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When I originally envisioned a cover for my chick lit novel, Between Boyfriends, I saw a detailed picture of my protagonist Jan and the two men in her life. On one side would be a small picture of San Diego State University’s Love Library where Jan’s ex-boyfriend Mike breaks her heart. On the other side was a picture of the fictional massage therapy school I invented. The background was sky blue. Yet when I went to design the cover for the ebook version, everything changed. Suddenly I wanted simple. I always admired Emily Giffin’s minimalist covers. Each cover has primarily one element and no background. I also decided I wanted pink. Cliché or no, I love pink and I really love pink and black together. I was still a bit nervous though until a friend criticize the cover as too pink. That’s when I knew I had struck gold. Read more
Today marks stop #10 of my blog tour. I'm showing an excerpt of my novel, Between Boyfriends, which is free November 2 on Amazon and Amazon UK. We are picking up after the prologue where Jan's boyfriend just dumped her, revealing he never loved her in the process. She thought he was the one. I hope all of you are enjoying the game. In case you have forgotten the prize, I am giving away a signed copy of Janet Evanovich's novel Motor Mouth and a signed picture of country music singer Lauren Alaina. All you have to do is comment on this blog entry and the other stops of my tour. Links and details here. Good luck!
He never loved me.
The words circled around and around inside her head until they seemed to burst out her ears. Her thoughts swirled angrily in front of her face, crashing against the Egyptian cotton walls of her 1,000 thread-count sanctuary. Suddenly, she couldn’t breathe; she was choking on the spinning truths.
I need out.
Jan threw the covers violently from her. She emerged from her burrow of sweaty sheets, tear-stained pillows, and used tissues squinting like a broken-hearted groundhog with a cold. She gasped for air. One hand pressed anxiously to her chest, bringing her awareness to the hollow feeling underneath the soft cotton of her Tinkerbell sweatshirt. Her hand drifted to the several layers of tears, snot, and perspiration she wore along with the pink sweatshirt, wiping the sleep from her eyes.
Harsh sunlight filtered into her bedroom window exposing her face to the sun for the first time in days. Jan cringed from the light. Her stomach grumbled halfheartedly. A wadded up tissue hung in her hair. She barely noticed as she continued to fill her lungs with fresh oxygen.
As her breathing regulated, her arms swept unconsciously about her in their daily wake-up ritual, searching first for a Tic Tac to battle morning breath and secondly for her cell phone. She found the phone quickly enough once her eyes adjusted to the light and peered at it longingly. It was top-of-the-line and almost impossible to use thanks to its numerous features. Jan loved the phone despite its complexities. It was cute and impossible. Her favorite combination.
Her shoulders slumped when she didn’t see a single missed call, text message or voicemail alert flashing at her from the phone’s cover.
She sighed, feeling more abandoned and alone than before.
Curious how long she had been on vacation from reality, Jan pressed the side button on the phone, causing the backlight to illuminate the outside display. Relief flooded through her as she read “Sunday” in tiny black letters on the screen. Her next massage therapy class wasn’t until Monday afternoon. Even though the quarter had just started, she had already missed all the classes she was allowed without failing automatically.
Wait a minute. “I’ve been lying here for two freaking days,” she exclaimed with a healthy mixture of surprise and disgust. She tossed the phone back onto the nightstand where it hit with a loud clunk and slid unnoticed onto the floor. Jan hurriedly attempted to vault out of bed. Unfortunately, she had wrapped her designer sheets so tightly around her that as she flung herself toward the bathroom, her foot caught in the bedding and she nosedived into the carpet.
She hit with a loud thud and a squeak of surprise. Pain exploded in her nostrils as blood trickled out. Tears welled up in her eyes. Using her anger to fight a desire to give up on life, Jan rolled over onto her back and pinched her nose with her right hand to stop the flow of blood. Her left hand yanked at the sheets trapping her foot.
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Announcing new prizes for my blog tour! Follow the tour and be entered to win an autographed copy of New York Times Best-Selling author Janet Evanovich's Motor Mouth or an autographed picture of American Idol star Lauren Alaina. Plus everyone can download a FREE copy of Between Boyfriends on November 2. Visit my Blog Tour page for all the details.
Sarka-Jonae is going on tour... a blog tour. October 19 to November 2 to promote a new Amazon giveaway on November 2. And now announcing new prizes for my blog tour! Follow the tour and be entered to win an autographed copy of New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich's Motor Mouth or an autographed picture of American Idol star Lauren Alaina. Plus everyone can download a FREE copy of Between Boyfriends on November 2.
Simply visit each of the 16 stops (on 15 blogs) on my blog tour and leave a comment so we know you were there. Leave a comment on my Between Boyfriends blog with your name and email address to be entered into the drawing on November 5. The winner gets to pick which prize he or she wants. Dates so far include:
Only people who comment on every blog post are eligible to win. Also, check out Hollywood & Vine magazine for an article about Between Boyfriends. Don't forget to pick up your FREE copy of Between Boyfriends on Amazon or Amazon UK on November 2.
Sárka-Jonae's humorous novel is now part of Amazon's KDP Select. This means that Amazon Prime members can borrow it any time for free! Kindle books do not have to read only on Kindles. You can also read them for free on smart phones, computers and tablets with a free Kindle app.
Between Boyfriends is available on Amazon and Amazon UK.
Books2Heart is a website dedicated to Indie authors and readers. The site features me on August 6.
Earlier this year, Chick Lit Central: The Blog began featuring three books each week as part of a Book of the Week series. Between Boyfriends was selected for the second week, along with Tracie Banister's Blame it on the Fame and Irene Woodbury's A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis. See the post here and get other wonderful suggestions for new chick-lit novels.