BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS Now on Sale at Amazon, etc + Contest News

BEER cover smallBusy week for me! I wanted to send an update with all the latest in one handy spot since my last post.

BEER AND GROPING now available on the following third party sites!

If you have a preferred third party site not listed, please let me know! And if you’ve already purchased it, thank you!!! Also I’d love any tags, likes, etc on Amazon and B&N that you feel up to throwing my way :)

Latest guest posts

Contest News

Heard back from the last two contests MUST LOVE BREECHES finaled in, and it won second place in the paranormal category of the Valley of the Sun’s Hot Prospects contest, and won first place in the fantasy/futuristic category of SpacecoasT Authors of Romance’s Launching A Star contest! And I’d like to give a shout out to the winner in the Valley of the Sun contest, because it was none other than my Beta buddy and RWA roomie Jami Gold! In fact, she was also the grand prize winner!!! Congrats Jami!

Six Sentence Sunday – 12/23/12

header

Welcome to #SixSunday! I’m going to be traveling today, so I probably won’t get to everyone until tonight. But regardless, I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

Today’s Six Sunday I’m continuing with my upcoming release, BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS is now out!!

This is in the heroine’s POV and they’ve now moved up to her hotel suite. We’re picking up exactly where we left off last week. He came back from getting bottles of beer and hovered behind her:

His warm breath sighed in her ear. “God, you look so beautiful.”

He leaned onto the railing, his strong arms framing her, the glass bottles in his hands dinging against the metal. He nuzzled her neck, his nose pushing her hair aside, fresh shivers zinging over her. His lips grazed the sensitive skin behind her ear, the only point of contact between them.

The heat and tension bloomed in the space between their bodies, acting like a magnetic force.

I’m also available for guest posts, so if any of you have slots available on your blog for hosting me, I’d love to be a guest :) Just shoot me an email at angela [at] angelaquarles [dot] com

goodreads-badge-add-plus-8aed1006260a5092a7ebb2a64fe3968c

To see snippets from others who are participating or to sign up yourself, visit here.

Thank you to everyone who comes by and comments each week! 

Six Sentence Sunday – 12/16/12

header

Welcome to #SixSunday!

Today’s Six Sunday I’m continuing with my upcoming release, BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS due out this Wednesday!! In fact you can now pre-order it from the publisher! (Doing the happy dance!)

I also got my first book blogger review, from Angie J at Twinsie Talk Book Reviews, which garnered this awesome quote:

Ok so this book is sooo fun. It is a quick 46 page ecopy book but it is filled with sarcasm, wit, sexiness and a lot of humor…The sexual tension in the story is great. I was laughing in the beginning and then saying “Hawt” towards the middle. When they finally *cough cough* well you know, it was gooood reading

This is in the heroine’s POV and they’ve now moved up to her hotel suite. He’s left her on the balcony for a moment to get them more beers:

She soaked in the city’s multicolored lights, let the crisp night air wash over her, and reveled in being in this moment and feeling it. Lord, how numb she’d let herself become. Like a ghost limb that had fallen asleep and suddenly tingled with awareness.

The sound of the French doors closing and his footsteps signaled this moment’s next phase. She smiled. Anticipating his body beside hers again, a thrill shot up her spine when his hard, masculine presence hovered behind her instead.

I’m also kicking off a blog tour tomorrow, so if any of you have slots available on your blog for hosting me, I’d love to be a guest :) Just shoot me an email at angela [at] angelaquarles [dot] com

preorder_button

goodreads-badge-add-plus-8aed1006260a5092a7ebb2a64fe3968c

To see snippets from others who are participating or to sign up yourself, visit here.

Thank you to everyone who comes by and comments each week! 

Six Sentence Sunday – 12/9/12

header

Welcome to #SixSunday!

Today’s Six Sunday I’m continuing with my upcoming release, BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS due out December 19. As we’re getting closer to the due date, things are starting to happen! You can now add it to your Goodreads shelf, and I’ve also created a page for it on my website which will have updated buy links as they become available.

This is in her POV and she’s describing the fit of Riley’s khakis:

Not too tight, not too loose, but just right. Just call her Goldilocks of the Khaki Admirers. After all, a girl enjoyed a glimpse of firm butt. Speaking of which, she’d need to peek later.

