Category: cover previews

The Preacher’s Husband Cover; Bullies, Amazon Petition

The Preacher’s Husband Cover

2014 has turned into one of the busiest years ever. Tomorrow I’ll post about a short sequel to “Fangsters: Clan of the Jersey Boys,” that will be a part of a new vampire anthology, Until the Sun Rises, with German Publisher, Bruno Gmunder. I get a lot of e-mails about Fangsters asking if there will be more in the series and right now I’m honestly not sure. But right now I’d like to post the cover preview of my latest indie, The Preacher’s Husband. This one is part of the Glendora Hill series. The first of which was released at Christmas, Cowboy Christmas Miracle. There will be five books altogether in the series.

I’ll post a release date very soon. Edits are in, all is revised, and we’re just waiting on tech details.

Bullies, Amazon Petition

Since the beginning of the whole book review bully issue I’ve always remained objective on the topic because even though I’m a blogger I’m also an author and I stand by the rule of not reading my own reviews…ever. And, as a blogger I do think it’s important to remain objective sometimes. In other words, I try to think about what my blog readers want and in this case I think they want information, not my opinions. I also truly believe that most people want to feel good, not focus on negatives. There’s enough negativity in the world now and I’d rather not add more to it.

Earlier this week I posted a few things about Anne Rice and the bully petition asking Amazon to make changes to the review system so that no anonymous reviews would be allowed.  And now I’m linking to an op-ed piece that discusses how the fun in reviewing is starting to disappear for some thanks to so much controversy…and several other reasons. It’s a popular blog in the romance community, but it’s also a blog on the fringes of society in the mainstream. And whenever you get a gathering of passionate people on the fringes of mainstream society, things often get explosive.

You can read more here.

The only comment I will add is that none of this is really all that new. I’ve been in publishing since I graduated from college and landed my first (awful) job at Conde Nast in NY. I’ve seen it all before. Years ago something like this would have been in a newspaper or small book review section most people would have missed. The only difference this time is that more people are involved and more opinions are shared now thanks to Internet exposure. Frankly, I’m not sure if that helps or hurts. But sometimes you have to take things into perspective and look at the bigger proverbial picture. If you were to go into any supermarket in the US and ask anyone at random what they think of the bully/review issue I would bet most people wouldn’t even know what you’re talking about.

Cover Preview: Billionaire Ivy League Rake & A Sign From Heaven Above

(Update: I said earlier in this post that “A Sign from Heaven Above” will be on Amazon in the lender’s program, but after I talked it over with someone we decided it’s better to not get stuck in the three month contract that limits us only to Amazon. So the book will still be priced at .99 everywhere, but it won’t be part of the lender’s program on Amazon this time so I can release it in other markets right away. I hate to do that because I love the lender’s program, but I don’t like being locked into anything for that length of time. Amazon makes the rules; I don’t. And it’s not fair to web sites like either. So that’s where it stands now. It’s already up on Smashwords and will be on Kobo, and I’ll post more as soon as it’s up on other web sites.)

I’m posting both of these covers for two upcoming releases because of the way the timing worked out. I never really know when books from publishers are going to be released until about a week before it happens, which is why I don’t get into midnight launches and I don’t make a huge deal out of new releases like other authors.

I’m not J.K Rowling and families are not lining up in bookstores at midnight for my books.  And I’ve always found that less is more when it comes to talking about book releases in my genre, especially because erotic romance (or anything gay oriented that’s not even erotic) tends to be so discreet for so many of my readers. But I do like to put the information out there in case anyone is interested in finding out more.

The first cover is a self-published short story, “A Sign From Heaven Above,” that will be prices as a .99 cent e-books and I will do the lending program for three months. I find that it works, even though Amazon locks me into it for those three months and I can’t distribute anywhere else. After that period, I’ll release it everywhere I can, including which is my personal favorite site as a reader. And it will remain at .99 for at least the next six months. I’ve already posted about it here, so you can check this link out for more information where there’s a blurb and tag lines. I had a few cover issues with this book. The first two covers had to be changed because the models that were used were also used in two other fairly well known places. One had the model used on the GRL web site, and the other had a model that was used on a book for an author I know. I didn’t want to release a book that way, so this is actually the third (and final) cover choice and I’ve checked everywhere to see if it’s been done before and I couldn’t find a thing.

The next cover, “The Ivy League Rake,” is part of an ongoing series I’m writing for that’s focused on bad boy billionaires. “Rakes” are the guys that everyone loves to hate, and at the same time no one can seem to get enough of, in real life or in romance novels. I’ve known more than a few in my lifetime so far. In fact, sometimes I think I attract them on a sub-conscious level I’ve never been aware of. Put me in a room with 99 great guys and one bad boy, and the bad boy will always find me.

One of the things I’ve always been fascinated about with “rakes” is that everyone wants to change them. Of course in real life we all know THAT’S not possible. Trust me, I know from experience. But in romance where anything is possible and we always want that happy ending, I think I delivered what readers want this time. It’s all about the fantasy, and not just the erotic fantasy. The emotional fantasy of conquering a “rake” is sometimes even more intense than the sex.

I will post as each book is released, with purchase links. I don’t have set dates for either book and there’s a reason for that. Ravenous never tells me until the day the books are released, which is fine with me. It’s worked so far and I still have plenty of time to talk about it. And with my own self-pubbed books, I never know exactly when Amazon is going to put the book up for sale after it’s been uploaded to the site. There’s a waiting period and I don’t like to say anything until I personally see the book up on Amazon, with no errors, and ready to go. I usually buy it myself just to be sure the formatting is okay and everything is the way it’s supposed to be. As a side note, that’s one big difference between self-publishing and publishing with a publisher: I don’t have to worry with publishers. I know they will do their jobs and the books will be fine. With self-publishing the worry never ends until I actually see how the book looks in digital format on my own e-readers.

In any event, here’s the sell copy for “The Ivy League Rake.” I don’t think I’ve posted about this one before at all.


Elroy Donahue, the spoiled heir to a billion dollar ice cream fortune, must get a degree from Harvard in order to gain control of the family fortune. Thankfully, what he lacks in academic skills he makes up for in looks, personality, and a deep seated desire to get what he wants no matter how he has to do it.

Then humble Kyle Sparrow comes along and changes everything. Kyle’s an excellent student, he’s grateful to be at Harvard on an academic scholarship, and he’s never been promiscuous. When Elroy discovers Kyle is his new roommate, he immediately begins to figure out ways to seduce him.

But Kyle isn’t like the other guys Elroy has known in the past. He wants love; he craves emotion. For the first time in his life, Elroy is not only rejected, he’s forced to examine his careless lifestyle and take responsibility for his actions. The harder he tries to do the right thing the more he fails.

Will Elroy’s thoughtless attitude discourage Kyle? Or will Kyle turn out to be the only man on the planet who can transform this billionaire bad boy into the man he knew he could always be?