There are several oh wow, jump about like a demented loon moments on the road to publication. That moment you type those fabulous two words The End.
The moment you hit send on your submission and then after days, or weeks of frantic inbox stalking you get the, we would like to publish, e-mail. Then there is the day you sign the contract, fill in in the all-important cover art request form, get your edits, and of course Release Day!
All of those are squee worthy moments, but the one I tend to get the most excited about in the run up to Release Day is Cover Art day.
The moment the cover artist takes my rambling requests and turns them into a thing of sheer beauty.
This was my description of the hero for Awoken by the Sheikh:
Rashid, Arab, 34, successful businessman, 6’ 2’’, muscular, harsh features, stubble on jaw, scar over right eye, brown eyes, long straight black hair, chest hair
I added a description for the heroine and some vague ideas for the cover and simply asked her to work her magic.
This was my visual inspiration for Rashid.
And here he is seen through the heroine’s eyes.
The small army of servants glided out of the room as quietly as they had entered. They bowed to the impossibly tall man dressed in western clothing. Layla’s whispered words in Arabic brought a fleeting smile to his harsh features, and Astrid swallowed nervously when the full force of his hazel eyes settled on her. The man was sex-on-legs gorgeous, if you liked that sort of thing. Not that you do, remember. Long, straight black hair framed a strong face, with perfect cheekbones, and a prominent nose. Dark stubble lined his jaw and full lips that promised sinful delights. The faint scar over one eye simply accentuated the air of quiet power and strength in his gaze, which settled entirely on her, and made her breathing speed up against her will. Apparently she was not as immune to the whole bad boy look as she thought she was. Astrid bit her lip to stop the groan that threatened to rise from deep within her when he moved toward the low table in front of her bed. He picked up one ripe strawberry and popped it into his sensual mouth. His knowing gaze never once left her face.
The simple movement drew her attention toward the subtle play of muscles visible through the tight fit of the plain t-shirt. His biceps strained the fabric surrounding them. Light trousers left little to the imagination, as his thighs flexed under the thin cotton when he straightened up again with the lithe grace of a predator. Astrid had to remind herself to keep breathing. There was no mistaking the bulge in his crotch. She glimpsed it briefly before she forced her eyes back up to his face hastily, lest he had noticed her staring.
I’m still dreaming. I have to be or hallucinating or something. What was in that drink Anna gave me?
This is the cover I got
To say I squealed would be an understatement I tell you. This is so Rashid. 🙂
She did a fabulous job, and that, right there is why I just LOVE Cover Art Day. To see your characters come alive like this…. Priceless.
Awoken by the Sheikh releases Friday 5th September and I can’t wait for you all to meet him.
Here’s the Blurb:
Loosen up and awake your inner Sex Goddess … call it services to sisterhood.
The mere thought of an all-expenses paid trip to a tropical island of sexual abandonment makes straight laced school teacher Astrid break out in a heat rash.
What fantasies is she supposed to live out, exactly? You kinda need to have them to re-enact them, right? However, she can’t really turn down a birthday present, even if her outrageous best friend would let her.
Everything changes when she wakes up in her very own Arabian Fantasy. Prince Rashid expects her complete obedience, and Astrid can’t help but respond to the demands of the enigmatic Sheikh. Maybe it’s just the ambience of this place but Astrid finds new strength in her submission, and the sex is out of this world.
What happens, however, when reality beckons? Can she hold onto the fantasy?
Until next time. Stay naughty, folks.