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Covers Matter

When I turned on my computer this morning, it was suddenly Christmas - early.

Two presents awaited me in my mail box. Not just one, but two brand new covers for my upcoming TEB books. And not just any covers, but really really HOT covers. I mean sizzling hot. See below.

I'm on vacation (vacation from the day job at any rate) and visiting my family in Ohio. I've been having a great time with my Dad. By the way, he's the only family member who's interested in my writing career, so he's been asking me a lot of questions. One of them is who chooses the cover design. Rightfully so, he feels that the cover is a big part in a book buying decision. He admitted the cover and the blurb is how he usually chooses books.

This is how it works, at least with all of my publishers, TEB included. Before the book is contracted, the editor or publisher emails a cover design request that we must fill out.

The request form asks the basics, of course, such as name of the author, name of the book and series if part of a series. It also asks for detailed descriptions of the hero(es) and heroine(s) and the scenery. We are asked to be very specific. For instance, "long blonde hair" is very vague. We need to tell basic height, weight, tattoos, scars, hair style, facial features, eye color, clothing styles (if any clothing), etc. etc.

It also asks for an interesting scene from the book that we think would make a good cover.

We include a blurb, one-liner, and excerpt for the cover artist.

Then we sit and pray and wait. Well, not too hard. My publishers all have very talented artists that usually surpass my dreams. I give a lot of kudos to the TEB cover artists. I've never been disappointed and am always really thrilled.

Unfortunately, because I am on vacation, and because my laptop's power cord fritzed out my first day here, and wouldn't you know it, it can only be special ordered and not purchased over the counter, I don't have excerpts today. :)

However, here are the blurbs.

In LIQUID HEAT, Joshua breaks down in Georgia, aka "Hillbilly Hell" on the way to see his fiancee Carol in Ohio. He's rescued by Paul who offers to help repair his car and give him a place to stay until his car is ready to run as there are no repair shops or hotels for at least fifty miles. To Joshua's shock, Paul happens to live in a nudist colony. To Joshua's bigger shock, when Joshua sees Paul naked, he's way more turned on by the beautiful, sexy man and his big cock than he ever was by his fiancee. LIQUID HEAT is an M/M in the summer Heat Wave series published by TEB.

In SUBMISSIVE DREAMS, Stacy can't believe her eyes when her friend Lily shows her naked pictures of her ex-husband Brand on the Internet. Not just one or two, but a whole slew. The man Stacy gave up for being too boring, too tame, is now the Internet's number one porn star and he's doing "it" with lots of beautiful ladies. What's more, Brand is now a Dom and his film studio is looking for a new partner to film with him. Fascinated against her wishes, Stacy dons a mask and applies for the job to see if the sparks she feels when gazing at his naked photos flame to life in the real world.

Both books will be released shortly and I'll post excerpts on my blog after June 16th when I return home so stay tuned. It will be at:


Lyn Cash said...

oh WOW girlfriend - hot covers, hot blurbs - some good stuff comin' out this summer - WTG!!!!!

Lisabet Sarai said...

Sizzling, Ashley!

But to be honest, pretty much every one of TEB's covers that I've seen is sensational. Much more artistic and evocative than some covers from other publishers!

Sam said...

They do matter, and Total E Bound has some of the most gorgeous covers I've seen!!!!

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