Cover Reveal

Summer’s been a busy time for me.  How about you?  But in addition to several non-writing-related projects, I’ve been plugging away at another romantic comedy since I had so much fun writing Winging It.  (Hopefully you had fun reading it.)  I hope to be able to have it out by the end of August, but we’ll have to see…

Anyway, I thought I’d share the cover art and book blurb with you today, so here goes:

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Who has time for dating these days?  Certainly not struggling entrepreneur Paisley Jameson, who has way too much on her plate to pay any real attention to her shriveling social life.  And not mechanic Joe Spencer either, who has a lot on his mind with both the family business and family in general.  But neither can say no to the beloved mutual acquaintance who wants to set them both up on a blind date.

Which is too bad, because they both kind of wish they had said no when they show up for the dinner date and realize they’ve met before–and not under happy circumstances.

But fate seems determined to prove that they’re not so wrong for each other after all, because in spite of the intentions of both Paisley and Joe to nip this whole unfortunate blind date thing in the bud and go their separate ways, events transpire to keep them together for an evening involving muggers, foot-chases, and even a high-speed trip to the ER–

And that’s all before dessert.

Dating:  it’s not for wimps…

And there you have it.  Okay, off to finish writing the latest chapter…

Big News On The Amazon Front

I’m delighted to share the news that Amazon Encore has acquired the exclusive rights to the ebook version of my 2013 novel The Bargain.  Yay!  (And there was much rejoicing…) It is slated for re-release next Tuesday, June 16th, complete with new cover art.

And voila:

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The only real difference is the couple on the front and, of course, no more Crimson Romance logo on the front–although the old cover art will still be on the paperback.  The reason for the change is that the stock images used before were no longer available, so Amazon had to come up with a new guy and gal.  I think they did a good job, don’t you?

Right now the price is listed at $3.99, but I don’t know if that will be the actual price on release day or not.  So if you’re considering buying a copy, it might be worth waiting until next Tuesday just to see if there’s any special celebratory price.  Fingers crossed…

You can check the product page here to see the price–the book’s info is still in transition from the old page.

So there you have it!  🙂  And now I’m off to the writing cave again…

Upcoming Release

Just a quick note to let you know my newest release–a romantic comedy novella called Winging It— is set to be released May 20th.  Elaina Lee over at For the Muse Designs did a wonderful job with the cover art, and I’m delighted to share it with you here:

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Along with the book blurb:

Up until now, straitlaced Simon Kirkendale has done an admirable job of keeping his high society mother’s demands for grandbabies at bay, but lately she’s kicked things into high gear. So he isn’t too disappointed to delay her latest matchmaking attempt when a pretty stranger hops into the backseat of his car en route to one of his mother’s dinner parties and tells him to drive. A car-jacking? Nope. More like a bird on the run, but this particular bird happens to be a parrot who has slipped its cage, and Simon’s new acquaintance desperately needs to get it back before she loses sight of it altogether.

Ever the nice guy—and okay, maybe also a little intrigued by the colorful Miss Juleen Pruitt’s sudden appearance in his car—Simon hits the gas pedal and obliges only to find himself unwittingly dragged into a wild goose chase around town for a bird who seems to be determined to either get itself killed or the two people trying to catch it. Simon’s money is on the latter.

But it turns out that a little disruption and chaos in his life might just be what Simon needs most—especially if it comes in the form of Juleen.

If he can just manage to survive meeting her…

 And I’ll be putting up a page on the website with an excerpt shortly.  Have a lovely day!  🙂

Cover Reveal

Just got the official cover art in for my current project, another contemporary romance titled All’s Fair In Love And Weddings, and I’m very pleased to be able to share it with you now along with the book blurb–plus the cover kind of puts me in a summertime sort of mood, you know what I mean?

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All’s Fair In Love And Weddings

Prudence Collier spent the better part of her reckless youth proving that she was not aptly named, and unfortunately she burned a few bridges in the process, including where her family is concerned. So when her long-estranged sister invites her to her destination wedding in the Virgin Islands, Prue leaps at the chance to mend at least one broken family relationship and prove that she’s a changed person.

Tucker Davies, on the other hand, has come to the islands for a very different reason: to stop the wedding. As a childhood friend of the groom, he has reason to believe that his friend is about to make a huge mistake and is intent on not letting that happen. One thing he didn’t count on, though, was going up against Prue.

