Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Justus in the lead

Eventually the poll will be removed from the site, but I did want to post an update of the rankings. This is a simple poll, just asking the readers who their favorite characters are. Who did you connect with? Who fascinates you, keeps you turning those pages?

I thought it was interesting to see who the betas readers liked from "Twist". There will always be new characters, so I hope throughout the series that you find them as curious as I do.

In other news - Wow. Did anyone see Jeaniene Frost's new cover for Vlad's book? How can I get Paul Marron on my covers? Especially after he went on tour as Lothaire.

I thought I'd take a second to talk about character names. It's almost as difficult naming your characters as it is your book. You have to choose the right name for them, and I'm not one for poking my finger in a baby name book and assuming any character will grow into their name. I have list of names, divided by gender/unisex/first/surname. Anything that strikes me as interesting. Sometimes I do searches, other times I hear it. I also have done extensive snooping in census lists from decades/centuries ago in various countries.

I absolutely refused to finish the book until I was 100% settled on each and every name.

That included the cat.

I have to admit of all the names my favorite one is Knox. The name just fits the guy, and it's such a masculine name that you don't hear.



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Coming Soon Cover Art

Without reading the blurbs, I'm always interested in how much the cover draws my attention. These are a few "coming soon" titles for Urban Fantasy. What is it about the covers that catches your eye? While tank tops are definitely the trend among our protagonists, I'm delighted to see fewer in leather pants and more in jeans. I'd like to see a few in cargo's myself, but that's just me. You can hide all kinds of things in the pockets: guns, grenades, bullets, chocolates...

The first cover, the solid color background draws the attention to the model, and her pose makes you look at her hand. The tat makes you wonder. It's good to have something in the cover that's mysterious.

The second I'm trying to figure out if those are chopstick hairpins? She seems more mature than most of the cover models, and I like the expression on her face.

The third - I really love the model. Her face is profiled, but I love that windblown hair swirling with the fire (of hell?) behind her. Grabs me.


You can't judge a book by its cover, but it's the first thing we see, and for me, often determines if I'm going to pick it up off the shelf to read the back cover. Only two of these women appear to be unarmed, which leads me to believe there are a whole lot of UF books out there where the women are hired assassins of some kind...or hunters. I think it would be hilarious to see a female lead who is armed with throwing stars or a good old fashioned set of nunchucks. ;-)  Swords are cool, but so hard to get through customs.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Getting things done

It feels great to have some free time again between now and the release of "Twist". I caught up on reading today and finishing up "Drink Deep" by Chloe Neill. On to Lords of the Underworld, as I really want to continue with this series, but I'm half tempted to pick up something random from my TBR shelf for lighter reading.

I have 3 days off this coming up week, and I'm not sure what I'll do with myself. I might go bowling, I definitely need to fill my house with some food. I'm beginning to think a bachelor's fridge looks more plentiful than mine! I have no new updates at this time, just letting you all know I'm still alive.

Thanks to everyone who continues to recommend "Sterling", review it, tweet it, what have you. The support is tremendous.

This post I decided to put up a few of my favorite things, simply because I like being random.
 



I loved Muse before they had much radio play. I still enjoy them, but there's always something special about finding an artist all your own, that no one else knows about, that hasn't hit that stardom yet.





Oh, my lollipop lovin' friends. If you enjoy a good sucker, then give these a try. Chocolate, cafe latte, butterscotch, and vanilla. Vanilla is my least favorite. I received a box for Christmas and polished off the last one this week. It's a cryin' shame.








Vampire wine. It's really not bad, and was at the World Market in the novelty wine section around Halloween. It's the only time I ever find it. SO stocked up on some extra bottles of Merlot, Cabernet and Pinot. The back of the bottle of Merlot has a quote from Lord Byron:

Thy victims are they yet expire
Shall know the demon for their sire,
As cursing thee, thou cursing them,
Thy flowers are withered on the stem.






Snow. I live down south, and we see it every so often, but mostly we get a lot of ice. The past couple of years we had freak snowstorms that produced 8-12 inches of snow, which is record snowfall in our area. There's a different attitude up north, because they see it all the time. Down here? Grown ups build snowmen, because that's how we roll.

In front of gas stations. Where people pull over to have their picture taken by them. This year has been warm, and I'm a little sad that we haven't had much of a winter.



