Assassin’s Honor Is Up

1Teasers-AHonorNotAtDeathDoorThe reissue of Assassin’s Honor is now up and running!! If you’re one of my historical romance readers and you’ve not read the Order of the Sicari, I think you might actually enjoy this series. It’s the world of Ancient Rome right smack dab in the middle of downtown Chicago. There’s archeology, a mystery, villains, hot and sexy hero and much more.

Think of it like the Scarlet Pimpernel or the Three Musketeers landing in modern-day time, they wear clothes of today, but live their lives as if they were still in their time period. Book two of this series — ASSASSIN’s HEART — has three stories folded into the book. One is the main couple, the secondary couple who are in ancient Rome, and the third couple is an older couple finding love again. Book four in the series will be out this summer, and it’s going to be set in ancient Rome. I have several more stories I’d like to write in this series. Some historical and some modern-day. I think the whole idea of the ancient world being here in the present is ripe for lots of stories!

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Check out the Order of the Sicari series details here.
Book 1 – Assassin’s Honor.

Book 2 – Assassin’s Heart arrives April 25th and

Book 3 – Inferno’s Kiss arrives May 23rd

Book four in the series will be out this summer, and it’s going to be set in ancient Rome. I have several more stories I’d like to write in this series. Some historical and some modern-day. I think the whole idea of the ancient world being here in the present is ripe for lots of stories!

>Next Leg of the Journey

>The Journey continues. I’ve been very bad about posting of late, but the journey has kept me incredibly busy!


ARC or Advance Readers Copies

I’ve always made my own, printed them landscape and they’re set up like an open book you might hold. I always used comb bindings for them. I’d created some and was mailing them out to various reviewers and booksellers. THEN it happened, I got REAL ARCs from Berkley it was SOOOO cool. So now I’ve been sending them out to different folks, hoping they’ll read and review/recommend Kismet to others.

Book Two of the Order of the Sicari Series

The book is turned in and we’ve given it a name. Now that sounds almost like I gave birth doesn’t. Well if it had been a live birth, it could be equated to birthing a 10pd baby WITHOUT an epidural. *sigh* Anyway, the book is called Assassin’s Heart. I got to pick it this time, but that’s because I presented a logical argument for it.

  1. Book 1 is called Assassin’s Honor so it sort of seems to fit that the 2nd book would encompass the Assassin piece, and the fact that Honor and Heart both have 5 letters and start with an H seemed like Kismet. *grin*
  2. Heart is really appropriate to the book because the hero is a half-breed and his loved ones keep telling him that his heart is Sicari
  3. Finally, as a friend pointed out after reading the book. Assassin’s Heart has a dark, edgy, yet romantic feel to it. My editor agreed

Oh, and I just realized, I never posted my most AWESOMENESS! cover for book 1 in the Order of the Sicari. The hero has BEN AFLECK’s jaw! Dreamy, dreamy, dreamy.

Advertising

I am getting knee deep in promo now as well as ordering advertising. Not solely for Kismet though as most people might think. I’m working on trying to get advertising for next fall in the RWR, and I just scheduled a full page ad (jointly with the wonderful Emma Wilds) for this coming May. Not to mention the other advertising I’ve been organizing that’s starting to reach out to next Sep and Oct. The bucks are starting to add up, but at least it’s a tax write off. With the economy the way it is, getting notice takes money, and the publisher limits its advertising, so it’s up to me. I did hire a publicist to help with getting mailings done, and organizing some signings as well as getting my name and ARCs in front of booksellers. LeeAnn works hard, so I think I’ll see great benefit for my money.

New Book

I have a proposal for a new historical due December 1st. I’ve got maybe one chapter done. I HATE it (the book and the deadline). I’m not sure whether it’s switching from a paranormal back to a historical or if I’m a little burnt out. It’s been a crazy 12 months, and I think it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

What Else????

When working under deadlines, it’s important to take care of one’s self. I started walking again, despite the foot injury I suffered last year. I’ve stubbornly put off going to the doc about it, mainly because my gut says it will possibly involved surgery. I can’t afford that…time or money wise…right now.

I’ve only been able to read VERY little, but I did get to devour Michelle Moran’s Cleopatra’s Daughter. I might have mentioned it here before, but I’ll say it again. DAMN! It was a great book. Historical fiction just the way I like it. I’ve also been reading page by page, Isabo Kelley’s The Promise of Kierna’ Rhoan. It’s sci-fi romance, the first I’ve ever read, and I’m loving it!! Isabo has a wonderful voice.

