Crimson Groves—my debut paranormal romance novel—was originally published in 2011. I’m really proud of it for so many reasons aside from the obvious of it being my first book. The story is gripping with quite a bit of world and character development to set the stage for the Crimson series (which is two books so far, the third one is on track for 2014/2015 publication). Its unique spin on vampires and magic takes you on a wild and sexy journey of loss, death, revenge, and a few unpredictable twists that will steal your breath.
Even though CG received tons of great reviews, there was always something that nagged me about the book. It wasn’t the story—I loved the story!—but as I wrote my next couple books I noticed such a big improvement in my story-telling ability. The flow was smoother, the word choice stronger, and overall it was just better. I’m not talking about grammar errors here. Those had already been cleaned up by my amazing editor Stephen Delaney with Close Reader Editing Services. Perhaps I’m my own worst critique about this, but I simply felt my writing style in CG had been a bit choppy. Too many short sentences and descriptions that could’ve been better were the two main things that pushed me to rewrite the whole book. If you’re a writer, than you know how grueling a task something like that is…after reading it over and over, editing, editing, and editing some more, you’d like to think your book is done. But for me, CG wasn’t.
After I released my second book, Unguarded (which was a 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist in Fantasy), and my third book Crimson Flames (book 2 of the Crimson series), I dove back into CG on a mission to make it better. It took me a couple months to get it just right. And since I’d already spent my budget on my editor, I had two beta readers help me catch any new errors. I have a slight case of OCD and nothing drives me crazier than grammar errors in a book, so I’ve done the best I can to make this perfect.
And now, it gets even better!
Since the innards got a makeover, it’s only fair that the cover get one too. Right? Yep, I think so as well. I worked with the extremely talented Stephanie Nelson with once Upon A TIme Covers to get the best design for the reVAMPed book. And it looks ah-mazing! So without further ado…here’s the new look of Crimson Groves!! 😀
Whatcha think? I’m so in love with this—the overall look, perfect placement of graphics, and the beautiful model I used in the Crimson Groves book trailer. So if you haven’t read CG yet, what are ya waiting for? reVAMPed innards and a captivating new cover. Here’s all the places where you can get a copy of this book. If it’s already on your TBR, cue it up for your next read. 🙂