Hey guys! How ’bout this new website? And how ’bout that cover?!
So…welcome to my new website. I know, I know, it was just last year that I was telling you that everything was going to be run from www.sexlifeandhannah.com, and then…it just didn’t feel right. I’ve written a lot of different types of books, and The Need is no exception. Instead of trying to make fit BDSM-style photos with fun, pink, light-hearted conversations, and fine art, I came to the conclusion that each property needs a space on the web with its own feel. Plus, The Need is not my last erotic thriller, nor is it probably the last time I write a book that is nothing like anything else I’ve ever written. That is just how my art brain works.
Onto the business of the cover. For those of you that have been following my journey with this book, The Need, you know the highs and lows I’ve gone through with trying to get an agent, trying to get a New York publisher, and finally deciding that publishing it on my own was the best path forward. I just couldn’t wait any longer. I’d done my due diligence with the book. I had not one, but three editors do multiple passes; I had a handful of beta readers provide input; I created a marketing plan; I hired a marketing assistant specializing in the romance genre; I even pushed my design skills to the side and decided to work with a cover artist who would bring their own expertise to this book. The long and short of it: I was as prepared as I’ve ever been to publish a book.
I am so excited to FINALLY be able to announce that The Need is scheduled for release August 25, 2015. And I LOVE the cover. Thank you so much Joshua Jadon.
Here is the post I wrote last night on my personal Facebook page. I’m sharing it here because I think some of you will find my journey with this book, The Need, interesting. It is a journey that proves perseverance does pay off, and that despite all the “no thank you’s” you may receive in life, you should never give up on something you believe in.
I’m so excited to FINALLY be able to announce this. The Need, is coming August 25, 2015. A lot of you know the story behind the story. My lovely, multi-talented husband wrote a spec script in 2008 for producers that were jumping to film something dark, edgy, and erotic. As with many film ventures, the deal fell apart, and even though we got a few follow-up bites from other producers and agents, the stars refused to align. I was always fascinated by the story and characters that Scott had created, so in 2012, I decided to adapt his screenplay into a book. At first it seemed like it would be an easier task than my other writing ventures. The story was already written, after all, but I was completely wrong. In delving into what Scott had written and trying to figure out the characters, their motives, their desires, their backgrounds…it turned into my most challenging writing assignment as an author. Many drafts later, and much feedback from my amazing editor Jennifer Thomas, the beta readers that were gracious enough to give me their time and input, Mallory Braus, senior editor at romance imprint Carina Press, also weighed in with a story consult, and many late night strategy sessions with the guy that started it all, Scott Frazelle…a fiery, wicked, sensual, disturbing, and thought-provoking piece of fiction emerged. I am so proud of this book and the work that has gone into it to make it a stand out project in my writing career. I hope all of you put The Need on your summer reading list. xoxoxox, D:)