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:

TheBargainCover

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.  🙂

Second Book Is On The Way…

Crimson Romance has some preliminary info up on its site now about my second contemporary romance, The Bargain.  The cover art isn’t available yet, but it should be soon!  Plus I caught a glimpse of a standard blank cover listed for it on Goodreads, too…so I guess it’s really happening!  🙂

To see what Crimson has up already, or to check out more of its upcoming releases, click here and explore.

Excerpt From The Bargain

I was in the middle of proofreading my second manuscript, The Bargain, today and I thought, “Oh, hey–I could actually post an excerpt of this on my site now.”

So I did.  Or at least I think I did.  Sometimes I’m not sure if I link things properly with WordPress, so if you click on “The Bargain Excerpt” and instead of taking you to part of my book it takes you to pictures of shirtless male models, I have no idea how that happened.

Honest.

🙂

Busy, Busy, Busy

Holy.  Moly.

It’s pretty obvious my students are ready for summer vacation.  And I’m right there with ’em!  My big plans for Memorial Day weekend include a lot of sitting in a quiet room and just appreciating the silence.  While twitching a bit.

And proofreading.  I’m going over my second manuscript, The Bargain, this weekend for any typos or last minute changes, and I always seem to miss a couple.  Nothing too major; I haven’t accidentally switched anybody’s gender, or reversed a couple of letters and inadvertently insulted someone’s heritage in a foreign language or anything.

Yet…

Happy Memorial Day!  (early)

Edits on Second Book

My editor recently sent me her notes on my second manuscript, The Bargain, and now I’m busy working on the changes she suggested.  Fortunately, she was very happy with most of it, and there weren’t any major changes to make.  You know, like killing off a main character, changing the hero’s name from Gonzo to Anton, or, say, redoing everything between chapter one and the epilogue.

Whew!  [wipes forehead in relief]

But there are a few things to tweak, so I’m working on that now.  And, no, I didn’t really name the hero Gonzo, but wouldn’t that be cool if I did?  There aren’t enough romantic leading men named after Muppet characters, in my opinion–even though the sparks that have flown between Kermit and Miss Piggy for years are downright legendary.  Someday their story will be told…

In the meantime, though, back to work.  🙂

Release Date On 2nd Book

My publisher just told me that the official release date for my second contemporary romance, The Bargain, is July 22nd.  That’s actually a little sooner than I expected, so my first feeling was close to panic because–Good grief!  I still feel like I’m fully immersed in trying to get bloggers and reviewers aware that my first book exists.  And I’ve got author interviews to write up, and absolutely perfect guest blog posts to produce so readers who see them on other sites will fall in love with my writing at first glance, and…and…

Oh, yes, and I have a day job, too.  Pardon me while I breathe into this nice little paper bag.

There.  That’s better.

So I need a few sparkling topics to address on some other blogs that are going to be hosting me in the near future, something writing or romance related.  Got any ideas?  What kinds of things would just leap out at you if you were an innocent, unsuspecting reader just happily hopping from blog to blog on the internet?  Maybe something about what kinds of qualities the most memorable book characters have that make them just stick with you, or what romance really looks like in this day and age, or whether or not blondes really DO have more fun.  Well, maybe not that last one…

Second Book On The Way…

I’m thrilled to say that my publisher, Crimson Romance, has offered me a contract on a second manuscript I submitted to them.  Yahoo!  I’m so excited!  The working title is The Bargain, but I don’t know if it will keep that or not.  Too early to say.  Now if Barnes and Noble will just make my first book available online, I’ll be all set…  🙂