Cover Reveal–Chasing Down the Night

Here we go, folks. With a flourish and a bow, a drumroll and a trumpet blast, I give you the cover for the third book of the Crater Lake Series – Chasing Down the Night.

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Back of the Book Synopsis

One might be excused for assuming that an idyllic life unfolds for those who have chosen to live and work near the shores of Crater Lake. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Long-time resident, Izzy Montgomery juggles the stress of a new job with her burgeoning home life. Family dynamics go into overdrive when Alexander and Cynthia launch plans to build a home nearby and Liam’s sister, Fiona shows up to do an internship with the local doctor. Lisa-Marie and Justin are back for the summer and sparks fly. While crusty, old Reg keeps sawmill production booming, Beulah runs the organic bakery and plans the First Annual Caleb Jenkins Memorial Ball Tournament. Bethany discovers her own hidden talents working with young people at Micah Camp.

As a nine-year-old’s dreams reflect a dangerous reality, many encounter issues of the past. This is a novel for those who work at building family ties by strengthening the traditional and creating the new. Chasing Down the Night explores a wide-ranging emotional landscape while highlighting the many aspects of day-to-day, rural life. Tears and laughter are inevitable.

Newest chasing down the night cover jpeg

Cougar photo courtesy of Father Charles Brandt. Background photo and cover design by Bruce Witzel. Publication date is set for mid-May. I can’t wait. What about you?

5-Star Review of Disappearing in Plain Sight

DPS - Cover - Guenette

As I revel in the re-release of Disappearing in Plain Sight under my own author imprint (Huckleberry Haven Publishing), I wanted to share one of the first reviews I received for this book. As you can imagine, Sarah Stewart’s thoughtful 5-star review on meant a lot to a newly published author!

I read upwards of ten books a month in my work as an editor (and my life as a book lover), and it’s quite rare for me to encounter a story that stays with me for months afterward. This book did just that rare thing for me. Though I read the book in the fall, one day recently I found myself wondering about a couple of its characters in the same way I wonder about old friends I haven’t heard from for a while. “How’s she doing?” I thought about Lisa Marie, one of the book’s protagonists.

I crave getting enveloped in a story, one that is entertaining and well-paced, but intelligent too. I love it when novels deal in equal measure with interpersonal relationships/ romances and more systemic issues such as bullying, trauma, and oppression. As such, I devoured this story, felt attached to the characters, and was sorry when it was over. Not to mention that her beautiful prose made me yearn for the rugged west coast that I’d moved from not long before I read it. These are all marks of a wonderful book for me. Disappearing in Plain Sight is well worth reading.

Please take a moment to visit an Amazon site of your choice and check out the re-release of Disappearing in Plain Sight. So many little actions help a new listing on Amazon and a click through to view is always good.

I’ll leave you today with one of my favourite signs of spring. A delicate crocus poking out to the sun.

Crocus - Guenette photo

Valentine Day’s Distraction

Valentine's Love Letter

Today is Valentine’s Day. I wouldn’t know that if I hadn’t checked Facebook this morning and seen all the heart-shaped well-wishes people were sending out to one another. To add a wee dose of quilt to my unsentimental and forgetful turn of mind, my husband presented me with this extraordinarily cute “Love Letter” gift – a chocolate letter F. I’m enjoying the chocolate despite the guilt.

You may well ask, why this lack of romantic holiday awareness? Distraction hardly seems to cover my state of mind lately. My daily round of activity is disjointed and definitely out of lineal order.

I’m actively promoting the recently released, second book in the Crater Lake Series The Light Never Lies. Things are going well on this front. The softcover version should be available on Amazon within days. Right now it is sitting pretty in the CreateSpace Store.

I’m reformatting the first book in the series – Disappearing in Plain Sight – for re-release under a new imprint name – Huckleberry Haven Publishing. This is really exciting. Assisted self-publishing served its purpose but the time has come for me to step out.

