Cover Reveal Party – “The Lupine’s Call”

The Lupine's Call - Cover RevealOn July 17th, I’m devoting the entire afternoon and evening to showing off the cover for the upcoming follow-up to “The Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequel One)”.

I’m inviting fellow Urban Fantasy authors to come help celebrate the cover reveal, and I’m going to leave the names of my guests a surprise until the last minute.

The Book Blurb

Richard Parsons is a shapeshifter with a drinking problem – not that his girlfriend knows about his abilities. But she’s determined to sober him up, and the arguments aren’t helping.
Storming out of the apartment during the latest argument might only be the first bad move of the night.

Will Richard’s drinking get him into more trouble than he can handle?

About The “Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels”

“The Lupine’s Call” is the second of the “Shadows Over Seattle: Prequel” series, giving readers a chance to meet the characters who will be appearing in the main series. Every story is a snapshot of an event in that character’s past, and can be read as a standalone short story, or as part of the series.

What’s Happening At The Party?

Authors – I’m opening the floor to Urban Fantasy authors who want to come join the festivities, and meet my readers

Readers – You’re going to be introduced to some of my fellow Urban Fantasy authors, and discover some great stories of the process.

When & Where Is All This Happening?

When : Tuesday, July 17 at 1 PM – 9 PM (AKST, 5 pm – 1am EST)

Where : This is a Facebook event

Click here to join the event

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Tantalizing Samples From 5 Authors That Will Leave You Itching For More!

This Exciting Urban Fantasy Short Story Re-Releases June 26th

It’s just a week to go until “Under a Hunter’s Moon” re-releases, and I thought I’d share one of the reviews I received for the first edition.UAHM - Postcard(1)

And for the curious, here’s more about the story…

Under A Hunter's Moon - 1280x960And here’s how it starts…

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Available At:

Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks

Calling All Authors – “Featured Author” Spots Available On My Website

Here’s An Opportunity To Be Featured On My Website

Over my time as an author, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of really great authors. Most of these folks I met online through various social media platforms, and events. Others I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person.

As a thank you for all the help and support I’ve received online, I’m dedicating this page to them. If you have a few moments take a look down the list, and pop in to say hi to anyone who’s work catches your attention.

Here’s How Your Entry Would Be Formatted

Timothy Bateson

Author Bio:
Timothy Bateson is a writer who broke into the market in 2014, with three short stories being featured in Halloween and science-fiction anthologies. In 2016, Bateson self-published a re-release of “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, the first of a several stories set in the “Shadows Over Seattle” world, which he co-writes with his wife, Sandi.
Bateson is also a blogger who often spotlights books and fellow indie authors, alongside his other interests, such as the Brain to Books Cyber Convention events, falconry, journaling, quotes, and reading.
Genres:
Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Short Story
Social Media Links:
Author Blog (Ramblings of an Author), Author Website (Timothy Bateson – Author), Newsletter (N/A)
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn (N/A), Google+
Author Profiles:
Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble (N/A), Kobo (N/A), iTunes (N/A), Goodreads

How Can You Sign Up For A Featured Authors Slot?

LearnMore_Normal_h250Click the button to the left, and you’ll be taken to the AirTable form (embedded on my website).

Fill out the details, and I’ll take care of everything else. Priority will be given to authors I’ve worked with on this blog, or online events.

 

It’s Time To Redesign…

I know that the title of this post might be a bit confusing, but those of you who’ve been over to my website recently, you might have an inkling as to it’s meaning.

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This is an idea of how things used to look on my website…

It’s Time To Update My Website

I’ve come to consider certain aspects of my site to be a little to static, like the heading, buttons. But other aspects of the site were over complicated, such as some of the page designs.

Because I use Weebly to create my website there are some built-in limitations to what the designer will allow me to do without adding in HTML code blocks.

So here’s a quick look at some of the things that are changing.

New Page Layouts

I’m also updating the general design of my site, because there are a lot of very different page designs being used.

When I first started setting up the site, I wanted to keep things simple. But then I decided to add book pages, character pages, and other features. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to keep things simple, because I ended up adding way more details than were really needed.

The image to the left shows just how much information I tried to provide about the characters. There’s a brief introduction to the character, a quote from them, a description of them, some background details, and a list of friends, book appearances, and other links.

