I’m extremely excited to reveal the cover of Only a Rogue Knows, an Edwardian romance set in Greenley, England in 1910.
This beautiful cover was created by Victoria Miller, who is wonderfully patient and super talented. She knows exactly how to translate what I want into a cover and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s got a real “old school romance” feeling to it, the kind I used to steal from my aunts and read in secret. Memories.
Next week, the preorder starts! I’ve learned a lot from the launch of Drowned History and I hope to use it to make everything go a little more smoothly. I’m so excited!
Only a Rogue Knows will be $0.99 for the first month, the same as Drowned History! In addition, I’ve lowered the price of Drowned History to $0.99 for the next two weeks. If you haven’t read it yet, now’s the time to pick it up before it goes back to $1.99!
No pirate excerpt this week, I’m afraid, but I’ve got something even more exciting to share with you – the cover for The Detective’s Brother!
When the book was originally picked up by Sinnful Books, we made it all the way to a cover reveal before they shut down. I really liked that cover and was really disappointed I wouldn’t be able to use it. They did give me permission to use the art if I was planning on self-publishing it but Booktrope snapped Detective’s Brother up and the search was on for a new cover.
Ashley Byland is my cover designer and she kept some of the same elements that I liked but found a picture of Quinn that I thought fit her better! The font she chose is amazing too. It really makes the title stand out. The cover she made is beautiful and I can’t wait to see them stacked up on the table at a signing. The fire wraps around the back cover as well!
We will be releasing The Detective’s Brother at the end of March with this beautiful cover and it will be available in both print and ebook formats. I’m going to be ordering some copies to take to a signing, so if you’d like an autographed copy I’m more than happy to oblige!
I’m really excited to be this close to publication and will share all the new info as it comes!
I finished the outline for the pirate story and have been working on the character sheets, which goes back and forth between being one of my favorite things to do and one of my least favorite things to do. I’m kind of chomping at the bit to start writing the story but am doing my best to wait until the characters and research are finished so I don’t have to go back and do a rewrite.
Scrivener is, as always, an amazing asset. The ability to move scenes and chapters around if I think they’ll be better somewhere else is wonderful, and the fact that I can have all my research and character sheets in one place is even better. I’ve gotten pretty good at navigating around it with the keyboard too! If my editor and publishing process didn’t use MS Word, I’d use the compose mode but I don’t want to write an entire novella in Scrivener just to have to transfer it to Word later and possibly lose my formatting.
As far as editing this work in progress, I’ve decided I’m going to use my editor Carly again. She’s awesome and we really clicked during the editing of Detective’s Brother so I trust her with this one as well. It’s going to be published a little differently, though, so she’ll be able to get it finished quickly with her usual sharp eye.
Speaking of Detective’s Brother, now that the edits are finished and uploaded I can get it to the proofreader for the final read. Then it’s off to formatting and finally publishing it! It really has evolved since I wrote it and I’m very pleased with the finished story. I think I’ll be able to take what I’ve learned from Carly and rewrite Framed a lot more effectively.
The book cover concept has also been approved and as soon as we get that my designer will finish it up and get it sent off. It looks really nice and I can’t wait to see how it looks stacked up on a table at a book fair. I guess I’d better practice my fancy author’s signature!
It seems the air conditioner on my car is back on the blink. A couple of months ago it was doing a most unpleasant thing where it would not only not cool down, it would blow hot air for a minute or two, then blow cool air, then hot air again. Now it’s doing the same thing!
It was supposed to be fixed when I took it to the shop in June (I think), and it worked great since then. Now it’s doing this and at the worst possible time – my stepdaughter was in town. I couldn’t exactly drive around town with a baby in a hot car so we were stuck at home trying to figure out a way to get the car to the garage. My husband and I were both off yesterday, but I work today and tomorrow. He’s off tomorrow and I’m off Friday, which was when we were supposed to take my stepdaughter back to South Texas, but we had to change our plans and take her yesterday. Driving a baby four hours in a car with no air conditioning was not fun!
Thankfully my car is still under warranty. I plan to take it back to the same garage and tell them that they were supposed to have fixed this two months ago so I’m not going to pay the deductible a second time. They’re very nice there so I don’t expect there to be a problem but I hope they can fix it in a day because we really need it. I’m within walking distance of work but my husband is definitely not. Maybe my in-laws can give him a ride? We’ll have to think about it a little.
I officially have a cover designer now and she’s wonderful! She hasn’t made too many covers yet but the ones she has made are gorgeous. I’m excited to have her on my team. Still talking to the editor. She’s not available until November but she likes my manuscript, so I’m going back and forth. She seems like she’s worth the wait, though, and if she’s swamped that just means she’s good and thorough. I’m excited, it’s all coming together!