New covers for the Seasonal Love series

The Seasonal Love series come bearing new covers. I just revealed the brand spanking new cover for Moscow Nights, the third book, along with the blurb and links, so here I’ll show off the first two books in the series, Winter Love and Sakura Kiss, that got new covers as well! Beautiful, aren’t they?

All three covers are made by Aisha Akeju. Check out her website to see her portfolio! She’s so talented! She’s also making the covers for the Souls series, and I cannot wait to show off the first one. But for now… feast your eyes on these three beauties!

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Self-made cover art: Seasonal Love

winter-love-webI feel I should start this post like the last one: Years ago I made some covers. This is because I made these covers at the same time as the ones for ARCTIC LOVE, back in 2009-2010 somewhere. These are for the series now known as SEASONAL LOVE, but back then I only referred to it as the Related series (because it was related to the Svalbard stories, you see). I’m not very good at titles – they can be my undoing. Especially series titles.

So yeah, I made covers for this series. I made them different from the Svalbard covers because while the series were related, they were their own particular series. Also, while ARCTIC LOVE sticks mostly to Svalbard, the books in this series moves around a bit in Europe (and one even takes place in Japan!)

The first part of WINTER LOVE takes place during winter in Norway, in a cabin. So a winter landscape featuring a cabin was the perfect image. The men … well, they don’t particularly look like how I picture Lasse and Marko, but I made this way back when I thought there had to be two half-naked men on the cover.

SAKURA KISS takes place in Japan, thus the sakura flowers in the background and city landscape of Tokyo at the bottom. MOSCOW NIGHTS takes place in Moscow, thus a picture of Moscow on the cover. RUSSIAN ROULETTE was also set to take place in Moscow, and that cover has the same image to show this, but the book was never written back then. I tried, and tried, and tried, but never got it right, so I gave up. Still, it’s got a mock cover. Maybe I’ll get to that book again sometime in the future.

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Just For Fun: Productivity

ALMidnightSunOnce upon a time I was very productive. I could write a story in no time. Now, I usually struggle to finish something. I really miss the old times when I could knock a story out in fourteen days. As I’ve kept a document on when I started and finished a story, I thought I’d post it. Makes me feel embarassed about my current pace, but oh well.

I wrote the first draft of Polar Nights from January 5th to January 13th, 2009. I was really on a roll with that one. I don’t even know what inspired it, per say, but I think it was a picture or a documentary or something about polar bears. They fascinated me and I wanted to write a story set on Svalbard.

I started Northern Lights, the sequel, on January 13th and ended it on February 5th, 2009. Used a little longer on this one, but still quick when compared to how I write now.

Midnight Sun was not so quick. I started it on February 13th, but had major writer’s block and finished it on May 8th, 2009. I think I was still in my writers block then, because it continues onto the next story in the series.

White Nights, the sequel to Midnight Sun, was started on May 10th, but due to my major writer’s block around that time, I do not have a record of when I finished it. Sometime in July/August/September/October 2009. Very vague, yes.

Northern Skies, the fifth book set on Svalbard, was started on November 3rd and ended it on November 21st, 2009. This is a direct sequel to Polar Nights and Northern Lights, featuring both those couples.

Winter Love‘s first draft was started on December 1st and wrapped up at December 13th, 2009. Here I’m definitely back on a roll.

The first draft of Sakura Kiss was started on December 13th and ended on December 28th, 2009. I was very inspired to give Armas’ his happy ending after the jerk he was in Winter’s Love.

And then Moscow Nights. It was started on December 28th, 2009, and ended … I don’t know. My records end there. I think I wrapped it up in January of 2010, because I can’t remember having writer’s block on it.

Black Sun, the sixth story set on Svalbard, was started in January 2010. I do not have on record when I finished it, but I do think I didn’t use too long on it. It was either finished in January or February.

These books are now divided into my two contemporary series, Arctic Love and Seasonal Love. They used to be called Svalbard Saga and the Related series. Those weren’t really any good series titles, were they? They weren’t at all. So I quite like the new series’ titles.

In fact, Winter Love was connected to Polar Nights in the first drafts. Andreas and Lasse knew each other. That changed when I revised them, or as was the case with Polar Nights, rewrote them. The series are still connected, but that connection won’t be obvious until the fourth Arctic book and the third Seasonal book, where a minor character makes an appearance. That minor character will have his story told in the fourth book in the Seasonal series.