Friday, March 23, 2012
Amazon Indie Publishing Venture: Cover Preview for "Chase of a Lifetime"
I had a completely different post planned for today. But the cover artist I've been working with for the new cover for my Amazon indie romance, "Chase of a Lifetime," sent me the first draft this morning.
This isn't just the first draft. It's exactly what I pictured and it's going to now be the final draft. I wanted a simple cover, with just the title and my name. And also a great image of a guy in a cowboy hat since that's a big part of the storyline.
I will be posting more soon. I don't have an exact release date set because I'm going to be getting the copy edits back soon and then I'm giving the book a few final reads to make sure the quality is there. At least my readers know one thing: I've been around for a long time and I know how to edit and get a book out. I've also learned from past mistakes, some of which weren't even my fault but I took the heat anyway. And when you go through experiences like that, you don't forget them...ever. So the quality of this book is top priority. From cover to copy I don't want something that looks as if it was slapped together and uploaded to Amazon. They tell me I can change things even when the book is up. But I'd rather get it right the first time.
Huge thanks to Dawne Dominique for doing this cover. Check out her work and see what I mean.
When Jim Darling graduates from Princeton and goes back home to Texas, he dreads everything ahead of him. He’s almost twenty-one years old, still in the closet, and has never been with a man. Though his father wants him to go to law school so he can join him in his law firm, it’s the last thing Jim wants to do.
On Jim’s first night home, during his college graduation party at his mom and dad’s ranch, he runs into his best friend’s dad, Len Mayfield, a rugged, handsome investment banker in his late thirties who rides horses and wears a cowboy hat when he’s not working as an investment banker. Len’s life isn’t much different from Jim’s. He’s been in the closet forever, he’s trapped in a marriage of convenience with a wife who cheats, and he’s resigned to his circumstances.
That is until Len runs into the grown up version of Jim Darling at the graduation party. What happens after that blossoms into something neither of them ever expected. A long seduction leads to fantastic love-making. There’s enough passion, heartache, and frustration to challenge their fragile relationship in more ways than one after Jim makes a huge mistake.
Will Jim Darling find a way to come clean with his mom and dad so he can find the happiness he’s always wanted? And will Len Mayfield find the courage to finally come out of the closet and walk away from a life that has never made him happy?