Some reviews.

Ahem, I’ve had some down time this week, where my brain was not able to coherently put words together, thus I was able to increase my reading and television watching pursuits (mostly under the name of research).

The Best Offer

So, I watched this with a view towards the Heist book. ¬†BTW, you can follow some of my ‘research’ via my Pinterest board for the manuscript, if you want to. ¬†While I did see the ‘twist’ coming from a literal mile away, I enjoyed the ride and thought the characters were all interesting. ¬†While the pacing was a bit slow, the locations were stunning (like, I want to live in Geoffrey Rush’s apartment) and the acting was fabulous. ¬†It’s one to recommend for your parents (and I mean that in a good way).

The Last Panthers

Meh. ¬†Another one for my Heist research. ¬†While the pilot episode starts big (a jewelry heist, completed almost to precision), my interest quickly waned to the point that I didn’t finish watching. ¬†No offense to foreign productions, but I think they sometimes suffer from what keeps more mainstream shows interesting (in this instance, better casting, faster editing, and more precise pacing). ¬†Whereas in my book (and Danny Ocean’s team), I want you to root for the ‘bad guys’ (i.e. the guys who want to steal a painting), in The Last Panthers, there is really nothing engaging about a single member of the team. Perhaps if I keep watching I would’ve got a backstory or something, but honestly, at the twenty-minute mark, I didn’t care about any of them. ¬†Also, I understand the idea of shooting something ‘gritty,’ but think there should be a difference between straight up ugly and stylized. ¬†Pass.

The Pisces

I don’t like to knock another author’s work, but sometimes it’s called for. ¬†With a frankly obnoxious protagonist and overall representation of women that is categorically disturbing, an overuse of the word ‘cock’ and (spoiler alert) an avoidable death of a dog (honestly!!!), I skimmed through this ‘merman erotica’ (no, seriously) on the first afternoon of my flu. ¬†Of course, the book is not presented as merman erotica, but that’s more or less what it turns into (with some terrible antiheroes along the way). ¬†The ending is also a¬†¬†¬Į\_(„ÉĄ)_/¬Į where I’m fairly certain the writer gave up and the editor didn’t seem to care. ¬†It’s rare that I would actively avoid an author based on one novel, but that’s what The Pisces was for me.

What have you been reading or watching recently?

Week by numbers.

It’s been awhile, yes? ¬†I’ve been busy!

  • Saturday, the last day I had protein. ¬†I’ve KNOCKED ON MY ASS by a flu/infection/food poisoning thing and it’s been brutal. ¬†I haven’t had much of an appetite for days, and realized this morning that I haven’t had meat in awhile. ¬†I kind of wish I had weighed myself on Sunday just to see how much weight I’ve lost with an appetite level at zero.
  • 3, trips to the clinic (only one of which actually worked out — yesterday was not a good day, y’all).
  • 4, different IVs I was on to infuse some medicine into my system, and, no, other than a good night’s sleep, I haven’t seen much of an improvement in my symptoms.
  • 34, 129, words I’m into my new Heist novel, my manuscript for 2018. ¬†So far, so good, but I think I’m going to be short a few words in the rough draft. ¬†Here’s hoping an inspirational storyline hits me soon.
  • 1, great book I read while illin.’
  • 1, legit terrible book I read (review forthcoming).
  • 1, book I’m reading for research for the Heist that I’m not particularly loving.
  • 1, week until we go to Zanzibar!
  • 38, officially years of age (my birthday was on March 17th).

The Queen of England: Grand Tour, cover reveal.

Yes, I’ve been busy. ¬†Well, not me personally, but my new cover artist. ¬†We’ve been trading comments and images over the past two weeks and I think this is where we’ve finally arrived for the Grand Tour cover. ¬†I’ve also just finished the formatting on Book #2. ¬†Now, it’s just time to decide when exactly to release the novel! ¬†And no, I didn’t just look at the astrology of releasing books — apparently I’m supposed to avoid Mercury in retrograde to start any new projects.

Can you spot the similarities with the new Coronation cover?

A new cover look, The Queen of England: Coronation.

While part of me will always love my first cover, I’ve been thinking for awhile that it was time to try something new. ¬†With 28 mostly great reviews on the book so far, I’ve been wondering…okay, not specifically wondering, but altogether denying why the book might not be living up to its potential. ¬†So, as painful as it was, I went about trying to find a new cover artist, and was very fortunate to have landed myself in the situation I’m in (more details on that at a later time).

While this is certainly a departure for me (I’ve always shied away from this style of ‘commercial’ fiction), I really want to do whatever is necessary to increase the chance of connecting with my audience. ¬†I believe in the Queen, and want to set up the trilogy for continued success. ¬†Furthermore, we’re having fun designing the remaining covers in the series, which will feel very much in this tone. ¬†I hope to share some potential versions soon!

As I’ve already committed to a book sale (an ad will go wide this Thursday), I’ll be posting the new cover on Amazon next week.

Thoughts and feedback are always welcome.