Cover Reveal? (Things Heard in a Graveyard)

I’m not entirely sure that this is what I’m going with, but here’s what I’m thinking for my cover. Any thoughts? Suggestions? Should I scrap it and buy some different art?

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Front and back, there it be^ (Sadly, I cannot do anything but color on the spine. I only have Paint to work with for that sort of thing.)

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No word yet on a cover for Circus in a Shot Glass. I imagine there will be news in the next few months. Stay tuned and…

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

 

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Things Heard… Cover Help!

Later this year, after Clean Reads has released Circus in a Shot Glass, I’ll be releasing a novelette (Things Heard in a Graveyard) under a pen name. My editor is all lined up, formatting is looking good. There’s one big thing I’m missing: THE COVER!

Please help me decide on a cover. I have three options so far, and your vote matters. Here is the blurb first (the tone of the book is often humorous with irreverent looks at death and loss):

WHEN HIS ESTRANGED FATHER DIES,
ARYS BOHN MUST COME TO TERMS WITH
HIS PAST AND LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH 
HIS FINANCIALLY UNSTABLE FUTURE. ENTER
THE BOHN FAMILY JOURNALS. THEY MIGHT
BE MORE THAN THE KEY TO UNLOCKING
ARYS’S WRITER’S BLOCK. THEY MIGHT BE
EVERYTHING HE EVER NEEDED…IF HE CAN
HOLD ONTO THEM.

And, without further ado, here are the cover options:

A: THIAG cover

 

B: Thingsheard in a Graveyard.png

 

C: Things HeardIn a Graveyard.jpg

 

Thanks in advance, and keep your pen on the page!
Beth

I Used to be Her Jo

I was writing poetry this (Thursday) evening, and really got myself in a funk. The topic of the poem was a personal look at how a loved one used to see me versus how they see me now. For better and for worse, I’ve changed over the years.

I’m not a good poet, but here’s what I wrote (I stopped writing is because I was getting too emotional.) It’s called I Used to be Her Jo:

I used to be her Jo, Joy

I used to be her Jo

Father didn’t want me

But Marmee loved me so

I never was Pop’s Joe, see

I’m not a good girl-boy

 

I was steady hands, she said

My darling girl, my Jo

Whenever there was need

Wherever there was woe

She called me her Jo, see

But now that girl is dead

 

I used to be her Jo, Joy

I used to be her Jo

That’s a very personal, raw part of me coming out. I might delete it. Who knows?

Here’s a kitty pic to cheer us all up:

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Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

Trigger Warnings

Greetings!

It would seem that edits for Circus in a Shot Glass are done! …knock on wood. I mean, I haven’t heard anything, but I’m assuming that they are. But there was something I was wrestling with that I contacted Clean Reads about:

Does my book need a trigger warning?

First, let me explain what a trigger warning is: It’s a label put at the beginning of a book that warns readers of potentially upsetting/disturbing content.

My publisher was fine with me putting one in, so wrote it and sent it off. There are internet debates about whether or not warnings should be used. Some claim is coddles the reader. Others state that warnings are spoilers. But I think, as far as my writing goes, it’s important for me to give my readers a heads-up. It’s a courtesy, a kindness.

What are YOUR thoughts on trigger warnings? (Rude, argumentative responses will be deleted.)

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

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Drawings and Writings

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“Breathing Lessons” by Beth Overmyer

 

So, this past week was a bit of a struggle. I was sick, tired, and had many pages of galley left to proof. But I MADE IT!

Galleys – CHECK
Sickness – LICKED (mostly)
Tiredness – Errrrr…two out of three?

And I picked up the fantasy novel again, the one I’ll someday publish under my pen name (publicly connected with my real name): S.M. Tinker.

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Enough of the random pictures! …Okay, just one more:

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“Pinterest Girl Sketch” by Beth Overmyer

…I like random things 🙂

Keep your pen (or pencil) on the page,
Beth

A Short History of Lady Catherine Says

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I didn’t know about Jane Austen. I mean, wasn’t she some long-dead author of some novel-book-thingies? Yeah, they sounded too girly. I was a tomboy. So I read lots of good books, mostly genre (which is great!) But until around 2005, I did not know what I was missing.

My friends the Allen family introduced me to the five+ hour BBC version of Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, and I was hooked, I tell you–HOOKED! The characters were fresh, real, vibrant. The costumes were fun, the customs funny, and I found myself rather enchanted.

Once I had made it through the five or six VHS tapes, I decided to read the book. WONDERFUL decision, if I do say so myself. Fast forward to several years later. That is when I got the idea of Tweeting as Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

It took me until 2016 to finish the calendar Lady Catherine Says: 365 Tweets of Condescension. I subbed it to maybe three places. Two no responses, one very nice personal rejection. And here I am today 🙂

Sales are going well, reviews are coming in. I’m happy to share this baby with the world.

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Lady Catherine Says.

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth