The cover for The Whisperer’s Warning (my sequel to The Protectors’ Pledge which will be published by CaribbeanReads) is complete, folks, and I’m in love! Huge thanks to the super-talented children’s book illustrator, artist, and teacher Rachel Moss for her gorgeous art that is 100% on point. You can see more of Rachel’s beautiful work at rachelmossillustration.com
JV’s Adventures Continue
Hi everyone! For those of you who have been waiting, asking, and were probably tired of hearing me say, “I’m working on it” or “It’s almost done” (the author guilt is real, y’all!) I am excited to finally tell you that not only have I finished writing the second book in the Secrets of Oscuros series, but it has been submitted to CaribbeanReads Publishing and we have signed the contract for its publication! This is one rung in the ladder, but I’m so happy that The Whisperer’s Warning is a step closer to joining The Protectors’ Pledge on those physical and online shelves.
As always, thank you SO much for all your love and support. Keep well, and be kind to yourselves and one another.
For Your Listening Pleasure ;-)
Hello, friends! I have been bursting to share the brand new cover of The Protectors’ Pledge — 3rd place winner of the 2016 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature and due for publication by CaribbeanReads Publishing at the end of May 2017. Many thanks to Ryan James and Cherise Harris for the front cover illustration and back cover elements, respectively. Read the official announcement from CaribbeanReads here and follow the link to pre-order your copy 😉
In my last blog post, Finding the Words, I tried to capture and communicate the wonderful experience that was the 2016 Bocas Lit Fest and the honour of being one of this year’s Burt Award winners. It is startling to think that five months have already gone by since I shared those words, but much has happened behind the scenes during that time. For those of you who missed the announcement last month, The Protector’s Pledge is being republished by St. Kitts-based CaribbeanReads Publishing. This means that 1) the original, self-published edition (paperback and Kindle) is no longer available for sale, and 2) I am working with CaribbeanReads on making changes to the book.
Although I was initially sad to see messages like “Sorry. This item is not currently available” and “Out of print” on my baby’s Amazon and other online retail pages, it definitely helped to focus on the bigger picture and remember that those messages exist because another awesome version of The Protector’s Pledge is in the works. In fact, my first set of revisions are currently with CaribbeanReads, and I got word on Thursday that progress is being made on the new cover. Exciting times! As always, thank you for your continued support and interest, and stay tuned for further publishing updates!
Exciting news, folks: The Protector’s Pledge is now available in paperback and as an eBook on Amazon! Want to read some of it for free? Umm…yeah you do! Visit the book’s Amazon pages (on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.es, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it…. o.k. you get the picture) and check out the Look Inside feature. (If you do end up reading The Protector’s Pledge, please, please, please consider giving it a rating and writing a review).
Another online purchasing option is my CreateSpace eStore: Createspace.com/4882499
And for all my friends in Trinidad and Tobago: I dropped off copies at Charran’s Book Stores in Trincity Mall yesterday (Tel: 640-3155). Copies will also be available at Charran’s branches in San Juan (675-9023) and Tunapuna (663-1476).
Yesterday, approximately six months after the process began, I approved the final version of the illustrations for The Protector’s Pledge. I don’t want to give too much away, but there are twelve black-and-white, full-page illustrations (one per chapter) and my CreateSpace illustrator did an amazing job capturing exactly what I wanted. Ok, so now on to the next step! 😉