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Countdown to Cover Reveal–Part 6–Excerpt from A World Apart

23 May

Ever since I embarked on this journey to revamp the cover for my military romance A WORLD APART I began re-reading the book and I’m so falling in love with David and Cassandra’s story all over again! These two had so much chemistry, even during a match of kickboxing, sparks flew left and right. Below another excerpt I hope you’ll enjoy and maybe who knows, convince you to pick up the book and read it.

And don’t forget to return for the grand cover reveal scheduled for May 25th. I’d be delighted if you stopped by to see it and to enter a giveaway for a $25.00 gift card at a retailer of your choice (Amazon, B&N or Starbucks 😉 )

A WORLD APART–Excerpt

“Man, you’re hitting me already and the match hasn’t even started.”

Cassandra rolled her blue eyes, shaking her head. Smiling, she took several steps back. “Get ready to get your butt whooped,” and in saying that, she took the fighting position, both arms raised to guard her chin, feet apart.

“That’s a big word for a little girl like you.” David put the boxing gloves on, tightened them and took the same position, facing her.

“Which one, butt or whooped?” She jabbed at him once, twice then surprised him with an uppercut. She danced around him, trying to throw him off with a pretended punch to the liver, but going for his spleen instead.

“Actually it’s whipped; whooped is slang and a little girl like you shouldn’t use such words.” He blocked another set of rapid punches.

“I’m an adult, I can use slang if I so choose. Besides, you’re not my commander here. You can’t order my mouth be washed out with soap.”

He laughed and lost momentum when she caught him off guard with two high-speed sidekicks to his upper arm, throwing him off balance. She took advantage of his wobbly position and went for the final chin jab and a knee that landed him sprawled on his back. Before falling, he hooked an arm under her elbow, taking her down with him.

She struggled to stand and to unhook her arm, but stumbled and fell on top of David. She tried to escape, laughing so hard her body shook convulsively.

She laughed. “You play dirty, David Hunt.”

“And you take advantage of being a girl.” He laughed, too. Her body felt hot on top of his, resting easily on one elbow, her right leg bent on top of his, the other resting along his right thigh. Her breasts pressed on his chest, making him aware of the growing tightness in his groin.

“I won and quit calling me a little girl. I’m not.” She punched his ribs. “I’m a woman.”

“I’ve no doubt you are a woman, a very special one, I must say.” David squeezed her leg between his, hooked both her arms and, using his body weight, rolled her onto her back, pinning her arms.

Her laughter trailed off, and her facial expression changed from relaxed to serious. Her chest rose with her breath, her skin sleek with sweat. Her blue eyes sparkled and when she licked her upper lip and then bit her lower, David lost it. He bowed his head. The hell with everything—

“You two, I said fight, not play! Two minutes,” Hulk yelled next to them.

David lifted his head for a split second to look up, pushing his body onto one elbow and rolling off Cassandra. A bucket of iced water dumped over his head would probably have the same effect as the instructor’s words.

She jumped to her feet, reaching for him. “Two minutes. Enough time to finish you, Major Hunt.”

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Countdown to Cover Reveal–Part 5

19 May

I can’t ever buy presents and hold them until the day I’m supposed to give them away. Ask my son how many times he received his birthday presents waaaay in advance. I can’t keep a secret. Don’t ever tell me you stole your grandma’s shoes or snuck a boy/girl in your room at night. Chances are the world will know, courtesy of my big mouth.

Sorry.

But I’m not sorry for divulging this secret of mine I’ve been harboring for several weeks now, secret that’s eating me up inside because I’m afraid that my heart will burst open with too much happiness. What’s causing this happiness? For some it might sound silly but it’s . . . a brand new cover for my military romance A WORLD APART. The change was long needed and, even though I love the original, it’s missing the military aspect of the romance, without which (these two words together sure sound awkward) the book becomes another romance novel among million of others. How could I make it stand out?

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The answer was simple: new cover that will show—without a doubt—the novel’s genre. With the help of a super talented designer, Rachel @ No Sweat Graphics—the new cover grew from a nugget to a real piece of art. Each time I look at it, I fall in love a little more, hence the extreme bout of happiness.

