Panic! Error in Carpathian Vampire

This wasn’t supposed to happen! I found an error in the digital version of Carpathian Vampire. Two Romanian words were dropped during the conversion from Adobe InDesign to MS Word. Instead, all the readers sees is “,” It should read (“Plictisit acum,” is the expression she used when someone mentioned a boy she might date.) How cool is that? Not very. Anyway, a fix is in the works along with a panic rereading of the digital text.  By the way, ‘plictisit acum’ means ‘bored now.’ I guess I shouldn’t feel too bad. I found three errors in JK Rowling’s latest novel (The Cuckoo’s Calling) she published under the pen name Robert Galbraith. Still…

Carpathian Vampire Now Available on iBooks

You can now pre-order Carpathian Vampire on iBooks for your iPad, iPhone or OS X device. Terribly exciting for me to see it there. Whoopie!! Click here.

Update: For some reason, the sample on iBooks only has the first 3 1/2 chapters instead of the first 12 out of 52 total. Still, it should give you an idea of what it’s about. Disappointing though. To get the first 12 chapters, click here to go to Smashwords.

Pricing of Carpathian Vampire

Here’s what I’ve learned about pricing from my publisher, Tragedy’s Workshop:

Lumi Laura’s first novel Carpathian Vampire, When You’ve Never Known Love is now available for pre-release sampling (first 12 chapters FREE) and advanced purchase of the digital version at the introductory price of $2.99. Click Here. The complete novel will be published by Tragedy’s Workshop on January 1, 2014. After publication, the introductory price will be discontinued and the publisher’s suggested retail price for the eBook will be $7.99. A paperback version will be available on following publication for the publisher’s suggest retail price of $13.99. A Kindle version will also be available for $7.99.

So buy it now if at all possible. You’ll save $5.00!

Links to Settings Used in Carpathian Vampire

Notice the new link in the links bar above? I’ve used Google Maps to identify several (10) areas around Sinaia, Romania that appear in Carpathian Vampire. If you’re curious about what this little tourist community in Romania looks like, click on “Story Settings” and take a look around. If you click the link at the bottom of each Street View image, “View Larger Map,” you’ll get a much larger image. Then you can navigate all over Sinaia, or even all of Romania for that matter. Of course, many of my scenes occur at night, and all Google Street View images are during the day, so you don’t get the atmosphere, but still, it’s quite a romp.

Pre-Orders for Carpathian Vampire

Cover for Carpathian Vampire, When You've Never Known Love

Cover for Carpathian Vampire, When You’ve Never Known Love

Carpathian Vampire, When You’ve Never Known Love will be published on January 1, 2014. You can now get a sample of the first 12 chapters (out of 52 in the complete novel) and pre-order until then. I’m really excited to see how it goes. Click here!

The paperback will also be published on 01/01/2014.

Surprise! A New Addition

Yes, I thought we were through with the cover, but then I had second thoughts. I knew something was missing. We had to  have a bit of drama, and then I remembered my original concept for the cover. The most important scene in the novel occurs just outside a gazebo. I realized that all it would take to liven the cover up a bit and make it everything I ever wanted was that scene, which wouldn’t take that much more effort since we had the setting down pat. Of course the illustrator had somewhat of a differing opinion because the human figure is difficult and takes time. But I found some excellent reference material for him to use, and it all turned out great without too much additional illustration time. My publisher is amazing and after thinking about it for a day or so said okay. So here is the final, final cover for Carpathian Vampire:

Cover for Carpathian Vampire, When You've Never Known Love by Lumi Laura

Cover for Carpathian Vampire, When You’ve Never Known Love by Lumi Laura

Notice how he’s lightened up the trees in the foreground and changed the shading below the gazebo. I can’t tell you have much I like this. It’s a real work of art.

I have a couple of editing copies coming tomorrow, so I’ll be really excited to receive those final proofs. My reader/editor gets one copy, and I get the other. Of course, I believe you know who my reader is if you’ve followed my blog at all. I’ll smack him if he finds anything drastic.

Complete Cover

Okay. I just got this attached to an email. It’s the complete cover. It’s simply amazing. Still a little work to do on the words, my problem, but the layout and cover illustration are out of this world! I hope you like it as much as I do.


Ever pick up a book because you love the cover only to find out that it doesn’t match the story? That happens to me all the time. I have really lucked out. My cover matches my story perfectly. As a matter of fact, something really spooky is going on because it seems to cast the same spell in the readers mind that I hope my story does. Just don’t see how they could have come up with a cover that works so well.

I was thinking of having a couple of maps inside to help the reader with some underground geography and vampire psychic space; however, I’m having second thoughts. When I started working with the illustrator on them, it seemed like it was making it too literal. I have this thing where I’m always thinking about what I should leave to the reader’s imagination. Getting too literal can spoil the spell, and if a vampire novel doesn’t have atmosphere, what’s the point?

Anyway, this is where I am right now. Getting close to publication. They have someone putting the text in Adobe InDesign right now. I’m about to have a hemorrhage. This could really happen!