Thursday, April 6, 2017

How to Write Romantic Scenes - Part 2

by Elva Cobb Martin

Today we continue with some thoughts about writing romantic scenes for Christian novels. In Part 1 last week we looked at an example of a "first kiss" scene with its important "prep" scene, followed by a "reaction" scene. You can find it in the archives.

But romantic scenes can be full of romantic tension even without a kiss. What do you think of this one from my romantic suspense, Summer of DeceptionWatch for the tension played out in thoughts and physical descriptions in this early scene between my nanny heroine Rachel York and hero plantation owner Luke Barrett.


Romantic Tension Scene


On impulse, Rachel stepped off the porch onto the
winding garden path. A familiar floral fragrance
enticed her steps down the narrow walkway bordered
by azalea bushes.

Near the base of a tall oak, she discovered the
gardenia bush whose fragrant white blossoms drew her. She stepped off the path, plucked a snowy
blossom, and brought it to her nose. The intense, sweet scent almost dizzied her. Her hair brushed against the cords of gray moss hanging from the tree limbs, and a
curl caught. When she reached to untangle it, the tough
dryness of the plant surprised her. It appeared soft and
flowing. A movement on the path behind startled her.
She whirled around, entangling her curls further.

Luke came out of the evening shadows and gently pulled
her hair free. "There’s a legend about this moss."

Rachel’s heart pounded against her ribs so hard
she dared not speak.

Luke stepped back, fingering a piece of the plant,
and gazed at her.

She cleared her throat, glad he probably couldn’t
read her face in the twilight. "A legend?"

"It’s called Spanish moss. The legend says an enemy killed a Spanish prince and princess on their wedding day. The two families buried them beneath a tall oak, but not before they cut the bride’s long hair and hung it in the branches of the tree. The hair turned
gray in grief and continued to grow and spread to other oaks." Luke tossed the twig to the side and crossed his arms over his broad chest.

Aware of the descending darkness, along with his
presence, Rachel found it hard to breathe. She
shouldn’t have come into the garden so late. 

"Of course, it’s only a legend. The stuff’s neither
Spanish nor moss. It’s an air plant." His eyes still
searched her face.

She took a deep, shaky breath and turned toward
the house. "Interesting. I wondered about the plant
that drapes so many trees here." She started to move
past him.

He shifted his stance and blocked her way.

Her eyes rounded, and her mouth fell open. He
was so close she was sure he could discern her ragged
breathing, her pounding heart. What on earth did he
think he was doing?

"I saw a look like that once before in a doe’s eyes
when I walked up on her in a clearing while hunting."

"And what did you do?" Rachel couldn’t move or
take her eyes from his face. His glance moved across
her face and hesitated on her lips. Her breath stopped.

"Nothing. It wasn’t doe season." He unfolded his
arms and stepped aside.

Rachel ducked her head and hurried past him.

"Rachel." His authoritative voice halted her, but she did not
turn back to face him. "Yes?"

"It may not be wise for you to walk around the
place after nightfall. We hope we are safe. But we
employ many workers who come and go on the
plantation, some of whom might care less about doe
season or anything else."

She turned in time to see him disappear down the
path. He must think her a child. She shook her head and
darted up the walkway to the front door and upstairs
to her room. Perhaps the laborers weren’t the only ones
she should take warning about.

This scene is also followed by a reaction scene from both the heroine and hero's POV. Let's take a look at my widower hero's reaction scene. It begins Chapter Six. In this scene I also lay the foundation for Luke's bitterness toward God.


Reaction Scene in Hero's POV

Luke walked from the garden into the house to
the Game Room. He slumped into his chair without
turning on a light. Moonlight cascaded from the
windows across his desk. He sat there silent, a
hollowness in his chest. Suddenly he slammed his fist
down on the desktop and dropped his head into his
hands.

What was happening to him? Was he losing his
mind? He’d almost taken Rachel York into his arms.
But there could be no other woman for him. And what
woman would want a one-eyed jack? He jerked the
patch from his forehead and threw it across the room.


He left the house and entered the barn. Stopping at Haidez’s stable door, he fumbled the key into the lock. The stallion gave a welcome nicker and stamped to him. Luke’s mind cleared as he threw the blanket and saddle on the silky black back. The night breeze cooled his hot brow as he galloped to a far pasture and the family cemetery. For weeks, he’d not even driven by the grave. He needed a good reminder of what he and Georgina had enjoyed and could never have again. His inner eye traced back through happy memories. The day Kristina was born with his black hair but Georgina’s sweet lips and heart-shaped face. Georgina with her golden 
hair blowing in the wind, riding her white mare on the beach.
His "Annabelle Lee" an angry God let die.


