Cover love – the cover art appreciation post


Getting the cover art for your book is a bit scary every time. What if you hate it? What if everyone hates it? What if it’s beautiful, but somehow not right for the book? I think I’ve been very lucky so far, with the three publishers I’ve worked with, that I’ve had good and even great covers from all of them. Some I love more than others, but I wouldn’t call any of them duds.

This isn’t entirely good luck mind. It is something I consider when deciding to submit to a publisher. I look at the covers of their books and consider if I’m likely to get a decent cover from them. If all their covers look like slapped together Friday afternoon jobs, then what else are they likely to skimp on? Editing? So covers matter to me as a writer at every stage of the game. Don’t judge a book by its cover – but judge the publisher.

Art by Scott Carpenter
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Release Day – The Champion’s Secret

The Champion’s Secret is out today. It’s available now on Loose Id’s site and will appear on reseller sites soon. Check the book page for more buy links as they appear.

Red Dragon #4: The Champion’s Secret

Cover by Scott CarpenterBlurb
Lawyer Will Garrett took a job with the Outer Spiral Trading Company for one reason only—to keep his ex out of jail. Now his ex is free, but with someone else. This leaves Will seeing out the final months of his contract on assignment as the legal counsel for a sports team of Modern Gladiators on a Company sponsored tour.

Jimmy Campbell, mighty Highland warrior, is the champion and captain of Team Spartacus. But really he’s James De Villiers, half-Scottish, half-South-African, ex-soldier. He’s only in this for the money. One more season then he’s gone. He’s already older than most of the team, with a nagging shoulder injury.

Will and James get together thinking only of killing time in bed during the trips between tour stops. But as they grow closer and Will makes friends with the team, trouble starts with team manager Lenny Sheridan. Lenny doesn’t want anyone to know James is gay. A hostage crisis focuses all the media in the sector on the team and forces James to decide if keeping his secret and his career is more important to him than acknowledging his relationship with Will, whatever that costs him.

A m/m science fiction romance available now from Loose Id.

ISBN: 978-1-62300-669-3 (ebook)

Red Dragon #4: The Champion's Secret on Goodreads

When supporting characters want their own show


A little about how my spin off Red Dragon book, The Champion’s Secret came to be, and the fun of spinning off characters who have ideas above their station and want their chance to be the lead.

And you can still win a copy of The Champion’s Secret in the contest running until release day on the 28th of April. Go to the giveaway post and leave a comment for a chance to win!

Art by Scott Carpenter
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Giveaway – The Champion’s Secret

My next release, The Champion’s Secret is out on 28th of April. It’s a spin off from the main sequence and follows the further adventures of Will Garrett, a supporting character in book 2 of the series, Too Good A Man.

Fancy winning an ebook copy? Comment below and make sure to add your email in email address field (won’t be shown to anyone but me) so I can contact you if you win. I’ll draw the winner on release day at 07:00 UK time.
Contest is now closed. Thanks for entering and congratulations to the winner, Sula22

Red Dragon #4: The Champion’s Secret

Cover by Scott CarpenterBlurb
Lawyer Will Garrett took a job with the Outer Spiral Trading Company for one reason only—to keep his ex out of jail. Now his ex is free, but with someone else. This leaves Will seeing out the final months of his contract on assignment as the legal counsel for a sports team of Modern Gladiators on a Company sponsored tour.

Jimmy Campbell, mighty Highland warrior, is the champion and captain of Team Spartacus. But really he’s James De Villiers, half-Scottish, half-South-African, ex-soldier. He’s only in this for the money. One more season then he’s gone. He’s already older than most of the team, with a nagging shoulder injury.

Will and James get together thinking only of killing time in bed during the trips between tour stops. But as they grow closer and Will makes friends with the team, trouble starts with team manager Lenny Sheridan. Lenny doesn’t want anyone to know James is gay. A hostage crisis focuses all the media in the sector on the team and forces James to decide if keeping his secret and his career is more important to him than acknowledging his relationship with Will, whatever that costs him.

A m/m science fiction romance from Loose Id. Available from 28th April

ISBN: 978-1-62300-669-3 (ebook)

Red Dragon #4: The Champion's Secret on Goodreads

Guest Post: Jordan L Hawk talks Hoarfrost and more

Hoarfrost on Amazon - scroll on for more buy links.In the last year or so Jordan L Hawk has become one of my favourite writers and I made Bloodline my top book of 2014 when I did my review of the year. So I’m delighted she’s agreed to be a guest on my blog.

Hoarfrost, the sixth novel in the very popular Whyborne and Griffin series is out on 21st of April. Read on for an interview with Jordan and more details about Hoarfrost.

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