Monday, May 24, 2010

I have a cover, a blurb, an excerpt, & OMG a release date!!!

Picture This will be released on June 29 from Ellora's Cave!! There's equal parts excitement and terror. OK, maybe not so equal LOL. The terror at this point probably outweighs the excitement by A LOT. I'm sure every new author goes through the uncertainty and fear. Will anyone read it? Will anyone like it? Will they hate it? Will they ever read anything else I write? Will I get any reviews and will they totally suck? How can I possibly get everything done I need to before it releases? After conditioning myself against the long waits in this industry, I got my release date surprisingly quickly after I turned in my edits. I seriously thought about reaching out to them and say, 'can we delay this?', but I didn't want to be the first writer in the history of forever to do that.  Now, I'm trying to absorb what I can about promotion and balance it with what's practical, while trying to work on my WIP--oh, and the end of the school year is coming up and I'm going on a family vacation in June and...you get the picture. Anyway, I'll probably be posting about this again when it gets closer to the date, but can't hold it in any longer. The really cool part? Seeing it up on the publisher site in the 'coming soon' section and having my bio up on the author page alongside so many fabulous and taltened authors. Picture This at Ellora's Cave 

So, my cover, blurb and excerpt!!!!

PICTURE THIS

Desperate and young, Jillian Moore did something she knew would one day come back to bite her in the ass. She’d posed nude. For money. Years later, and on the fast track to a successful career, she’s still haunted by her mistake. She can’t help but wonder when her past will catch up with her.

Samuel Steele is not short on female attention, but the women who warm his bed pale in comparison to the fantasy he’s created of the seductive temptress in the painting hanging prominently in his bedroom. A fantasy that has ruined his once satisfying sex life. When he discovers that her exact likeness works in his building—for him—things get…interesting.


Excerpt (warning, contains a disgruntled alpha male with crude thoughts and bad language, hence my new 'adults only' filter!)

“Well, thank you for your time and for the information. It was very helpful.”

Not.

Jillian put the phone down a little harder than she’d intended. It slammed back into the cradle with a sharp crack that more than matched her mood.

Dammit.

It’d been sold, again, three months earlier. Private auction, anonymous bidder and there was no way for her to find out who’d bought it. All she knew for sure was that it’d been a man. It figured. Damn, she’d been close this time. Not that she would have been able to afford to make even one bid herself. It had opened at fifteen thousand and after some fast and furious bidding had finally gone for a cool seventy-five thousand—dollars. Jeez, she’d probably be paying off her student loans for another twenty years and some guy had dropped seventy-five grand on a picture?

Jillian sighed. She wasn’t even sure what she’d do if she could uncover the identity of the new owner. She’d kept telling herself she’d be able to buy it one day once she got established. She’d planned on it, she’d counted on it. It was why she’d tried her damndest to keep track of it for the past ten years. Her only hope now was that it would sit in some private collection, gathering dust and never see the light of day. Yeah, right. She’d never, ever been that lucky. All those years ago, who would have thought? Deep down though she’d known and it had plagued her ever since. When she least expected it, it was going to come back and bite her on the ass. She just knew it.

* * * * *

“Sam? Man, are you even listening to me?”

Sam couldn’t tear his eyes off her. The dark luster of her hair, the curve of her cheek, something about the shape of her body. It just now occurred to him, but he’d seen her around the building before. He’d noticed her legs he remembered, appreciated the toned lengths, the shapely calves and too easily imagined how they’d look wrapped around his waist or up around her ears. And her mouth. God, the things he’d thought about her mouth.

How could I have forgotten that?

As soon as the thought formed he knew the answer. He had a strict hands-off rule at work that he’d never broken, not even in his head. Until her. He’d made himself forget.

He watched her mouth curve into a smile and his dick twitched in immediate response. Something flared low and sharp in his gut. It was a sensation he didn’t think he’d ever felt before, at least without some form of specific and intentional stimulation.