He spurred the stallion forward and stopped beneath the pecan trees surrounding the cemetery, close to the newest stone monument. The song of crickets filled the humid air. He sat there a few moments. Haidez swung his head and pawed the ground, snorting. The horse desired to fly across the fields as they often did. It did help, flying like the wind, until they reached the ocean’s foaming barrier and a measure of peace. But tonight, a strange stillness
flowed over Luke without racing to the ocean. Finally, he reined the tossing head toward the plantation house and rest for them both.

I'm so glad you stopped by. Do you see how you can build romantic tension early in your novel? Please join this romantic scene chat and share this link.

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​Author Bio:
    
Elva Cobb Martin is president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers (2014-2017). She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson College and Erskine College. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried her articles. Summer of Deception, her debut inspirational romantic suspense novel is to be released March, 24, 2017, by Pelican Books. She has also contracted an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt, slated for release by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in May, 2017. She has published a Bible study, Power Over Satan, available on Amazon.com, and she coordinates an internet Prayer Task Force. Elva is represented by Jim Hart of Hartline Literary. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives with her husband Dwayne and a mini-dachshund writing helper, Lucy, and a parakeet named Tweetie, in Anderson, South Carolina. She would love for  you to connect with her on her web site www.elvamartin.com, her blog http://carolinaromancewit helvamartin.blogspot.com on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/Elvacobbmartin , Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin, and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elva cobbmartin/





Friday, March 31, 2017

How to Write Romantic Scenes for Christian Novels Part 1

by Elva Cobb Martin

If you write romance, which I understand is still the highest selling genre, pull up a chair and let's talk about writing romantic scenes. Specifically, let's chat about writing Christian love scenes that won't set the CBA on its head, but also won't disappoint our expectant romance readers, Christian or otherwise.

In secular romance books, TV, and movies today it seems anything goes, but I have different goals for my inspirational romance novels. I happen to be married to my high school sweetheart, and even in our long years together my husband is still romantic. I don't think romance need ever die in a Christian marriage, or a Christian book. Do I hear three cheers for God-ordained romance?

Father God must approve romance as He started the first one placing a man and a woman alone in a lovely garden. He also uses the symbolism of the Bride (the church) and Jesus as Bridegroom to describe our eternal relationship with Him. Several human love stories are described in detail in the Bible. I still love to reread about Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Leah and Rachel, to name a few. God is interested in true love between a man a woman.

Here are some thoughts that guide my writing romantic scenes.
They are scenes with a beginning middle and end. The main, warm romance scene is preceded by a prep scene and followed by a reaction scene. 


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Below are excerpts from my just released romantic suspense, Summer of Deception--the first kiss between my Marine veteran, plantation owner hero, Luke, and Christian nanny Rachel. They've just returned from their first date for dinner and a play in romantic Charleston, South Carolina. However, the evening out was just a thank you from the hero for the heroine's help in shopping for school clothing for the hero's young daughter. 
      But God. . .



1) The Important Prep Scene
      Luke kept stealing glances at the young woman
asleep on the seat beside him. Tender emotions he’d
not experienced in a long time battled with his realistic
determination not to become involved. Get a hold on,
Captain.
     At dinner, he’d gotten more out of observing her
tasting the various dishes than enjoying the well prepared
food himself. She watched the play like a child totally 
engrossed with him blocked out entirely at times. 
That was new. Few women had ever appeared
to forget he was beside them. There’s nothing false or
pretentious about her. He remembered her sympathetic tears during the play. Like a rainstorm, similar to Kristina’s outbursts.
      She was still a child in a lot of ways. Definitely too
young to—. He shook his head, determined not to
carry the thought further, and succeeded for the next
few miles.
      But when he pulled the car into the garage and cut
the motor, and she still didn’t awaken, he found
himself entranced, watching her gentle breathing, the
way her lashes lay on her cheeks, the contrast of dark
hair and creamy complexion shining in the moonlight,
the sweet fragrance of her perfume. Gardenia? He
needed to get out of the car and as far away as
possible, but he couldn’t move.