It’s just too much information…

Well, that’s all changing. The pages are going to be massively simplified where necessary, and only contain information that’s actually relevant. Instead of giving a break-down of the character’s appearance, I’ll be working on getting some better images (which might take some time).

A New, Bolder Site Header Image

This is among the biggest changes, and it helps give a feel for the overall design of the site.

Here’s the old header design, which I actually liked a lot.

And here’s a look at the new site header.SiteBanner_h500I found the basic banner image over on Deposit Photos, which is a stock image site. That gave me the black background, the red chevrons and the chrome edging.

Because I liked a lot of the elements of the old design, I kept the city skyline, and the wolf-moon logo, and superimposed them over the image I’d downloaded. A little messing around with layer transparencies, and adding text in matching colors gave me a result I’m very pleased with.

 New Style Buttons – With Roll-Over Action

I also discovered that there were buttons available that mirrored the banner design, and the came in two different (but very compatible styles). In this case, I was able to just add the text layers, and align them to the same position on the button (to maintain a consistent arrangement).

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Because I had two different designs, I wanted to make them interactive, and  knew there had to be a way to swap one image for another with HTML code.

After some digging around online, I found several options and decided to animate the buttons with roll-over effect. The button without the chevrons is the button displayed on the page, until you move your mouse pointer over it. Unfortunately, I can’t reproduce that effect in a blog post, so you’ll have to check out on my site.

Bringing It All Together

Here’s a look at how everything comes together.

This is the new, simplified, book page, and I have to admit, I love how easy it is to read, compared the the previous format.

The buttons that link to each of the book retailers look amazing down there at the bottom.

As I release more stories (or appear in more anthologies), the only thing that’s going to change about these page layouts is the presence (or lack of) of a review quote, and the location (and presence) of the relevant buttons.

For example, “Evaline Transcendent” (my science fiction story) is only available at Amazon. So the buttons for the other retailers are under a “coming soon to these retailers” heading.

Moving Forward

There are still a lot of changes coming to the site, as I update all the pages, and simplify things.

Please drop in at my site and drop your thoughts into the comment box.

Cover Reveal Events & Pre-Order – “Under A Hunter’s Moon”

Under A Hunter's Moon - Cover Reveal - FacebookFacebook Cover Reveal @ 6pm EST Today

May 9th 2018 – Cover reveal event on Facebook. My Facebook followers will get to see the cover for the first time, unless they already attended the May 2nd reveal on AuthorBitz.com

Here’s what you can expect to find:

  • I’ll be chatting with folks between 6pm & 8pm EST
  • There will be some games running, and I definitely encourage participation
  • You’ll also get a sneak peek at part of the story (spoiler-free)
  • Please feel free to post questions and comments

But You’re Here, And That Means Bonus Time:

Available For Pre-Order ($0.99) At:

Smashwords, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Scribd

Come Join The Fun on Facebook 6pm EST – 8pm EST

Cover Reveal Events & Pre-Order – “Under A Hunter’s Moon”

Under A Hunter's Moon - Cover Reveal - Author BitzCover Reveal Events

  • May 2nd 2018 – Cover reveal event on AuthorBitz.ComCome join me for the first of two cover reveal events.
    • You will require a FREE membership at AuthorBitz if you want to comment on any of the posts.
    • I’ll be revealing the cover for the first time, and giving people some insights into the background for the story.
    • I’ll be chatting with folks on and off throughout the day, so please feel free to post questions and comments
    • I might even drop some photos from my research trip to Seattle.
  • May 9th 2018 – Cover reveal event on Facebook. My Facebook followers will get to see the cover for the first time, unless they already attended the May 2nd reveal.
    • I’ll be chatting with folks on and off throughout the day, so please feel free to post questions and comments

Available For Pre-Order ($0.99) At:

Here’s Where You Come In

If you have a blog, or newsletter and would like to volunteer to help with passing along the news or doing a review, I’m very interested in hearing from you.

Tweet, share, pin this post like crazy. I’m looking forward to reaching new readers, and your help would make that possible.

How To Reach Me

Drop me a line at timothy.bateson.author@gmail.com and I’ll do whatever I can to make sure I meet any reasonable deadlines.