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Lon and Corey return

The wonderful Dar Albert of Wicked Smart Designs put up with my thrashings and indecisive understanding of design, and still came up with the perfect face for a book about an otter shifter and his bewildered lover. Lon, the cutie with whiskers, opted to wear his fur for his closeup. Corey’s dressed for the outdoors rather than the classroom, but even a professor of economics has to get outside for fieldwork now and then.  No snowboarding this time, but enough adventure to keep their adrenaline pumping.

Otter Chaos is the followup and full-length novel companion to Tail Slide. If you haven’t read that one, never fear–I packaged them together.

Coming soon!

I am plotting against the werewolves!

Too naughty for Barnes and Noble

Apparently I am a p*rn*grapher now.  Second edition of Prep Work, a short romance some of you may have seen with a Dreamspinner line cover, has been given a cooking themed cover. Well, I don’t think he should try frying bacon in that outfit, but all the essentials are covered. Usually no one makes a fuss about man-nipples, and the rest is covered. Kinda. Sorta. But Barnes & Noble and Kobo and Apple think it’s too naughty to sell on their sites. (Never mind that they sell dino-smut.)

I’m not sure if I should appeal, or if I can appeal, or if I should attempt an end run once Prep Work passes the preorder period. Or if I should rethink the cover entirely. I don’t want to do that. Tommy as he appears now is kinda cute.

See the offending cover at Amazon (mobi) or at All Romance eBooks (mobi, PDF, and ePub.) I have to Jan 17 to figure it out.

This week: news and a guest post from Chris T. Kat

I’ve been kind of quiet lately with blogging, because I’ve been working on so many things that aren’t blog posts. Beta-ing novels. (Not nice to gloat, but I’ve been elbow deep in Z. Allora and Eden Winters books.) Formatting books for print.  (Kate Pavelle’s memoir of leaving Czechoslovakia and her circuitous route to America as a teen was fascinating reading and my first non-fiction layout. Keep an eye out for Cancelled Czech Files: On the Run. Plus Eden’s novelette Highway Man )

And I’ve been building covers.

Piratev3Every time traveling pirate captain needs a sturdy ship. I found some moonlight for The Naughty Maid. Eden found love and a peck of trouble for her captain. The Pirate’s Gamble may pay off. Still working on the cover for Eden’s paranormal romance Same Time, Next Year. 

OCC600x960Dr. Keith Hoyer and Dr. Dante James plus their cats needed to be in one collected volume. Look for the compilation to be available for preorder any day now. I’ll keep you posted on when you can have all eight of the On Call stories in one volume as both ebook and paperback.

PrepWorkv3nudeNormally I don’t recommend cooking in the nude, especially breakfast. Bacon spatters, ack! Jude Marshall and Tommy Bell will be coming soon (yes, that way too, I wrote it into the story. Now get your minds out of the gutter, mine needs the room.) I suspect this cover for Prep Work might get the shaky finger from the sales sites, but if we don’t try, we won’t know.

This cover is all Anne Cain lusciousness, and it’s the face of Chris T. Kat’s newest shifter novel, Secret Energy. Chris will be joining us later in the week with a blog post about the second book of her Shifters series. Join us for some  insider information and an excerpt.SecretEnergyI can’t wait!


It’s obvious once you bump your nose

stressed businesswoman looks laptopI check on the blog stats now and then, and sometimes check a post someone’s looked at. Because, memory, and does that need updating? Is the correct cover showing?

All too often, the answer is yes, and no. So, apologies for all of you who saw the dusty old pages. I’m tidying, I promise, and the cobwebs are being swept away. Readers might prefer I spend time on the new WIP (more on that later) rather than website maintenance, right up until they find a page that says “Coming from Dreamspinner in 2013.”

Also, in followup to a previous post, I played around some more with the cover to Training Cats, tweaking the color and the gradient, and got this:

TrainingCatsBlue1600x1000I’m so pleased with it that it’s the new face of the story at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance eBooks, and Kobo.

And about that WIP? 75K and in the home stretch. 😉

Playing around with cats and pharmacists

Training cats Version 2In an excess of confidence I created a cover for Training Cats, which has been the face of the story for about 6 months. It’s… a cover.

So I got to playing around with the pictures yesterday, and got this. I’m trying to decide if I got to0 exuberant with the gradients. Might have to tone that back, which will unfuzz the lower part of the picture.

Sigh. More fiddling. Or not. Comments?