       
      Rachel became aware the car no longer moved.
She lifted her head and viewed with amazement the
outlines of the garage’s interior. She turned to glance at
Luke. He sat staring at her, his head tilted against the
window, his shirt open and his tie slung across the
steering wheel.
      "Oh, my, I’m sorry—I don’t know what possessed
me. I’ve never fallen asleep—like this." Her voice
sounded hoarse and she cleared her throat. She was
thankful the shadows covered her burning cheeks.
       Luke exited the car and approached her side. He
opened her door, still without a word.
       She got out, glanced up at him in the moonlight
flooding the garage entrance, and found her heart
pounding out of her chest. An irresistible force drew
her toward him. She fought it with every ounce of her
strength, turned and took two shaky steps away.
    "Rachel." 
     In one stride he was beside her. His hands touched
her shoulders and wheeled her around. Facing him, she trembled and every resolve she’d had all the past weeks
not to get involved, drained out her toes.


2) The Warm Romantic Scene of a First Kiss.


Luke whispered her name again, lifted her chin and gazed into her eyes. “You exclaimed over each dish at the restaurant. You wept over Madame Butterfly and forgot I was even there. You fell asleep as we drove back to the plantation—and I know you’re still keeping a secret of some kind—but,” his voice grew husky, “I give up, I’m mesmerized.” He gently drew her to him and kissed her lips, softly at first, then again, and this time the kiss was more startling and telling. When at last it ended, he pulled back and regarded her. 
The surprised, tender, protective attitude on his face baptized Rachel with awe and joy. Rainbows danced around her. Every fiber in her being recognized and responded to the look of love glowing on his strong countenance.  

3) The romantic scene should be followed by a reaction scene.

      "Good night." Rachel gathered her strength and
forced her legs to walk to the patio entrance. At the
door, she glanced back. He was propped against the
car watching her. He gave her a cute salute.
      In the house she floated up the stairs not daring to
let go of the railing. Was she dreaming or what?
A smile was permanently imprinted on her lips,
still warm from his kiss. As she prepared for bed, she
shook her head to no avail. She climbed between the
cool sheets and something like a chuckle escaped her
lips.
      Lying on her pillow, she floated in the moonlight
pouring through the top of the windows. Everything
she’d ever read about falling in love she now
acknowledged as true. Giddy, euphoric, happiness so
real she could almost touch it with her fingers. Surely,
love of this sort must be a wonderful gift from God.
      She closed her eyes and a sharp pain struck her heart
like an arrow. Doubts threatened to engulf her. “Dear
God, please let this be okay. I love Luke. I love him. And he
loves me. Please work it all out.”

Are you seeing how a prep scene and then a reaction scene are important to deliver the "kiss" scene? In my next blog, we will continue this chat.What has helped you write romance scenes? Have you found a formula or special work book to help you?

Please join the chat about romance! And share by clicking below.

Blessings,
Elva Cobb Martin






​Author Bio:
    
Elva Cobb Martin is president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers (2014-2017). She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson College and Erskine College. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried her articles. Summer of Deception, her debut inspirational romantic suspense novel is to be released March, 24, 2017, by Pelican Books. She has also contracted an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt, slated for release by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in May, 2017. She has published a Bible study, Power Over Satan, available on Amazon.com, and she coordinates an internet Prayer Task Force. Elva is represented by Jim Hart of Hartline Literary. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives with her husband Dwayne and a mini-dachshund writing helper, Lucy, and a parakeet named Tweetie, in Anderson, South Carolina. She would love for  you to connect with her on her web site www.elvamartin.com, her blog http://carolinaromancewit helvamartin.blogspot.com on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/Elvacobbmartin , Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin, and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elva cobbmartin/

Friday, March 24, 2017

NEW RELEASE ALERT 50% OFF MARCH 24

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50% off March 24 only for my debut novel
SUMMER OF DECEPTION inspirational romantic suspense. Discount is on publisher site only and for print and eBook   Click here :

The cover for Summer of Deception, my debut romantic suspense novel, has my hero/heroine on the front cover, lovely southern azaleas and Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, SC, my setting, that I renamed Barrett Hall. 






Summer of Deception 
A wounded warrior . . . a woman searching for truth.  