Finally

I’m getting REALLY excited about Kismet, although I confess that I waffle back and forth about the book and how it will be received by readers. I’m not too worried about reviews, because those are always a toss up and one opinion won’t influence sales of the book that much, BUT…if enough reviewers LOVE the book and rave about it, then that will influence sales. Word of mouth is everything in this business.

>A couple of days ago, I posted a link to a book trailer on Sue Grimshaw’s blog at Borders. It was for the new book by Michelle Moran, Cleopatra’s Daughter. After viewing the trailer, I immediately got it for my TBR. In my post with the link to the video, I indicated that if the book was HALF as good as the trailer, it would be one hell of a read.

One of the reactions to my post got me to thinking about book trailers and covers in general. I suppose my thinking actually originated because of the commenter’s snarky attitude. There was this sneer in the comment that ticked me off. Essentially, I was chastised for even thinking I should buy a book simply off a book trailer, and that if I did so, I was an idiot. To some degree, I can understand this individual questioning why I would purchase the book strictly on a book video (Although I confess I didn’t understand the outrage or snark that oozed from the comment itself.). It does seem rather odd, doesn’t it to buy a book just after seeing the book video? But then I don’t see it as being any odder than using a review to buy a book or seeing a pretty cover and slapping your dollars on the counter. However, the book trailer for Cleopatra’s Daughter had three things going for it from the get go with me.

Let’s Take ‘Em One At A Time

A) I love a slick trailer. Doesn’t matter if it’s a movie or a book or whatever. If it sucks me in, I’ve got to think that there are at least SOME good parts to the item being marketed. And this trailer was like a fricking movie production! I should be so lucky to have such a great trailer.

B) A book set in Ancient Rome is going to get me every time. I don’t care if it’s bad or good, I’ll watch it or read it. I have both seasons of ROME the HBO series, simply because I love that time period. It doesn’t necessarily signify the series is good (although Season 1 are phenomenal IMHO), but because I love the time period, a good-looking trailer about a book set in Ancient Rome is going to grab my attention.

C) Michelle Moran is the author! I know the author. I know her work, and after seeing the book trailer, I’m definitely going to want the book, not just because of her past works, but because the trailer totally hooked me as to the story line of this latest book. Moran is a newcomer to historical fiction, but I love her voice, and to date, her three books are set in time periods I love! So it sort of goes with the territory that the book trailer would totally captivate and inspire me to order this latest book.

So the commenter really didn’t have the FULL story before they posted their snippy comment that implied I was an idiot for buying a book strictly based on a book trailer. Of course, if this individual goes to the movies even once a year, I’m wondering how often a movie trailer has captured their attention enough to go see the film, or at least caused them to investigate whether the movie warranted an extra hard look at the movie as something to see. Of course, I could call someone an idiot for going to see the latest Gerard Butler movie based on a movie trailer, but then I allow for individual tastes, and I’m not inclined to call someone an idiot (implied or not), unless they actually act like one.

Covers and Impulses

Impulse buys aren’t limited to just book trailers either. The same thing happens with covers too. Covers can propel sales according to people I’ve talked too. I know they have for me. My bestsellers have been books that have great covers (Dangerous and Obsession are good examples). These books were good books, but the ones that won awards didn’t sell as well, and I’m convinced it’s because of the covers. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people say a cover can make or break a sale. Most of the time, it’s about getting the potential buyer to just pick up the book. If the cover is compelling, it makes the consumer pick it up and flip it over for the blurb. If the blurb is exciting and concise, that makes the consumer even more interested in buying the book. Some people don’t even open the book in a situation like this. It’s an impulse buy for them because the cover looks sexy, pretty, elegant, etc. and the blurb makes it sound like the book is going to be a great read. Now, I admit that readers are becoming more discriminating with their buying dollars, but there are still PLENTY of impulse buyers out there (I’m counting on that come January, along with some decent reviews). Buyers who may or may not know my name or what kind of a book they’re going to get when they read me.

Nonetheless, I’m convinced that for impulse buys, a book trailer and/or a great cover/blurb will sell a book a lot more often than people think. Is the quantity sold as many as one that gets a mention on Regis & Kelly (are they even still on??) or a starred review in Publishers Weekly. I’ve no real idea, but I believe a great trailer or a great cover can definitely pique a reader’s interest and even spur the reader to buy, especially if it’s an author the reader knows already.

And as for the individual who implied I was stupid for making my book buying decision based solely on a video, it’s a shame they weren’t a little more open-minded to at least go check out Moran’s work. I think they’re missing out on a great writer by being so cavalier. Which reminds me, I forgot to order Susan Holloway Scott’s latest. Grrrr *banging head on desk*

Monica