Don’t miss out. And remember, Rock Star is available for free download on my blog. So if you’ve missed the first story get it while you can. Four stories for $3.00!!!
Category: The Industry
Whit and I were discussing some upcoming projects I’m working on, including a Christmas serial with Lisa. (I just love saying Christmas serial. It sounds like “cereal” you only get at Christmas time. I imagine it looking like Rice Krispies with little red marshmallow stars and santas.) Anyway, we started brainstorming the covers for the serial (There will be five BTW. Starting around Thanksgiving. Watch this space for updates!) which is what we do, usually months out, and laughing about what a PITA the Superstar cover was. Superstar, the book, is very near and dear to me. As I’ve said many times before, I was a black rocker chick and it was crucial to me that there be an UNAMBIGUOUSLY BLACK WOMAN on the cover of this book. As a young woman, sure I wanted to sleep with Robert Plant (and really, who didn’t?), but I wanted to BE Jimmy Page. So this was personal.
Finding a stock picture of a black woman with braids, playing a guitar and seriously rocking out was damned near impossible. Most of the pictures of women with guitars are all sex kittenish (WTF is UP with that? It’s like those half naked women with guns. Just effing annoying.) An axewoman should look badass, not fucktoy. It took me over a year of endlessly scanning stock sites. When I found this one, I bought it on the spot. Then, after all that, Whit didn’t like it. He went through all the technical issues he had with the photo while my eyes glazed over which is what happens when he starts talking about masks and shadows. Usually, when he doesn’t like a photo he won’t work with it. Keeping in mind he is working for free, most of the time I don’t complain, but in this case, I did. And, as usual, he produced what I think of as one our best covers. And yes, I know I ALWAYS say that, but this time I’m serious. One of these days when I finally get my office the way I want it, this one is going up on the wall. I love it that much.
You might have noticed that I’ve been nominated for a couple of Swirl Awards. The Rockers of Storm Crow (Rock Star, Morning Star, Dark Star and Super Star) has been nominated in the Best Series Category. And Super Star has been nominated for Best Cover. I thought it would be crazy cool to have a special sale to celebrate. So from now until the end of Swirl Award voting September 30, 2015 these books will be on sale for .99 cent each. Keep in mind these, are full length novels and you can get each one for less than a buck. I hope you’re excited as I am, and yes, please, please, please vote for my books for a Swirly. Please remember you can vote every day.
Actually, Whit, my husband, who is also my cover designer, has been nominated for best cover, for Superstar. And I’ve been nominated for best series, for The Rockers of Storm Crow which includes Rock Star, Morning Star, Dark Star and Super Star. Isn’t this just too boss for words? Best yet, you guys get to vote on it, so get over to the Swirl Awards site and vote for me. Thanks, you’re the best.
I’ve said continually that we need more blogs that review and discuss diverse romance. Well lots of them have come under the radar while I haven’t been paying attention. Blog media is an important tool for discovering and promoting books. Read these blogs and be sure to comment. Blog hits increases their visibility in the Google algorithm and gives them an opportunity to earn advertising revenue. It also gives us authors another venue for promotion. So go, and go often AND comment. Thank you. I just discovered Musings of a Romance Junkie and she has a list up on her blog of diverse bloggers. Go check them out. And if you know more bloggers, please list them here. I’m starting a page at the top of this blog of diverse bloggers and will add to them as we go. Thank you so much.
Coco Fierce Book Blog
Monlatable Book Reviews
Brazen Babe Reviews
WOC In Romance
Romance In Novels In Color
Interracial Romance Book Reviews
My Reading Nook
Paperback Book Addict
Diverse Book Tours
Kimberly Siple had a brilliant suggestion. (Seriously, I’m going to put her on the payroll, she’s always coming up with great stuff!!!) As I’ve already mentioned, it’s hard to find good authors, the way our market has been flooded with garbage makes it even harder for newbies. Kimberly suggested that the established authors in the genre start promoting the newbies to help give them a leg-up. As y’all know, I already do this, and so do many other authors, but now is the time to step our game up, so to speak. The two best author I’ve discovered of late is Lavender Parker. Who do you know? Add them to the comments below and I’ll keep a page up on my blog. Also, we’ve seriously got to start tweeting and Facebooking more in this genre. We’ve got some tremendous talent out there. It just doesn’t make any sense to allow them to languish and fall away under pure garbage.
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Pussycat in Peril was a wonderful addition to this series and I look forward to seeing more of Ms. Holcomb’s Pussycats find their happily ever after.
All my books are 25% off so don’t miss out. That means you can get THE WHOLE PUSSYCAT DEATH SQUAD SERIES for less than $10!!! Exciting adventures, perfect for a beach read. Or better yet, staying at home under the AC with a cool (adult) popsicle.
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