In book news? This was pretty awesome to spot this morning on Amazon UK.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Twist Cover Reveal

I'm excited to finally post the official cover for "Twist"!

Hope you are excited to read the sequel; I am still in the last editing stage (88% complete) before I submit to the proofreader. I thank everyone for the patience, and support.

Truly, the support has been awesome.

Cover Release Today

This blog is about being real, because I'm a very down to earth person and that's how I like to be with other people. It's not a place for me to just push my book or talk about sales. It's the journey of my life during this process. This is a lengthy post, but I have a lot to say this morning.

Yesterday, my journey was derailed when I wound up in the emergency room. Without going into specifics, it was the very thing I needed to center myself once again. Isn't it funny how we start to get all wrapped up in our lives that when something blindsides us that we know where we need to be, once again? I need to let go, and stop stressing out about things that are going on in my life. Like my job that is overworking me, and trying to meet a self imposed deadline for this book.

And holding on to the cover. I was going to wait until a few days or a week prior to the release, but I realize I don't want to hold this cover hostage.

I worked on it for weeks. Designing your own cover is no easy task for an author, and many turn to have others do it for them. I've seen some pretty horrendous results, that look like they were done in paintbrush. I can only hope that the cover I have created is captivating enough for some of the readers to take a second look - once the book is published - and click on it.

There are a few things I had to take into consideration in the design:

1. I am not a professional, but I am a perfectionist :)

2. I will never find a model who perfectly fits any of the characters I have created in my stories. I sometimes read author websites and they see an actor who might fit the bill, but I think we all have our own interpretation. So do readers, so never take the covers too seriously. It's about who you've created in your own head! So I decided not to kick myself in regards to things I couldn't change, like hairstyle...lol There are lots of stock sites available, but do a search and you'll find that the right type of models for book covers are scarce.

3. There has to be a connection with the series. I had to give book two the same "vibe" as "Sterling". If anyone read my previous blog posting the slut girl in leathers, that's not keeping with the vibe..lol That is easier said than done, and after going through a slew of potentials, I weeded out several based on that fact (including the coloring not being right)

4. I will never be the queen of fonts. There. I've said it. I chose a certain one for Sterling and it has to carry through with each series for consistency. Next series, I will definitely take time to purchase a kick-ass font. I went with simplicity for "Sterling".

5. Not everyone will like it. That's a fact. You can never please everyone, and that even goes with the stories I write. I am not going to stress out about it, because I know in my heart I did the best job I could.

There are about 12 different images embedded in this cover, and more layering than I can even count. Not to exclude the filtering to get the effects just right. Designing a cover is hard work, and there are people who do this for authors. Mixed results - I've seen some that are great, and some that are downright scary.

Why did I choose to do my own covers?

Because I'm a control freak. I absolutely love the idea that I CAN. It personalizes it. I was very nervous about the "Sterling" cover because it did not fall within the cliche images you see in Urban Fantasy. Leather pants, chick holding a gun or a knife, a fireball of destruction in a city of urban decay behind her, she's also looking down and it's quite gloomy. But it fit for me, it fit the feeling of the book.

I'm very proud of the cover for "Twist". I think the models attitude fits for Silver. There's still an air of mystery, as the first cover with all the fog and light, and it feels like part of the series.

Long post yet? I do apologize and hope you are in the reading mood.

I will be posting this cover TODAY. Prior to official release, I may do some last minute touch-ups. But this is it folks, love it or hate it. I really hope you love it,

...but I hope that you love the book more. A cover is just a cover.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sterling #1 in the UK PNR genre

I didn't think it could happen. In fact, I was just joking this morning with someone about how I was #3 and I thought it would be cool to be #1 just once.

So I sat down at my bar, sucking on my unsweetened tea courtesy Chic-fil-A, and logged on to the UK Amazon site. I've been trying to follow my rankings there as well as the U.S. because I noticed sales have been picking up lately.

Cue the scene where I spit out my tea.

There's "Sterling", sitting at the #1 spot in the Paranormal Romance genre. Amanda Hocking is two slots below me. So, I'm taking a picture of it now as it may never happen again.

Crazy!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

REVIEW A BOOK WEEK

This really blew my mind. Twilight is one of the most popular books in modern culture, right along with Harry Potter, raking in millions if not billions of dollars in sales for the book, movie and merchandise. There isn't a person who DOESN'T know about sparkling vampires or Bella Swan. It's brought a whole slew of new readers into the bookstore, discovering that books are pretty damn awesome once they see how many titles are available in YA, UF and PNR.

