Delighted to see Fall Hard, my novel set in Iceland, is now up on Amazon! It won’t be out until September, alas, but isn’t that pretty? I just love what cover artist, Kanaxa, did with those brooding skies. (or should that be ?)
And here’s the blurb:
Some memories are better off lost in the mist…
Eight months ago, British academic Paul Ansell lost his lover—and all the memories of their time together—in an accident at Iceland’s Gullfoss Falls. Returning to the misty island country to resume his study of the bloodthirsty Viking Egil Skallagrimsson is tough as he struggles to pull his life back together.
First, there’s his colleague, Mags, who treats him like glass, and summer student Alex, who peppers him with discomforting questions. Then there’s Icelandic jet-boat driver Viggo, a tattooed, modern-day Viking who won’t say much about how they know each other. Leaving Paul to wonder if their volcanic attraction is fuelled by a desire to make a fresh start, or desperation to forget the past.
As more fragments of his lost memories fall into place, Paul is unsure if he can trust himself, much less anyone around him. And he begins to suspect his accident was nothing of the kind.
Warning: Contains a modern-day Viking whose boat has V8 engines for oars, and a harsh land of hot springs and hotter passions that won’t forgive any false steps.
ETA: Is it just me, or is Viggo staring at Jude's crotch, there? ;P
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So what's Edward up to this time? Linda may have to wait through a few alternative explanations before he reveals his overall plan.
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Terms Searched: Essentially, I searched for "horses" and "broken legs", "horses" "shooting injured horses", "World War I" got some of what I was looking for: I found articles that discussed how injured/suffering horses were dealt with in WWI and general information on why broken legs are bad news for them. I also found on Wikipedia the American Academy of Neurology's grading-scale for concussions, which I'm using as a reference. However, some of the questions I have here are a bit too specific/unusual for Google.
(Warning, somewhat grim discussion of unpleasant horse death/injury below the cut)
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Thank you to anyone who can help me with this, as I know those questions are a bit detailed and specific. Just want to make sure the story is as realistic as possible.
There’s nothing like a great cover to draw the reader in. I admit to being as influenced as any other reader to pick things up because they’re pretty. However, if the contents don’t live up to the advertisement, the covers also lose something.
Therefore, I found this topic a bit more difficult than most Top Ten Tuesdays. Now, if the topic were “intriguing covers that tempt me to read the book”, I could furnish you with a top twenty.
Edit: I was exploring other posts for this week’s meme and when I saw 1Q84 on the list at caitlinsternwrites, I was reminded of this excellent TED talk, by Chip Kidd, who designed the covers of 1Q84 and Jurassic Park, among myriad others. Definitely a revealing talk for anyone interested in the process of bookselling.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacquline Kelly – Love the woodcut look.
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly – The book has been through several covers and, sadly, this one came out after I’d bought my copy.
After by Amy Efaw – Simplicity shows so much. Gorgeous.
Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon – Down to the “distressed” corners, I love this cover.
Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon – Three layers of dust jackets reflect the content of the essays inside.
Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – Technically, I’m still reading this one, but I hope to be forgiven.
Beauty and the Beast, illustrations by Robert Sabuda – This author’s pop-up books are divine. I bought this book sight-unseen.
Parasol Protectorate Series – the whole series is fabulous, and here’s a “making” video for the third, Blameless.
What are some of your favourite book covers?
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Paranormal bromance -- a supernatural-roommates story that focuses on how living with that circumstance would inform a modern life: How do you shave when you have no reflection? If you turn into a wolf in the city do you need to bring someone along to scoop your poop? Would you get fired for eating your annoying boss?
Not that I have any elevators to pitch this in at the moment, but there's something to be said for having at least found a jumping-off point to start explaining WTF it is that I'm doing, here...
- Current Mood: aggravated
…and it didn’t show up, my apologies! My site was attacked by some spambots ande everything got all wonky. What a mess. Thankfully my SUPER awesome web guy Mark is on the case, and things seem to be up and running again. We’re going to implement some things to hopefully keep it from happening again. Fingers crossed!
Anyway, while you’re here (or reading this, or whatever) I’ve updated my THE MOON AND MORE page with some background info about where I got the idea for the book. (Spoiler: it involves a shirtless pool guy. No, really!) You can read more here.
Two weeks until pub day. I don’t think there’s enough chocolate and coffee to calm me down, but I’ll certainly be finding out. Whew!
Have a good day, everyone!
Location: Vancouver, Canada (phone calls would be made within the city)
Terms googled: many combinations of telephone, trace/tracing, call, history, police, all of which return many hits for how to trace your current phone history; have skimmed several articles about the history of telephones in general and in the 1950s/1940s; any suggestions for google searches also welcomed
(I'm sure somebody will say this is God's punishment on countries tolerating gay marriage or some such unbiblical tosh. I refuse to believe in a God who would do something like that - surely that's a God made in man's image? The God I believe in will be with the rescuers and the medical workers and the comforters, weeping tears with them.)
Mr Thomas Monins, a wine cooper at Dover. Upon the death of Sir Edward Monins of Waldershire in Kent, Bart. the title descended to the deceased, but he would not take it upon him, however his eldest son, 'tis said, will.
Mr Robert Bristow, aged 105, at Stamford, Lincolnshire, [He had lost his Hearing, but had his Sight and other Senses to the last.]
Full details of the (sadly defunct) project that put these and other gems of journals online here: ILEJ, the "Internet Library of Early Journals".