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3 tips for book/eBook covers to draw more readers. And revealing my new fiction book’s cover!

On today’s Facebook Live video, I accidentally cut it off at the end. So I re-recorded the video, 3 Tips for book/eBook covers to draw more readers. And I revealed the cover of my new fiction book and its title that I’m working on right now!

You can watch the video which I recorded on Zoom and uploaded to YouTube here at the link below:

https://youtu.be/aBAYuWCSAn8

How the idea for the book came about

One day in my business coach Diane Cunningham Ellis’ Inspired Business Academy (IBA) training class, she mentioned the video game Tetris. Believe it or not, I’d never heard of it before or played it. It is a video game created by Russian software engineer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984 for the Electronika 60 computer. 

Tetris game. Image source: Unsplash. Hello I'm Nik.

Tetris game. Image source: Unsplash. Hello I’m Nik.

When Diane explained its concept, I immediately thought, “That is a new book idea!”

Tetris is about creating order out of chaos, the way God does in our lives. You try to get all the colored falling blocks to fill empty space in a line at the bottom of the screen and win points. You can move and rotate the colored blocks. It isn’t easy. It’s challenging, but fun!

My book’s theme is about alignment to God’s will and His purpose for our lives. This isn’t easy, either. Everything in life doesn’t fall into neat, straight lines–even when you are a Christian believer.

iphone. Image source: Unsplash. David Grandmougin.

iphone. Image source: Unsplash. David Grandmougin.

I downloaded the game Tetris on my iPhone and began playing it to see how it worked. (I don’t usually play video or Facebook games!) I also asked my former editor/publisher Hanne Moon if I could use the name of the game in a new book title. She said no; the company could sue me and come after me with a “Cease and Desist.” Um, no!

So I asked my husband Ray to help me think of a substitute name/title for this intriguing book idea. He thought a minute and then said, “The Game Blocks of Life.” I liked it and am going with it!

Our beautiful & talented daughter, Leah

Our beautiful & talented daughter, Leah

Our daughter Leah graduated earlier this year from college, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Graphic Design. I asked her if she would be willing to design my new eBook’s cover. She said yes. I immediately hired her and am paying her for this. I bought the image from Istock. I like the fact that the royal blue block on the right side resembles a cross. Leah designed the cover and I love it! It includes all 3 of the tips that I shared in today’s video.

This is my new book cover, which Leah designed:

The Game Blocks of Life. Copyright 2021 Beth M. Jones Book Cover Design Copyright 2021 Leah Merae Jones

The Game Blocks of Life Copyright 2021 Beth M. Jones
Book Cover Design Copyright 2021 Leah Merae Jones

Leah designs book covers, logos, and more. You can find out more about her and her graphic design work at her website here below:
https://lemeraedesigns.wordpress.com/

So far, I’ve written over 18,000 words on this new fiction book. 

What are you working on right now in your speaking and writing? You have a unique and powerful message to share that the world needs to hear!

Please leave your comments below.

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We need hope

The death toll has now risen to 9 dead, and the people of the USA and even the world are anxiously waiting news for a miracle of survivors from the tragic Champlain Towers condominium collapse in Miami, Florida. Survivors and their family members of the USA’s 9-11 attack grimly remember that horrifying day as they watch the news about the condo. In the midst of this new tragedy, we’re also dealing with the Coronavirus (and the Delta variant), outbreaks driving some places back under new lockdowns, and other frightening news like the  extreme heat wave across the western United States.

It seems like there is so much bad news now, which is why I rarely even read it any more. I read just enough every few days to know what is going on in the world for prayer/intercessory purposes. 

Hope

We need GOOD NEWS and HOPE.

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New shoes

This year I am making my health and fitness a priority again, so I’m walking at the track and a pretty path in town, eating healthier, and  not drinking Dr. Pepper (a big challenge!). Yesterday I got to the track later and it began raining. It had rained on and off all day yesterday. At one point in the afternoon, there was sunshine so I sat outside awhile to soak up Vitamin D. 

Before I went to the track, I had been “voxing” (Voxer app, like a walkie-talkie/text app for both iPhones and Androids) with my biz coach, Diane Cunningham Ellis. She was talking to me about my Nike shoes, which have been great walking shoes, but are several years old. Diane used to run marathons, 10K’s, and 5K’s. 

woman runner

woman runner

Diane said that I needed to buy new ones with the best support and fit, and suggested that I google for a local running shoes store, where the staff helps you find shoes with the best fit and support. They actually watch you walk as you try on different shoes, to examine your gait, etc. 

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