Currently working on: Organizing a writing challenge for my Romance Writers of America chapter
Writing can be a lonely endeavor. The stereotypical writer (okay, ME) spends a lot of time at her keyboard, mumbling to herself. On rare occasions, she is booted — blinking mustily — into the sun to confront other people. People like… readers. Oh noes! What to say?! (This is especially terrifying to some writers — okay, ME — who will be attending in the next four months three booksignings, two conventions and a conference where there will be LOTS of readers to talk to — yikes!)
So we decided (barricaded safely behind the interwebz) that this week’s topic is “Questions we’d like to ask readers.”
And my question is “Does Liam have a great butt, or what?”
This is my second cover for the second book in The Marked Souls series. And it was every bit as nail-gnawing exciting as waiting for the first cover. Here’s the back cover blurb:
The war between good and evil has raged for millennia, with the Marked Souls caught in the middle, but the new girl doesn’t play by old rules…
Liam Niall never meant to be a leader. Barely surviving the horrors of the Irish Potato Famine with body and soul intact, he escaped to Chicago…where he lost half his soul and gained a wayward band of demon-possessed warriors. Now, as the talyan face a morphing evil, Liam grows weary and plagued by doubt.
Then a new weapon falls into his hands. Her name is Jilly Chan. To save his talyan and her demon-ridden soul, Liam must win her to his battle and his bed.
Waging a one-woman war against the threats to the street kids she mentors, Jilly stands her ground against danger in all its guises. She won’t be any man’s woman…or weapon. But Liam—with his hard eyes, soft brogue and compelling hands—is a danger to her rebellious independence…and her heart.
These two halved souls sharing one fierce passion will sear a fresh scar across the city. Who’s in danger now?
Book 1 had Archer’s chest. Book 2 has Liam’s butt. My goodness, what will Book 3 show?
That was a rhetorical question. My real question to readers was going to be something along the lines of “How important is a great butt cover when you decide whether to pick up a book?” But I decided that’s a dumb question (and yes, there are dumb questions) because OF COURSE a great cover is important. Maybe not the deciding factor, but a beautiful, intriguing or shocking cover can inspire the hand to reach for it.
And most writers have zero control over the cover. Actually, there’s a lot that the writer doesn’t have control over, like — for a completely random, not-desperately-whorish-at-all example, ahem – the importance of preording FORGED OF SHADOWS at major bookstores…
But I do have some alleged, nominal control over me, myself and I. And I since I will have to inspire readers IN PERSON (did I mention terrifying?) my question to readers is this:
“What do you want from authors in real life? What makes a great author/reader interaction?”
Besides chocolate, I mean.
To sweeten the pot in a non-caloric way, I have a signed ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of FORGED OF SHADOWS to give away. It comes with a Pepto-pink cover similar to this font color, not Liam’s handsome butt, sorry. Comment on any post this week for a chance to win. Heck, comment on EVERY post this week for more chances!
And finally, a parting shot…