Next week, I invite you to return for the grand cover reveal scheduled for May 25th. I’d be delighted if you stopped by to see it and to enter a giveaway for a $25.00 gift card at a retailer of your choice (Amazon, B&N or Starbucks 😉 )

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Countdown to Cover Reveal–Part 3

10 May

I know it’s cliché but books are to authors like babies: we conceive and birth them, nurture and when ready, set them free for the world to enjoy them. We root for their successes (raving reviews) and hurt for their failures (poor reviews).

They are part of us as much as we are of them. Exactly like babies. And exactly like babies they are so different than one another. We have a different relationship with each book like parents with their kids. Some books are easier to write than others and we are ready to pop open a bottle of champagne as soon as we write “the end”. Others take their sweet time to develop. “Birthing” such book equals days of intense labor, blood and sweat. Instead of champagne you reach for something with a higher alcohol % because you’re not only relieved it’s over but also so, so ready to finally have it . . . done.

A WORLD APART was such a book for me. After two years of intense research on the Iraq invasion, a plotline that came to a dead end halfway through the novel and Cassandra, the main heroine, going on a silence strike for a few months, I was beyond ready to be done with it. My only consolation was . . . David, the main hero, who kept me company (not to mention how hot he was!).

Stuck in a weird place, I began searching for images, in hopes that, by the time I have picked the cover, the story will flow again. Little did I know that as soon as I found the right images, Cassandra talked again and a much needed twist in the plot came to me during . . . a shower. “The end” was within my grasp.

AWA-FINAL small cover 1200dpi

Now, several years after A WORLD APART was published I came to the conclusion that the cover—while it represented Cassandra and David perfectly—is not representing one of the main aspects of the book, which is its strong military flavor.

I had to repair this injustice, which brought me to discovering a tremendously talented cover designer in Rachel @ No Sweat Graphics. The name of her company—No Sweat Graphics—couldn’t be better fitted. She is a GEM to work with, super professional, punctual and very affordable. I just wish I discovered her earlier; a lot of my sweat would’ve been avoided.

I’m ready to say goodbye to the old cover of A WORLD APART and present you the new one. Counting days, I invite you to return for the grand cover reveal scheduled for May 25th. I’d be delighted if you stop by to see it and to enter a giveaway for a $25.00 gift card at a retailer of your choice (Amazon, B&N or Starbucks 😉 )

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Countdown to Cover Reveal–Part 1

3 May

Let me just begin by saying I’m not perfect and have never claimed to be. I have flaws galore and embrace them more so than my qualities. With that being said, I admit I do judge a book by its cover (I just said I’m not perfect, right?). It’s the first thing that draws me to pick up a book and give it a chance. Not the author’s name, not the title or the blurb, but that image telling me something.

I adore all my covers as much as I adore each novel I wrote and published. Each cover has its own story forever engraved in the folds of my heart and mind. I can tell with a watchmaker’s precision what it was about each image that drew me in and why I picked it.

Knowing that, you can probably imagine how hard it was to change one of them, decision that I struggled with for a few years until I knew it was time to say goodbye. And like with all goodbyes, this one wasn’t easy.

I’m talking about my second novel, the military romance titled A WORLD APART. During the writing process I found the two images of the woman and the guy that totally personified Cassandra and David, my main characters. If love at first sight exists, that was it. They couldn’t be more perfect. From purchasing the images to having a full cover I was only a designer away.

AWA-FINAL small cover 1200dpi

As time passed and I graduated from the “baby” stage in the industry to that of a “toddler” I realized that my cover was missing something: the military aspect of it, and without it, it was just another cover for another romance. I needed something to make it stand out, something to let the reader know this novel is a military romance.

I can’t wait to reveal the new cover, which will be done with proper accolades and fireworks on May 25th here on my blog, all my social media accounts and several other blogs all over the world. I’d be delighted if you stop by to see it and to enter a giveaway for a $25.00 gift card at a retailer of your choice (Amazon, B&N or Starbucks 😉 )

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