Cover reveal, Third Strike’s the Charm

It’s sort of still Monday…well, it is still Monday in Hawaii, or will be for 7 more minutes as of this writing. I had a very busy day today, and I don’t have any new photos for you, so I didn’t think I’d get my post done. But I wanted to try. I booted my computer just now and scanned my work email. In it was the cover art for Third Strike’s the Charm! Perfect for a blog post.

I was so nervous about opening it. I gave the artist a lot of direction. I wanted it to fit the book into books of similar types. I wanted it to be flirty. I wanted a beach. I wanted a big guy. I sent her a lot of art from the stock source the publisher uses, but I never found the right hair for the woman. The heroine is Latina. The hero is an athlete, a major-league pitcher. Of course he’s handsome; it’s a romance. Well, the artist found the perfect couple. It’s weird because Cara has cool undertones to her skin. I did not specify that to the artist. I’m not crazy or a diva. (I don’t think.) But wow, the cover gal has it.

I’m totally over the moon about this. Enough talk, here it is.

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I’m working on the galleys now. I proofread by reading backwards one sentence at a time. That took me 6 days. Now I’m reading it forwards. That goes a lot faster! I can only fix typos now. But I am requesting a few slightly longer changes here and there. For the longer changes, I counted out letters so that the replacement words won’t change the layout. I really wanted to add a thought, and I wrote it out several ways until I could get the number of characters to fit in the space. That’s an interesting way to write! LOL I hope the editor lets me make those few changes even though they are not just typos.

I also read the manuscript backwards during the second edit and that time I made a lot of changes. It’s okay to make changes at that point (as long as your editor approves.) It was so revealing to read it that way that I have written it into my process. I’m always going to read the book backwards now when I’m editing, actually before I submit to an editor in the first place.

I love polishing. It’s my favorite part.

Getting the cover, when it’s just what I want, is also very fun.

Have a great week. Tomorrow I plan to go outside and get some photos for Friday’s post.

Teaser 3, Another Shot At Love, Niecey Roy

Here’s another teaser, but guess what? Another Shot At Love just became available on Amazon Kindle!

~~Teaser Blast ~~


Series – What’s Love???
Book #1
Author: Niecey Roy
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Expected Publication November 2013

~~ Teaser~~

“Gennie-bear, you want another bite of this
cupcake? You can use my fork,” Brent said and held it out to me. With his saliva on it.

I had no idea where his mouth had been lately. Gross.

I shook my head. “Uh, no thanks. I’m good.
I’ll get another fork.” I said and shoved my chair back so hard it made a loud, screeching noise across the floor. I smiled an apology before I escaped and wondered how I could prolong the simple task of retrieving a fork.

I took my time at the counter talking to Melanie about the weather, about cupcake batter and about where she got her plastic forks, anything to delay my return to the table. When Lexie sent me the twin death glare, I sighed and went back to the table.

Brent had eaten half of my Lemon Drop cupcake.

“That one was really good,” he said and sent me a sparkly smile.

I almost stabbed him with my fork, but the bell above the door jingled and I looked up to see Matt standing there.

The light flooding through behind him tipped his dark hair in gold. I nearly sighed. Was it weird I thought I heard sirens and angels singing? There he was, my knight in shining armor, saving me again.

I threw the fork down and bounded from my chair. It tipped backward, but the sound of it crashing to the floor was muffled as everything else faded to the background. I rushed into his arms and he caught me to his chest with a deep laugh and it reverberated through my body like a bass drum. His arms circled around me, wrapping me in his warmth and I breathed in the scent of him, my face feeling like it might crack with my smile.

His cheek rested against my temple and I sighed, content. Would my heart ever stop racing when my eyes caught sight of
him? I hoped not. It was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time.

“You came,” I whispered, not willing to let
him go.

“Did you doubt I would?” He dropped a kiss to the tip of my nose, sending shivers down my spine, the butterflies knocking like mad into each other inside my stomach.

~~ Blurb ~~

Imogen Gorecki has a problem—her twin sister just got engaged, and guess who’s the best man? That’s right, her scum-of-an-ex-boyfriend whom she caught cheating with a bottle-blonde, with fake breasts and a stripper’s flexibility. There’s a disturbing possibility her eyes will never recover.

Gen needs a date for the engagement party, but finding Mr. Perfect in a time crunch is proving impossible. Just when she’s about to give up, she face-plants into the crotch of the sexiest guy she’s ever met.

Matt Sesnick is everything Gen wants in a man —except he’s not interested in a relationship. Can she convince Matt to take another shot at love, or will Gen’s pregnant, hormonal older sister, her bridezilla twin, and all of her past Mr. Wrongs get in the way of their happily-ever-after?

Niecey here!!! Thank you so much for stopping by to read another teaser excerpt for Another Shot At Love. The book is set to release in November. If you’d like to get Book Release Updates and my Monthly Newsletters, please sign up for my Newsletter by clicking on my name and then on the sidebar at my website 🙂

Smooches!!!

Niecey