A Look Back At Lemon Drops And Love

With Lemon Drops And Love's anniversary coming up at the end of May I have been busy working to get the next book in the series up and ready for publication. At last I uploaded all my files and Ice Cold Mint Juleps is up and ready for pre-order. 

As usual I was having some last minute panics. One of which was that I couldn't find my art work for the Mint Julep cover. Somehow the Gremlins had got in and eaten it, or hidden it, or maybe one of them were sitting on it! Who knows but I didn't find it and had to start all over again. However, what I did find was a whole host of developing cover designs that I have used for Lemon Drops and Love since I wrote the book two and a half years ago.

Oh boy now that was a trip down memory lane! But it got me thinking about how nice it would be to share the development of the Lemon Drops And Love cover story with you guys. Some of the following never got to see the light of day and some are a throw back to the stories wattpad days.

Now I have always produced my own covers but back in the day, I really didn't have a clue how to go about this and neither did I have any skills in the programs I needed to use in order to create a cover. The first couple of designs I resorted to using Microsoft Powerpoint!

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These two cover designs date way back to April 2013. The first never made it any further than my computer (Can't think why!) But the second actually was the first cover I used on wattpad when I first uploaded my story there in April 2013.

I didn't get many reads at the start- looking back at the cover I think I can see why!

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By these designs I had graduated first to i-piccy and then on to Sketchbook Pro. At least now I could actually begin to design something rather than just spew some text and images onto the page.

When it came time to publish I wanted to get the look of the series just right and I needed to find a direction that I could repeat for all the cocktail books.

And this was not it...                                        Neither was this...                                   And NO!

But Finally...

This design was the one that appeared on the first edition copies of both the paperback and the e-book version of Lemon Drops And Love in May 2015

This design was the one that appeared on the first edition copies of both the paperback and the e-book version of Lemon Drops And Love in May 2015

Or is it?

But of course that is not the end of the story. With book two on the horizon, I never could get my head around an image that would fit in with the concept for book 2- Ice Cold Mint Juleps. The more I tried to follow the concept, the worse it became. In the end, I decided that a totally new direction was needed. One that would show a little more insight into the story.

By this time, I had learned a new skill. PHOTOSHOP! And it was time to test it out and have some fun designing and playing around with the concept. This time, I was determined to incorporate all the books cohesively in the series. Here are some of the variations that got thrown around. These are all concept covers complete with photograph water marks while I experimented.

And that then led us to the brand new cover design that has just gone live on the ebook on Amazon, and is about to be launched on Createspace for the paperback copy.

So here it is. The Cover Story has ended - for now. I have been really pleased at how this has turned out. The final version of Ice Cold Mint Juleps can be seen on it's book home page. Book 3 - Dark And Stormy, which is due out in the Fall, has still to be finalized, but the concept is on it's way.

But wait those of you with eagle eyes will be yelling at me THERES A FOURTH BOOK!

Oh Yeah, so there is. Well watch this space, for an announcement about a companion novella called Champagne Moments in the next few weeks.

The Complete works of Angela Stevens.

The Vargr Clan Trilogy series are designed by Daisy Stevens

 

 

Limited Time Only!

Special Offer

In celebration of this weeks release of An Unbreakable Will, book 1 of The Vargr Clan Trilogy, The Wolf You Feed is now available for $0.99 in the USA and the

Tore Vargr finds his world turned upside down when he is forced to choose between the love of his life and the life he loves. He chooses Annike, disrespects his brother, Erik, and sets off a chain of events that shape his life in a way he could never have imagined. 

Outlawed from his clan, Tore embraces his new responsibilities of father and protector as he carves out a new life in a human world. But a jealous brother has a long memory and Erik is nothing if not patient when it comes to exacting revenge. When Tore’s past catches up with his present, he has to learn to pull from an inner strength. 


There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. 
One is evil: it is anger, envy, greed, arrogance, jealousy, resentment, lies. 
The other is good: it is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, truth. 
The wolf that wins? 
The one you feed. 

Cherokee proverb 


Spanning two generations The Wolf You Feed is the first book in a heartbreaking trilogy set in the shape shifting worlds of werewolves and skin walkers.

And The Winners Are...

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Thanks to all you wonderful people who entered the multi Author competition. All the authors taking part want to thank you for all the support you have shown them.

Now with no further ado... By the way what is ado? And can you just have ado? Hmm I am rambling....

Drum roll please!

 

10- Multi- Author- ebooks Dilyana K.
Lemon Drops And Love Paperback Becky L
The Wolf You Feed paperback Bella D
3 e-books by Angela Stevens Elenipanagaki

21st to 28th February 2015 -Grand Giveaway!

In celebration of reaching 300 likes on Facebook I have decided to organize a Grand Giveaway, so I teamed up with some wonderful author friends to help me put together some awesome prizes for you guys.

