Today Carol E Wyer is touring
with her latest novel
Just Add Spice
to celebrate her book
25 July 2013
A Bit of Blurb
Escape from reality comes in patent-leather Prada kneeboots
Dawn Ellis needs to escape from her painfully dull existence. Her unemployed husband spends all day complaining about life, moping around, or fixing lawnmowers on her kitchen table. The local writing class proves to be an adequate distraction with its eccentric collection of wannabe authors and, of course, the enigmatic Jason, who soon shows a romantic interest in her.
Dawn pours her inner frustrations into her first novel about the extraordinary exploits of Cinnamon Knight, an avenging angel -- a woman who doesn't believe in following the rules. Cinnamon is ruthless and wanton, inflicting suffering on any man who warrants it. Little does Dawn realise that soon the line between reality and fiction will blur. Her own life will be transformed, and those close to her will pay the price.
Tour Stops with extracts and interviews can be found here
Melanie at http://mebookshelfandi.co.uk/
Josie at http://jaffareadstoo.blogspot.co.uk/
Kate at http://www.bookswithbunny.blogspot.co.uk/
Shaz at http://shazsbookboudoir.blogspot.co.uk/
Heidi at http://cosmochicklitan.wordpress.com/
Lisa at http://bookalicious-traveladdict.blogspot.co.uk/
Donna at http://donnasroomforreading.blogspot.co.uk/
Kim at http://kimthebookworm.blogspot.co.uk/
Sharon at http://jerasjamboree.com/
JB at http://brookcottagebooks.blogspot.co.uk/
Sheryl at http://sheryls-ramblings.blogspot.co.uk/
Chris at http://chrisjamesauthor.com/category/blog/
Carol at http://dizzycslittlebookblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Rick at http://rickrainbow001.wordpress.com/
Carol shares with us her thoughts on the cover design for Just Add Spice
Writing the novel has always been the easy part for me. Titles are harder to come up with and covers are almost impossible for me to envisage. When I completed Just Add Spice, I was stuck for ideas for a cover. Since all my books have a silhouette on them of a woman I wanted to continue that theme so I eventually proposed the idea of a frumpy woman staring into a mirror in which she can see a fabulous wild and sexy silhouette of herself. If you read the book, you’ll know why I wanted to do that.
Safkhet Publishing were brilliant and set about drawing silhouettes for me to approve. They rustled up a spiffing version of what I had asked for. They liked it. I liked it. I was so excited that I made the mistake of showing Hubby it.
“Why is that woman in the picture waving a snake at the fat one?”
“It isn’t a picture. It’s a mirror. And...that isn’t a snake. It’s a whip. She’s a devilish woman, the opposite of the one looking at her. The one looking into the mirror wants to be more like her,” I patiently explained.
Hubby harrumphed. “Don’t like it,” he said sounding like a character from TV series Little Britain. “It doesn’t tell me anything about the book. Lose the snake,” he huffed and marched off.
I thought about it. Well, if he didn’t like it, maybe other men wouldn’t like it and wouldn’t buy it for their wives, so I emailed Safkhet Publishing. They were patient. They redid the cover. They got rid of the whip. They sent it off to a focus group who agreed it was obvious that the picture was a mirror, but to make sure people thought it was a mirror it was angled.
The final cover returned. It was a fabulous purple with black writing and a second one purple with white writing. Safkhet wanted to know which version I preferred. I was looking at them when Hubby loomed up behind me. “Don’t like those,” he said flatly. “Definitely don’t like those.” He glowered at the options, scrutinising each and scowling. “They aren’t very good.”
My hackles rose. How dare he make comment! What did he know about it, anyway? He hadn’t even read the book. The atmosphere became very hot as steam poured out of my ears. I stared at him. He glared back. “Well, I’m sure you can’t do any better!” I snapped.
I was wrong. He could do better. He did it almost immediately. This is his vision of what he believed the cover should look like. I have to admit, but don’t tell him I told you so...I love it.
Safkhet Publishing were extremely gracious and supportive. They didn’t get cross with me even though we changed the cover at the eleventh hour. They listened to Hubby’s suggestions and produced this. They couldn’t have been better. I owe them my sincerest thanks.
Next time, I’m going to ask Hubby to design the cover and leave him to it while I type. He really does add spice to my life (sometimes akin to hot chilli). Do you need some in yours?
There are some fabulous prizes on offer to celebrate Just Add Spice....
Here is the Competition entry form
Here is the Competition entry form
Just add Spice by Carol E Wyer
Published by Safkhet Publishing (25th July2103)
Smashwords : https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/340188
My 5***** Review
In Just add Spice, the author has written an entirely believable story. You can very easily imagine that Dawn Ellis is someone you know - she could be that woman you see at the bus stop, or the one who queues in the sandwich shop just ahead of you at lunchtime, but what the story reiterates is that we are never quite sure about what goes on in the lives of those around us. With an uninteresting marriage and the prospect of dull reality, Dawn could have sunk so easily into the humdrum of middle age, but her interest in creative writing and the spicy life of her alter ego, Cinnamon allows Dawn to give full reign to her imagination.
I really enjoyed this warm and witty story, the author has captured both the reality of an uninspiring life and the way in which any life can be transformed by just adding a little bit of spice.
This is a fabulous summer read - just perfect for a long lazy day in the garden
I always wonder how authors feel about their cover. How much input they have. Where the final nod comes from.ReplyDelete
I agree Carol. It's nice to know how much thought goes into it and the effort it takes to 'get it right'.Delete
Thank you for taking part in this blog blitz, JosieReplyDelete
My pleasure Carol - it's great fun :)Delete
Many thanks for being part of the tour, Josie. Old grumpy guts is very pleased with his efforts. I hate it when he is right! Hope you enjoy the rest of the stops. Huge hugs. xReplyDelete
Hi Carol - hope you have great fun on your blog tour blitz for Just Add Spice and thanks for asking us to be part of all the excitement !!Delete
Happy Launch Day x
Fabulous as ever, great blog entry!ReplyDelete
Hi Kate - thanks for visiting - enjoy the tour :)Delete
A bit late in the day, but I'm finally making my way around the rest of the tour! Love your post, and had a giggle reading about Carol's hubbie who sounds much like my own :) xxReplyDelete
Hi Melanie - thanks for taking the time to visit and read Carol's view on organising her book cover for Just add Spice :)Delete