A Wizard’s Choice
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
A Vampire’s Tale
A Wizard’s Choice
Dreams or duty?
Wizard apprentice Kurtis Warde doesn’t want to become a full-fledged wizard, but he feels obligated to his grandfather who raised him. Making The Choice, whether or not to become a wizard and join The Circle, doesn’t feel like a choice at all. Leaving The Circle would give Kurtis the freedom to follow his own dreams, and to pursue vampiress, Dee, who has always intrigued him. He knows there’s more to Dee than the icy being she portrays, but will she give him a chance to know the real her?
There is unrest in the magical world. Fairies, a magical being thought to be long extinct, still exist. And the long-time feud between wizards and fairies threatens everyone Kurtis cares about, including his life coach, Alina, who has quickly become a close friend. And perhaps more. He discovers his connection to the ancient beings The Annunaki, the ancestors of wizards and fairies, may be key to the future. The more he uncovers, the more questions he has.
Will Kurtis choose to follow his heart or risk sacrificing his own happiness for peace in the magical world?
Something sharp poked him in the arm. Keeping his eyes closed, he batted the culprit—probably an insect looking for its breakfast—away. It poked him again, jabbing a little deeper.
“Go away.” Kurtis plopped his pillow over his face.
In a sudden, fluid motion, his bedding—sheets, comforter, and pillows—flew off his bed. He found himself laid on a bare mattress, staring at a black magic wand, suspended in mid-air.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa.” He raised his hands, careful not to make any sudden moves. Who owns this wand? Friend or foe? The wand had no equal, finely made from black walnut tree wood with a smooth and plain handle sandwiched between corkscrew-like carvings. The body tapered neatly to a dull point. The wand turned in the air, and Kurtis saw the distinctive “W” of his family crest engraved into the tip of the tenon. Waldor’s wand.
Like a compass needle, the wand pointed its desired direction. Unsanctioned movement was highly unusual behavior for a wand. But no stranger than anything else that happened in the last few days. He shrugged and followed the wand. It led him into the basement to the Spell Laboratory.
After a quick glance around the room, Kurtis determined nothing had changed. Nothing stood out as noteworthy. He glared at the wand. “If this wild goose chase is your idea of fun, then I’m going back to bed.”
Ignoring Kurtis’ threat—as if a wand could respond—it floated toward the far wall and rammed itself into a stone brick. An entire section of the wall rescinded, revealing a hidden passage.
“What?” His mouth gaped open. “How did I miss this?”
The wand disappeared into the now exposed hallway.
“Wait for me.” I can’t believe I’m talking to a wand.
Maya Tyler is a multi-published author of paranormal romance novels and blogger at Maya’s Musings (https://mayatylerauthor.blogspot.com/). An avid reader, Maya writes the books she loves to read—romances! She still believes that “True Love’s Kiss” is the most powerful thing in the world. Her paranormal romances come with complex plot twists and happily-ever-afters.
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Why Book Covers are So Important
By Maya Tyler
I’m sure you’ve heard the old idiom: “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Even though we know that the outer appearance of a person or object may not sufficiently represent the inner value, the instinct to judge purely by superficial means is strong.
In attracting a potential reader, the book cover is the first line of offense. Do you pick a book based on its cover? I do. When it comes to selection, the cover may not be the only determining criteria, but it’s certainly important. It builds the initial expectations. Many poor reader reviews are due to failed expectations. If the cover is effective, then the potential reader moves on to the second line of offense, the back of the book blurb.
I have published with small presses. One of the many benefits of working with a publisher is the inclusion of support services like book cover design. When you sign your book contract, you typically fill out a book cover form, listing your descriptions of characters and setting; and indicating what you want or don’t want included. A professional designer will use this information to create a book cover. The publisher has final say, but in my experience, the more details you provide upfront on the book cover form, the happier you’ll be with the end result.
When it comes to your book cover, the first thing a potential reader sees, it’s not the time for amateur hour. There’s a reason you hire an expert when you want a professional product. Designing a book cover is art. Work with an artist. A couple of weeks ago, I realized I needed a book cover to enter a writing contest. I needed it in three days. Since being published, I’ve had a lot of fun adding skills to my non-writing skill set, like website design and social media graphics. But I won’t be adding book cover design to this list. I have a renewed appreciation for publishers and professional book designers.
There are many ways to procure a book cover, ranging widely in price. It’s actually a bit overwhelming. You can make it yourself with royalty free or purchased stock photos. You can buy a premade cover. You can commission a custom cover. I looked at premade covers first. I found one I “sort of” liked, but I wasn’t sure if I liked it enough to pay the requested amount. I found a stock photo I liked a lot, but (despite multiple attempts on different programs) I couldn’t properly add a background. With two options off the table, I reached out to Evernight Designs, the company that designed my last two book covers. In one day, since I knew exactly what I wanted and I was working with a professional, Evernight Designs created an amazing custom book cover for me. Investing in a professional book cover took the pressure off me and allowed me to do what I love doing—writing.
I choose to invest my time and money in quality book covers to complement the time and efforts I have already invested in producing a polished book. So, you can judge my books by their (fantastically extraordinary) covers, and you won’t have failed expectations.
The Tired Buyer