I’m doing back-writing and brainstorming for the third book in the series (first time ever to be revealed title) – Chasing Down the Night. The Scrivener (now purchased) program file for this book is filling up with character sketches, setting notes and story arc outlines. My ‘real’ bulletin board is becoming cluttered with post-it-notes.

The hats are flying on and off my head at a dizzying rate of speed – promoter and marketer, that is definitely a bright red top hat; formatter, has to be a felt bowler of deep blue; imagining and creating, a rainbow coloured fancy hat, circa 1920’s with lace and feathers and ribbon trailing everywhere around me.

Hats off to multitasking and Happy Valentine’s Day to all Red heart


The Light Never Lies – Book Cover Reveal

E-book cover draft for THE LIGHT NEVER LIES

The learning curve has been negotiated and the hard work has paid off. We recently purchased a program called BookCoverPro (deluxe edition) with the idea that husband Bruce was going to take over cover design for all my future forays into the world of book publishing and we can hopefully spread the cost over several covers. Like any good wife, I went into the process sounding enthusiastic while internally filled with doubts. Obviously, the guy is a skilled photographer and has a great deal of patience for tinkering with things but did that make him a book cover designer? I wasn’t sure.

My doubts have been shelved and I’m thrilled to reveal the ebook and softcover for The Light Never Lies and a bit about the process of creation. Keep in mind though, this is not a primer on how to use BookCoverPro – that is way beyond my powers to understand or explain. My part of the process was to look at innumerable drafts and say no, no, no, sometimes, maybe and ultimately, yes, yes, yes.

Cover draft for THE LIGHT NEVER LIES

I knew from the beginning that I wanted the picture of the lake with the prominent image of the rainbow and I wanted something that wouldn’t clash with the cover of Disappearing in Plain Sight. After that everything was up for grabs. Bruce played around with various filters to get the right look. He then chose a dark burgundy for the print to compliment the greens and blues of the photo. The burgundy box around the entire cover came later to define and delineate. The bar code generator located in the program accepted my newly-obtained-from-the-Canadian-government-site ISBN number without a hitch. I’m particularly thrilled with the little Huckleberry Haven Publishing icon on the spine, designed for me by my son who is also involved in doing a specialized proof-read of the book and is my go-to person for any questions related to formatting. This is really becoming a family affair project!

And speaking of formatting – I am working at putting the book, bit by bit, into the CreateSpace Formatted Template that one can download from the CreateSpace site. I had considered purchasing one of the formatted templates that Joel Friedlander sells over on The Book Designer site and it still may come to that if I’m not happy with this free one.

But whether the template comes from Joel or CreateSpace, I’m here to tell you that working with a pre-formatted template is as close as I want to get to the lower regions of hell. Suffice to say – don’t attempt to move text around too much because the preformatting is bound to send up a howl of protest and simply not allow anything that violates impossible to understand and deeply hidden norms.

I’ve found a neat little text ornament (book design language) that I hope works for my chapter breaks. These are also known as glyphs or dingbats. 


So far, for the print edition, I’m looking at 8 pages (4 recto and verso – more book design language) of front matter and six of back matter. For the front, I have what is referred to as the half-title and on the back of this page – other books by Francis Guenette. Albeit a short list but still, nice to see. Next, the actual title page with the copyright on the reverse, then the dedication with a blank reverse and finally, the first section title page (Convergence) with a blank reverse. After all of that – yippee – Chapter One.

For the six pages of back matter, I plan – acknowledgment with reverse blank, about the author plus photo with reverse blank and then my Disappearing in Plain Sight book cover with a couple of reviews and reverse blank.

On other publishing fronts, I’m up to my ears trying to finalize the back of the book synopsis – another specialized form of hell for someone as long-winded as me.  

So – there you have it. The publication of The Light Never Lies is moving forward and so far no more pain that I experienced when working with the assisted self-publisher for Disappearing in Plain Sight – though again it is early days.