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seventhnewcover_smAt the suggestion of my longtime and fabulous critique partner Tracy Fobes, I’ve been meaning for a while to update the ebook edition cover of Seventh Sanctuary with an image that gives a better sense of the steaminess of the story. (For now, the print edition will still have the original cover, since changing that is more complicated.)

After a lot of contemplation and a bit of a quest, a stock photo caught my eye, and the more I thought about it the more I liked it. Over the weekend, Hubby helped with tweaking and typography, and voilà, the makeover is now complete on the Kindle and Nook editions. What do you think? 😉

For those not familiar with Seventh Sanctuary, the 154-page steamy romance novella tells the story of three ancient Sumerians caught in a web of desire and — maybe — divine intervention. But will the great and terrible goddess Inanna smile on them — or is it her will to destroy them?

The back-cover blurb and a sample are available on the book page here. Scroll down to the web reader for the sample.

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Sneak Preview

The new book won’t be out until November 1st, but the back-cover description is up on the book page (The Five-Day Dig), and here’s a peek at the ad Hubby created today for the December issue of Romance Writers Report. (To get it into the November issue, we would have needed this done earlier.) To see a larger version, click on the image. The little blurb I wrote for the ad doesn’t entirely thrill me, but I think the artwork looks fab. Well done, Hubby!

This is the first time I’ve mentioned the title of the book or described the story publicly. (Scary!) You also get a peek at the cover (still a work-in-progress), if only in black and white. The photo on the cover shows a Roman Memorial, now located at the Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Triers, Germany.

Not much else to say at the moment. Still busy proofing my homegrown galleys, putting the finishing touches on the cover, and considering ways to promote. I’m a little insane right now.

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Life is crazy lately as I rev up for releasing my first totally self-published book. (I say “totally” because my other indies were previously traditionally pubbed.) Hubby and I are mocking-up cover concepts; I’ve been formatting the manuscript for a print edition; and I’m still proofing and making tweaks — hopefully only one more round of that to go. Last night I read up on copyrighting info and registered with Createspace, an Amazon affiliate that will print and distribute the print edition.

Among the trickiest dilemmas is deciding how much advertising to do. Department-store owner John Wanamaker once said, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” For small-time businesses — and mine is very small — I suspect wasted effort makes up an even bigger portion. So the question is how important is it to make a little money on the book versus spending money for a chance at wider readership but possibly not getting a return?

Not being much of a risk taker, I’m leaning toward a middle road. I’ll probably schedule an ad in Romance Writers of America’s monthly report. Given that everyone in its audience is involved in creating romance novels, a small ad should be a good value. Promoting with Google AdWords also looks worth a shot, because I have a credit that’ll get me started. Investing in review copies is a must. If I can come up with willing and able reviewers, I’ll happily gift Kindle copies (I need to look into gifting Nookbooks, too), and I’ll squeeze a few print copies out of my budget as well.

Of course, I’ll be blogging, tweeting and posting to readers’ forums as usual. Having a new book to talk about will be great, because I’ve about exhausted ideas for posts that tie in to the old ones. Until the new one is available, all I’m revealing is that it’s a “contemporary mystery with strong romantic elements” that revolves around an archaeological dig near Pompeii. Not much to go on, I know — please watch this space.

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