  Rachel Ann York has no idea that love, adventure, and a shocking revelation await her in Charleston, South Carolina. What can be better than spending a summer taking care of a five-year-old girl on a working tea plantation? Most importantly, she wants to investigate her brother's Atlantic plane crash and death reported by the Charleston Drug Enforcement Administration. 
        She arrives at Barrett Hall and discovers a handsome new owner and widower back from the Middle East War,the child's father,who knows nothing about her job offer by his deceased uncle. He threatens to send her home. 
        Even with his eye patch, bitterness and distrust, Luke Barrett captures Rachel's heart until the night she finds evidence he is following in the footsteps of his pirate ancestor, Captain Bloodstone, but in smuggling the white gold, cocaine, which cost her brother's life during his Carolina coastal investigation. 
         Rachel finds her faith tested by deception, danger and love. Will Luke find his faith again--and a second chance at love?     

I'm so glad you stopped by today! What do you think about my new release? Would love to hear your comments. And please do click on the social media icons below to share this special release day blog.

Blessings,
Elva Cobb Martin


​Author 
Elva Cobb Martin is president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers (2014-2017). She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried her articles. Summer of Deception, her debut inspirational romantic suspense novel is to be released March, 24, 2017, by Pelican Books. She has also contracted an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt, slated for release by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in May, 2017. She has published a Bible study, Power Over Satan, available on Amazon.com, and she coordinates an internet Prayer Task Force. Elva is represented by Jim Hart of Hartline Literary. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives with her husband Dwayne and a mini-dachshund writing helper, Lucy, and a parakeet named Tweetie, in Anderson, South Carolina. She would love for  you to connect with her on her web site www.elvamartin.com, her blog http://carolinaromancewit helvamartin.blogspot.com on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/Elvacobbmartin , Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin, and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elva cobbmartin/
   
  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Questions Interviewers Ask Me (and might ask YOU)

by Elva Cobb Martin

Today I would like to share some questions I am being asked in author interviews for the March 24th release of my debut novel, Summer of Deception. This might help you know me better, and also help prepare you for requested interviews. ( :


How long have you been writing?
 I have been writing stories and poems since seventh grade. I recall writing a story about a race horse winning a race, even with a broken leg. Only in fiction, my sweet teacher informed me! My writing grew naturally out of my great love of reading. As a child I was a voracious reader first of childhood fairy tales, then other fiction, like Black Beauty, Flicka, and Nancy Drew Mysteries. Later, I loved Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, and Poe. I’ve actually written dozens of poems myself, some of which were published in college anthologies. My most beloved book today, however, better than any fiction or poetry, is the Bible. I love studying it, teaching it, and confessing its great promises.

What was your most embarrassing moment as a writer?
Some years ago Charisma Magazine sent me to Virginia Beach to interview the Revs. John and Anne Gimenez for the magazine’s Most Outstanding Churches in America series. I invited a sweet elderly church lady to drive up with me. She turned out to be a nervous talker, and I overshot an exit to Virginia Beach, and ended up 60 miles out of the way. When we finally arrived at the church member’s house late, where we were to spend the night, I had a black headache and nausea. I barely said hello to the family and went straight to their bathroom and threw up. Wonder what they thought of the wonder woman Charisma sent to interview their pastors?

What spurred you to write this novel?
 I fell in love with an historic, romantic, southern plantation I toured in Charleston, South Carolina--Boone Hall. I also discovered some old newspaper clippings about a famous coastal drug investigation in the 1980’s organized by a U.S. Attorney, Henry McMaster. Those clippings led to the suspense plot in Summer of Deception. Henry McMaster, by the way, is the new Governor of South Carolina. Do I plan to send him copy of the book? In good southern vernacular: Yessirree.

What has been your most difficult challenge as an author?
Learning to write constantly in deep POV and showing, not telling. The two are definitely connected. 

How do you process the rejections and/or negative reviews?
Summer of Deception was rejected 26 times by editors and agents before I received a contract offer.  I learned from each rejection, kept polishing my craft, and refused TO GIVE UP!  Pastor Steven Furtick says it best: “Rejection is just a sign of a new direction.” I call myself a rewriter.

What do you feel is the best success so far in your writing career?
Receiving a contract on my first inspirational novel, Summer of Deception, and justifying to my wonderful husband all this time I spend at the computer and paying for writers’ conferences. ( :

What would be your top three pieces of advice to newer, up and coming authors?

1) Determine you will never give up or quit writing, revising, polishing, submitting, and praying over your writing.

2) Network with other writers, groups, and attend writing conferences. Writer friends and critiques are so important.

3) Learn how to choose and submit well to editors and agents by studying their sites and submission guidelines.

