Cover Art Reveal

So for my first two books, I didn’t have to do a whole lot as far as the cover art was concerned because the publisher had its own resources to create that.  All I had to do was offer a little input and cross my fingers that the final result didn’t include a Fabio lookalike.  Mission accomplished, right?

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Nary a hint of Fabio to be seen.  Whew!  [wipes forehead in relief]

But now that I’m also going to try self-publishing on Amazon, I need to tackle cover art myself.  Now I could hire someone to do it for me using fancy schmancy software, but that can get expensive.  Besides, I figure I’m creative enough to come up with something on my own, right?  And boy, did I!  I think I totally nailed it.  What do you think?

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I’d buy this book.  Wouldn’t you?

🙂

And The Week Winds Down

Hope you all had a good week!  Mine was very busy with book release “stuff” and life in general (how is it that a house can feel clean for about 5 minutes and then suddenly all the housework needs to start all over again?  Stupid dust bunnies seem to multiply as fast as the real thing…)

Had a few highlights this week:

*  Lots of guest blogs with giveaways of The Bargain that will be ending soon, so I’ve got  ebooks to send out to the winners.

*  I’m in the process of commissioning my first book cover for the Christmas novella I plan to self-publish on Amazon later this year.  Woo hoo!

*  Woke up to a lovely review of The Bargain this morning that made me feel warm and tingly all over, so either I’m happy or I need to go to the urgent care facility immediately.  You can read the review here, if you’re interested.

More about the cover art experience later…

And One More…

I’ve got one more giveaway going on for a copy of The Bargain and a guest post on Book Lovers Inc. (you can tell it’s book release week, can’t you?)  Since my latest heroine, Shannon, is a tomboy, the guest post is sort of a tribute to tomboys with one of my personal favorites being Watts from the movie Some Kind of Wonderful.  If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s an eighties classic, and I particularly like the very last line of the film, too; if that’s not one of the sweetest things a guy has ever said to a girl in film, I don’t know what is.

Check out the guest post here, if you get a chance, and leave a comment to be eligible to win a copy of The Bargain.

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I also wanted to share a review I got for Coming Home recently but only discovered last night.  It really gave me a boost.

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Eboni at The Serial Reader emailed me to let me know she had posted the review several days ago; I, like a big ol’ doofus, had somehow missed it.  She said some wonderful things about my writing and about the book.  You can read it here, if you’re interested.  (Thanks, Eboni!)

Happy Wednesday!  🙂

Ornithology & Romance

Actually about the only thing ornithology has to do with this particular post is a very loose reference to ducks and swans.  Specifically, ugly ducklings and the swans who love them. Sounds like an upcoming episode of Jerry Springer, doesn’t it?  Hoo boy.  Yeah, that’s romantic.

Today I’m a guest blogger on the Crimson Romance website, and since the post is about my book, The Bargain, I wrote about having a heroine who is a kind of ugly duckling character.  I had a lot of fun writing a story about an ugly duckling heroine who ends up winning the love of a heartthrob swan who has issues of his own.  Plain Janes are just a lot more appealing to me as a writer than personifications of perfection.  Besides, who doesn’t like to root for the underdog?

Check out the post here, and please feel free to leave a comment!  Bloggers and writers love it when people leave comments.  Otherwise it feels like we’re just talking to ourselves, and they say only crazy people do that…

Release Day

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It’s here!  It’s here!  (Ooo, I just had a flashback to my childhood and Christmas mornings) Well, it isn’t Christmas, but it feels a little like Christmas in July to me because The Bargain is finally out there in the world for everyone to see!

Boy, I hope that’s a good thing…  [bites fingernails]

But although the reviewer from Book Chick City who read it hasn’t posted her actual review yet, I did see on Goodreads that she rated it 5 stars and will post an actual review later.  Yay!  5 stars!!!  So I figure that’s a good sign.

To celebrate release day, I’m a guest on a couple of other blogs today.  I’m doing an author interview on HJ Harley’s blog here; she’s gotten tremendous feedback on her novel Finding Jordie, by the way, so you might want to check it out.  I’m also doing a giveaway and a guest post on RR@H Novel Thoughts and Book Talk in which I do my best to alert the general public to some potential romantic scenario pitfalls you might not have anticipated.  Check it out here, and maybe you can rest a little easier next time you plan a romantic outing with your sweetie.

