Wednesday, January 6, 2016
On Sales and Selfie
So, I've been in the writing and editing cave, finishing up on Fish Out of Water-- this is going to be a first for me folks, because I've just committed to doing at least four books-- one a year-- on the same couple. As in not "oh, I've been planning on it!" as in, editors watching me write going, "Is it done? It needs to be done by THIS DATE BECAUSE WE'VE GOT RELEASE PUBLICITY FOR IT!"
It's action adventure murder mystery and... I'm nervous. A fan recently said, "Hm... strange. Didn't think you could get nervous at this point..."
I try hard not to write the same book.
I mean, I have some things that are trademarks-- the self-made family, for one. Sweet and sad--that's sort of an Amy Lane thing. But some of my stories are lust at first look and some of them are the love that grows on you. Some of my characters are very self-aware, and some of them are... not.
I've got good guys and sarcastic guys and snarky guys and very very literal guys--and I like to think it makes the work better, even if it doesn't guarantee I'll write each person's favorite book every time because I'm not writing the same book, every time.
This is not the same book. Some of the things I do in this book, I don't know if I've done before, and some of my usual things are set on their ear. I sort of like what I've done--I hope you do too.
There's also the fact that Joyfully Jay hosted my cover reveal today, so I get to finally post the cover of Selfie, well, myself. Anyway-- I love this cover. The island in the background is really important, and so are Connor's sad gray eyes and so are his cheekbones. Yes, even his cheekbones. You will love Noah-- he's a sarcastic, grounded bastard, and you'll adore him--but this is Connor's story. He has all the growth. That's why he gets the cover to himself, but Noah doesn't mind. Noah is content to sit off camera and make snarky comments and have the real Connor all to himself in private. It's a good system-- I think you'll like them.
Anyway-- Riptide is having a sale, and lots of my stuff is discounted, and you can now go and gaze at my Connor-- and read the excerpt, if that's your sort of thing. Anyway, here's the blurb and cover for Selfie.
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One year ago, actor Connor Montgomery lost the love of his life to a drunk driver. But what’s worse for Connor is what he still has: a lifetime of secrets born of hiding his relationship from the glare of Hollywood. Unable to let go of the world he and Vinnie shared, Connor films a drunken YouTube confession on the anniversary of Vinnie’s death.
Thankfully, the video was silent—a familiar state for Connor—so his secret is still safe. He needs a fresh start, and a new role on the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing might be just that.
The move to Bluewater Bay may also mean a second chance in the form of his studio-assigned assistant. Noah Dakers sees through Connor’s facades more quickly than Connor could imagine. Noah’s quiet strength and sarcastic companionship offers Connor a chance at love that Hollywood’s closet has never allowed. But to accept it, Connor must let Vinnie go and learn to live again.- See more at: http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/selfie#sthash.nzJsrv0m.dpuf