Cover Reveal: Isolated

Dear readers,

My blogging hiatus was very timely. It proved to be a time for catching my breath and looking to the future. But now I’m writing to you again, and let me tell you: it feels good!

As promised, here is your first peek at my debut novella, the first book in a series of four:


Hopefully, this is just the first of many exciting sneak peeks and teasers to come over the next four months.

So? What is your first impression?

Seeking Beta Readers for the month of May

To my simultaneous excitement and apprehension, I want to invite you to read a pre-publication draft of Isolated.

Should you agree, you will receive a free copy of my manuscript, aware that it’s subject to change.

In exchange, I ask that you give me your honest feedback. I’m not expecting an eloquent essay. I would simply like your thoughts regarding your experience as a reader. Think of it as though you picked my book from a shelf at random, and are discussing it with a friend. I do not want anything flattering – only honesty, please.

There are two, specific ways you may be able to help me:

  • If you’re an enthusiast on one of the themes or topics that come into play throughout the story (eg. wilderness survival, military things, or anything else you pick up), I welcome your critique regarding the accuracy of my plot/descriptions.
  • Whoever you are, whatever your beliefs, I welcome your thoughts regarding the way I represent God’s character in my writing style and the story itself.

I hate to put a deadline on this, but I’m on a schedule and have only a small amount of time left until I’m supposed to release Isolated to the world. If you would be so kind, please help me by limiting yourself to the month of May. It’s a short read – 156 pages.

If you’ve read all the above and you’re still interested in beta reading for me, please send me an email and express your interest at:


Please replace the ‘[at]’ with a ‘@’ and the ‘[dot]’ with a ‘.’. I’ve written my email address like this to avoid being spammed.

You can use anything as your subject line, really, but if the idea of crafting the perfect subject line intimidates you as it does me, then use:

Beta Reading for Isolated

Phew! That was a lot of nitty-gritty details! Thank you for bearing with me through it all. I expect to be back Saturday with a more eternal-minded post. Until then, may your thoughts guide you closer and closer to the Creator of the universe and of your soul.

PS: Isolated Blog Tour

Okay, one more point about Isolated. I’m looking to go on (“make”? Or “have”?) a blog tour leading up to its release. As you might guess, I’m very new to this. Please bear with me and my awkwardness.

If you’re a blogger and it suits your blog’s purpose, would you kindly consider hosting me any day from the Monday the 4th of September to Saturday the 9th (including both dates)?


19 thoughts on “Cover Reveal: Isolated

  1. What a lovely cover, Jordy! It uses such rich colors, and, in my opinion, matches the story nicely. =) I’m very excited about the release of Isolated!! And yes – I am eager to help in your blog tour! Let me know how I can help you. =) I’m praying that Isolated makes a difference in the world through the readers God brings. ❤


    1. Thank you so much Hosanna, for your ongoing friendship and for now helping me as I work towards publishing Isolated. God continues to bless me through you. Look out for an email from me regarding the blog tour. Thank you for praying with me, too. That’s such an important part in anything that we hope will make a difference for God’s Kingdom. Thank you, thank you!


  2. That’s a gorgeous cover! I really love the colors. I’m afraid I can’t beta-read as my projects for this month really need to be done and I’m struggling to finish the review copies and beta-reading project I have right now … but I hope you’re able to get other people to help you!

    As for the blog tour, let me know if you need any help! I’ll also probably be able to participate, too. 🙂


    1. Sounds like you’re a busy reviewer 😉 Thank you so much, Kellyn, for your support! All the best with your May projects! (That makes it sound like we’re parting ways… that’s not at all how I meant it.)

      Well, I do believe you have more experience than me in the way of blog tours, and I’m sure I could learn *much* from you. What are some common options for blog tours (eg. reviews and interviews) and which have you found to be most enjoyed by readers?

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      1. I do reviews, author interviews, book spotlights (basically just talking about the book), character interviews (the characters answer the questions!), character spotlights (talking about one character), and guest posts (a traditional guest post, only you might want to make the subject related to your book). My favorite are the character interviews, and I think they get a lot of interest jus because they’re different – and usually pretty amusing! Author interviews get a lot of attention, just because they’re fun. If someone wants to know something about the book, they’ll go to reviews or author interviews. I’ve never done guest posts myself in an actual blog tour, only seen them done, but I intend to do them in my upcoming blog tour. I think all of the posts get an equal amount of attention, but the ones on blogs with more followers are obviously gonna do better just ’cause.
        Whoa … long comment … sorry!


      2. I love long comments – just saying. 🙂 I wanted to ask you since I noticed you have a section on your blog about blog tours for writers. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with me.

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  3. Wow, Jordy! This is exciting! 😀 I’m looking forward to hearing more about the book, and I’m glad your hiatus was productive. I hope I can beta read for you – it sounds like a great book – I’ll just have to check what else I have planned for May and get back to you.


    1. That’s wise to check what you’ve already committed to before committing to something new! Too many times I just don’t stop to do that. Thank you so much for your friendship. It’s truly an ongoing blessing.


  4. How exciting, Jordy! Your book looks wonderful, and I would love to help out in any way, including doing a blog tour when the time arrives. 🙂
    Isolated looks like it will be a wonderful tool to help make a difference in the lives of readers, and I am looking forward to seeing what God does with it. ❤


    1. Emily, thank you so much! I hope it becomes a tool, too – a tool in God’s hand to use as he works in readers’ hearts. Do you have a particular day of the week that you would like the blog tour post to fall on (or not fall on)? All days from Monday to Saturday are available, but not Sunday.

      Also, would you be interested in Beta reading?


      1. You’re so welcome!

        I can probably fit a post in any day of that week, but the most ideal would be either Thursday or Friday, I’m thinking…

        Yes, I would love to beta-read for you! I sent you an email about it… I hope you received it! Please let me know if you don’t, for some reason.


  5. Lovely cover! I unfortunately don’t think I’m able to beta-read, because May is extremely busy for me, but there’s a chance I could be part of your blog tour. 🙂


    1. Hi Bethany! Thanks for reaching out to me. It’s lovely to meet you. 🙂

      I’m sure I would love for you to be part of the Isolated blog tour. In that case, you could read my novella and not be restricted to the month of May for feedback because you would have almost a whole four months before the tour. You would be reading as a tour host.

      May I ask the name of your blog? I would very much like to check it out.


      1. That would work much better for me! Thanks. 🙂 I can’t one hundred percent commit to doing the tour though, because September is a long ways off for me to commit to something, just so long as you know that before you send me Isolated. My blog is called “A Great God and Good Cocoa,” the address:
        I’d love it if you checked it out! Thanks for wanting to! 🙂


      2. No problem! The blog tour may not work out, but even so, it would be lovely to hear your thoughts even beyond well beyond May. I’ll try to send you a copy of my manuscript using the form on your blog. If you would like me to send it to a different email address, just contact me using that address and I’ll send it to you there, too. 🙂


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