The Order of the Dark Rose

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Cover Overhaul for The Order of the Dark Rose?

You be the judge of these covers for The Order of the Dark Rose

I’ve been taking a long hard look at things lately with The Cursed Mage Case Files. Sales have been pretty good, but there still seems to be something of a disconnect with readers. .With that in mind, I’m looking for the cause of any problems where readers might not connect with the current book.

First on the list is the cover. Today, you get to help choose whether the cover should be changed by voting in the poll at the end. Click your favorite and let me know:

#1 – The Original

#2 – The Print Variation – this is one based on a print variation that I never used:

#3 – Bright Gold Panels – just playing around with the colors, not the artwork:

#4 – Rose Panels – my wife prefers this one as a rose theme:

Please feel free to share this around. The more votes and interaction there is with the post, the better I understand reader preferences. Also, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Audio Status for The Cursed Mage Case Files

The Order of the Dark Rose is out in e-book, paperback, and hardcover. What about audio plans?

The Order of the Dark Rose is published and has been submitted for audio publication with Podium Audio.

With the publication of The Order of the Dark Rose, I chose to wait regarding an audio book version. The reasons were myriad, but my focus was more on the e-book which was probably done too soon due to illness. But the book was already in pre-order so it had to go.

Now, the book has been out for a while and is doing well enough. It’s been a bit more rocky since I’ve had little energy to really push the book, let alone pursue reviews.

The Unseen Hand is due out this year. Will it be available in audio soon after? That’s the goal for The Cursed Mage Case Files Series.

With the upcoming release of volume 2 of The Cursed Mage Case Files, The Unseen Hand, due out as soon as I can complete the revision, my focus is changing somewhat. Of course, I want to release this book and volume 3, The Nine Jewel Heist, this year and in print. However, audio is quickly becoming a consideration – one way or another.

The Bow of Hart Saga is published in audio format by Podium Audio:

Audio book requests for The Order of the Dark Rose are starting to arrive which means it’s time to think about this format. It was a surprise to have an opportunity to even do audio for The Bow of Hart Saga when Podium Audio contacted me. Now, I have a relationship with the company so it makes it somewhat easier to approach them. I’ve submitted a request for audio consideration since it’s time to move in that direction. I suspect I’ll know something soon. There is a back-up plan for audio if the interest isn’t there, so I’m not too concerned. It would be nice to fit these version in with the releases of the next two books, but that may not happen. I do plan for this format regardless, so don’t be surprised if it works out sooner rather than later. How it happens remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, I trudge on with my revision of The Unseen Hand and plans for The Nine Jewel Heist. Beyond these will be many more books in several series, and my plan is to release well in several formats – even into bookstores if all goes well with my plans about Archer’s Aim Press. But more on this last point another time.

For now, I’ve set audio in motion for The Cursed Mage Case Files. If the submission doesn’t work out, I’ll share more of my plans then. Until that time, it’s a wait and see process.

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