February 3rd, 2012

New cover!

FINALLY I can show you the cover of Such a Rush. I first saw the basic idea for this cover quite a few months ago, but that example looked harsher. I wasn't sure people would understand this book was a YA romance. Then the publisher went to a cover with a couple lying in a field and an airplane flying overhead--exactly the type of airplane the characters fly in the book! I was impressed by this accuracy because as you know if you read a lot of fiction, often what's on the cover doesn't match what's in the book. But that cover had a problem too: it looked sleepy, and this book is anything but sleepy. So the publisher went back to the first idea and doctored it. I love the way it turned out, especially the soft pink super-cool font for the title.

It so happens that I'm also doing another revision of the book right now. I've gone over the copyeditor's notes, and now I'm reviewing my critique partner cchant's notes and making lots of nitpicky changes. This is the stage where a book really comes together in my mind and I begin to understand it's almost a finished project that's going to be on shelves soon. I'm so excited about this one. It's way longer than my other books, topping out at almost 100,000 words. It's my first hardcover book. But it's my usual style of dramatic romance, so I think my former readers will be happy. You can read a description of the book on my web site here. And now I'm so thrilled to have a gorgeous and arresting cover to go with the story.

After I turn in the copyedit on Tuesday, maybe I will drive around Birmingham and sign copies of my latest YA romantic comedy, The One That I Want. This book came out as an e-book in December, but on Tuesday it will finally arrive in stores as a paperback. I'm so pleased that it's been getting good reviews. I crack up every time I think about the hero, Max, who is one of my favorites ever.

Then I'm finishing the adult romantic comedy I started during NaNoWriMo. Usually it's so difficult for me to switch gears like this. I'm glad I write different sorts of books so I don't feel like I'm writing the same thing over and over, but the transition takes me a few weeks. However, this time the characters are already nagging me. Scenes are popping into my head when I'm trying to concentrate on this copyedit instead. And that's a good thing, because I don't have a few weeks to make the transition this time. The book is due on March 1.

I AM SO HAPPY TO BE BUSY WRITING. This is the career I always wanted, thanks to my literary agent, Laura Bradford.

Meanwhile, I'm training for my first marathon ever, the Mercedes Marathon here in Birmingham on February 12. I'm not particularly worried about finishing--maybe I should be--but I'm very worried about finishing in under five hours. I am not fast. But whatever happens, I'm proud of myself for completing my longest run ever several weeks ago, 20 miles. And I am trying to calm some of my fears by recalling how nervous I was about finishing my first 10K run (that's 6.2 miles), the Vulcan Run, in 2005. I did finish, and there was nothing like the euphoria of rounding the corner at Linn Park and crossing the finish line. Here's hoping my first marathon ends the same way.