  • Prize A: is a mega multi-author bundle of 10 e-books covering an assortment of genres and from authors that hail from England, Ireland, America, Canada and Australia. The bundle includes Hunters by Matt Stuart, Second Chances by Phoenix Rainez, The Wolf You Feed by Angela Stevens, Hard To Feel Whole by Mandy Thomas, A Cookie For Timmy by Jason Howell, Dark Tidings by Ken Magee, Steamburo by Victor Bruneski, Outside The Ropes by Ashley Claudy, Blood Brothers by Dean C Moore, Dragon Tails by Conni Byron.
  • Prize B: Angela Stevens Author Bundle (3 e-books in total) which includes, from The Vargr Clan Trilogy -The Wolf You Feed and Hold On; from The Cocktail Series- Lemon Drops And Love
  • Prize C: Paperback Copy of The Wolf You Feed
  • Prize D: Paperback Copy of Lemon Drops And Love

Here Are All The Books Featured In The Rafflecopter

High Fantasy

High Fantasy

Short Story

Short Story

An Adult Contemporary Sports/ Romance

An Adult Contemporary Sports/ Romance

 Romance

 Romance

 Romance/Thriller

 Romance/Thriller

Scifi-fantasy

Scifi-fantasy

Urban Fantasy

Urban Fantasy

A humorous sci-fi/ Fantasy

A humorous sci-fi/ Fantasy

Urban Fantasy

Urban Fantasy

Romance

Romance

Humorous/ Steampunk

Humorous/ Steampunk

Dragon Fantasy

Dragon Fantasy

More About The Book Prizes On Offer

The Wolf You Feed: The Vargr Clan Trilogy by Angela Stevens

Tore Vargr finds his world turned upside down when he is forced to choose between the love of his life and the life he loves. He chooses Annike, disrespects his brother, Erik, and sets off a chain of events that shape his life in a way he could never have imagined. 

Outlawed from his clan, Tore embraces his new responsibilities of father and protector as he carves out a new life in a human world. But a jealous brother has a long memory and Erik is nothing if not patient when it comes to exacting revenge. When Tore’s past catches up with his present, he has to learn to pull from an inner strength. 


There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. 
One is evil: it is anger, envy, greed, arrogance, jealousy, resentment, lies. 
The other is good: it is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, truth. 
The wolf that wins? 
The one you feed. 

Cherokee proverb 


Spanning two generations The Wolf You Feed is the first book in a heartbreaking trilogy set in the shape shifting worlds of werewolves and skin walkers.

Hold On: The Vargr Clan Trilogy (Bk 2) by Angela Stevens

Part two in the emotional Vargr Clan Trilogy. After the tragic events of 1997, Tore Vargr is consumed by hatred and despair. As he battles once more with the two wolves within him, he is in danger of losing everything he holds dear. 


Hold on to what is good, 
Even if it’s a handful of earth 

Hold on to what you believe, 
Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself. 

Hold on to what you must do, 
Even if it’s a long way from here. 

Hold on to your life, 
Even if it’s easier to let go. 

Hold on to my hand, 
Even if someday, I’ll be gone away from you. 

Pueblo Prayer

Dark Tidings by Ken Magee

What happens when ancient magic meets the internet? One thing is certain, modern life will never be the same again.

A thousand years ago, a young thief, Tung, and a disgraced wizard, Madrick, are thrust together in an executioner’s dungeon. In the darkness, Madrick reveals an incredible secret about a legendary spell. The great spell helps them escape their prison cell... and eventually their century.

Catapulted into the present day, their lives collide with Michael, a computer hacker who plans to destroy the world’s largest bank. But sinister people are tracking their every move and they will stop at nothing to steal their spell.

Funny and frightening, Dark Tidings is book one of the spellbinding ‘Ancient magic meets the Internet’ trilogy.

Outside The Ropes by Ashley Claudy

In the ring, Regan has control. Outside the ropes, she fights to survive.


Regan Sommers spent her life fighting. Fighting foster parents, kids in the group home, and classmates. But the night she has to fight for her life changes everything.

Now, she's fighting for money in the ring, and from the first punch she's addicted. Every addiction has a price though, and this one is the gym's star boxer, Gage Lawson. He may come in an enticing tattooed package, but his demands are more than she can handle.

The responding officer from that night, Anthony Fields, comes with no demands. He want's whatever she's willing to give, and Regan can handle that. She can definitely handle him.

But no help comes string free, and Regan's not the only one with a hard past and scars to cover. The life she was trying to escape is nothing compared to the danger she's in the middle of now, and she can't fight her way out.

