• Blurble

    Posted on May 14, 2012 by in Now What?, Talking About Writing

    Hi, there.  I’m sitting in an airport lounge waiting for a flight that will take me to visit my family.  I’ll be gone for more than a week, because after the fun stuff, I’ve got to fly somewhere else for work.  I left my dog with the woman who is boarding him for me and it broke my heart, even though I’m certain she’ll be good to him.  My kitty is hanging out at home and having someone come to him.  Long story short, today I’ll be mostly incommunicado.  After that, things will be back to normal, just in a different locale.

    I’ve been nagging people about commenting on the cover comps for Out of the Ashes (don’t worry–I won’t tweet again!).  To this point, only a handful of people have commented–so please, if you have an opinion, share it.  What feedback I’ve gotten so far has been very interesting, because it lines up with my own reaction to Derek’s excellent work.  I’d liked #4 best too when I’d initially seen it.  The only problem was the secondary model (the blond).  I love his pose, but don’t think he’s looking enough (sorry anonymous model!), particularly when viewed against the primary model.  I’d tried to find a comparable pose featuring another handsome, blond guy, but came up empty.  If anyone has ideas for stock photo sites beyond iStock, 123rf.com, Shutterstock, or Corbis, please let me know.  There have got to be sites that feature good looking guys–look at all the romance covers out there.  They can’t all be using original photography.

    One of the people who’d left feedback on the covers said she was intrigued as to what the book might be about (Hi, Josie!).  I told her I would be posting that shortly.

    Now seems like a good time.

    Young Noah hadn’t any idea how quickly his world could turn upside down.  One minute, he was living, happy and secure, with a doting father and grandmother to look after him.  The next, his father is dead, his grandmother is confined to her sickbed, and the only other family he has left is his new stepmother and her two children.

    Taken far from his home, worked hard and hidden away from the world, Noah hasn’t much to look forward to, growing up.  Until one day, Matthew, a handsome neighbor, comes riding up to him like a knight on his charger. 

    It’s love at first sight, at least as far as Noah is concerned. 

    Now all Noah has to do is make his Prince Charming aware he exists, triumph over his evil stepmother, and claim the love he so richly deserves.  He may not have a fairy godmother helping him, but magic can come in many forms.  The only question is–will it be enough to give Noah his happy ending?

    Out of the Ashes is a Cinderella story set in modern day Texas.  The manuscript is with its editor now.  I should have it back by the end of the month.  The plan is to publish it in early August.  I’ll be sharing more information between now and then.  I hope you guys like it.

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