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UnCover Monthly is Growing Up! #mfrwauthor #featurerevision #update

Osiyo~

It’s been a while since I’ve done anything on the blog other than UnCover Monday each month, with some of those late, and I apologize for the silence. I’ve taken a sabbatical from writing for a bit to get my life and physical health back in order. After two deaths and a severe brain trauma in our families, all within a twelve month period, we’re all recovering well from those shocks. I also returned to day job work after years of being a stay-at-home wife and caregiver for FIL while raising a granddaughter.

Now I’m looking forward to my baby brother’s wedding in May! I’m hoping I’ll be in well enough condition to make it with a smile, since there’s no way I’ll miss the event. In July I injured my shoulder and have been going through Worker’s Comp rigmarole ever since. I’m sure many of you know all about this business. LOL I’m waiting for surgery right now. Let me tell ya’ll, torn rotator cuff and bicep tendons stink. 🙂

I haven’t been able to be on the PC for longer than a few minutes (like thirty at a time and usually no more than an hour in a day) before the pain boots me off. That means no productive writing or blogging, not even with guests, until I’m healed. That also means things seem to take three times longer to get done. *sigh*

BUT–they are getting done!

I decided in November to celebrate UnCover Monday’s (UCM) fourth anniversary by renovating the author-sharing feature. I’m adding a few new surprises and modifying other existing aspects. All-in-all, I’m hoping UCM will be more author friendly. I’m also hoping UCM will garner more free-will attention and become more widely known and used by authors (without my quarterly email requests for covers) to get their names out there.

You see, I came up with UCM because so many authors seem to put more into marketing books one at a time than they do marketing THEMSELVES. I’m a firm believer in author first marketing because, well to put it in basic terms, if there are no authors, there would be no books to market. Why would I put my whole marketing energies into one book that will be obsolete in three to five years (the common term of most contracts)?

Will readers remember ME after that time? Since they own some form of my book…I’m thinking that unless every book I write is outstanding, a redwood above the rest of the forest of books out there, the answer is probably NO.

What can I do to help readers remember me, the writer behind the books? After all, I want readers to buy ALL of MY books; not just this one memorable or cool title, or that one, or one of the next five books down the road. Right? I want readers to go in search of my books because they know MY name and not just one book title. Right?

Do you?

YES!

So UnCover Monday was born. To shout out the writers and, in some cases, the artists behind the books we all love, hate (in a good way, of course 😀 ) or love to hate. It’s to give credit where credit is due– TO THE AUTHOR. Yes, we’re all proud of our babies and we want to share them with the world…but we NEED the world to know who created that baby and all the babies that follow.

And that’s what UCM is for.

To help authors promote themselves through their books, no matter how many they write or how they’re published, whether it’s one or one hundred.

And for that reason alone, UCM does not, and never will, promote cover reveals. UCM promotes AUTHOR reveals! 🙂 And it’s still FREE after four years!!! Will I ever charge for UCM slots? Who knows? Who cares? Right now it’s FREE author  promotion! I invite you to check out the update page for more information, and you can ask questions over there in the comments section, too. 🙂

If you don’t think you have time right now to pop over to the UCM link, you can still submit covers during the revision process. I’m storing every submission by date like I always have, so when UCM re-opens, I’ll have a full line up to begin posting for a few months, hopefully. So, take a moment to click this link and grab your reusable application to submit your covers!

UnCover Monthly Renovation Status

Thank you for stopping by to see what’s going on with UCM!

Dodadagohvi~

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UnCover Mondays ~ Cover Reveals ~ Calisa Rhose

Welcome to the first ever edition of UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!! Enjoy this weeks’covers to ogle and explore. You can follow the author links by clicking each book cover to learn more about them and see what other books they have to offer. Be sure to return next Monday for some amazing video trailers by authors!

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Title: MONA LISA’S ROOM

Author: Vonnie Davis

http://www.vonniedavis.com

Genre: Romantic suspense

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Available: Nov 9, 2012

Gwen,

You won’t believe this email. I’m sitting in a French safe house, eating caviar and drinking champagne with a handsome government agent, Niko Reynard. He’s wearing nothing but silk pajama bottoms and mega doses of sex appeal. I’m in big trouble, little sister. He’s kissed me several times and given me a foot massage that nearly caused spontaneous combustion. I’m feeling strangely virginal compared to the sexual prowess this thirty-year-old man exudes.

