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The Legend of Kyd Lumin - Prologue

Between now and February 2, 2021, I will be posting chapters from The Legend of Kyd Lumin , my upcoming book release. Below is the Prologue. Order your copy today at the following locations: Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Google Play  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Smashwords PROLOGUE Captain Jamos Korrel’s hands gripped tight around the metal railing of the bridge’s walkway. Through the viewport of glass, the darkness of space loomed before him. Sensors from the ship told him the sight was a lie. On his level and the one below where he stood, his crew frantically prepared for an oncoming battle. He hoped they could avoid it. Perhaps the two large ships that approached were nothing more than cargo ships moving goods from planet to planet, supplying the citizens with their needs. Foolish for me to even think that he thought. Foolish to take on this responsibility at all. Deep in the bowels of the ship, secured within a titanium fortress, he carried cargo more precious than all the credits, food
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Goodreads Giveaway - The Legend of Kyd Lumin

I'm happy to announce that 100 sci-fi space opera lovin' book fans will win a Kindle copy of The Legend of Kyd Lumin ! Releasing on February 2, 2021, this is your chance to take a ride in this adventurous, thrilling book filled with action, drama and more! To enter, all you need to do is click on the link below. Winners will be chosen by Goodreads sometime after February 8, 2021. I hope you win! Goodreads Book Giveaway The Legend of Kyd Lumin by Desmond Shepherd Giveaway ends February 08, 2021. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway

Mairel Elof

Mairel Elof  (mer•el ē•lôf) is the daugther of Empress Cybil Elof and heiress to the throne. While not officially in charge of the Empire's military force, she does oversee its operations, often traveling for long periods of time on ships that patrol the galaxy. Skilled with her blade and a threatening menace to all of the Empire's citizens, she is bent on capturing the traitorous fugitive Mu'sas Elof, also an heir to the throne. Return to  Characters Return to  Main Wiki  

The Legend of Kyd Lumin | Book Trailer

In a distant time and galaxy, far from any known planet or star.... An empire has enslaved them.... He is a fugitive.... She will stop at nothing to capture him.... And they need him to gain freedom.... The Legend of Kyd Lumin Available February 2, 2021 Sea of Stars Photo by Jeremy Perkins on Unsplash Futuristic Adventurer Image by GrandFailure on Dreamstime We Need a Hero Music by Fesilyan Studios

Designing a Book Cover - The Fourth Layer

 In my last post, I spoke about "The Third Layer" in my process of designing book covers. That was adding the author name. I also likened layers one through three to being a cake. It's baked. The layers are stacked. And it's edible. But in order to entice someone to eat the cake, the final decorations—icing, color, flowers, etc.—need to be added. So what can I do with my current book cover to spruce it up? The Fourth Layer of course! This is the crucial and final layer. This is where everything comes together to form the complete book cover. The steps I use below are my own. You'll need to determine what is needed for your cover when you get to this layer. Only you know your book. Only you know what's important. The Fourth Layer is where you can get creative. First, I want to continue with the older adventure book type feel. With The Legend of Kyd Lumin , I want people to think it's a book not published in 2021 but rather, published sometime in the 80'

Designing a Book Cover - The Third Layer

In my last post, I spoke about "The Second Layer" of designing a book cover, which is making sure you title stands out well.  Now we head to "The Third Layer". This one probably will seem obvious and it complements "The Second Layer" . It is your author name. It's important that your author name be positioned and sized correctly. There are a few approaches to this. For well known authors—for instance Stephen King or James Patterson—having the author name prominent and big on the cover is good. The reason is, their names are so popular that the author name sells the book more so than the book title sells it. As a self-published author you could use this thought process for your cover to give the impression that you are a popular author. Of course, your mileage will vary with this approach. The other option is to not allow the author name to dominate the content. So you would want it to be smaller than the title. You could even make it barely noticeable

Designing a Book Cover - The Second Layer

In my last post , I discussed how I go about designing covers for my book. That post covered "The First Layer" , which is the main background cover image. So off to "The Second Layer"! What is it? That would be the book title. It's important to make the title stand out properly. Doing so is the difference between a book cover that looks professional and one that screams mediocrity. Remember, often the cover is the first impression of a book. If the cover is boring and drab, potential readers will assume your book is, too. I know, I know. "Don't judge a book by its cover." But, well, that's the first thing people often do, whether consciously or not. Pick a font that pops and don't just use the default settings for the font. Vary and alter it to the best of your ability to give it some life. A good way to do this is to research book covers in the genre you wrote. Pay attention to how the title is presented. For The Legend of Kyd Lumin , whic