Help! Cover decision and book blurb for THE BUTTERFLY MURDERS #amwriting #writerslife

This is one of those books that I’ve been working on for like EVER, but I’m finally ready to give it wings…I’m getting ready to load it to Kindle Scout. It’s with copy editor, so hoping in the next month. But, I’m not sure which cover I should go with…and I think the blurb sucks…so, bring on the comments! What cover? And does the blurb make you want to read the book? Feel free to make suggestions on the blurb. I can write these for other people, but never for myself!

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The last two years have been hell for Detective Shane Rogers. First, his wife is killed in a car accident. A year later, his son’s rare heart condition takes a turn for the worse, forcing Shane to go on administrative duty. But now that his son is thriving after a successful heart transplant, Shane decides it’s time for him to go back to homicide. His first day on the job, he’s assigned to the gruesome murder of a congressman’s fourteen-year-old daughter. He knew it was going to be a tough case when the killer had removed the girl’s eyes.
 
Special Agent Kara Martin has spent the last thirteen years doing whatever she could to forget everything about her hometown… where her parents had been murdered. She thought she could avoid Rochester, but when a congressman’s daughter is murdered she finds herself not only back in a place she said she’d never return, but working with a man she thought she’d never see again. A man she once loved… until she broke his heart.
 
Shane and Kara are thrust together in one of the toughest cases their careers and in the background their past taunts them.
 
As they begin to come to terms with the past, the bodies pile up. With each new murder, the killer takes a different organ that is commonly harvested. An organ they had received in the form of a transplant.
 
And now Shane’s son has been kidnapped…

Writing More than one Book at a Time? Is it possible?

It’s possible. And I do it.

When I tell people I work on more than one fiction book at a time I always get the same question: How to do you keep the characters straight and make sure they are different?

The key is the ability to put out of sight, out of mind…without losing the ability to dream about the characters and story.

The other day I was walking down the steps to our condo in high heels. My husband and I were on our way out to dinner with friends. As I came down the outside steps my husband said, “you look like you are drunk.”

I laughed and said, “I’m daydreaming about Delaney and Josh.”

He replies, “Who the F are they?” Of course, he knows they are two fictional characters, but one of the ways I working on character development, plotting, and pacing is by constantly visualizing the scenes in my head. I often type notes to myself in my phone so I don’t forget neat things that reveal themselves. I also don’t follow my mind exclusively because as I write, other things are revealed.

I almost always have two books going and sometimes three…

To Protect His Own
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For the last two months I’ve been writing the draft of DEADLY SEDUCTION, which comes out on 23 May, 2017. I’m about 50k into when I got the edits back on TO PROTECT HIS OWN, which comes out on 20 March 2017, so I had to stop the draft and go back to the other book. This is an easy transition for me because its the same world. Both books are in the NY State Trooper series. That said, I have to literally put Josh and Delaney out of my head.

Now, I just got my final Beta Read on THE BUTTERFLY MURDERS and I’m pondering going through that, making a few changes, then get back to DEADLY SECRETS…actually, I just made my decision. The former first because I can do that in a couple of days.

So, I’m really not writing two books at the same time, but I can put a draft on hold to deal with something else, flipping between the characters.

Back to the cave cave…

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