When I came to Paris for a bit of adventure, I never imagined I’d foil a bombing attempt, karate-kick two men, and run from terrorists while wearing a new pair of stilettos. I’ve met a German musician, a gay poet from Australia, and the most delightful older French woman.

Don’t worry. I’m safe–the jury’s still out on yummy Niko, though. The more champagne I drink, the less reserved I feel. What an unforgettable fortieth birthday!

Alyson

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Title: Gossamer

Author: Renita Pizzitola

http://www.renitapizzitola.com

Genre: YA/Paranormal/Romance

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Available: October 8, 2012

Shouldn’t all faerytales end with happily-ever-after?

Kyla Ashbury is nearing her eighteenth birthday when a mysterious boy appears at school. Her instant attraction to him inexplicably awakens something inside her and she discovers her true identity.

Now, armed with the knowledge of her past, she is forced to leave behind the life she has always known for a new one filled with temptation, faery charm and magic, and a future she wasn’t prepared for.

Kyla is left with a difficult decision…but no matter which path she chooses, someone will get hurt.

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 Title: Lady in the Mist

Author: Winter Frost

http://AliciaDean.com

Genre: Suspense

Self Published

Available: July 26. 2012

Upon her arrival in Shoal Harbor, Maine, Lily Jackson hears eerie moans that the locals claim are the ghostly cries of the unfortunate Breckenridge women. Running from loss and setback in Cincinnati, Lily needs the job as semi-psychiatric caregiver for Andrew Breckenridge, but the storm she has to weather from the oldest Breckenridge brother is severe. Clinton Breckenridge is a brooding man used to getting his own way, and he’s not convinced Lily is the right person to help his troubled younger brother.

Even as Lily starts picking up the pieces of Andrew’s tortured psyche and finding out his dark secrets, another mystery looms before her. Andrew’s lover has gone missing in recent months and no one knows what has happened to her, or if her voice has joined those of the other Breckenridge women. Before she knows it, Lily finds herself in danger—thrust directly into the eye of the raging storm.

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Title: The Accidental Cougar

Author: Tiffany York

http://tiffanynyorkauthor.com

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Available Nov 23, 2012

Forty-one-year-old Nicole Woods was content raising her son alone, working as an ad exec, and indulging in the more than occasional cleaning frenzy…until the night she met Wil Blanco. Her friends have decided that while her son is away for six weeks, it’s the perfect opportunity for Nicole to have a summer fling. Heading the top of the list is Wil — sexy, successful, full of life…and twenty-five! Regretfully, Nicole declares him “hands-off,” but soon he’s complicating everything, from her job at the advertising agency to her self-imposed ban on relationships. When Wil becomes her top client, she has even more reason to adhere to her “hands-off” policy. So why is Nicole finding it so hard to keep her hands off him?

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Title: The Treasure of Como Bluff 

Author: Alison Henderson

Genre: Historical

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Available: Dec. 5, 2012

In her race against rival bone hunters, the last complication paleontologist Caroline Hubbard needs is an unconscious stranger cluttering up her dig site. Nicholas Bancroft might have the chiseled features and sculpted physique of a classical statue, but she’s not about to let him hamper her quest to unearth a new species of dinosaur and make her mark on the scientific world.

Nick has come to Wyoming in search of silver but, after a blow to the head, finds himself at the mercy of a feisty, determined female scientist. Despite his insistence that he’s just passing through, he agrees to masquerade as Caroline’s husband to help save her job. Once their deception plays out, they face a crucial decision. Will they be able to see beyond their separate goals and recognize the treasure right in front of them?

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Title: The Billionaire’s Con

Author: Mackenzie Crowne

mackenziecrowne.com

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Still Moments Publishing

Available: Nov. 20, 2012

Meggy Calhoun has too much on her plate to explore the shocking revelations in her birth mother’s letter. The success of Boston’s hottest new restaurant rests squarely on her shoulders, and her fascination with her hunky new tenant promises to take up all of her free time.

Trevor Bryce Christos would do anything to protect the woman who raised him; including seducing a beautiful con artist disguised as a chef, and bent on cashing in on his family’s wealth.
Under the microscope of small town interest, Meggy’s and Trevor’s opposing agendas soon have the townsfolk choosing sides, and betting on who will be the first to surrender the field, and their heart.

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