But what attracted her most were his warm, intelligent, bourbon-brown eyes. She’d had a hard time looking into them during dinner, like she’d overexpose or singe herself, or worse, like they’d penetrate to the stark loneliness she buried so deep within.

And last weekend, I had fun creating a trailer for BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS!

I’m also kicking off a blog tour on December 17 and if any of you have slots available on your blog for hosting me, I’d love to be a guest :) Just shoot me an email at angela [at] angelaquarles [dot] com

goodreads-badge-add-plus-8aed1006260a5092a7ebb2a64fe3968c

To see snippets from others who are participating or to sign up yourself, visit here.

Thank you to everyone who comes by and comments each week! 

Six Sentence Sunday – 12/2/12

Welcome to #SixSunday!

Today’s Six Sunday I’m continuing with my upcoming release, BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS due out December 19. As we’re getting closer to the due date, things are starting to happen! You can now add it to your Goodreads shelf, and I’ve also created a page for it on my website which will have updated buy links as they become available.

Things went so well at dinner, that Mirjam’s invited him up to her room. They’re now in the elevator and he’s just finished asking her if she was sure she wanted this (he’s holding her face looking at her). This is in her POV:

Tapping into a seldom-used, inner streak of boldness, she moved her head and kissed his palm. Her tongue darted out, tracing his lifeline. His breath hitched, and she swore his rich, brown eyes darkened.

Wham. She glommed onto him like white plastic on a Stormtrooper, shamelessly pressing against his body, groping and kissing. He groaned, a good groan, cinched his arms around her waist, and spun them until her back hit the elevator wall.

About BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS. Official blurb and cover:

Can a djinn and a magic slot machine bring two geeks together?

Riley McGregor is a geek trapped in a Good Ole Boy body and as owner of a microbrewery, smart chicks never look at him twice.

Rejected by a geek who wanted to “trade up,” Mirjam Linna would rather immerse herself in work than be the girlfriend-of-the-moment. Stranded in a Vegas hotel, she accidentally makes a wish—a night of hot sex with the man of her dreams. It’s granted. She agrees to dinner, but afterward, she’ll say thanks, but no thanks, and see what’s on the SyFy channel. But when they meet, they’re surprised to find they had a shared connection in their past. Sparks fly as these two learn to be in the moment, be themselves and find love.

Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Monty Python, Firefly and Marvin the Martian will enjoy this romantic comedy.

 

goodreads-badge-add-plus-8aed1006260a5092a7ebb2a64fe3968c

To see snippets from others who are participating or to sign up yourself, visit here.

Thank you to everyone who comes by and comments each week! 

Six Sentence Sunday – 11/25/12

Welcome to #SixSunday! For my American friends, I hope you had a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday! I will be traveling back today, but hope to visit everyone either before I leave or after I return.

Today’s Six Sunday I’m continuing with my upcoming release, BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS due out December 19. We’re skipping ahead to later. Riley is with his blind date having dinner and they’re getting along well. Riley’s the first to talk and we’re in Riley’s POV:

Their conversation meandered to the endless Hollywood remakes. “My theory on the whole thing is…Well, it’s…Jeez, what’s the alcohol content of this beer anyway?” He peered at the frosted mug as if it were stenciled on the glass.

“Spit it out, Miss Anne Elk.”

His head jerked up. A Monty Python fan?

About BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS. Official blurb and cover:

Can a djinn and a magic slot machine bring two geeks together?

Riley McGregor is a geek trapped in a Good Ole Boy body and as owner of a microbrewery, smart chicks never look at him twice.

Rejected by a geek who wanted to “trade up,” Mirjam Linna would rather immerse herself in work than be the girlfriend-of-the-moment. Stranded in a Vegas hotel, she accidentally makes a wish—a night of hot sex with the man of her dreams. It’s granted. She agrees to dinner, but afterward, she’ll say thanks, but no thanks, and see what’s on the SyFy channel. But when they meet, they’re surprised to find they had a shared connection in their past. Sparks fly as these two learn to be in the moment, be themselves and find love.

Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Monty Python, Firefly and Marvin the Martian will enjoy this romantic comedy.

To see snippets from others who are participating or to sign up yourself, visit here.

Thank you to everyone who comes by and comments each week! 

Six Sentence Sunday – 11/18/12

Welcome to #SixSunday!

Today’s Six Sunday I’m continuing with my upcoming release, BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS due out December 19. We’re skipping ahead to later, when the hero is being escorted to meet Mirjam, his blind date (and the one featured the last two weeks):

[Riley's] date faced the far wall, head tilted to the full moon looming above. Torchlight flickered across the ash-blonde hair tumbling down her back. He swallowed hard. Shit, if he were the romantic type, he’d be in hog heaven with this setting.

She slowly turned and faced him.

His breath caught. Dear God, he was in heaven.

About BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS. Official blurb and cover:

Can a djinn and a magic slot machine bring two geeks together?

Riley McGregor is a geek trapped in a Good Ole Boy body and as owner of a microbrewery, smart chicks never look at him twice.

Rejected by a geek who wanted to “trade up,” Mirjam Linna would rather immerse herself in work than be the girlfriend-of-the-moment. Stranded in a Vegas hotel, she accidentally makes a wish—a night of hot sex with the man of her dreams. It’s granted. She agrees to dinner, but afterward, she’ll say thanks, but no thanks, and see what’s on the SyFy channel. But when they meet, they’re surprised to find they had a shared connection in their past. Sparks fly as these two learn to be in the moment, be themselves and find love.

Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Monty Python, Firefly and Marvin the Martian will enjoy this romantic comedy.

To see snippets from others who are participating or to sign up yourself, visit here.

Thank you to everyone who comes by and comments each week! 

Six Sentence Sunday – 11/11/12

Welcome to #SixSunday! I’m sorry I didn’t make it around to y’all last Sunday, I’m going to make a herculean effort to do so today!

Today’s Six Sunday I’m continuing with my upcoming release, BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS due out December 19. Last week featured the first 6 lines, and today we’re picking up exactly where we left off:

“Er, nice costume,” Mirjam ventured.

“Thanks,” came the muffled reply.

The elevator swooped to a stop on the mezzanine level. A pirate and a Ghostbuster stepped on and pushed the lobby button. Mirjam angled back to avoid being knocked over by the guy’s Proton Pack.

“Convention?” Mirjam asked the caterpillar and it rewarded her with a nod.

About BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS. Official blurb and cover:

Can a djinn and a magic slot machine bring two geeks together?

Riley McGregor is a geek trapped in a Good Ole Boy body and as owner of a microbrewery, smart chicks never look at him twice.

Rejected by a geek who wanted to “trade up,” Mirjam Linna would rather immerse herself in work than be the girlfriend-of-the-moment. Stranded in a Vegas hotel, she accidentally makes a wish—a night of hot sex with the man of her dreams. It’s granted. She agrees to dinner, but afterward, she’ll say thanks, but no thanks, and see what’s on the SyFy channel. But when they meet, they’re surprised to find they had a shared connection in their past. Sparks fly as these two learn to be in the moment, be themselves and find love.

Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Monty Python, Firefly and Marvin the Martian will enjoy this romantic comedy.

 

To see snippets from others who are participating or to sign up yourself, visit here.

Thank you to everyone who comes by and comments each week! 

Six Sentence Sunday – 11/4/12

Welcome to #SixSunday!

Today’s Six Sunday I”m leaving STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY to focus on my upcoming release, BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS due out December 19. Here’s the cover and the first 6 lines:

Mirjam rubbed the tiredness from her eyes, but the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland still occupied the Rivenbark Hotel & Casino elevator with her. She blinked and squinted. Yep, and life-size. Complete with hookah.

Plastic squeaked against glass as the caterpillar shifted to make more room. It made eye contact.

To see snippets from others who are participating or to sign up yourself, visit here.

Thank you to everyone who comes by and comments each week! 

Working With a Cover Artist–Lessons Learned from Working in the Web Design Industry

I thought I’d share my limited experience of working with a cover artist by talking about how I communicated what I wanted, which I pulled from my experience of being on the designer end for over a decade, albeit in web design.