Happy Monday–and happy reading!

I Scream, You Scream…

Despite the title of this blog post, the topic of it is NOT anything from the horror genre but instead is all about today being a very special day:  National Ice Cream Day!  Yipee!  Although if someone ever tries to take my ice cream away from me, I can guarantee there will be carnage and mayhem that would do any horror filmmaker proud.

Yep, it’s National Ice Cream Day!  Oh, and I have a book being released tomorrow…but mostly–It’s National Ice Cream Day!  That should give you some idea of the special place ice cream has in my heart.

I was appalled when I realized I didn’t actually have any ice cream on hand to honor this special day, so I immediately hurried to the store to get some.  See?

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Because I believe in honoring tradition, dang it, and I honored the heck out of this one.  I also want you to know that I took great care to get the picture just right for this post.  I was forced to consume ice cream serving after ice cream serving because they kept melting during the photo shoot, but I care enough to get the job done right, so I pressed on.  I hope you appreciate my sacrifice and dedication.

Happy National Ice Cream Day!  Now go out and celebrate…

Giveaways, Spotlights, and Reviews–Oh, My!

July is turning out to be a pretty busy month for me.  How about you?

This morning The Bargain is being spotlighted on Book Binge as part of DFRAT, which is the digital-first readathon and celebrates ebooks.  There is another giveaway and another copy of the book up for grabs here, and frankly I’m just happy as a clam to be included in this event.  Thanks, Book Binge!

I also woke up this morning to discover my very first official review for The Bargain on My Daily Romance.  My stomach was in knots before I read it, but fortunately the reviewer enjoyed the book and was very complimentary, so it looks like I won’t have to throw up after all.  Yay for me!  To read the review or just check out the rest of the site, click here.  (And thank you, Amy, for the review!)

Because Zombies Need Love, Too

I’ll bet you were wondering when I was going to finally get around to doing a post about zombies, weren’t you?  Because if there are two things that ever went together, it’s zombies and romance.  Well, wait no more…

For a long time now it seems like vampires have reigned supreme on lots of bookshelves, with werewolves in a close second place, have you noticed?  Including in the romance section.  But more recently there seems to be another supernatural critter joining their ranks:  zombies.

Is the world ready for zombies in love?  Hmm…tough call.  AMC has certainly done its part to lend a certain respectability and critical acclaim to them with its popular show “The Walking Dead,” but even that doesn’t exactly portray zombies as romantic heroes.  (Although rumor has it that the show’s next season will feature a controversial yet touching love affair between Norman Reedus and a fetching legless member of the undead…Shh!  You didn’t hear it from me!  Okay, you did, but if pressed on the matter I will deny everything and claim my blog lied.)

Anyhoo…

The reason I’m bringing this up is because today, thanks to Facebook, I stumbled across a link to what I think is a very funny “dating site” for zombies called ZombieHarmony.  If you do check it out, be forewarned that there are some photos of the dating site’s “members” that include full-on zombie make-up, so make sure the little kiddies aren’t peeking over your shoulder when you look at it.  Generally speaking, I’m not a huge fan of the horror genre, but I am a big fan of humor, so I got quite a few giggles out of this particular web page.  Check it out here–if you dare…

Giveaways Galore

Got another giveaway for you!  This time I’m being hosted by Stella on Ex Libris, and I’m talking about the charms of mismatched couples.  (Thanks, Stella!)  Check it out here, and please do leave a comment in order to be eligible for a Kindle copy of The Bargain.

And while I’m hoping you’ll participate in my giveaway–ahem–there are lots of other giveaways happening on her site all the time, so it really is worth your while to check it out.

So who are some of your favorite mismatched couples of all time?  And you can’t say King Kong and Fay Wray, because I already called that one…  🙂

Another Chance To Win

Okay, so it’s still not a car, but you CAN win a copy of The Bargain plus a $10 Amazon gift card (which maybe you could apply toward a car?  Who knows?  You can buy just about anything off Amazon these days).

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Today Karielle at Books A La Mode has been kind enough to host me on her site as I go around promoting the release of The Bargain.  Thanks, Karielle!  Check it out here and leave a comment to be eligible to participate in the giveaway, then take a tour of her site, which is all about books and more.