Hello, Paranormal Romance enthusiasts. How’s it going? Can you tell I’m grinning? Trust me. I am.
I am so excited to be reporting this week that things have progressed well on my latest novel. We have a cover, a new title and have already passed the first beta hurdle.
You know, I have never really spent that much time choosing a book title. With Dance on Fire, I recall hating it, and assumed I would find something better by the time I’d finished the book. Well, as many of you know, it took nearly twenty years to complete. By then, the title had already cemented itself into my head and there would be no changing it. Flash Point had itself titled well in the beginning because of the whole fire theme. I had planned to use “Inferno” for the next one, but Dan Brown just grabbed it, so we’ll see what happens. See how important it can be? I finally did get around to checking how many books had the original title I had hoped to use. The result of this caused me to change it. There was much discussion as to what title I could choose, but everything seemed too dark or just plain silly. With a paranormal audience in mind, I think I found just the right balance.
Therefore, my latest novel is entitled: Seeing Ghosts.
The manuscript has been to the first beta reader. With her busy schedule she had it read in four days. She reported that she cried at the end. That’s got to be a good sign. Right? And, no, it wasn’t my mother! She’s actually got next. J My friend the beta did give me some great feedback. I have already taken some of that to heart and made the necessary tweaks. It’s going to be read a couple more times, but then it’s off to my professional editor.
As I mentioned previously, I had been working with Author and cover artist extraordinaire Maria Zannini. We spent the big money and a good bit of time on this, and the result is quite striking. My wife and kids adored it immediately. Bless her heart, Maria also made me a wallpaper of the cover. I have it on my computer at work and the guys can’t stop drooling over the lovely model that graces the cover. I have shared it with another writing buddy. She was very envious and called it a “gorgeous cover.” I think you’ll agree, but I apologize because I’m not ready to reveal it. *teases*
What I am doing right now is building a list of folks who might be interested in hosting a cover reveal. Trust me - you’re going to adore this cover. However, you do not have to agree to do anything until you’ve seen it. So, leave me a note somewhere. You can e-mail at rapture22 (at) hotmail (dot) com, leave a comment here, or drop me a note on any of the social networks – wherever is the easiest to get hold of you. I will then send you the cover and you can choose to be involved or not. I’m easy. At that point, if you just wanted to display it somewhere, you could do that. Perhaps you would schedule it as a post one day, along with the synopsis; or perhaps we could do an interview where we discuss the cover and the book. Whatever. Again, I’m easy. I’d also love to hear from you if you’d like to read/review it…
Paul Herrera finds himself bequeathed a mysterious old house near the California central coast by a deceased aunt he never knew. The woman who shows it to him is the spitting image of his wife, taken from him three years before in a senseless car accident which also took his unborn son. While he deals with the ghosts of a past he cannot let go, there are new ghosts Paul must deal with - alone for the week in the expansive two-story house that he will soon discover holds many secrets. Eventually, he will see that he is surrounded by ghosts as he struggles to hold onto the only thing that he has left in this world - his sanity.
I think that’s enough for now, my friends, but oh so much more to come. I hope I’ve whetted your appetite, and you are as excited as I am about this latest project.We’ll talk soon.