“Who’s that?” he demanded.

“Who?”

He heard rather than saw Duncan’s puzzlement. He motioned across the expanse of the elegant lobby. “The woman there. Slim, dark hair, black suit. Talking to the blonde.”

“I thought you didn’t fuck around with the staff?”

Sam’s balls tightened in a rush. The explicit image he got was shocking. Not just because it was of her—on her knees in front of him while he fucked her from behind—but because he hadn’t been able to censor it, or control his body’s reaction to it. Sam shot him a glare. He was in no mood to be trifled with.

Duncan cleared his throat. “Ah, sorry, I think her name’s Jennifer, something like that. She works in Finance. Or maybe it’s Legal.”

“Jillian?” he managed to choke out. “Could her name be Jillian?”

“I…maybe. Why?”

“Last time I checked you were head of Human Resources, Duncan.”

“Jesus, Sam, we have over four thousand employees, two thousand in this building alone. I can’t personally keep track of all of them. I haven’t worked with her directly. She’s probably—”

“Find out. I want her file on my desk in ten minutes.”

“What’s got into you?”

Sam took a deep breath. “Schedule a meeting with her.”

“A meeting?”

“Yeah, with me.”

“You don’t know where she works or what she does in your company, but you want a meeting with her? Why?”

Sam felt the impatience he’d tried to contain roar through him. He wasn’t used to having his orders questioned and he sure as hell wasn’t used to explaining himself to anyone.

“Because I’m the fucking boss and I said so.”

12 comments:

  1. How very exciting! Congrats, Kaily. You're on your way.

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  2. Woohoo - congrats!!! And from the sounds of that excerpt, it will fly off the virtual shelves. I know I'm excited to read it. ;-)

    If you're going to do a blog tour, I'd love to host you...feel free to email me jdebree8@gmail.com. :-)

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  3. That's SO cool, Kaily!! Love the cover. Will have to check out EC come June 29 eh? :-)

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  4. Yay, big congratulations! So very excited for you, Kaily! I loved Picture This and I know everyone else will too. Guess I better get writing up those interview questions, huh? ;)

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  5. Congrats Kaily!! Yay! Great cover! Great blurb and excerpt too! Welcome to publishing!!! Release date too-- and soon...!

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  6. Congrats !!!! Wow Kaily :) This is so cool..cover, blurb..and whew..what an excerpt.. fanning myself here.

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  7. Congrats Kaily! Great cover too!

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  8. Belated congratulations on your sale, Kaily! Welcome to the cave. LOL - things move pretty quickly once the edits are done, don't they?
    I loved the excerpt and make sure you email me about doing a guest spot at my blog.

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  9. Congrats on the release and the cover -- and VERY nice blurb and excerpt *G*

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  10. wow Kaily that's so exciting! congrats again!! fab excerpt :)

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  11. Thanks, Hetal. It does feel amazing. That is until I start thinking about marketing, reviews, and is anyone going to buy it?
    Rula, your support has been amazing. Don't stop!
    Jamie, glad you liked the excerpt. The editor picked it so it was like opening a present when I saw what of the story she'd plucked out. Oh, and you didn't have to ask twice. I just emailed you!
    Jackie, would love it if you did, although the thought of someone I 'know' reading what I wrote stll makes me almost break out in hives. But I'm a writer. That's the point, right?
    Cari, can't wait to see your questions. Your comments the first time you read Picture This were invaluable. Thanks so much!
    Hi Kaye, yeah, it's soon. Maybe too soon. I'm not sure I'm ready LOL.
    Ju, glad to hear you're fanning yourself. That was the intent :)!
    Thanks, Lacey. You can't go wrong with a naked, ripped chest I always say.
    Shelley, I'm happy to join you and many other fabulous authors at EC. You didn't have to ask twice either. I already emailed you!
    Hi Mysti. Welcome. Glad you liked it ;).
    Kerrin, thanks so much. I really appreciate it!

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