Book 2 Update and What’s New on the Blog?

Good Sunday to all! This is what it looks like around my place: (this is a page from book 2) img0026

Jinx the Junket, Book 2 is now all packaged up in neat little envelopes, ready to ship on Monday. I missed my special date of January 22, but no mind, the 24th is as good as any! Boy, did we get slammed with snow yesterday!

Keep warm, folks!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

To all my readers, I hope you had a marvelous and blessed holiday and that this new year holds many more blessings for all.

It was a long recovery, but I’m back on my feet after three weeks of fighting asthma and that darned coughing virus that is going around. What an inconvenient time to get sick! Thank you for your patience for the delay of Book Two. Here is a peek at the cover:

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Most people won’t notice, but I’ll give you heads up: the map on the back cover on this book is Cleveland, late 1800’s, with the Union Depot right at the water’s edge. Wondering now what was on the back of the first book?

I have but one tiny half page to finish inside… the very last page… the preview of the next book, actually. And then it’s off to the proof reader, and then to the printers.

You might be interested to know that I’ve made some MAJOR changes to Book Three. It may just be the final book of the series, so I suppose, technically, this could be a trilogy, not a series. Worry not your pretty little heads: sneak peeks will be trickling into your inbox. And if you are slated to be a character in the story, this is the one! Lot’s of cool characters will be introduced. Two cameo characters are in Book Two already. Well, enough of me giving away all my secrets.

Be at peace, my friends. Let’s make 2016 a year to remember.

~Leda

Advent and Comixology

Today is the beginning of Advent, a time of anticipation and hope. May your Advent be full of blessings, ending with a glorious Christmas, the birthday of Christ.

As I work on Book 2 of Hecock, I look forward to the exciting day I ship eighty five books all over the world, to my Kickstarter Backers. The next step is to come up with new ways to put my books in the hands of more readers. While word-of-mouth is one of the most effective tools, (and I thank you sincerely for any promotion of “Hecock” books and blog, from you to your friends and relatives,) something more global is called for.

Therefore, I am exploring Comixology.com where they sell web comics that can be read on tablets, computers or even smart phones. The books must pass approval, and I’ll keep you posted. Take a look at my new company logo for Miller House Publishers, which is required by Comixology.

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Web comics are a great alternative to printed comics if you 1. do not want to store books, and 2. want to spend less per book (print version is $9.99, web comic $2.99)

To find my books at Comixology, you will be able to search by Title, Publisher, or Creator, so please spread the word as soon as “Hecock” gets approved. Of course, all books will be available in print from this blog, or Amazon.com, Books-a-Million.com, BarnesandNoble.com, or TheBookLoft.com of Columbus, OH.

Looking forward to December and all its wonders!

New Character Poster

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Meet Mr. Matthew Turman, a talented young man who sings your special delivery message, and even adds some fancy footwork! Dig that crazy harp guitar! He will briefly entertain the Hecock’s in the upcoming Book 2, Autonomy. Next in the New Character Line-up… my dear sweet Uncle Franny. He will be engineering the Midnight train to Niagara in Book 3, Steamed, which I hope is released by February 2016.

Good news for fans that missed out on the Kickstarter campaign but would like a digital copy of the book… in my spare time, (spare time?? what’s that?) I’m formatting the book for Kindle to sell on Amazon.com and it will only cost 99¢, a real steal! Wouldn’t want you to think me a slawterpooch! (I’ll send a set of bookmarks to the first person to comment on this post with the correct meaning of that one!)

 

 

 

 

60 Hours to Hecock!

This will be the last post campaigning for my Kickstarter project. I’m happy to report that more than $3000  were pledged! So, this is your last chance to be a part of it and get your name printed on a dedicated page in Book 1, and all kinds of rewards, including the books! With the extra money, I hope to pass on some extras in everyone’s envelope.

I’ve been having so much fun Steam Punking my Cast and Crew (the models and those key people who have researched for me.) Here is a sampling of a few. You will find an entire page of them in the book. If this tempts you, there are still eight pledges open for being Steam Punked… just click that link.)

Anke Arnold, Font Designer

Anke Arnold, Font Designer

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Carol Rogers, New York State Parks

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Patrick Sirianni, History Buff and Would-be Bootlegger

 

A Little Steampunk With That, Sir?

Just keeping in touch… my head is spinning like Hecock on the rope! As in a whirlwind, I’ve written Chapter 2, sent it off to my silent partner, and I’m half way through Chapter 3! As it turns out, looks like chapter 2 is almost entirely dialog! Tonight I’m starting on the storyboard for chapter 2, working with the page layouts, and deciding things like how many frames on each page. It’s an exciting process much like putting together a film: My mind creates “still shots” that help tell the rest of the story that is not told in the dialog between characters. I have some wonderful turn-of-the-century rooms, furniture and bric-a-brac to include in my scenes this chapter. I have to say, it was a challenge to have snow, snow and more snow in every frame of chapter one and make it look interesting! Now I can have some fun! Steampunk, here we come!

OH, and meet Finzel!