Yet, when I glanced at the reviews on Amazon, I was astounded to see that only 5,000 people have rated the book.

Really?

Goodreads may be higher since you can give stars without writing up your review, and some people like being the anonymous reviewer. But why NOT share your opinions with the world? I'm not sure why I expected to see at least double tens if not hundreds of thousands of votes.

But don't you have something to say? When I finish a book (or while I'm reading it), it's not very often where I feel "meh" about it. I have opinions, I want to rant or rave, talk about the scenes or my speculations, or how the characters came across.

So, let this week be REVIEW week. Even if you have never done so, get out there and review a book you have read. It's okay to have an opinion and share it with other readers! You might find out how much fun it is.

I used to visit an apartment review site and was irritated that the only reviews anyone ever posted were complaints. Thousands of people have lived in that complex, and the only reviews are negative complainers (or the managers pumping up their reviews with false ones). The one I live in now that's all I saw were poor reviews. I took a leap of faith based on my gut feeling, and I absolutely love it. Sure it has thin walls, nothing is perfect, but it's a wonderful place to live. I used to love writing up detailed movie reviews when I was younger and discovered how great it was to not only have an opinion, but to share it.

Do high sales really mean a great book? Do low sales mean the book is that awful? Without reviews, we'll never know.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Author Spotlight

Today I thought I'd give a little spotlight to an author who has a new werewolf series out. If you are reading this blog, it's because you gave an indie author a chance. Continue to pick up titles by other indies in addition to your traditionally published books, you never know what wonderful adventure awaits.


Silver, book one of the Silver Series, is a coming of age story about a teenage werewolf whose father is murdered. He has to come to terms with his new life, new school, and new friends while trying to prevent more killings.

Attempting to make peace with the territory’s pack and falling in love with a werewolf hunter’s daughter make his new situation even more perilous.

Buy The Silver Series from Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/silver-cheree-alsop/1108017522?ean=2940013851184&itm=3&usri=cheree+alsop



Author Description:

Cheree Alsop is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and two amazing twin sons who fill every day with light and laughter. She married her best friend, Michael, who changes lives each day in his Chiropractic clinic. Cheree is currently working as a free-lance writer and mother. She enjoys reading, riding her Ninja motorcycle on warm nights, and rocking her twins while planning her next book. She is also an aspiring drummer and bass player for her husband’s garage band.


Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out, enjoy the outdoors, plan great adventures, and never stop dreaming.

www.chereealsop.com 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Taking Chances

Sometimes people never try because they're afraid to fail. I thought this video was too good to keep to myself.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Early books that started it all

Currently, I tend to read similar genres.  I span out when something piques my interest, but I guess it all began with fiction. As a kid, my favorite book was the Velveteen Rabbit, one I made my mother read to me a zillion times. So, I read children's books (as children do), and when I reached the ages of 8 and 10 and such, I would do the occasional book report.

Of course, I never liked the books available to me. I used to get out of the book reports by not participating, and as a "punishment", I would sit in the hall and have to write a story and read it to the class. I guess I though the world of books was limited. The only thing that I used to read were Fat Cat, Garfield, and other "humor" books. Until...


My uncle bought me Stephen King's "Night Shift". I was around 12 at the time, and this was my first introductory book into adult reading. Wow. I was blown away. You mean, books can be this good? Writers can swear? Stories can be scary and not have happy endings?

I read that book so many times, that the spine wore out. I still have it on my shelf, even though many pages are no longer attached, because it's a bit of a memento of where my love for reading began. Thus began my love affair with Stephen King, and I consumed everything he wrote.

One story that stands out in this book was "The Boogeyman". After that, I didn't sleep with my closet door open - just a crack.





Are you kidding me - books can be about vampires? I love vampires! Of course, by then I was a teenager and into all kinds of horror movies; I was quite the aficionado of horror if I do say so myself. You probably couldn't name a horror movie up to that point I hadn't watched, and I perused the shelf pulling titles from films that went way back to the era of B&W. So in steps this beautiful novel of a depressed vampire, and quite a disturbing story about a young vamp who never grows up, except in her mind. The movie came out, but I was in love with the books until "Memnoch the Devil", then I stopped. I was still reading Stephen King at the time, but I didn't really know what other authors were good.

