The Writestream with Kimberly McGath and Daniella Bova – Archive

The Writestream with Kimberly McGath and Daniella Bova – Archive

This past Wednesday, I interviewed Kimberly McGath in the first hour of the show to discuss the importance of cover design in book marketing, particularly for indie authors. Kim, a multi-talented retired police detective, cold case consultant, author, singer and book cover designer, has created a several fabulous covers for Writestream Publishing clients, including the one below.

Before we began our discussion on cover design, Kim made an exciting announcement about a contract for a new TV program on true crime – which means this was her last interview. Thankfully, she’ll continue to co-host Partners In Crime on Writestream Radio Network, with her co-host and bestselling author Sue Coletta.

I appreciated Kim taking the time to delve into the various aspects of creating a compelling book cover, one that will make readers take notice. We also delved into the elements that comprise an effective back cover, including a succinct book description. To discover more about Kim, visit www.kimberlymcgath.com.

In the second half of the show, author Daniella Bova joined me to discuss the third and final book in her excellent series, Storms of Transformation, Cadáin’s Watch. Check out the book trailer below:

Michelle and Jason escaped the wreckage of their beloved hometown and are determined to live free. Though they are hunted by the totalitarian bureaucracy, they vow to resist oppression no matter the cost. But insidious evil still threatens. Once proud Americans are hopeless and unwilling to fight, making it that much harder for the rebels in their quest for Liberty. And so, God intervenes, and the angel-warrior Cadáin is sent to watch over those whose spirits are unbroken.

Discover Daniella’s full body of work at www.daniellabova.com.

Click on the player to listen to The Writestream with Kimberly McGath and Daniella Bova.

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Writestream Publishing Founders Day

I spent a fabulous day with my good friend and business partner Lisa Tarves and our lovely client Cynthia Dougherty yesterday. Since we usually work and live in different parts of the country, it was a blessing to have this time together in person — especially with the exciting events happening at Writestream Publishing. Our boutique independent publishing company is growing steadily and surely, with ten titles published over the past year and many more to come before 2016 is over.

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Proud of this second edition!

Among other things, we filled in for vacationing host Donna Lyons on Love Liberty & Lip Gloss.  Even though we didn’t figure out Facebook Live, it turned out to be an excellent broadcast. If you missed it, click below to meet our new Monday host Cynthia Dougherty, learn about our revised publishing packages and partnerships, and discover all of the wonderful things taking place at Writestream Publishing and Writestream Radio:

From the time I could talk, I’d tell everyone who’d ask “What are you going to do when you grow up?” that I was going to be a novelist, a journalist, and a writer. It feels amazing to finally achieve those early goals, but I could never have known back then that the internet and 21st Century technology would enable me to become a publisher too. The fact that I get to do this with a woman who is an amazing friend and someone I can trust implicitly is the icing on the cake. For several years, I did all of the things I do for Writestream on my own…and I’ve discovered it’s much more rewarding and fulfilling as a partnership with Lisa.

Writestream co-founders Lisa Tarves and Daria Anne pose with all books published by Writestream Publishing.

Writestream co-founders Lisa Tarves and Daria Anne pose with all books published by Writestream Publishing in 2015 and 2016.

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A Few of My Favorite Water Signs Book Reviews

I released the second edition of my 2008 novel Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal on July 15 (paperback) and July 8 (Kindle).

Why a new release?

Since publishing the book the first time around, I became a ghostwriter in addition to editing and helping other authors to navigate the independent publishing process. Eventually, this path led to the founding of Writestream Radio Network (March 2013) and Writestream Publishing LLC (June 2015) with my good friend and trusted biz partner Lisa Tarves.

Needless to say, I’ve acquired much more knowledge about the independent publishing industry and writing over the past eight years. Aside from wanting to publish my novel under the Writestream imprint, I also wanted to make some dialogue corrections and narration changes. While my book was well received and highly rated, as an author, I felt compelled to fix the things that were bothering me about the first edition. And thanks to the talents of Kia Heavey (cover designer) and Matt Margolis (interior formatting), my original vision has finally been fulfilled.

Still, it’s nice to look back upon some of my favorite reviews in the hope that new readers will respond in a similar manner:

Water Signs was one of those rare books that I had to force myself to put down because it was such an engaging, refreshing read. I enjoyed the fact that the story was set around the Jersey shore, as I am a Jersey girl myself. But what truly kept me reading was that Daria put so much life into her characters! Their personalities, their personal convictions, and their sense of family were so palpable that every time I read a page, it was like coming home to friends. The story kept me hooked all the way through, allowing me to experience Ken and Maddy’s life journeys along with them right on to the very end. The good thing is that the end wasn’t really the end, as Daria is currently working on the sequel, so I look forward to the day that I can pick up with Ken and Maddy on the next phase of their journey together! If you are searching for a truly good book that will leave you satisfied, Water Signs is definitely worth every penny!

– Amazon Customer

Pisces

The book flows with a great story line easy to follow and the imagination is caught in the rich descriptions of the surroundings as one can almost smell the ocean, hear the birds, and feel the breeze. The dialogue is a little abrupt at times, as some sentences seem to catch one off guard, but upon further reading, it blends with the pending emotion which ensues in joy, tears, heartache, and redemption, in which all can relate. – K. Fitzgerald

Pisces

Water Signs is one of those rare books that makes you feel like you want to meet the characters in person. Yes, they are that real. It is beautifully written with passion for our country and romance. It is one of those books that is just like a good movie, where you hate to see it end. Speaking of more…please Daria, write the sequel as we are left sitting on the edge our seats wanting more. Madeline Rose and her charming husband Kenny will enrich your lives with their love for each other. Yes, a perfect romance does exist. — Anni

Pisces

Daria is such a brilliant writer that you actually feel like you are living the story with the main character. I was so engrossed in this book, that there were times I had forgotten that I was sitting in my bedroom! This book is an excellent escape from one’s daily routine. I was always a slow reader, but let me tell you, I read through this book so fast, I even surprised myself!

Never did I ever feel like I could relate to a character as much as I could relate to this one. I could not believe how much Madeline’s life paralleled mine. It kept me wanting to read on. I can count AT LEAST five similar situations that the character and myself have been through.. It blew me away.

In addition, ANYONE suffering from panic/anxiety disorder or knows someone who is, MUST read this book. It will give you reassurance that this is only a temporary condition that will go away. You will lead a normal life again.

Not only will this book give you a sense of hope that true love does exist, it also proves that certain “bumps” that one goes through in life, are only temporary and will pass. Upon completion of this book, I had feelings of warmth, peace and hope, stir within me.

There is a light at the end of each dismal tunnel.

This is A MUST READ!!!..Any novel I had read after “Water Signs”, pales in comparison to this book. I am definitely looking forward to any future novels from this author.

Pisces

 

To read all reviews, click here.  If you would like to reach out to me to share your thoughts about the book, email me at dariaanne@writestreampublishing.com. Follow me on twitter @dariaanne and like my Facebook Author Page, Daria Anne DiGiovanni, Author.

Thank you to all who have taken the time to read and review!

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