Evolution of a Book Cover – Final

I found it fascinating how a book cover evolved from ideas in my head into a custom, hand-drawn bit of art. Joe Kawano talked me through the process (he must have a lot of patience!). Graphics ahead. Oh, Amazon link first, then pictures.

{{{[[‘The Vista’ Amazon Page]]}}} – Buy it here!

First draft –

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Joe made it clear this was not how the finished cover would look. I must have sounded freaked out by the entire process. I was.

Second draft –

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Things were taking shape. Naturally, I was also buried in the complicated mess that happens the first time you try to get a book online. Then this happened.

Third draft –

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Needless to say, this was pretty exciting. I’d read may things about online book selling, and a custom cover seems to be a big plus for marketing. Holidays rolled around and things slowed down for both of us. I got this gem in my email one morning.

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If Joe didn’t live 2000 miles away, I’m certain he could have heard me wailing like a banshee. Or something.

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I’m pretty sure I squee’d like a fangirl. No, that’s not a real word. Than more slow torture showed up in my email, almost daily.

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And then this.

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More tweaking.

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Finally, we worked around to this.

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And now for some PR.

Blurb – ‘The Vista’ by S. A. Hoag

Team Three has a secret, one they think they’ve kept from all but a select few colleagues. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Allen, MacKenzie and Wade are Vista Security’s top officers, part of the first generation post-World War 3. They’ve trained all their lives to survive and thrive in a cold, hostile world. Their secret – they believe they are genetically enhanced and are unquestionably connected psychically. Hidden away in an enclave in the Rocky Mountains, they’re also at the forefront of the movement to see what’s left of the outside world. Not everyone in The Vista is as eager to venture forth.

As they attempt to learn the truth, their mere presence makes them targets of a vicious renegade with the means to destroy everything they know. Facing exile or worse, Team Three has short time to figure out who is enemy, who is friend and how to save their home and themselves.

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood series takes place in the near-future where the Earth has been nearly emptied of human beings by a short and devastating world war. Venturing beyond the safety of their valley may be the best move Security has ever made; it’s absolutely the most dangerous.

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S. A. Hoag is an author, lapidary artist, very amateur astronomer (“I just look at the stars, I can’t name ’em.”), and accidental desert-dweller. Born in the middle of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, more specifically Salida, she has lived in a number of cities in a number of states before crash-landing in the New Mexico desert. Not Roswell, however. Science Fiction has always been her first interest in reading and writing; many other genres sneak into the novels and that’s alright with her.

Where to find her –

‘The Vista’ Amazon Page – Buy it here!
S. A. Hoag, Author Website
Blogging It All
Sheila’s Facebook
And her Twitter

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Soundtrack to The Vista

This is the soundtrack to The Vista. Music is my muse.

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main theme – In the End, Black Veil Brides

The Last in Line – Ronnie James Dio
Voodoo – Godsmack
Dreamline – Rush
Stranger in a Strange Land – Iron Maiden
Perfect Strangers – Deep Purple
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly/A Fistful of Dollars/For a Few Dollars More – Hugo Montenegro

last dance- I’ll Follow You, Shinedown

Available now at Amazon! Yes, this is the link.

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#8Sunday

Welcome to my latest installment of #8Sunday. This is from The Vista, my first published novel and Book 1 of The Wildblood. In the next week or two, I’ll be moving on to the prequel, which should be released in June. I’ve really got to get thinking about a more interesting title for The Blackout.

Anyway, check out all the other authors at WeWriWa. There’s a great selection here.

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And now, my 8.

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“About Mac,” she told him. “I don’t know where that’s going. I don’t know where you and I are going.”

“That’s not something even Gen Ens can predict,” Hunter told her. “I can’t compete with Mac, anyway you look at it.”

“I never expected you to.” It frustrated her, not being able to control the situation. Wade had warned her.

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The Vista by S. A. Hoag, available now!

Blurb

Team Three has a secret, one they think they’ve kept from all but a select few colleagues. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Allen, MacKenzie and Wade are Vista Security’s top officers, part of the first generation post-World War 3. They’ve trained all their lives to survive and thrive in a cold, hostile world. Their secret – they believe they are genetically enhanced and are unquestionably connected psychically. Hidden away in an enclave in the Rocky Mountains, they’re also at the forefront of the movement to see what’s left of the outside world. Not everyone in The Vista is as eager to venture forth.

As they attempt to learn the truth, their mere presence makes them targets of a vicious renegade with the means to destroy everything they know. Facing exile or worse, Team Three has short time to figure out who is enemy, who is friend and how to save their home and themselves.

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood series by S. A. Hoag takes place in the near-future where the Earth has been mostly emptied of human beings by a short and devastating world war. Venturing beyond the safety of their valley may be the best move Security has ever made; it’s absolutely the most dangerous.

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SFFS – Hunter & Shannon

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This is my first post with SFFS – Hello! I hope to make this a regular stop, as long as I have something new and interesting to post. Today I’ve got a snippet between Hunter and Shannon, 2 parts of an almost love triangle. Yes, it’s complicated. Emotions get that way. As much as The Vista isn’t a romance by definition, it should be. Without it, there’d be no story. So, here it is.

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“What do you want me to say, Hunter?” she asked.

“Nothing, I want you to listen.” He wrapped an arm around her shoulders. “Later, when this is over, I want you to know if you ever need me, all you have to do is ask. Anything, anytime. I mean that.”

She nodded.

“Will I be your second, when we’re finished in Colorado?”

“I don’t know,” she confessed.

“It doesn’t matter. What I said, I meant.”

They watched the empty valley for awhile, until the wind started. Shan hoped it didn’t mean snow. Hunter hoped it did.

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The Vista is available now at Amazon.

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Ask Me

I’ve been out on the internet, seriously trying to figure out the whole marketing thing. No idea how it’s working, but here I am.

Ask me. Questions about my writing, my books, my hobbies and other interests. Nothing creepy, please.

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The Vista, available now on Amazon.

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Teaser Tuesday

So it’s Tuesday already? Huh. The week has zipped by; the book has been out 5 days. Wow. Also, check out the SciFi Romance Group on Facebook. Click on the banner to be magically transported there. But finish reading my blog first.

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And now, a Teaser for Tuesday. This is from The Vista.

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It always started the same. Shan could hear the helicopters, feel the beat of their blades against the cold morning air, somewhere far in the distance. It only sounded like one, but she knew there were two. After a few moments, she realized she wasn’t at Depot South. They were UH-60s, Black Hawks, painted in desert camo with no other markings. One was armed with a pair of M60 machine guns, the other had a TOW missile system. Security hadn’t been able to lure them away. She was in The Vista. The helicopters had found them.

Thrashing around, she sat up, going for her gun hanging from the bedpost. And it was over just as fast. Shan was shaking, from the cold and from the nightmare. It was sometime long past dark. It had woke Wade too, and she knew he was home in The Vista. She waited, wrapping the blanket around herself. Moments later, Mac was there. He didn’t bother to knock.

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The Vista, available now on Amazon.

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