We didn't have the internet back then to Google books, and none of my friends read.






That might be when I found one of my brothers old books from the late 60's with the collected works of Poe. I still have it, with its tattered green cover. By then, I knew of Poe. Not from school, because at that point our teachers were making us read Shakespeare or To Kill a Mockingbird, but because of Vincent Price movies.

Hands down, my favorite story is "The Masque of Red Death".

Then began my love affair with poetry. I'd say I wrote poetry and short stories on my own off and on throughout childhood since it started with those pesky required assignments in 3rd grade. But when I found poetry, it's all I wanted to do. I got my drivers license and would spend HOURS at the library discovering new poets. I had a friend in school where we passed a notebook back and forth and would write poems in them, or song lyrics, because around that time I thought I was going to be a famous rockstar.

I'm not sure how old I was - upper teens maybe - when I started writing books based on the themes I liked. While I read King, I never dabbled in horror. I just wasn't creative enough to scare the crap out of anyone. But, I loved post-apocalyptic books like "Earth Abides" (A favorite) and Alas Babylon. I was more interested in what happened after the end of the world than how it led up to it (as many popular movies go). I don't know what happened to those stories, because I didn't hand write them, but typed them up on our old IBM computer and saved them to a floppy which I didn't label, because I didn't want anyone in my family reading them. Gah. I wish I kept them.

Then I picked up popular best sellers, mostly staying with the fiction and autobiography genre. I love hearing about people's first books, it's so interesting to see what stories really turned us on to reading where it became more than a book report. I always loved vampires, but the urban fantasy genre back then just wasn't where it's at now. I don't recall many books, if any, with strong female leads and supernatural characters. I never read romance either, because most of those books where about strapping pirates and their damsels in distress. At least, that's what it looked like from the Fabio covers. I continued to read Anne Rice, and I believe one of my first UF books was the Sookie Stackhouse series.

My brother and I still exchange humor books every so often; we have a really disturbed sense of humor and are always on the lookout for something especially bizarre. (like "This Book will Change Your Life"). Right now, my heart is firmly planted in UF and PNR. I still love other genres, and some of my favorite writers, but this is where I feel the most escapism, and possibility from a creative standpoint.

What are some of your first adult books that really got you into reading? It's hard to forget them...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Unique

When writing, one thing that comes to mind is, "Am I being original?" I wrote about this before, but the Mageri series began with a really horrible vampire book. I mean, it was bad. In every conceivable way I found myself writing about things I'd read in other books to the point where it felt like something I'd read before. So I trashed the incomplete book in a file on my drive and got upset with myself.

Originality isn't about a new concept no one has ever thought of before. Try it, almost everything's been thunk. Well, not everything, but close. Ultimately, it's about a story that resonates with you as a reader. Some of my favorite books aren't that original, but for reasons I can't explain (or maybe I can), I'm drawn to them. Usually there's a spark of originality woven into the characters or plot that breathes it to life. Something daring the author writes about that makes me gasp and want to throw the book down, something that makes me feel, or laugh, or find myself thinking about it a lot. It's not to say that I will never write a vampire novel, because that's not the point. I was writing to cater to an expectation. I needed to step back and just say "eff it", and do what's in my heart. We need to do that in every aspect of our life.

Each time I publish, I'm going to get those pterodactyl's in my stomach when i reach the jumping off point, because I'm not writing under the influence.

How far will that take me remains to be seen. I hope its far, because I love writing more than those evil little gingersnaps that are sitting to my right.

On a personal note, I need to take my Christmas decorations down. It's pretty sad that I haven't had time, and I'm sitting here at my table staring at table full of Christmas cards. On the upside, hippie neighbors have moved, and I no longer have to listen to his atrocious guitar playing. I'm still working overtime, and haven't grocery shopped in over a month. I've basically been living off of caramel coffee, gingersnaps (Thank you World Market for selling crack in a can), and soup. I need time off. Writing is the easy part, it's the editing that knocks the wind out of your sails.

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Facts about "Sterling"

I thought it would be fun to post a few facts about "Sterling". Hope you find these interesting!


The original manuscript was well over 100,000 words

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 Three title considerations were: "Lightwalkers", "Altered", and "Silver Born".


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Justus's original name was Dominic.