Hunters by Matt Stuart

Hunter, Barros Toldar has only made one mistake in his life and that was marrying the vampire countess, Sophia. He thought he could tame her but the birth of their son, Abner, five years later sets off a string of catastrophic events. Now, he is not only fighting for his own life but also battling for the humanity of Taagras. But things just got more complicated. With Sophia producing an ancient item of great power, Barros realizes he needs to become more than the Hunter he used to be.

Lemon Drops And Love by Angela Stevens

For years, Jude loved Maya from afar. When she falls into his arms at his sister’s wedding, Jude decides he’s waited long enough. But it’s complicated. Maya’s no longer the carefree, self-assured woman he once knew. Frightened, vulnerable, her confidence crushed, Maya is unable to see a way out of an abusive relationship. But Jude Holland is not going to stand back and watch this happen. After rescuing her from Carl’s clutches, he plans to stay and pick up the pieces, but he didn't bank on Carl's unwillingness to let go.

 Hard To Feel Whole  by Mandy Thomas

At a tender age, Abigail James experienced events no one should ever have to go through; abuse, betrayal, broken promises and the heartbreaking loss of a friend. 
Is it possible for her to find peace after ten years of hiding behind a shield of shyness and anti-social behavior, developing an unrealistic expectation of relationships? 
Can a ghost from her past show her what it is to be truly loved and cherished? Can he make her feel whole again?

Second Chances by Phoenix Rainez

To Louisa, the idea of hope is just that. An idea. 

After a chance encounter Louisa’s Cinderella story begins, and no fairytale is complete without a Prince Charming – enter handsome, charismatic gentleman, Damien. 

As he falls to her feet, Louisa prepares herself to ride off into the sunset. 
Before Louisa can say ‘happily ever after’ the dream she never asked for, disintegrates into a nightmare. 

The girl, who once upon a time, couldn’t even conceive the notion of hope, has to find some for herself. 

Cinderella has to slay her own demons from now on, starting with Damien ….

Steamburo by Victor Bruneski

Britain has built the largest empire in the world, largely due to new inventions run by steam power. Friends and foes alike seek to knock it off its perch and take its spot as the number one imperial power. However, the British Empire has an unbeatable weapon in the form of their top engineer; the reclusive Steamburo. In a world of airships, rocket packs, and ray guns, it will take more than luck to keep Britain on top, and Steamburo is just the person to do it. 

Robin Foley is a young man chased from his own country. He arrives in London, to find a city unlike any he has seen before. But for every wonder, there is a danger around the corner. Sky Pirates, sea monsters, flying terrorists and foreign spies become the least of his problems when he is chosen as an assistant to the Great Steamburo!

Dragon Tails by Conni Byron

Skeat and her dragon, Tarlan wanted nothing more than to graduate and become officers in the Dragon Glider Air Force. 

During their first high flying mission they are attacked by the notorious terrorist, Kieetah and his dragon, Itchum. Soon their dreams are crushed and they find themselves trapped on a planet called Earth after chasing the renegade Glider through an ancient portal. 

Their only way home is to defeat Kieetah with the help of Neil, a human orphaned by Itchum’s attack who seeks revenge on the reptilian race. 

How can the trio bring Kieetah and Itchum to justice before they tear both worlds apart?

A Cookie For Timmy by Jason Howell

A COOKIE FOR TIMMY follows Rodney, a downtrodden yet determined house-roach, as he struggles with feelings of inadequacy and revenge after the death of his beloved Silvia, and strives to redeem her (and himself) in a domestic world scaled to fit smarmy mini murderers and an enormous red-bellied adversary. 

Blood Brothers: Escape to Creeporia by Dean C. Moore

Two of the world’s top assassins—fraternal twins separated from birth, but inevitably drawn to the same kind of women—find themselves married to a pair of sorceresses. When their firm schedules the hit men for cancellation, their one escape is through the women they love into a realm of magic, dragons, and warlocks, which will require both their skills to survive.

Hold On Arrives 31st January 2015

Oh my goodness, has January really passed us by? I can't believe that The Wolf You Feed has been out nearly two months. Book 1 has received some awesome reviews and I am desperate for you all to see book 2. So without further ado, here is the approved paperback cover.

Hold On cover design by Daisy Stevens.

Hold On cover design by Daisy Stevens.

 

Hold On has gone through an enormous transition since featuring on watt pad over a year ago. You may not even recognize it. Well the wait is nearly over. Hold On has been available for pre-sale for two weeks and Saturday's publishing date is upon us.

As I wait trembling for it to hit the virtual shelves I am busy proof reading the paperback. I tell you seeing both copies of the book together is unbelievable. When I set out on this journey two years ago, I never envisaged seeing this book written let alone being published.

The Wolf You Feed hits #1 on Amazon Best Seller List!

