Thursday, February 28, 2013

Now available for preorder

Whisper Falls is now available for pre-order.

When my publisher notified me that I could go out to Amazon and find my book with a search, I have to admit that I started squealing.  Very undignified.  But so what? I'm excited.

Whisper Falls cover has boy in jeans and t-shirt reaching out to girl in eighteenth century clothing

All right, Barnes and Noble.  It is your turn. Catch up!

(And, yes, that is my new cover. Isn't it gorgeous?)

Monday, February 25, 2013

BLogging away in the UK

I have my first blog interview as an author. Check it out. Ask questions.

And for the eagle-eyed among you, you have already noticed that I have a new cover. It's similar to the previous one, with the same gorgeous models. With this one, though, we've tweaked the colors and the proportions.  Woo hoo! I love this cover.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The cover saga

Whisper Falls will be getting a new cover soon. There are a lot of reasons for the change.

First, we want the cover to appeal to readers ages twelve to one hundred.  That is quite a challenge. The old cover featured two models: boy and girl.  They will appear in the new cover as well. But we've changed the boy's clothes to blend better into the woods surrounding him.  Plus the new outfit is more "modest" (and I'm not saying anything else about that. :)

Secondly, the old cover had too much of a Photo-shopped feel to it. It will look more like a straight photograph now (which I really love.)

Lastly, we want to ensure that the cover appeals to a global market. Covers that work well in the US might not work as well overseas, but with a few tweaks, we can give our cover a more universal feel.

planet Earth

When I signed with Spencer Hill Press, I was told that I would get solid input into the cover design.  That sounded really great at the time. Since a publishing house owns the right to design whatever cover they want, the author rarely has a say. I have other author friends whose sales have been burned by bad covers.

But having a say can also be a case of be careful what you wish for.  Many people on the Whisper Falls team voiced opinions about this cover, such as editors, the cover designer, other authors, my agents, family, and friends.  Sometimes, the opinions aligned. Sometimes they didn't.  And always, people came back to me. "What do you like?"

You know what I like? I like words. I love the book and the characters. I think about whether readers will adore this story as much as I do.  I'm not a marketing person or a book-seller.  I don't know the business end of publishing.

That is why I'm so happy to be part of a talented team.  We can all be good and wise at the things we do best.   And I can go back to writing the next book... 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

There is never too much of a good thing

I have read Whisper Falls all the way through at least a dozen times.

I have written (and re-written) every word in the book, all 90,000 of them.

The characters are more familiar to me than most people I know.

And yet, I never get tired of this book. I really love the hero and heroine, the problems they face, and the solutions they discover.


I am so glad that Spencer Hill bought a trilogy, because it means I get paid to spend more time with Mark and Susanna, the heroes of Whisper Falls.  I'm in the middle of Book 2 right now—even as I'm wrapping up the final details with Book 1—and we are having a great time getting the second part of their story out.

Emails and phone calls have been zipping between here and New England (where my editors live). My daughter is primed for a quick, final review of Book 1 (which she has already read three times).  My freelancer is reading through the first draft of A Whisper In Time. The whole process is exhausting and exhilarating.

I love every minute of it!