Ask any blogger and they will say that writing is a solitary activity. For me, it's like hatching a 300 pound egg. I sit in my nest, facing a laptop or yellow legal pad, and I'm afraid to leave my egg for too long. If you're like me, hatching can cause the hatcher to crave chocolate, Cheeze-Its, and cupcakes.
Months, even years, can pass and I have nothing to show except typed pages. Eventually, the book goes into production and an artist creates a cover. I was in NYC yesterday, and I'm thrilled to share two book covers for Gone With a Handsomer Man. Which one do you like?
"All I ever wanted in life was true love, a set of copper cookware, and the perfect recipe for Red Velvet cake. The last thing I wanted was to end up on Charleston's six o'clock news, accused of murder and a slew of other crimes."
So begins the story of Teeny Templeton, out-of-work Charleston pastry chef. The first bit of trouble in which Teeny finds herself is when she catches her fiance playing naked badminton with two other women, which compels her to climb a peach tree and hurl unripe peaches at him. Needless to say, the engagement is over, and her fiance slaps her with a restraining order. When her fiance is found dead a few days later, all fingers point to Teeny. Her only hope is through an old boyfriend-turned-lawyer, the guy who broke her heart a decade ago. But dredging up the past brings more than skeletons out of the closet, and Teeny doesn't know who she can trust. With evidence mounting and the heat turning up, Teeny must also figure out where to live, how to support herself, how to clear her name, and how to protect her heart.
All of my blogging friends have been supportive and loving during this long, long process. I'm pleased to tell you all that GONE WITH A HANDSOMER MAN will be coming to a bookstore near you in May 2011 by St.Martin's Press/Minotaur Books! Teeny's next adventure, A TEENY BIT OF TROUBLE, will be published in 2012 (I finished it this month--yay!), and I'm busily working on Teeny's third caper.
In the coming months, I'll be having some foodie contests and fun give-aways.
A little book jacket trivia: can you guess the house in the background? I'll give the answer tomorrow.(Hint: a famous wedding took place at this house.)