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Originally, I was going to invent a new Breed called Shiners. I wasn't sure how readers would respond to the explanation of what a Mage really was. But after considering that all we know of supernaturals is what we've read in books or seen in movies, it's quite easy for us to have gotten the facts wrong. Watching what a Mage can do could be easily perceived as "magical", so I took a leap of faith and went with my gut. I really wanted to do something different with a familiar Breed.

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Cognito is the central fictitious city that most of my books take place in. I chose the name because it sounds like a cool name for a city, and because I have a sense of humor and thought it would be funny for someone to say that they live in Cognito

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Some perceived plotholes in the original book are intentional. When I finished book 1, I immediately started writing book 2, then 3, and so on. I had a story unraveling in my head and could barely keep up with it.


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I pronounce Mageri as ma-jur-ee (ma sounds like "man", not "Mah") Easy enough! I've been thinking of adding a glossary to my website, hmmm.


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This series will include existing Breeds with made up ones. None of them sparkle.


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I know everyone may have their favorite scene or line, but mine has always been the scene where she is talking about her new name and wondering what her last name is: "And so help me, if you tell me it's Ware, I'll drop kick you where you stand."  It was a tense moment, and was fitting to add her humor in that spot, despite the seriousness of what was about to happen.


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It was important that gifts & abilities come with weaknesses. For instance: flashing seems like a great ability - to be able to move fast for short distances - but it will also deplete a Mage of stored energy. Limitations make things interesting.





Friday, January 6, 2012

Cover Contest Results

http://shannonmayer.blogspot.com/ Held a December cover contest for indie authors, and I was flattered to be chosen in the running. Thanks to those who voted. The winner was selected, check out her cover below.  This is always good exposure for new indie authors, so be sure to show your support!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pazFwblKfkI   TELESA book trailer.

 “The Pacific Twilight” - a young adult thriller-romance with a difference and a first for Pacific literature.

"How many times do you come across a book that gives you everything you want in a book? Telesa has it all. There's Leila, the girl that we can all relate to. She's smart and confident, but doesn't always know what to do. She goes to Samoa searching for a place to belong. She didn't expect to meet a boy. A certain boy, who she hates at first, who is also SMOKING hot. Daniel. With his rugby playing abs, amazing muscles, interesting tattoos, and killer smile. He can be vicious and competitive on the rugby field one minute, and sweet and chivalrous the next. But this book is not just about Daniel...This story is the epic tale of Telesa. Leila is a Telesa, but doesn't know it. As she grows to discover her birthright, her powers, her family, and herself, what will she choose? What is her destiny? And does it involve a hot rugby player?" Jillian Dodd, Author of 'That Boy'.

Ancient Pacific mythology tells of Telesa. Spirit women who are guardians of earth and gifted with the elemental powers of Air, Water and Fire.Telesa are vengeful and cruel.Tales to frighten children.Or are they more than that? From Washington D.C, comes Leila, a young woman in search of family,a place to belong. Instead she finds her destiny and it threatens to tear her apart. There is the bewitching call of a telesa sisterhood and there is Daniel. Will Leila embrace her birthright or will she choose the one who offers her his love with a crooked smile and dancing green eyes? Will Daniel be the element that gentles the fire of the Telesa? Or must love burn at the altar of the telesa covenant? There are many different kinds of love. All of them require sacrifice. Who will give everything for the one they love?

Released worldwide in October 2011 on Amazon

 I  was born and raised in Samoa, in the South Pacific.  I went to university in the USA and New Zealand, studying English Literature, Women's Studies and  Education. Back in Samoa I worked as a secondary school English teacher for 7 years and did lots of writing in between for the local newspaper and for myself. My short fiction has been published in Samoa, NZ, Australia and the UK. My collection of short stories "Sleepless in Samoa" won the 2011 USP Press Fiction Award.  My story 'Beast that Came from the Sea' was one of 24 Winners in the 2010 Commonwealth Short Story Competition and has been professionally recorded and broadcast in over 50 countries.  I also write stories for children that are used in primary school reading programs.In 2009 I was commissioned to research and write the narrative non-fiction book 'Pacific Tsunami Galu Afi' about the devastating tsunami which hit Samoa, American Samoa and the islands of Northern Tonga. The book was funded by the Australian Govt Aid program and all book sale profits go back to tsunami survivors who were interviewed for the record. My book 'TELESA The Covenant Keeper' is the first in a YA fantasy/romance/thriller series.  I'm married to Darren Young (who is probably the most patient and most hottest man alive) and we have five children ranging in age from 4 to 16yrs. We now live in New Zealand where I try very hard never to leave my hermit cave. I blog as a slightly demented Domestic Goddess at  Sleepless in Samoa.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cast your Vote

Ok, go ahead and play this while reading for sound FX.


