Friday, August 29, 2014

eBook Cover

I'm coming out with a new book soon.  It's an "action adventure comedy."  It's going to published as an eBook on Smashwords and Amazon.  Been in touch with a cover artist to develop a book cover.  Take a look at some of the concept ideas they sent and let us know which one you like best for the cover.

They start out by selecting a drawing or photograph to work with, and then purchase the license, and then build the book cover.  For action comedies the artist said most authors go for cartoon style and they sent three examples for review?  This one seemed too comic bookish for a book cover.

 Too risque for the book, which is rated G.

This one might be good if they fixed up her dress.  The thought was that a girl in a wedding dress holding a gun (which does happen in the book) might convey both action and comedy.

Here's a book blurb so you know what the book's about:

Must Save Charity is a comic adventure tale of confused identities and mistaken love.  Can Dusty Woodley, heroic national park ranger, save sweet Charity Leavenbread?  He's determined to try; but no matter how noble his bumbling efforts, the situation becomes more dire, her embarrassments more extreme, her peril more precarious, and her distress more acute.  How can Dusty stand it?  Worst of all, she wants him to stay out of it!:

They sent this concept photo also, in case we preferred photographs over drawings.  Photographs do look more professional.  The covers are very important for eBooks to attract readers.  I liked this one the best of the four the artist sent, but didn't like how her face was covered up.

So they came up with this one next and said they could work with the picture to make her attire look more like a wedding dress.  What do you think?  Send an email or make a comment on the blog if there's one you like best.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Airplane Accident

Jacquelyn and I were in a big airplane crash.

 Jacquelyn got a puncture wound in her side and a cut on her face.

There were people lying all over the runway outside the airplane.

We had to wait forever it seamed like for the emergency response teams to arrive.

Actually it was all a big airport practice drill.  Seatac Airport was doing their Triennial Disaster Re-certification Excercise and had to simulate a big airplane crash.  We got to volunteer as victims since we are part of the Tacoma LDS CERT Team.  Here's Jacquelyn getting her makeup, which they call moulage.

 A friend of ours, Travis Kienholtz who sustained a bad injury to his arm.

 The walking injured on their way out to the runway for the simulation.  Looked like a bunch of zombies.

I had big burns all over my chest and neck and face.  We had a lot of fun with the whole thing.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hiking Twin Lakes Trail

We went on a hike yesterday.  We found a trail up near North Bend called Twin Lakes Trial, which led to some waterfalls.

 Start of the trail.

 Me scouting out the way.

 Beautiful forested woods.

 Incredible mountain stream.

 Caleb climbing around on some rocks and trees.

 Massive boulders.

 The waterfall.

It was a fun hike.  Only 3 miles round trip, fairly level, and lots of beautiful scenery.