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LOOK AT THIS AWESOME THING! Ft. Proof Copy and A Giveaway


Guys, look what my mum made me!!

the cover of The Rose and the Mask, as interpreted through the medium of quilting

It’s even prettier than it looks in this crappy phone photo, believe it or not.

This counts as fanart, right? Either way, this is some HIGH QUALITY MOTHERING. Thanks, Mum! 😀 ❤

Speaking of The Rose and the Mask, as if I’m ever not, Things have been Happening.



I am nowhere near as invested in my skill as a cover designer as I am in my skill as a writer…


…so I’m therefore approximately 1,000,000,000% less self-critical about it….


… but… I dunno, I think this actually looks pretty good?

I can neither confirm nor deny rumours that I’ve been periodically stroking it and murmuring “my preciousssss” since it arrived.

I can, however, confirm that I found about twenty mistakes in it that were completely invisible on both my computer and my Kindle. Siiiiiiigh. Still, now is the time to find them, I guess!

And, if you like the cut of its papery jib, but also like not paying for things, you may be interested in the Goodreads giveaway I’m running:

The Rose and the Mask by Victoria Leybourne

The Rose and the Mask

by Victoria Leybourne

Giveaway ends March 03, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

As I write this, exactly 500 people have entered. Looking at how well other giveaways are doing, I think that’s… not bad? Not necessarily anything to write home about, but not bad. And it means that at least 500 people have now heard of it. Given how hard it is to get a self-published book noticed at all, I’m pretty happy with that. It’s giving me a very cautious sense that people might find something (the cover? the Beauty and the Beast link? the title? lol, definitely not the title) about it appealing, which is heartening. I’m still keeping my expectations extremely low about how well it will actually sell, but I’m starting to feel that I’ve at least done something right.

I’ll be back soon with more updates. In the meantime, if you missed it, check out my last post where I announce the release date (MARCH 3! IT’S MARCH 3! …Welp, ruined that surprise) and talk about how you can help with the launch if you’d like to.


5 thoughts on “LOOK AT THIS AWESOME THING! Ft. Proof Copy and A Giveaway

  1. It’s fan art AND high quality mothering!!! Your mum is awesome!!! (As is her daughter. Obviously, I mean you, as I don’t know your sister. I mean, I assume she’s probably also awesome, being related to you and your mum. I should probably stop now.)

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  2. OMG that card is ADORABLE! Wait it’s not a card…what is it called. My brain can’t think of the appropriate word!
    (And I logged into my wordpress after months on a whim…haven’t felt like blogging about anything for months!)


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