Monday, January 26, 2009

A Ruthless Good coming in Print

I am so thrilled to learn my publisher, New Concepts Publishing, is releasing my latest futuristic romance in print this June. A Ruthless Good, will join the first two books in my series, The Greater Good and The Lesser Evil as print releases. Three books to have for book signings!
Now if I can only figure out what to do about that cover. It's a little too hot for many signing venues. It's too hot to have around the house when my daughter's friends visit. I have mixed feelings about this latest cover. I didn't get any chance to preview it and actually never saw it until the day my book was released in ebook. I know hot covers can be a great selling tool, but I'm afraid the cover may lead some readers to expect a higher sensuality level than the novel actually contains.
What do you think? Have you ever bought a book expecting something carnal and bold and found it to be rather mild instead? I don't want my readers to feel cheated.
But again, I'm so happy about this book coming out in print. My publisher only puts out a few books in print each month so I'm excited that mine is one of them.


  1. Susan,

    I had to hunt for that cover, but oh my!!! Male pattern pubic hair!!! I had to look closely, though.

    At first, I didn't see anything particularly unusual. Now I do, if it bothers you, that's a great place to put a "signed by the author" sticker.

    You could also make up your own starburst/award-like sticker (like the ones USABookNews uses).

    I see that NewConcepts has given it an appropriate rating. You could always use that (the rating) and the NCP definition in your marketing.

    You could put a sticker (again) "This is a SENSUAL book" over the guy's groin.

    All the best,
    Rowena Cherry

  2. As to your question...

    I've never bought a book expecting something carnal.

    I have bought a book expecting something mild.

    best wishes
    Rowena Cherry

  3. Thanks, Rowena, for the great suggestions about the stickers for a book signing. One of my local writing groups provides those local author stickers. It might fit in just the right spot.