So, Monday evening I shared my new cover for my first release ever, BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS. As I stated in that post, I love the cover. Here’s how I increased the odds I’d love it.

Communicate what you mean

So many times back when I worked in web design, we’d get frustrated with clients who couldn’t communicate what they wanted and would basically say “I don’t have time. I’m not an artist, just make me something edgy.”  Or “I’ll know what I want when I see it.” Oh boy. Lots of times our definition of “edgy” did NOT match theirs. Quickly we began honing our interrogation techniques questions we’d ask so that we could get a good idea of what the client actually meant. We also made sure to ask things about what they hated (even specific colors) and to ask if there were any strong dislikes up the chain (nothing sucked worse than creating three mockups, going back and forth with the client until one of the three matched what they wanted, going into production and creating the graphics for the website and then when the decision-maker up the chain who couldn’t be bothered to be a part of the original negotiations finally looked at the fully-functioning-ready-to-make-live website and the predominate color is green, AND THEY HATE GREEN. Argh.)

Things I took away from that experience that could apply to communicating with cover artists:

  1. Try to come up with words that convey the mood and style you want.
  2. Realize that your definition of those words might not be the same as the artist’s
  3. If there’s anyone whose opinion matters to you, get their input in the beginning
  4. Communicate any strong dislikes. What if you hate the color green and the whole background of your cover is green? Is that the artist’s fault if you failed to mention it? No. And now you’re in a position where you’re going to have to decide whether to suck it up, or negotiate with the artist and potentially ruining your working relationship

There’s trust in this relationship. You’re trusting an artist to create a visual representation of your work. But there’s trust happening on the other end too: the artist is trusting that you’re communicating fully with him/her and that all the hard work they’re about to do won’t be wasted and have to be thrown out because you couldn’t communicate effectively.

Anyway, with all this in my background I was acutely aware of being on the other end for a change. The publisher gives the authors a good detailed questionnaire to help with this process, but that’s only as good as what the author chooses to put in there as answers. Some must not be very communicative, because when I complimented the cover artist for nailing it, she said “You were very concise with your descriptions on your CA, so I have you to thank for that.”

So what did I put in there?

You might think from what she said that I was specific as to what the cover should look like precisely, i.e. “I’d like a guy and girl playfully touching foreheads, a beer bottle in the foreground and a Welcome to Vegas sign in the background.” Nope.

Instead I listed elements that were part of the story and let the artist figure out how best to represent it. I also included excerpts of description and setting in case it was relevant.

So what did she mean by concise?

Part of the questionnaire asked what we’d like to see on our cover and part of my answer had this:

Font: Nice, clean font.

Imagery: Not too busy

Mood: Light, sexy, funny

But remember the client who wanted “edgy”? Everyone has different definitions for these terms, so with that in mind, I expanded on what I meant by these in the rest of the questionnaire. So in the next question, which asked what we didn’t like, I used that area to expand on two of these to help illustrate my definitions of these. I stated that I didn’t want the scripty type fonts and inserted covers to show what I meant. I then also inserted covers to illustrate what I meant by “too busy”

And then in the optional section where it asked for a cover that I liked, I knew I couldn’t find a cover that had my mood or had specifics to fit, so instead I used it to show designs I liked that helped illustrate what I liked as far as style. And I used covers from the same publisher so I could stay realistic as far as what could be done. (In other words, I knew there wasn’t a budget for setting up a photo shoot with models). Here was what I put:

Here are some covers where I think the cover looks classy, clean (clean as in not too busy) etc. NOTE: These are meant to convey what I mean by classy and clean—obviously the mood and content of these wouldn’t necessarily work for mine. And again, not saying others aren’t classy and clean, only that this is what I consider it to mean–everyone has different definitions, so just letting you know mine ;)

And on the first go, she came back with exactly what I wanted! Yay! And because I’m still just so dang excited, and it seems fitting to do so, I’ll close with the end result:

To sum it up, even in this aspect of the book business, it’s best to show not tell ;)

One cover does not an expert make, so please, use the comments to help expand my limited experience with yours! Have you worked with cover artists before? What are some tips you have for helping this process go smooth and end with a wonderful cover? Do you have any horror stories to share as cautionary tales?