What a difference a week and a day make! Due to circumstances beyond my control, when The Wolf You Feed hit the Amazon shelves in December I wasn't able to give it the marketing attention it needed to ensure a swift lift off. Life conspired against me. However, this last week has seen a lot of love shown to the first book in my trilogy. There have been 9, 5* reviews gone up on Amazon that have had me dancing around the room in a rather uncool manner. 

Today I put up book 2, Hold On, on pre-sale and to celebrate I have decided to give away The wolf You Feed for free for 3 days (21/22/23 Jan) It is currently flying off the Amazon shelves and when I last looked, I nearly had a heart attack. Excuse me while I lose it

OMG! OMG! The Wolf You Feed has reached #1 in the free kindle, Amazon Best Sellers list for Native American Literature. I can't believe it. 

Doing my happy dance!

Doing my happy dance!

The Wolf You Feed Update

The Wolf You Feed went live last week and already has been receiving some wonderful reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. here are some of the things people are saying about it...

The Wolf You Feed is one of Angela Stevens’s best efforts. And she gets better from book to book, so this is not one you should skip over. I was lucky enough to encounter a free version of TWYF when it was being serialized online, and I’m actually a reader who has a hard time with most novels — my attention span is short — but this one has a moral payload that you scantly notice while you are being drawn in and entertained. Don’t just buy it, READ it. And read it closely. There’s gifts in it to be had.
— C.T. Howell
Though the story arc of The Wolf You Feed wends through two more installments before coming to an end, there’s still plenty of plot in book one. In fact this is one of the most richly told paranormal fantasies I’ve ever read, with one stunningly realized and surprise plot turn after another, and flesh and blood characters real enough not just to be compelling, but to be unforgettable.

Fans of shapeshifter stories get a double dose of fun with the intersecting story threads of the werewolf clan and the skinwalker clan. Seeing both parties work their magic and charm is a powerful page-turning motivator as you can imagine with a story of this type. But the factor I found most compelling was the author’s highly unique take on the genre. She reverses the A and B stories, putting the relationships between the clan members and the brothers, sister, and wives around who this story revolves front and center throughout, and relegates the blood, gore, battles, and vengeance part to the background stage. While that might seem a counterintuitive choice, especially for male readers who tend to live for that stuff, I was never more engrossed in a paranormal fantasy involving shapeshifters as I was in this one. These are werewolves we’re talking about, after all; they share a psychic connection, a sense of brotherhood and family that so transcends what most of us enjoy in the real world that it’s like coming home, only better; it’s returning to a home we never had and only wish we had. And this despite the fact that danger forever lurks around the corner, and the characters live the harshest of lives. When the big conflicts come, they’re epic, and we see the value of letting the suspense build rather than rushing to the next blood and gore session programmatically, and in a way that might have offered cheap genre-expected thrills, but would have meant forgetting the read as rapidly as we put the book down when it blended with every other tale just like it.
— Dean C Moore, author of Renaissance 2.0 series, The Hundred Year Clones series and many more.
This book is quite a departure from Stevens’ last book, Lemon Drops and Love, and although that book was great, The Wolf You Feed is Definitely in my preferred genre. It was great discover just what a versatile writer Stevens really is and I enjoyed every minute of this one. It is expertly written, full of surprises and well worth checking out.
— R.D Hale, author of Sky City: The Rise Of An Orphan


I went into this book expecting the usual werewolf tale. I do enjoy those, and while I am by no means a “Twilight” person, I am very much fan of the “Underworld” variety and was really expecting to dig into this.

I was pleasantly surprised to find this book to be very different from either of those.

Though this starts off very much like Underworld or Twilight with its references to Lycans and clan tradition, and the usual young protagonists, reading just a few chapters into it and it becomes clear this book is different altogether.

While there is a fair share of action, chase, and adventure in this book, this is really a novel about life.

The story follows the young Tore and the beautiful young woman he has sworn to marry, Annike. I won’t say any more than that at the risk of spoiling the rest, but suffice it to say that this is a wonderful story of life, love, disappointment, of bitter loss and finding love anew again, and the pride of fatherhood.

This is a sweeping tale that will take you from Wyoming to Montana to Arkansas, as we follow a young and foolish boy become a man who then witnesses his own boys growing up and experiences the joys of fatherhood.

I enjoyed the well-constructed scenes of everyday life in the American heartland. The author’s writing style lends itself very well to the pacing of this story. If I have any gripes, it’s that there are sometimes gaps in the story description where I would have liked additional detail. This is a wonderful romp through the American wilderness, and sometimes, I felt that the lack of description in those sweeping scenes robs this a little of its power. Still, the author more than makes up for that with her attention to detail in the everyday life scenes, which have an Anne of Green Gables feel to them. They are delightfully, slow-paced, mindfully in the present, and richly depicted.

Take a chance on this really unique take on the werewolf story. This is a great book to curl up and read late at night next to a fire.
— Amazon Customer