Here's where I'm at with everything. This is a crazy time of year for me at work, and unfortunately, management has imposed mandatory overtime. On top of that, I'll be working Saturday morning. I could say "At least its not the whole day", but that's 5 hours of time I need to edit. So each morning, I wake up at dark, and make it to work around 6:30. Mind you, I live about 30 minutes away. I've been pulling 10-11 hour days, and then another hour in the commute.

One thing that continues to motivate me is that I hope five years from now I can look back at this post and say "Damn, you were out of your mind!" I'd also like to think that maybe I won't be at this job anymore.

I am still working long hours on the sequel to finalize it - roughly 6 hours a day. When do I sleep? Well, when I'm dead. That's when we all can tuck in the covers and say goodnight. But for now, I'm going to privately gripe about my day job and hope that someday, I can quit it.

THANK YOU to those who have send me messages and posted here, liked my facebook page, followed the blog, and took the time to show your support. When I get home from work, grumble about things, and sit down at the bar with my laptop, that's what puts it all in reverse. So thank you again for your patience, and I'm sorry that I cannot give a drop dead date, but the closer we get the more likely I'll be to set one and announce it here on the blog.

In the meantime, I'll try doing fun things. I've already released the title, "TWIST", in the Mageri series. Soon I'll release the cover.

In the meantime, take a look at the POLL on the left, and cast your vote!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Title Release: Mageri Book 2

Well, I decided to make this a little fun and see who is reading my blogs. This is the official title release of the sequel to "Sterling".

I am not releasing the cover at this time, but I decided to go ahead and release the title to The Mageri Series: Book 2.

If anything, now you will have something to call it.
Now *I* will have something to call it.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Book title & Cover Update


I'm not sure why, but I really like that number.

2012.

Probably the number of calories I consumed today. I think this has been a very productive weekend for me, and I'll tell you why.

1. I HAVE FINALIZED THE COVER. I went through 20+ cover designs and narrowed it down. It was hard because there was so much potential in each one; potential I may use in future covers, so nothing is wasted. The deciding factor was looking at each one for pros and cons. A couple of slut models ended up in the con pile, just so you know. I really hope that you like it, if anything for the fact that it took me a very long time to design and touch up, so I'm proud of it. :)

2. I HAVE DECIDED ON A TITLE. Woohoo! Too much emphasis was going into the name, and when I sat down and thought about all my favorite books, I didn't always remember them by title. Especially a series. Why? Because most series I read have "same word" usage. Dark, Night, Bite, Dead, etc. After the fifth book, you just start calling it "Book 5", because the titles run together. That's why I chose "Sterling". I wanted one word, and it had some meaning. But how do you "theme" that into a series? lol, you can't. Not without getting corny. Toil, toil, toil.

Yesterday, I was thinking of words that summarized book 2: characters, personality traits, plot, etc. I snapped my fingers with a particular word.

I set it as my wallpaper and looked at it off and on while editing. I've done this for the past week with other titles, but this one I put up on its own. Are you bored yet? Well, if you're read this far, maybe you're curious about the process. I looked up the definition of the word, and all the alternate uses, and it really fit. It was something I was happy with, and additionally not a word that you see as a stand alone word on books. Try searching amazon for words like, for instance, "Bound". That word is on a lot of titles.

And btw, no, I am not going to slap a word on the cover like "dubious" or "fastidious".

So here I am, settled on the title and the cover, and contemplating when to release the information. Shall I set a date for the cover release, just to make it fun? The book isn't ready yet, but maybe I can release the cover mid month and have a little countdown clock..lol Ok, am I being a bit of a dork?

Or, do you really even care?  It's not like I'm JR Ward with a legion of fans chewing their nails for the next cover, professionally created, with well paid models. I'm a woman with limited resources, but a lot of passion in what I do.

So that's how I started 2012. I'm still editing, but I feel like I just skipped a rock over a pond and made ripples.