It's amazing to see my name on the cover of a novel. Amazing. What a dream come true but don't pinch me! I've seen my name on the covers of my children's picture books (also thrilling) but this novel is something I've worked on since I penned the end in June 2009. I set it aside for nearly three years and turned to kidlit after a horrific family tragedy but got back to it last year. I'm so happy I resurrected it and pitched to Debby Gilbert, Senior Editor of Soul Mate Publishing, last spring. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in me, Debby!
I'm really happy with the cover which represents the three women well. I'd love to hear your thoughts. My women's fiction features Suzy, Alexandra (Alex), and Hope who've known one another since high school and meet over drinks at Coconuts on Thursdays--get it?!--to cope with life's many mishaps and crises. My novel is also laced with plenty of romance, humor and suspense.
As the weeks go by, I'll be sharing behind-the-scenes info, hooks, excerpts, and progress toward a release date. I actually asked that my April release date be pushed back to summer. Horrors, I know. No author asks that. What was I thinking?! But we were in Florida in the middle of a remodeling project, had company for weeks, and most importantly, my daughter's upcoming May wedding. I knew there was no way I could appropriately edit nor market it, so Debby graciously agreed to push it back (even if she did think I was a bit off kilter!)
Here's the blurb, which I tweak constantly and will probably change tomorrow! Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section.
As the go-to wedding planner, Suzy cannot find her own wedded bliss. Her wedding day is a shocker, complete with family betrayals. She deftly coordinates weddings for neurotic brides and a racist, pretentious mother of the bride, while still pining for her high school sweetheart. Oh, and her son brings home a bombshell all the way from Europe.
Alex, a marketer with a “touch” of OCD, falls for a bad-boy cop who's married and possibly stalking her--but he sure is sexy. She tries to stay at arm’s length after she puts her job—and life—on the line for the officer who isn’t always a gentleman. Will she be able to resist their chemistry and the danger that surrounds him?
Hope hates her name, looks and frizzy hair. As a high school counselor, she dishes out sage advice to students, yet can’t see she’s enabling her deadbeat, stuck-in-the-seventies hippie parents. After tragedy strikes, she reexamines their relationship and discovers a secret that almost went to the grave.
Friends since high school, the thirty-something women meet every Thursday at Coconuts for their own form of friendapy.
Nice cover! You must be thrilledReplyDelete
Thank you, MJ. I am. I wanted all three women and not guys on this cover since women's fiction is mainly about the inner workings of their relationship (with plenty of romance, humor and suspense) and guys along the way!ReplyDelete
Nothing like your first cover. This is lovely!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Lauren. Christy did a great job!Delete
Love the cover! It communicates the theme perfectly.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Sharon. You're always such a great supporter!Delete
I'm so excited! This is a wonderful cover. I'll be sure to retweet and facebook your info for this new book of yours. I'm very proud of you and to call you friend. We really need to get together soon and catch up. I also want to hear about the shower and wedding plans. Proud of you.ReplyDelete
Aw, Tierney. You're a sweetheart. Thank you. I'm proud to know you as well. Yes, let's plan lunch or coffee after the shower!Delete
I love the concept and the cover. Hope it sells lots.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Maggie. I love your name!Delete
Love the cover, Beth!! From the blurb, it looks like it fits perfectly. I know how excited you are. :) Every step along the way is a thrill, and I'm so happy for you!ReplyDelete
Thanks for being such a good friend, Jan. I'm glad you like it. :) It is thrilling, isn't it?!!Delete
Lovely cover and love the titleReplyDelete
Thank you, Sarah. I'm enjoying getting to know you!Delete
I like the cover and think it conveys a lot about the book!ReplyDelete
Yay! Glad to hear that, Fredricka. Thank you.Delete
Congratulations, Beth. Terrific cover--it represents the story so well. All the best--So exciting for you!! Barb BettisReplyDelete
Thank you, Barb. You've had an exciting year, too. Yippee!!Delete
Beautiful cover. The book sounds wonderful.ReplyDelete
Thanks much, Sophia!ReplyDelete
Love the cover, Beth! This looks and sounds like a winner! I want to read it NOW! :-)ReplyDelete
You just made my day, Kate!!! Thank you. Hopefully, it'll be available this summer!ReplyDelete
I love the cover. Good luck with both the book and the wedding.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Susan! I appreciate your support and words of encouragement. It's a crazy, busy, fun time for sure!Delete
Congratulations, Beth! On having a beautiful cover, and on having the book published!ReplyDelete
Thanks. It's still being edited, Sylvia, but should be out this summer. Exciting times! Thanks for stopping by.Delete
Love the cover! Congratulations! Can't wait to read the book when it comes out. You are doing well and I'm happy for you.ReplyDelete
Thank you, VJ. You know how exciting this process is. :)Delete
Lovely Bethie! I can hardly wait to read it! What fun!!!ReplyDelete
Yippee. Glad you like it, fellow women's fiction novelist! I can't wait to read yours!!Delete
LOVE the cover! LOVE the premise. Can't wait to read. Did see a couple of edits in your blurb. Will email you. Hugs!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Angela. You can't imagine how many times I've revised that blurb. I'll look forward to your suggestions!Delete
Looks great, Beth. How exciting for you! Wishing you all the best with the book (and the wedding.)ReplyDelete
The perfect cover for your story.ReplyDelete
I loved the blurb too. Sounds like a great read.
Yay! You gals know how to make my day. Thanks, Kaye.Delete
Hi Beth - Love the cover. Looking forward to reading your book.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lora!!! I appreciate your support.Delete
I can't wait to read the WHOLE book, Beth. Loved the beginning. And the cover is perfect. It just says it all. So happy for you.ReplyDelete
YAY! The beginning has probably changed slightly since you read it, Shirley, and I can't wait for you to read the entire book either. Congrats to you on your contract(s)!!!Delete
Great cover. Will be looking forwarding to reading Thursdays At Coconuts.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Janet. I can always count on your sweet support!Delete
Very pretty cover! So descriptive of the contents of your novel. So proud and happy for you, Beth. Looking forward to reading it. What a great birthday present for you!ReplyDelete
Carol Holmes (Mom)
Mom!! You figured our how to comment! Yay. Thank you for your sweet comments. Love you.ReplyDelete
Let me add my name to the ones of those who like your cover. I love the realism. The people look like "real women".ReplyDelete
I appreciate that comment, Chuck. It's great to have a guy's perspective. Thank you.Delete
Your cover is beautiful, Beth! I can't wait to read this book.Looking forward to it.ReplyDelete