Fun with concept art

A lot of writers I’ve spoken to at conventions swear by the little extras at their table– I already have pins and little polymer dragons, but they particularly talk about the power of concept art and maps.

Which resulted in the following conversation:

Me: “Hey, do we have room in the budget for concept art?”

Partner: “For which book?”

Me: “I was thinking a map and some characters for the one I’m working on now… but maybe start with Urban Dragon? Arkay, Rosa, maybe Meph?”

Partner: “…If you add Terry to that list, by god I will make room in the budget.”

Sometimes it slips my mind just how much he loves Terry.

For those who don’t remember, Terry is the groundskeeper of the Hoarde’s secret base– a multidimensional amorphous conglomeration of eyes, teeth, bones, and miscellaneous viscera, who accumulated all those various bits and pieces from the trespassers they’ve devoured over the years.

They’re also an insatiable gossip and an utter drama queen.

Really, most of the Urban Dragon series can be boiled down to “mix one part sinister and one part silly, and add a bit of gore for good measure”.

I kept getting reminded of that trying to explain my characters to the artist. Arkay and Rosa are easy enough– I’ve described them to cover artists enough times that I’ve got that part down.

I spent a whole lot of time describing Meph’s physical features like he’s some kind of action hero, and then I tried to sum up his vibe: “he takes himself way too seriously, which usually results in him being either very flustered or very confused, especially when he’s around Arkay.”

I can’t wait to see how the art turns out, but I’m really most excited to see what this artist does with Terry.

My beloved eldritch abomination is either going to be a whole lot of fun for them, or else they’re going to be an absolute nightmare.

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Birthday time!

Today is my birthday, and that means all of you get a present!

From the 25th to the 29th, you can get a free ebook of Mark of the Dragon on Amazon.

If you want to give me a little something, how about leaving a review?arkay birthday

Blog hop double stop: Top Ten and a Review

It’s time for another stop on our blog hop, but this is a particularly special one for me.

The first stop is a fun one: A breakdown of my top ten favorite authors on Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews, which was great for really getting me thinking about the books I read and why.  I’d love to see how your favorites match up with mine.

The second is Brooke Banks’ review of Mark of the Dragon, and she tackles the story from a perspective you might not have seen elsewhere. I highly encourage you to check it out.

News: Book 5 Preorder

Due to a technical flub* on my part, Forest of the Damned will not be available for preorder on Amazon.com.

(*That technical flub being that I accidentally released right at the beginning of August while I was trying to set things up. Amazon, it seems, does not forgive flubs lightly.)

I’ll be making it available for purchase on Midnight (that is, 12:01) on October 29th on Amazon. Or, if you’d prefer to pre-order and get that out of the way early, you can do so through one of the vendors you’ll find here.

 

Cover Reveal: Mark of the Dragon

If you’ve been here before, you might have noticed the site’s new look. That’s because we’re unveiling the new cover for the first book of the Urban Dragon series: Mark of the Dragon. 

2016-317 eBook Jennifer JW Troemner, Book 1

What’s it about? I’m glad you asked.

Rosario Hernandez doesn’t ask for much. She’d like to sleep on a bed instead of a sidewalk, to know where her next meal is coming from, and maybe, if she’s really feeling optimistic, to get a girlfriend. More than anything, though, she wants her best friend Arkay to not murder anyone— because Arkay is a dragon, claws and all, and she has a penchant for vigilante justice.
When Arkay’s latest escapade goes sour, Rosario gets stuck with a stolen van and a cooler full of human organs. Now they’re on the run, and it’s not just the cops who want answers. The owner of the cooler is still out there, and they want to replace what they’ve lost— by any means necessary. 
Urban Dragon will be hitting the shelves on September 3rd.
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Progress Update

After some minor SNAFUs, Urban Dragon is back on track with a new cover artist. Due to the changes, I’ve also been able to iron out a plan for print.

Because UD is on the longer side of serials, it’s too big to reasonably print as a single book (we’re talking the 900-page range). So instead, I’ll be splitting it up into three compilations, each with its own cover. My aim is to keep the price point low enough to keep the books accessible, even with three volumes. I’ll have more details available as we get closer wrapping everything up.