Thursday, September 13, 2007

First peek at Wicked Game





Behold! The top third of the front cover of my upcoming vampire novel (they're still working on the title font, so this was all I could show). I've also posted the first chapter for your Friday reading pleasure.

No, Ciara doesn't have a tattoo in the book (due to her low pain threshold), and her hair is a bit longer and blonder, but there's no doubt in my mind: This. Is. Ciara. It's got her attitude.

I'm actually glad the hair is shorter than it's supposed to be, because this woman has a beautiful neck. Some would say it's quite biteable. Not Ciara, though (see ref to low pain threshold above).

When I first saw this cover back in July, I decided to redesign the entire radio station to match the one pictured. This was how it was supposed to look--moody and ramshackle, not sterile and utilitarian like I'd always imagined it.

So I played "Extreme Makeover"--I shrunk the building, made it claustrophobic and rickety, with strange items like deer heads and life-size cutouts of--well, just read the excerpt.

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11 Comments:

I can't wait to read it. When does it come out?

Posted by: Blogger Kathy at 9/14/2007 2:30 PM

It comes out May 13, 2008. That's only eight months from yesterday!

Am I jumping the gun a little by posting an excerpt now? Oh well. I'll have tons of other content between now and then for y'all to look at. Tie-in short stories, character blogs, playlists, a whole cornucopia of Wicked Game goodness.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 9/14/2007 2:33 PM

Deer heads!

So now it's MY office?

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 9/14/2007 3:49 PM

Well, just one deer head, actually. But it brings up an example of how to establish a larger setting even when you're starting off with an interior scene. Right away the reader's told this probably doesn't take place in New York City.

Unless, of course, it's your office.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 9/14/2007 8:45 PM

Eight months! Shame on you for teasing us this way, Jeri! :) I can't wait to read it!

Posted by: Anonymous Leslie at 9/16/2007 1:35 AM

I can't wait for this book. Even more so, now.

Posted by: Blogger Sharon GR at 9/16/2007 5:00 PM

Actually, I have this bad habit of, no matter how things are described, "casting" places and people in my mind, regardless of author description -- and then dressing them up as need be with little details the author provides. For example, not only did I visualize Amy Poehler as "Amy" in Scott Smith's The Ruins, (poor Amy Poehler), but the character of Matthias, described as a short-haired blond, was in my head dark and curly-headed (despite being German), like the guy on Entourage. Eventually -- eventually! -- I was able to right things in his case, but it took a lot of effort on my part. I think this happens because most main-character description happens up front in the book, before I'm really paying close attention -- or at least, when I' have so many other things to pay attention to that physical description doesn't sink in. Characters introduced a little later usually fare better, in my experience.

Anyway, this is the long way round of telling you that the radio station offices were cast in my head as the offices of the newspaper I worked at. Ciara sat in my spot, Dave was in the Managing Editor's office, and so on. It certainly wasn't an exact match to what you described, but it gave me a grounding to visualize the rest of it.

Does anyone else do this, or am I bug-nutty?

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 9/17/2007 10:39 AM

I hope you're not bug-nutty, Rob, because I do the same thing. I have maybe half a dozen mental templates of settings in my mind when I read, so everyone in a house lives in:

a) my grandmother's house
b) the house in PA where I grew up, or
c) our townhouse in Columbia

Apartments are either

a) my sister's first apt
b) Christian's and my apt in Baltimore, or
c) my friend Leslie's studio apt in DC

If I'm writing, I make an effort to create a new place that suits the characters, or at least modify one of my current templates.

But in reading I can't manage to carefully note each detail and cram it into my brain if it doesn't want to go that way.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 9/17/2007 11:30 AM

Oh, hell -- if you do the same thing then I'm definitely bug-nutty.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 9/17/2007 12:20 PM

Rob, watch it or I'll burn your house down in the next book.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 9/17/2007 8:39 PM

Yikes! Whatever house you burn down, it'll probably be my house to me.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 9/18/2007 3:40 PM

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