As a Christian author, what would you like your legacy to be?
I am not writing inspirational novels just to give someone  an exciting, satisfactory read, although that is certainly a goal. Never would I go through all this toil and effort for great sales either, although that is definitely a goal. My greatest desire is to impart some nugget of God’s truth that might help someone come to know Christ as Lord and Savior, or find a closer walk with Him, or a deeper faith in God’s blessing and power available to us, and do it through story, rather than preaching.

What is your current work in progress?
I am currently working on Book 2 in an historical series set in the 1700’s. Book 1, In a Pirate’s Debt, will be released by Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas (LPC) in May, 2017. (The photo is one of my sample covers I sent to the publisher.)

I also have a cozy mystery simmering on the back burner. (Hope it doesn’t boil dry before I get to it.)


So glad you dropped by. Have you another question for me?  Do leave a comment and it will be so appreciated if you click on the social media buttons below to share this blog. 

Blessings on your day,
Elva

 Elva Cobb Martin is president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers (2014-2017). She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried her articles. She has published a Bible study, Power Over Satan, available on Amazon.com. Summer of Deception, a release by Pelican Book Group, is her debut novel. She has also completed an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt, slated for release by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in May, 2017. Elva is represented by Jim Hart of Hartline Literary. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives with her husband Dwayne and a mini-dachshund writing helper, Lucy, in upstate South Carolina. She also leads an internet prayer task force praying for a Great Awakening. She would love for  you to connect with her and/or sign up for her newsletter. Email: elvacmartin@gmail.com; web site www.elvamartin.com, her blog http://carolinaromancewithelvamartin.blogspot.com;  Twitter http://twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin;   Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin, and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartin/








Thursday, February 16, 2017

Prepping for a Cover Design

by Elva Cobb Martin

As promised in my previous post today I want to share with you the information my publisher requested from me to help build the cover design for my debut novel being released in March, Summer of Deception. Here's the type of info you'll need to get ready for  YOUR novel cover! The below excerpt comes from a document my publisher sent to me. Their requests are in bold with my answers below. And this is not ALL the document by any means--just what relates to the front and back cover design.

COVER INFORMATION FOR AUTHOR                                                  PROMOTIONAL  SURVEY


* Do you prefer faces/people on your cover? Please specify.  

I prefer people and faces.

* Do you prefer a man or a woman on your cover?

Both, if possible, with a Southern mansion in the background and miniature dachshund and black Arabian stallion perhaps on the back spread. The hero could actually be shown astride the stallion on a beach on the back cover edge. The season is summer. See following sample pictures. (I didn’t get ALL of this but I was happy with the cover)

* If you would like people on your cover, please provide general physical descriptions including hair color, skin tone, and appropriate attire.

The Heroine is 22, a recent college grad in elementary education with long, thick dark curly hair, intelligent blue/green eyes and long dark lashes, fair complexion, height 5 ft., 8 inches, 125 pounds, tall, but small bones, willowy, but well-endowed, spunky, rides horseback, good cook, heart-shaped face with wide eyes, full lips, and well-defined but pretty nose. (a suggested photo sample follows in this doc.)  

Wears sun dresses, jeans, Bermuda shorts and pullovers, sandals, but also can dress up in lovely attire for evening out. Prefer the evening attire on cover, if possible.  (GOT THIS)


The Hero is 30, a wounded Marine Middle East war hero who wears eye patch, is physically very strong, dark tan, 6 ft., 4 inches tall, weight 210, all lean muscle, thick dark hair with a tendency to curl when wet, cut military short, has thin mustache, steel gray eyes but wears the patch over the left eye damaged in military, runs a modern southern plantation, rides black Arabian stallion and drives jeep over plantation, owns Mercedes and a Ferrari.
Large strong hands, square jaw, thin lips,
Every day wear: levis, black or khaki Marine t-shirts, army boots, cowboy hat
Dress up: black tie and tux, pullover knit shirts, khaki pants. If on front cover prefer him in dress up wear, if on back cover, in his rugged levis/Marine tee/cowboy hat as plantation hard worker.
(a suggested photo sample follows of the hero). For front cover, dress for hero and heroine should match as far as dress up or every day wear. (GOT DRESS UP)

Please provide a back cover blurb for your book. Please note: this is not a short synopsis or outline of your book. The purpose of this is to interest the readers, so it should be catchy and appealing. If you have never written a blurb before, I recommend starting by going online and reading several in your genre. Which make you want to read the book? Those are good examples.

