So after discussing some marketing ideas with some of the fine folk at the Kboards writer's cafe, I decided to make some changes to the kindle version of Extreme Unction, The first change was a significant price cut, which has already started to pay off. I'm now charging $2.99 and made two sales just today. I also rewrote the blurb and changed the cover.
|Possible Cover for Book 2|
|New Kindle Version Cover|
When an autopsy finds traces of the banned insecticide Chlordane in the anointing oil on the corpse of a local big-wig, Pittsburgh police bring Lupa Schwartz, an outspoken non-believer, into an investigation focused on a well-liked local clergyman. Worried that the police are planning to use him as a political fall-guy, Schwartz coerces Cattleya Hoskin, a magazine reporter with a connection to his family’s past, to chronicle his process and squelch any misgiving that his world-view influenced the outcome.
Suspicion in the case is focused on Fr. Coneely, an outspoken euthanasia advocate who had earlier made the mistake of telling the family of the now-dead man that, hypothetically, he could safely apply poison-laden oil to their suffering father during last rites, and nobody need be the wiser. Was Mr. Hanson the willing victim of a mercy killing, or was a lapsing insurance policy the real motive for one of Hanson’s five children to taint the oil?
UPDATE: It suddenly dawned on me how I can make my covers have that noir feel and still keep to my brand theme, which is why I wanted to keep the characters in the first place. The answer to making a noir cover look noir is noir, that is to say, black -or more specifically black and white. I just need that good ol' fashioned blown out B&W look and feel. With that in mind, here are a few mock ups.