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Reviews and A Winner

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A few weeks ago I was interviewed over at Long And Short Reviews with a giveaway offered to one lucky commenter.  The winner (Marie) was announced and still hasn't contacted me.  I'm throwing her name out there in case she comes across this post.  Please give me a shout so I can send you an e-copy of Fire Horse.  Here's the link to the interview in case y'all missed it.

http://www.longandshortreviews.com/interviews/interview-and-giveaway-mickie-b-ashling/

A nice review for Fire Horse was posted recently over at Literary Nymphs.

http://literarynymphsreviewsonly.blogspot.com/2013/05/fire-horse.html

And over at Joyfully Jay.

http://joyfullyjay.com/2013/05/review-fire-horse-by-mickie-b-ashling.html


Behind The Cover Art

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How often have you seen this comment by readers? “I was drawn to the book because of the beautiful cover.” Or sometimes, you see this. “The story was great, but I almost didn’t pick it up because of the ugly cover!”

Writers labor over a manuscript for weeks, months, and sometimes, years. Once it’s accepted by a publisher, their “baby” goes through several processes before it finally hits the shelves. One of the most stressful of these steps is choosing a book cover. First, you have to decide which artist will be able to bring your vision to life. Do you want it drawn or Photoshopped? Do you have a preference for colors? Should there be nudity, or should we take a more subtle approach? What type of background did you envision? What do your main characters look like? Did you wish to convey passionate love or not? The questions are endless, and most writers provide more information than necessary. It takes a skilled artist to sift through the jumble of words and pull out the key element…