Back Cover Copy: Is the owner of Barrett Hall a man of integrity or is he part of the secret drug smuggling society that caused her brother’s death?
Rachel York has no idea that love, danger and a shocking revelation await her in Charleston, South Carolina. What could be better than spending the summer taking care of a five-year-old girl on a southern tea plantation? Of vital importance, the Charleston location will allow Rachel to learn more about her brother’s reported death by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
She arrives and discovers a handsome new owner with whom to contend. The little girl’s widower father, Luke Barrett, is an unhappy, wounded, former Marine Corps Special Forces operative. He knows nothing about his deceased uncle’s job offer to Rachel and threatens to send her packing. Even with his eye patch, bitterness, and distrust, Luke begins to capture Rachel’s heart until the night she uncovers evidence he may be keeping his plantation solvent by allowing cocaine smuggling on his coastline.
Both Luke and Rachel conceal secrets. Peril and distrust, as well as love, test Rachel’s faith, and Luke’s struggle to find faith again. When all the deception rips asunder in a hurricane, will love survive?

Please provide two short, catchy phrases/selling points for your book.

These are often seen in advertisements and on the book cover. 5-10 words.

A wounded warrior . . . a woman searching for truth.

My original tag evolved into this final front cover tag:

A WOUNDED WARRIOR. A WOMAN SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS.
               CAN SHE RISK ALL TO UNCOVER THE TRUTH?

Cover/image examples. Please supply us with several examples of covers you like and feel carry the tone of what you would like to see on your cover. These need not be Prism covers--copy and paste them from anywhere. This greatly aids our artists in capturing the essence of the cover you are going for. (Here are a couple of cover ideas I submitted.)



Here is my final book cover!



How do you like this cover? Do you think the designer (Nicola Martinez, Pelican Book Group) did a good job using my information?  I gave her an A+.

In my next blog I will share some characterization pointers that helped me visualize and write about my main characters in Summer of Deception, an inspirational romantic suspense. And don't forget it will be released in March!

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Blessings and Onward!
Elva Cobb Martin






  
  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New Cover, Tag, & Galley Proofs

by Elva Cobb Martin



Drum Roll! Here’s the new cover of my inspirational romantic suspense novel, Summer of Deception, being released by Pelican Book Group in March. 

Tag: A wounded warrior, a woman searching for answers. Can she  risk all to uncover the truth?

Nicola Martinez, Editor-in-Chief of Pelican, designed this cover, and I think she did an excellent job. In my next blog I'll describe the information requested from me to help her build this cover and what you can do to get ready for your cover!

Next to seeing the cover design, I really do love to see the galley proofs of the novel. The interior is designed like it will be in the final printed book and it finally looks like a book.

The important thing to remember is that the galley is the last chance to make any small changes, like catch a misspelled word. BIG editing changes would have already been made in other edit rounds. Also the galley comes to you in a pdf file. Any changes you need to make have to be listed on a separate sheet of paper and sent to your editor in a list like:
Page ____  Line _____Edit _______

I am so happy this publisher numbered the lines in the galley so I can easily list the line number if I find an error. Another editor asked me to count paragraphs with no line numbers! 

Here's a sample of the galley proof and first lines of Summer of Deception. Of course when you try to copy from a pdf, you do lose a lot of the format. But this gives you an idea.

Chapter One
5
6 Charleston, South Carolina
7
8 Rachel York gasped when the taxi headlights
9 pierced the stormy night and illuminated Barrett Hall
10 in all its southern grandeur. Her travel fatigue faded,
11 and she leaned forward, energized, as the cab
12 crunched its way up the tree-lined shell drive to the
13 entrance. At the gate, she exited the auto with her
14 umbrella extended, and the taxi driver placed her large
15 bag and tote at her side. Rachel thanked him, paid him,
16 and hurried up the front walk, pulling her valise
17 behind her. The vehicle disappeared down the drive,
18 and darkness closed in as she made her way up the
19 front steps.

20 On the wide porch, she propped her umbrella
21 beside her suitcase, took a deep breath, and tried to
22 ignore a shiver of disquiet that traveled up her spine.
23 She would discover the truth. This summer job in
24 Charleston was her first step.

I try to ask at least two dear writer friends to help proof the galley with me, mainly to catch misspelled words that can manage to creep in.

I also like to set aside blocks of time to proof the galley at a few sittings so I can keep a good grasp of the story and details.

How do you like the cover?  Have you gotten to the galley stage? Would love to hear your comments. And please do click on the social media buttons below and share this article if you liked it.

Elva Cobb Martin