|My first love, about first love.|
|My first love, about first love.|
To celebrate my 2nd anniversary of publishing I’m re-posting this explanation of where my very-long but so cool title came from. If this piques your interest you can enter a Goodreads Giveaway to win a signed copy. Follow this link and sign up to win your copy.
After almost three weeks on Amazon, I am starting to get some feedback on the contents of my novel, but more on the cover and the title. When it comes to the literary world of Amazon your book will be judged by its cover and its title. My cover is courtesy of the fabulous Kim and Kitten and Deranged Doctor Designs, the title is my own creation. So, how did I decide on it?
For most of the time that I was writing, the novel was simply labeled Ben and Carrie on my computer. I knew I couldn’t stick with that. Not only is it really unimaginative, it also tells you nothing about the story except that there is someone named Ben and someone named Carrie. Not exactly intriguing enough to make you want to plunk down $2.99 to find out more.
One of the themes in the story is tribe or groups. I’ve written a few posts here on my blog already about this concept. I am fascinated with the idea of social groups, how innate they are, how they are formed, why we join them or leave them, and how they both divide and connect us to others. Exploring those ideas was one of the main reasons I placed the characters in high school (and a little of junior high). That is a key time in life when people start to choose who they want associate with and be associated with. For some it is a conscious choice, for others, it is more of a hit-or-miss chance meeting.
Burnouts, geeks and Jesus freaks are names kids use to define themselves, create separate identities, and connect with others who share the same moniker. The names are short hand for (stereotypical) characteristics that allowed me as an author to build my characters more easily. In the beginning of the story, lines are clearly drawn between the groups but those lines start to fade and become less clear as the characters grow and mature.
The title grabs your attention because most of us remember these groups in high school or similar ones. We had preppies, nerds, burnouts, goody-goodies, jocks; all derogatory terms meant to divide and define. There was almost always a price to pay for crossing over the divisions, moving away from your group. But some, like Ben and Carrie, were willing to cross those lines, because that’s the other thing that happens in high school: a love story.
It’s there! Although my official drop date is tomorrow, my first novel, “Burnouts, Geeks and Jesus Freaks: a love story,” is already on Amazon today. I wanted to make sure that everything was in place for the big day tomorrow. And, I’ve already sold 4 copies! I have no idea how they found me in the massive crowd that is Amazon ebooks, but, WOW.
So, what happens tomorrow? Well, the price drops, to FREE, for one week. For my first five days on Amazon my e book will be offered for free. From Tuesday 3/4 to Friday 3/8 I am offering free copies and asking for all those who get a free copy to give me something very valuable in return, a review.
I’ve noted on here before and I can’t stress it enough, reviews are the golden tickets of e-publishing. Reviews let people know what they can expect from the book and give potential readers some reassurance that they are buying something of value.
If you are reading this post, please download a free copy of my book this week then PLEASE (please, please, please) give me a review when you are finished. If you are really feeling ambitious, I could use a review in two places, Amazon and Goodreads.
Today I am telling as many people as possible about my free offer. If you are so inclined and think you have a few friends who would love a good love story, please share, repost, repin, retweet the news that there is a sweet, silly, smart-sexy story of first love and first lovers available for free for one week only.
And, on the note about first lovers … my book is recommended for readers age 17 and older due to sexual content.
Let me elaborate on that a little. This is a romance with sexual content, not erotica. The difference? Well, erotica is written mostly for the sex scenes with a story wrapped around those. If you are hoping for something close to 50 Shades of Grey, my book may disappoint on the number of hot scenes.
The sex scenes in my book are part of the story and integral to character development. They are also not a bunch of flowery euphemisms. I don’t dance around sex scenes and allude to what’s happening. I’m pretty blunt. It’s my writing style. (Just wanted to give you a heads up).
So, there are sex scenes in the book, but also truly funny and truly touching moments. I am really proud of the final result and I can’t wait to share it with all of you … for FREE … starting tomorrow … in exchange for a review … Please!
This is my second to last post before my book becomes available on Amazon on Tuesday (3/4/14). Today I am passing out a free sample.
First, a little synopsis to introduce you to the key players:
He’s such a geek. Ben Gorman is obsessive, smart, strong-willed and on the fast track to his dream of becoming an Army Ranger. He’s also the only geek with a girl. Joelle Welker is perfect for him; a self-proclaimed Jesus freak, who is dedicated to her beliefs and to building a future with Ben. But those plans don’t include his neighbor, Carrie, or Ben’s dedication to her.
They continued down the line till there were only two tulle balls left. She couldn’t see her, but Carrie could feel Joelle’s stare burning a hole in her back. Jealous waves rolled in from the refreshment end of the gym.
More to come starting Tuesday, March 4th!
It’s tough, it’s pink and it’s perfect. It’s the (reworked) cover of my first novel.
The lovely Kim and Kitten at Deranged Doctor Designs spent hours upon hours learning about the characters and the story and then translating them into a cover that will hopefully stand out in the wide literary sea that is Amazon.
It’s becoming a little more real everyday. I’m almost finished with the final edit, which is good, because I need something to go with the cool cover. And I’m making plans to tell the world (or as many people as I can) about it. Which is strange for an introverted writer. At the coffee shop where I had lunch yesterday I worked up the nerve to ask to put a flyer advertising my book on their bulletin board. They not only agreed, but started talking about a possible book signing event – a very unnerving, but very exciting idea. Luckily, I can put that on the back burner for now. I have so much to do before I can even make a signed hard copy real.
My countdown calendar hangs on the wall above my desk. At twenty-five days out I have a cover and a novel, this is good. Now for that crucial final element, readers.
I realize that this story isn’t for everyone, so now I need to find as many of the people who will love it as possible and tell them about it.
Who is it for? It’s for those who love a love story, a happy ending. It’s for those who like their love stories a little more gritty and real. It’s for those who what a different love story, where the girl is not so sweet and the guy is. It’s for those who want to remember high school, doing things you probably shouldn’t have, making the friends who will last a lifetime and for some, first love.
In a nutshell, it’s sweet, it’s silly, and it’s smexy (smart-sexy) . . . and it’s almost here.
Available and an E Book March 4th on Amazon.
|My Cover! Created by me and my Art Director, Digi Phreak (aka Beau Gordon)|