I have the covers for my next two books in the Bone Cold–Alive series, Ron’s Run and Ian’s Image.
Drummer Ron Gregory has gambled away most of his wealth and then, just when he decides to straighten out his life with one final payment, he’s tricked into almost losing not only his livelihood, but also his manhood. It takes fashion photographer Bettina Montgomery to push him into righting a series of past wrongs. And if there’s love along the way? So much the better.
Ian Murray began life as Johnny McMurray, but when his family spurned his growing love for the girl the next door, he changed his name and redirected his talent. Even now as a top musician in the top rock band, he can’t earn their respect. But when Phillipa Gray, the girl next door, shows up again, he decides what’s past is past. There’s a future they both deserve and should never have been deprived of. Now he just has to convince her.
I was absolutely overwhelmed when the five day free period was over for T’s Trial. Over 4000 copies were downloaded!
Selfishly, I hope these translate into four-figure sales for the rest of the series, C’s Comeuppance and Tib’s Temptation, currently available. Coming soon: Ron’s Run, Ian’s Image and Bo’s Beauty.
Realistically, I know that I download a free book and then may take months to get around to reading it. So, it may be a while before things get cranking up. In the meantime, it’s write!
T’s Trial is now free through Sunday, September 14, on Amazon Kindle and Kindle app. I hope you download and enjoy it and want to know more about the rest of the band. The series consists of six books, with three of them now available.
I’m proud to announce that Tib’s Temptation, the third book in the Bone Cold–Alive series is now available for download at Amazon. CreateSpace should follow shortly.
From the back cover:
“He is invisible.
Game Warden Tib Wilson moves smoothly through the community he serves, raising no eyebrows now that the woman he loves has found happiness with another. But his complacency is about to end with the arrival of a tall blonde with an attitude.
She is desperate.
Assuming the job as head of media for the Bone Cold–Alive organization less than a week before Eddie C’s wedding is a headache SC Ward could have done without–if she wasn’t so desperate. Finding herself a stone’s throw from the end of the world is bad enough, but being attracted to a good man–the game warden, no less!–is a complication any woman could do without.Welcome back to Jinks, Texas, where the weekend is in full swing. There’s fuel aplenty for the gossips, but everyone’s eyes are on Tib’s Temptation.”
And of course, the ever important–and gorgeous–cover!
The second of my Bone Cold–Alive novels, C’s Comeuppance, is now for sale on Amazon. It will be in print through CreateSpace as soon as I approve the proof, probably in less than a week.
I’m still debating on whether or not to make it part of the Kindle Select program, wherein it can’t be for sale anywhere else for 90 days. I’ve done that with the first in the series, T’s Trial, because I want to offer it at a greatly reduced rate in September, hopefully after I get the third one up, Tib’s Temptation. I’m just waiting on a cover tweak for it.
In C, we have the story of the other Samuels twin, Eddie C, bad boy and womanizer, egocentric to the heavens. He feels that brother T has deserted him by marrying–and being happy!–so he’s made a nuisance of himself. T challenges him to get his own life and C sets about doing that, first of all tangling with real estate agent Jemma Lovelace, then going back to California for a misbegotten love affair with former fling Abby Sander. Things don’t go well for C in California and he returns to Jinks, Texas, determined to find the happiness his brother has.
C has to jump through some hoops before it all straightens out and the Fates have more than one surprise in store for him before he gets his final comeuppance and happiness.
The back cover blurb:
“A lost man…
Eddie C Samuels’ world has crashed before, but nothing to compare to his twin brother Eddie T finding the redeeming love of a good woman. C makes a nuisance of himself until T challenges him to live his own life.
A trapped woman…
Realtor Jemma Lovelace finds the man on the opposite side of her desk both appalling and obnoxious. He says he wants a house, but it soon becomes apparent he’s seeking a home–and he has her in his sights to obtain it.
Will they be each other’s salvation–or ruin?
Welcome back to Jinks, Texas. Just as life settles into a new normal, Eddie C disrupts it again–but this time he may get his comeuppance.”
