It's no secret I design ebook covers.  What started out of necessity quickly turned into a passion, or as I like to call anything outside of writing---procrastination.

Hobby.  Business.  Whatever.

The original cover for One Night in Reno is the one that started it all.  This sweet little story was deserving of a more fitting cover.  Now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble... 

And coming soon to the Apple iBook Store.  

What do you think, did I hit my mark?  Or should I say market?

Do you judge a book by its cover?  

I know I do.  That's not to say there aren't some amazing books out there with bad covers.  But a good cover tells a story all its own.

Rogenna Brewer
May 2013

Life is full of unexpected turns…

Jenny Albright’s gas tank runs as dry as her luck in the Nevada desert. Then Navy SEAL Garrett “Itch” Erickson swoops in to rescue her, her young son and their beagle pup. Although the stranded single mom is reluctant to accept help from a stranger, befriending the Good Samaritan SEAL might be the best decision Jenny’s made in the past seventy-two hours.

Whether Jenny is a victim of circumstance or a woman on the run, Garrett sees his past in her son’s future and it doesn’t look good. But does his offer to marry Jenny—until she lands on her feet—come from a sense of duty or the need to be rescued himself? Read Excerpt

And just in case you're curious and haven't seen the old cover...

The Importance Of Being Ernest...Hemingway and Productivity

Hemingway (right)
Lately I've been beating myself up for being a slow writer.  I have a book due and I'm well past the extended deadline.  In fact I shouldn't even be wasting words on this blog, but I've ignored all other aspects of my life for close to two months now.  Except writing and--well, cover design--because frankly, those couple hours in the evening pay the bills.

I schedule deadlines with the reasonable expectation of producing 1000 words a day, all the while thinking I'll actually produce more.  I used to write 1000 words an hour.  But I haven't been able to get my head out of edit mode since I don't remember when.

For months now I've been clawing my way up from 100 words a day to 500--that's right, I went from 1000 words an hour to 100 words a day.  Simply working through it started to pay off as I reached 100, 250 and then 500 words an hour.  But that took months.

That 500 word an hour peak usually comes in the second hour of my writing session and then it's all down hill again from there.  On a big project it's easy to feel like I'm getting nowhere fast.  Then I read Ernest Hemingway set a daily goal of 500 to 1000 words and generally logged around 500 words a day.  One could argue that's fine for a man who won the Nobel Prize for his literary fiction, but death for a genre fiction writer.

Or is it?  Five hundred words a day is 2-4 romance novels a year.  When I look at it that way it's clear my problem isn't that I'm slow.  What I lack is consistency.  While deep in revision on a manuscript I'm not writing on another, but I could be--maybe I should be.  Not writing is what got me into this mess in the first place.  And then spending 8, 10, 12 hours in the chair trying to double my word count and make up for lost time winds up being counter productive when I spend the next day procrastinating.

Consistency is key for the slow (and not so slow) writer.  Though you may not be able to churn out a 50,000 word draft in a weekend you can write a book in 100 days without spending every waking hour at the keyboard.

Here's a tip from Hemingway himself to make sure you show up everyday and keep going:      

"The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day … you will never be stuck. Always stop while you are going good and don’t think about it or worry about it until you start to write the next day. That way your subconscious will work on it all the time. But if you think about it consciously or worry about it you will kill it and your brain will be tired before you start."

~ Ernest Hemingway

And because I teased you with the blog title...

Contest Winner and More...

First things, first. Congratulations to Bessamy S.. Bessamy is the winner of a $25 gift card.

Don't forget to enter my next drawing...

I will get back to a semi-regular blogging schedule shortly.  Meanwhile, here's What's Brewin' since I haven't but out a newsletter in...oh, I don't know how many months.

Looks like A Stranger in the Family will be a May 2014 release from Harlequin Superromance.  

One Night in Reno is still available for only .99 and will be available on all venues later this month.  I'm thinking of changing the cover to reflect the sweeter side of the story.    

What do you think?  Do you want to see Jenny, Josh and Garrett on the cover?

One Star Spangled Night will be out sometime in August if my VA (virtual assistant, moi) can get her act together.  I have an anthology deadline of September 1st for that story.  Spangled will be available separately and as part of a multiple author anthology titled Celebrate coming October 4th.

I'm designing the cover for Celebrate and already thinking of redesigning the cover for One Star Spangled Night--lol--and it's not even out yet.  Yeah, I'm fickle that way. 

Have twelve more custom covers lined up.  Can't wait to show them off and introduce you to the authors.  

The Frogman, Prince is back in the line up--at last!  Continuing revisions are on my schedule for the 11th through the end of the month.  Can I finish them by the 31st...  That's the question.  I will do my best.  I appreciate your patience.  

Rewriting an old manuscript is harder than writing a new one :?  

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