Looksie, Booksies!

by Doranna

c.alpha.rising.72Oh right.  It’s an author blog.  And occasionally books become available!  I should maybe mention that?

This month, the book is Alpha Rising Very cool cover.  Love the UK version even more!

(Except I’ve got to say…the back cover copy is NOT MY FAULT.  And it doesn’t reflect the book’s nature, or the hero’s nature.  I am so full of headdesk that I’ve actually had to clear surfaces.)

Harlequin is doing something different with the Nocturne line–they’re available in paperback through their book club thingie, plus in bookstores four times a year in batches of “doubles.”  (My double is paired with Jenna Kernan and her title The Shifter’s Choice.)  And then they’re available digitally wherever you can buy such things.

I won’t fib and say the duo is highly available in bookstores.  They’re around, and they can be ordered.  But if I was hunting the things down, I’d go looking online.  This is a change that Harlequin is pretty excited about, but you know…I also won’t fib and say that I am, too.

Strangely disgruntled way to celebrate a book release, I know!  But this book is my baby as much as any other, and when I know it’s hard for people to buy conveniently, or that the marketing doesn’t match the book*, it really does hurt.  Meanwhile, it’s out there, and if you get it, I hope you enjoy the patootie out of it.  8)

*Can we say “the Demon Blade books”?  Yes, I thought so.

In the background, Leopard Enchanted is in production for August, and while at the moment I’m doing *shudder* taxes, I’m about to plunge into revisions on all three of the Reckoners books.  The first two were originally published by Tor, and I wrote the third last year–all three will be available later this year.  But first I’m taking this opportunity to revise Reckoners to the Author Cut: scenes that were never written because they weren’t what the publisher wanted to see, vs what I’d really wanted to write.  But now I can put them in!  W00t!

c.alpha.rising.400Harlequin | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | The Book Depository | iBooks | Kobo | excerpt

Time is running out for Sentinel Alpha Phelan Stewart…for a new enemy has risen, and only reluctant Sentinel ward Holly Faulkes can unmask the danger.

Wayward Sentinel Holly Faulkes lives a practical life formed by the need to hide from Atrum Core enemies, Sentinel allies, and the world at large. Now things are changing whether she likes it or not…but the Sentinels are in for a surprise if they think she’ll come meekly.

Lannie Stewart is an alpha wolf with an innate ability to build pack—but he’s never faced a full-blooded field Sentinel denying her own heritage even as he begins to lose his grip on his own.

Holly is about to learn exactly what these misguided dreamers called Sentinels do, and exactly why she’s so important to them–especially when it comes to one lone alpha wolf.

(^^^^^^ This is my blurb.  Probably not as sexy, but also not as…er…Shades of Gray wannabe. )

About Doranna

My books are SF/F, mystery, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. My dogs are Beagles, my home is the Southwest, and the horse wants a cookie!
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13 Responses to Looksie, Booksies!

  1. Mona Karel says:

    YIkes now I have to go looking for the back cover. I don’t think I’ve sent that book off yet.
    One of the first things I was warned about was that the writer had no effect on cover, art, blurb or anything but their words. And with some publishers not even that.
    The Sentinel world building continues with an explanation of what makes Alpha. And since you KNOW dogs it’s a for real explanation not a half assed guessery one.
    So…loved it.
    Of course

    • Doranna says:

      Oh–the description on the double that you have is just fine. A nice job, actually. The squicky one is up online at Nook or Kindle versions, though.

      I did have fun with the Alpha thing–taking it aside from the stereotypical. 8)

      • Mona Karel says:

        Oh dear, you’re right. I just one clicked, I didn’t read the A-zon blurb

  2. Marilyn says:

    Now I’m going to have to go look in B&N for the book so I can see the back cover. I already bought the e-book! (One thing which is useful about e-books… I used to miss so many good books because they just weren’t physically available in my neck of the woods.) ALPHA RISING is just what I needed… just finished one of those Interminable Fantasies that are a couple inches thick. Don’t get me wrong: it was well-written, with interesting characters. But there were a number of occasions when I wished I could grab the author by the lapels and shake him/her and say, “WILL you get ON with the STORY, dammit!?”

    • Doranna says:

      I’m rarely patient with interminable fantasies.

      The sad thing is, you likely won’t find the hardcopy book in B&N. There are a lot of distribution issues with the line changes. Even if you did, it would be the double, which is different on the back (and is actually a very decent little summary). However, the back cover blurb is what you’d see at an online retailer as the description, so it’s easy enough to find for the curious!

      • Marilyn says:

        Argh. Distribution issues. Been dealing with those since, oh, about 1979, when I first became a book pusher. Used to be a royal pain — books came out in NY, LA, and Chicago, and then sorta dribbled their way down the Mississippi to New Orleans. We’d have people in the store wanting a book they’d seen on a national program, and we weren’t slated to get it for 6-8 weeks! Especially annoying when you knew someone who had a book out, and you didn’t have a book to push for them!

        • Doranna says:

          Pretty sure these particular distribution issues are the product of publisher decisions. In any event, the advice to authors is that we can ask B&N stores to special order. Because that’s our job.

          • Marilyn says:

            Riiiight. Not only are you supposed to write the book, you’re supposed to distribute it and publicize it. I used to tell customers that if they liked an author, they should come in and special order the book as soon as they found out it was coming out. This would automatically kick an order through the system which would tell the bean counters, “Hey, Author ABC has sold twelve copies of their last three books at Store 280.” Which would sometimes result in our getting 20 copies of the next book — 15 for the special orders and 5 to push. I loved to have a quick synopsis, maybe two sentences, where if a customer I knew liked a particular type of book came up, I could tell them, while ringing out their order, “Oh, btw, if you like ABC, you might like XYZ — the new one is really neat. It’s about….” and then, if I had the book in stock, I could pick it up and show it to them. Nine times out of ten, they’d tell me to add the book to the stack. I also made up bookmarks — just plain photocopied ones, with a cover of a recent book, and “If you like DEF, you might like GHI, JKL and MNO, with the names of several of their books.” Plenty of times, I would see those bookmarks back in the store as the customer looked for something else to read. But, sadly, it really does seem as if proper book pushing has gone out of style. The author is supposed to do everything.

          • Doranna says:

            Sing it, sister!

  3. Marilyn says:

    Well, I’ve finished ALPHA RISING. Yum. Just what I needed. Good length, plenty of detail — especially on tracking. (Can’t IMAGINE where that came from!). There’s only one problem. Now I have to go find something ELSE to read!

    • Doranna says:

      Oh, how awesome!

      Now I’m trying to remember what I included about tracking in the book. I do that sort of thing without much thinking about it. ;>

      • Marilyn says:

        Lannie finding the Coyote feller, among other things. Mention of scent swirls and pools. (Babette got caught by that at the Barn Hunt — they had a litter tube and a rat tube about 18″ apart, and she went for the litter tube.) I just enjoy reading stuff set in New Mexico and Arizona — though I no longer live there, and would probably have a hard time going back to desert country (the gills I grew when I moved down here would dry out!), I still remember the beauty of the area. I happened to note it simply because I’ve been thinking about wolves, and well, Lannie was very wolfish. When, that is, he wasn’t being sexy.

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