I published T’s Trial yesterday on Amazon. It’s exciting to be updating and tightening the novels I’ve previously written. I can see not only how greatly the technology has changed but also how my voice has strengthened and become more concise.
I’ve already reviewed and had professionally edited the next two in the Bone Cold–Alive series, C’s Comeuppance (previously Jemma’s Heart) and Tib’s Temptation (Sara’s Soul). You can see that I’m changing the emphasis from the heroine to the heroes and the covers will most definitely reflect that.
Please check out the book–literally if you’ve already read it! I’ve put it in the Select Program so it’s available for the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.
T’s Trial is an updated and soon-to-be republished edition of, the first in my six novel rock star series. I’ve brought the technology up-to-date in these books–VHS, anyone?
That’s amazed me about rereading and reforming what I wrote even ten years ago. The technology is sooo different!
But that’s not what this post is about. This post is all about the cover!
I’m featured today on fellow writer Vicki Batman’s Handbag Monday blog. I shared my love of evening bags with her. Of course what I posted is only half the collection! I can’t pass one up when it sits at an estate sale and is so neglected.
Have a look!
My second self-published novel, ONCE UPON A MCLEOD, is now available at Amazon, NOOK, and iBooks. It’s a contemporary romantic suspense (light on the suspense) set in West Texas.
“There’s a secret hidden at Ranch McLeod and someone wants Beth Ann Fox off the property before she can find it. But fire, vandalism, and theft only strengthen her resolve to stay out her year–and bring out the protective instincts of Sheriff Bry Phillips, feelings he thought he’d buried long ago. But when she owns the ranch, she says she’s leaving and his heart will go with her. Can love overcome stubborn pride and a secret two generations old?”
Poor Beth Ann! She and her late husband’s Uncle Joe Tom never got along. And now, as his final revenge, he leaves $20 million to her and her son. But in order to secure both their futures, she has to leave Atlanta and live for a year on his run-down ranch. If that wasn’t bad enough, it comes completely equipped with a know-it-all, matchmaking housekeeper, a surly sheriff, and someone who’ll stop at nothing to get her out!
I am once again participating in a Round Robin. The topic is what type of heroine–traits, personality, etc–makes me want to continue reading her story?
I think it might be easier to know what kind I don’t like: weak. Life may have taken her down a rough road and she may be struggling to get where she wants to both in spirit and body, but I need to know she’s not a milksop. There needs to be a hint of a backbone.
And yet, I need to be sympathetic with her plight/life circumstances. I don’t know how many novels I’ve chucked to the wall because I just don’t care what happens to the heroine. In one notable (but forgettable as to title and author) book, I was actually on the villain’s side where the heroine was concerned, that if he would just go on and dispense with her, then this torture would be over. I came to my senses, noted the entire enterprise unworthy of my time, and out that book went also.
I’d like to think I write heroines who can hold their own with the hero and with everyone else. That they’re not too proud to ask for help nor too selfish to give it. That they can see beyond outer appearances to the inner person, although not at the beginning or what would I put between the first and last chapters?
I want my reader to go on the journey of discovery and self-realization with my heroine. It’s a romance–we know the destination–but we also know there are black moments and times it seems impossible for the author to bring it all together and make our heroine and hero worthy of each other.
I guess that’s it: I want worthy characters, worthy heroines. Worthy of my effort to pen them and bring them to life and worthy of a reader’s time to be involved in their lives.
In short, I want a heroine I could also call a friend.
If you’re interested in the topic, please continue on with these authors.
Lynn Crain at http://www.awriterinvienna.blogspot.com
Ginger Simpson at http://mizging.blogspot.com
Connie Vines at http://connievines.blogspot.com/
Geeta Kakade at http://geetakakade.blogspot.com/ (Welcome!)
A.J. Maguire at http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/
Beverley Bateman at http://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/
Diane Bator at http://dbator.blogspot.ca
Fiona McGier at http://www.fionamcgier.com
Rhobin Courtright at http://rhobinleecourtright.com
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