my covers – JBGraphics who also designed a new website for me in time for the launch.

Check it out here and let me know what you think!

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Summary and early reviews for SEAL of a Monk

The ancient jungles of Kauai provide the perfect setting for self-discovery.

Despite the terror she experienced on her last trip, Lainey Lee returns to Hawaii to manage a silent meditation course on the Coconut Coast. Twenty-five women are under her care for ten days in a beautiful and remote location. Lainey expects to find inner peace, but four days into the course, one of the meditators disappears without a trace.

Did the girl leave of her own free will, or was she lured away by a strange cult? Lainey is frantic to answer these questions. As her desperation grows, she finds help from an unexpected source—a retired Navy SEAL named Maximillian Scott.

Now, Lainey has two mysteries to solve: what happened to the missing girl and the case of her own heart. Can she ever trust a man again?

” …blends a little something for everyone in beautiful but deadly Hawaii.”

“It has so many twists and turns plus a surprise ending.”

“…fast moving and entertaining.”

I hope you’ll pick up a copy, and many thanks for your continued support,

~eden 

 

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Cover Reveal – SEAL of a MONK by Eden Baylee for #LeiCrimeKW

ASIP KWThe past couple of months have been busy ones — mainly plotting my upcoming novel, A FRAGILE TRUCE and completing a second novella for the Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds, based on the books of author, Toby Neal.

A Snake in Paradise released April 7th and launched the series along with seven other books.

We toured in June, and the experience has been so wonderful, I thought to do it again!

SEAL of a Monk brings back my main character, Lainey Lee, with a completely different storyline. You don’t need to read A Snake in Paradise first, but it would give you more insight into the character if you did. 😉

The new novella is in final edits and I’m thrilled to reveal the cover.

Voilà!

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Isn’t it fabulous! Huge thanks to the designer of all my covers – JBGraphics. It was difficult to strike a balance of old and new, but he did a terrific job in unifying the look of the books.

Here’s the synopsis for SEAL of a Monk

The ancient jungles of Kauai provide the perfect setting for self-discovery.

Despite the terror she experienced on her last trip, Lainey Lee returns to Hawaii to manage a silent meditation course on the Coconut Coast. Twenty-five women are under her care for ten days in a beautiful and remote location. Lainey expects to find inner peace, but four days into the course, one of the meditators disappears without a trace.

Did the girl leave of her own free will, or was she lured away by a strange cult? Lainey is frantic to answer these questions. As her desperation grows, she finds help from an unexpected source—a retired Navy SEAL named Maximillian Scott.

Now, Lainey has two mysteries to solve: what happened to the missing girl and the case of her own heart. Can she ever trust a man again?

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I hope the story interests you. It was fun to write, and the research fascinated me on so many levels.

Stay tuned as the next wave of LEI CRIME books are scheduled for release. Target date: July 31st.

In the meantime, you can find all the books for the Lei Crime Series on Amazon US. Sorry it’s not available in other parts of the world (as yet).

If you do not live in the US and wish to read any of the books, e-mail me or leave a comment and I’ll do my best to get a copy to you. 🙂

As always, please accept my sincere thanks for your continued support,

~eden 

 

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HAPPY LAUNCH DAY to the authors of #LeiCrimeKW via @tobywneal at @kindleworlds

Release Day is finally here for me and a group of authors writing in Toby Neal’s Lei Crime Series!

Today, author Toby Neal gets her own Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds and we get to launch it with our books! 

You can read all about it on Toby’s website, where she has a page about the Lei Crime Kindle World. Toby has also blogged about it here today.

My contribution is a suspense novella (with an erotic slant) called A Snake in Paradise. It takes place on the big island of Hawaii and runs concurrently with Toby’s first book, Blood Orchids.

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Buy link: Amazon US 

Lainey Lee has always dreamed of going to Hawaii. It should have been her honeymoon trip, only it never happened. Now, in a poetic twist of fate, she is making the journey twenty-seven years later—following a messy divorce.

Once on the Big Island, Lainey discovers paradise, but white sand beaches and blue skies are not all Hawaii has to offer. She soon meets Julian, a mysterious stranger ten years her junior. They share an instant connection.

Lainey is eager to shed the fears that trapped her in a loveless marriage, but is Julian a tempting distraction, a new beginning, or a snake in paradise?

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AUTHORS LAUNCHING THE LEI CRIME SERIES

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Along with me, seven other authors are releasing books today. Each one has taken his/her own unique spin on Toby’s books. There is a wide cross-section of genres and something for everyone. I am so impressed with the work I’ve read so far and feel privileged to be among the group.

Hit the title to access the book on Amazon. 

Hidden Poppies by M.L. Doyle (Mystery: LGBT theme)

Never Again by Julie C. Gilbert (Suspense: Stalking)

Warrior Dog by Emily Kimelman (Action: Animal protagonist)

Saddle Road by J.L. Oakley (Mystery: US Veterans)

Half Moon Girls by Corinne O’Flynn (Murder mystery)

The Shell Keeper by Christine Nolfi (Magical realism)

Fireweed Trail by Craig Hansen (Young adult: Coming of age)

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TWITTER CHAT TODAY & TOMORROW

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I’ll be live on Twitter with the other authors this evening April 7th. Pull up the hashtag #LeiCrimeKW and join us. Come say hello! Better yet, if you have questions about Kindle Worlds, our books, writing timelines, etc., just ask, we’d love to talk to you!

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MY NEWSLETTER

Last but not least, I’ll be running giveaways for my books in the coming months. Announcements will be made first via my newsletter, so sign up now if you haven’t already. It’s an infrequent newsletter but it’s packed with deals that I don’t want you to miss.

Sign up by hitting the graphic below and filling in your email. Just make sure to confirm the email in your inbox. Easy!

I’ll send you cake if you subscribe. 😉

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HUGE thanks to Toby for inviting me to write in her world, and congratulations to all the other authors launching today!

And as always, thank you SO MUCH for your continued support. Without you, the reader, none of this is possible.

~ eden 

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