>The Shot I Ran With

>Sometimes when you’re trying to make a decision, it’s important to listen to others. At other times you have to listen to your gut. The majority of people I heard from offline, online and via email liked #4, shown here.I’ll be honest, I put this shot up completely as a joke because I truly hated the picture. Clearly it backfired on me.

It made me feel ugly when I looked at it, and I do not think I’m ugly. I’m moderately attractive and I have my moments when I look pretty good. But this picture just made me squeamish, and for those of you who know me well, the only thing that generally makes me squeamish is blood. I pass out.

A couple of people liked #2, which was a close up, but the smile seemed forced to me. I either laugh boisterously or I half smile. There is no in between with me. It’s B&W not gray areas, although as I age,I am learning that gray does exist. No wait, I do smirk on occasion.

So I debated and debated, should I go against the flow or should I be a rebel like I usually am? I mean these are people who weren’t looking at the photo in the same critical way I was. Again, I went back to debating what to do. I was all ready to send off photo number 4, when something said, “Go back one last time and look at the shots.” In the beginning there was this shot that I really liked. The only problem with it was that you could see the back door of our house, the door mat, and essentially it really looked like the home-grown shot it was. BUT, I really liked the photo.

With that little voice in my head urging me on, I pulled up Adobe PhotoShop and played around for a while, getting nowhere. I thought I could submit a B&W of my website photo, when I remembered OMG I have to get permission from the photographer, but I don’t think they’re in business anymore.

Then it happened, I accidentally clicked on the wrong button, and I wound up in this help forum for Photo Shop. There at the top of the page were detailed instructions on how to remove a background and/or make it blurred. I went to work on it. Took me a little bit of trial and error, but I came up with a shot that I can live with in Color OR B&W. Most importantly I got rid of that bloody bowl cut that gave me that swooped look on the side!!! AGGGGHHH!

Now the only person I have to get usage permission from is the DH, but I can twist his arm, I’m sure. Here’s what I came up with for the inside cover of the book and my website.

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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

10 thoughts on “>The Shot I Ran With

  1. >Thanks Caffey, I'm glad you like the pick. I'm satisfied with it too. *grin*

  2. >Its beautiful Monica!! I love your smile. It had me smiling. You made my day!

  3. >Next year if the economy is better, we should all go to Michelle's house. ROFL

  4. >LOL that was so much fun!! It was such a blast hanging out with you. I'm kind of bummed about this year, but maybe next year :o)

  5. >Thanks Doll, I do look mischievous don’t I. ROFL I was just thinking of you this morning. NO JOKE. REmembering you and your Nora stalking at RWA last year and how I’d miss you and Stace there this year. BUT, Katie is going to be there, so I’ll get some Bella hugs after all!

  6. >Thanks Brandy, I am really pleased with the end result. I listened to my gut and it worked out. Come to think of it, it usually does! LOL

  7. >Thanks, Kati. I’m pleased with it, particularly since I actually managed to doctor it up nice enough for use! LOL