Well, i'm new to web design, but i love the backgrounds, it seams very smooth.
Not sure where you are thinking of going with it next, but good looking start.
May be if anything, getting the backgrounds to stay a little more the same, just a thought, kinda looks as if on some pages the background is "zoomed in more" or blown up a bit, than others, like its smaller.
But thats just my two cents. love to see where you go next.:biggrin:
Overly huge font size on navigation. Why not put contents in a box with rounded corners instead of putting them directly with patterned background.
The design is not for the latest trend.. But its not too bad also.. Google for some new cool designs and try to re create it and then come out with your own design.. Your present design might not actually get you good traffic.. And your site has got lot of errors.. Make sure your designs pass the w3 validator test (http://validator.w3.org).. Hope to see better design from you..
Tip : Use photoshop or gimp to create the layout and export each image file separately and then use them in your html and css coding..
Is this your first site? If so you've already blown mine out of the water LOL. But yeah, designing is addictive... like electronic crack or something ROFL. But yeah, keep at it, check out other sites, look at their code but please don't ever, ever steal, I'm only suggesting that as it helped me to truly understand php, html, java, etc., and in the end it really launched my love affair with designing. I hope you truly enjoy it and keep at it.
I would really modernize your Menu bar, Do a Small Black bar spanning across the entire top. No graphics just CSS style sheet with gradient and just text. A Minimal bar which would add alot of flavor. the text is kind of popping out of the buttons right now. So this would have a bit more sleek feel to it.
Otherwise the templates of the books is good. How the page is centered, with the background cover feel to it.
personally I would have Had a Side bar with all the links and your Picture on top. with a Frame in the center loading the pages. but Iframes are really not much in demand these days.
Anyway good work
It looks good. I'd like to point out a few things about your books though, being a writer yourself. I noticed a few of these in the website as well. Your spelling and grammar has a few flaws here and there, that could easily be found and fixed if you edited the writing, or had a friend edit your work, as I do. No need to pay anyone, since there's always a friend willing to do it for free. There's also a few awkward sentences in your writing, such as 'A moment later, as many passengers disembarked from the dark vehicle.' Reading that sentence, it seems incomplete because of how you worded it.
Just a few things I noticed, that can easily be fixed.