Friday, November 30, 2012

New Author Spotlight- Tracey Steinbach

Today we spend some time getting to know first time SCP published author Tracey Steinbach. Her release comes out Tuesday, December 4

Miranda works for the arrogant vampire, Matthias. She lives in a wing of his home so she can be at his beck and call whenever the mood strikes him. Matthias knows that Miranda is his mate but he has no desire to bind himself to a human, fall in love and watch her die, so he keeps his distance. When Miranda asks for a Christmas Tree for the house, he reluctantly agrees. Miranda has an accident before she can get the tree, though and he uses their bond to rescue her.

After Matthias is shot, Miranda must let Matthias feed to regain his strength and possibly save his life. This bonds them closer together. He gives up the fight and throws himself into winning her over. The first thing on his list? Her Christmas Tree.  
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Now onto some of Tracey's secrets-
Least favorite vegetable.  Asparagus

Favorite movie of all time. It took me a long time to answer this. My favorite movie is either The Wizard of Oz or Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

I would love to be able to... write music lyrics that touched someone’s heart.

My super power would be...Speed. How awesome would it be to clean the entire house in 5 minutes?!

Who would play the hero and heroine in your book if ever made it to the big screen? Timothy Olyphant would be my Matthias and Hilary Duff with dark hair would be my Miranda.

Music. I listen to everything from 60’s Motown to 80’s hair bands to country to Breaking Benjamin.

Your idea of a romantic evening/day. A realistic idea would be a night with no kids, dinner out and early to bed. My fantasy would involve candlelight and a walk on the beach.

Chocolate or caffeine? Chocolate

Warm climate or all season's climate? Warm climate

Cruise with significant other or week at a spa (alone)? Cruise with significant other

Night owl or morning person? Night owl

Romantic comedy movie or action packed flick? Action packed flick


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SCP Author Flossie Benton Rogers: What Makes a Great Book Cover?

SCP Author Flossie Benton Rogers:
What Makes a Great Book Cover?

  1. A great book cover draws the reader into the story. It intrigues, compels, and demands to know more. I've heard the "draws in" description several times regarding the cover created by Dawne Dominique for my paranormal romance Wytchfae Runes (WR), a recent release from Secret Cravings Publishing.
  2. The cover artist uses color to depict the mood and tone of the story. Color affects us in a visceral way, just as in real life situations. Hot red revs us up and spells "danger."  The absinthe green hue on the cover of WR denotes mysterious, arcane worlds unseen by human eyes--until now.
  3. An effective cover tells us something about the theme and characters. The WR cover suggests adventure and fantasy. I love the way the artist portrays the hero (strong, sexy) and heroine (witchy, mysterious). 
  4. The cover should provide hints about important elements of the book. Is there a special tree involved? An old house harboring the heroine's secrets? A cat, dog, horse, or other special furry friend? The jagged green lightning on the cover of WR is reminiscent of the etheric energy "scratches" the heroine uses in her craft.
  5. A great cover is pleasing to the eye. I am beyond lucky that Secret Cravings Publishing works with Dawne Dominique to produce such beautiful work. You can see a plethora of gorgeous covers at the SCP website below. 

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