Determined to make up for the past, Prue resolves to keep Tucker from interfering with her sister’s happiness in the present and is willing to go to any lengths necessary to do so. Any. And if that requires a few tiny deceptions here and there, the occasional brush with the local authorities, and perhaps even instigating a barroom brawl, so be it. A sister has to do what a sister has to do.

But so does a friend, and Tucker has no intention of backing down, no matter how aggravating or even—to his surprise—appealing Prudence Collier can be.

The war is on, and neither side believes they can afford to surrender.

Which is a shame, because they’re both beginning to suspect surrendering would be a lot of fun…

(Coming June of 2014…)

3rd Novella Cover Art Reveal

Today I got the cover art for the third of my three holiday novellas, the Heavenly Bites series.  This one is called Playing Cupid, and–naturally–it’s a Ground Hog Day romance.  Okay, it’s actually a Valentine’s Day romance, but you have to admit there aren’t nearly enough Ground Hog Day romances out there!

So…here are all three covers together:

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What do you think?

Cover Art: A Matched Set

I am now the proud owner of TWO book covers thanks to Elaina Lee at For The Muse Design.  Woo hoo!

It’s amazing all the little things that go into cover art that can stress you out.  Fonts, for example.  Do you have any idea how stressful title fonts can be?  And that’s just narrowing down the style–don’t get me started on choosing the size

But now I have these two covers for the first two novellas in my Heavenly Bites series, and I like them.  I like them a lot.  We are going to live happily ever after, these covers and I.

Well, I hope.

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So?  What do you think?

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?

🙂

Cover Art For The Bargain

Crimson Romance just sent me the finalized cover art for my second book, The Bargain, so I thought I’d share it with you here.  Without further ado, I give you:

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Hee!  Did you notice the part where it says my name and then right under it adds “author of Coming Home”?  I can’t seem to stop looking at that part.  Author.  I’ve been saying things like “I like to write” or just “I write” but I haven’t actually called myself a writer yet, and I’ve never applied the word author to myself, either.  But maybe I should start, because it’s really starting to grow on me…

Pardon me while I do a happy dance.  🙂

Crayola vs. Photoshop

So I would be willing to go to some pretty great lengths to avoid having to learn how to use any kind of new software, since it makes me twitch and all, but I’m currently exploring some software options of my own free will.  Somebody check me for a fever!

You can’t write anything nowadays without hearing a lot about self-publishing options, and it’s something I think I’d like to try in the near future.  Which is not to say that I’ve got a grudge against traditional publishing houses, because I don’t.  I actually have a bit of a crush on them.  I daydream about them all the time, write their names next to mine in little hearts on my notebook, etc.  But as kind as the folks at Crimson Romance have been to me, they still only specialize in romance, and I have a few other genres I’d like to try out, too.  So I’d like to have one foot in each publishing world, self- and traditional.

Of course, if I do self-publish, then I have a lot of other hats to wear besides that of “author.”  Like “editor,” “head of marketing”, “choreographer”, or “body double.”  Okay, so maybe not those last two…

But one of those jobs I’d really have is “cover art designer.”  I’m a kindergarten teacher, so I’m more at home using Crayola materials to create pictures than anything else, but I don’t think that’s going to cut it in the world of ebooks.  So I guess I need to learn a little something about the world of graphic design.

I’m currently reading up on Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, GIMP, and others.  And I’m twitching.  Pixels and jpeg I kind of understand, but when I read terms like “vectors” and “layers” I get bewildered.  I mean, I hear “layers” and I just throw a sweater on over a turtleneck.  So I tried doing that, but it didn’t clear anything up for me.

But I think if I could wade through all the technical stuff without curling into the fetal position, playing around with cover art could be a lot of fun.  Maybe too much fun.  One might forget one has to actually finish writing the book first.  Heh.

We’ll see…

Cover Art for Coming Home

Here it is!  My very first book cover.  Ta da!

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I was very anxious about the cover ever since I first realized that there was actually going to be a book out there in the world that I wrote.  I stressed over it a lot, especially since authors don’t generally have the final say when it comes to book covers.  Would the colors be okay?  What about the images themselves that were chosen?  Would it reflect the story accurately?  What if–

Then I decided to stop stressing, because I realized the most important thing about this book cover:

It has my name on it.  Eeeeeee!

🙂