Monday, July 11, 2011

Unspeakably Desirable, a bit more

It went live within hours at Barnes & Noble and almost immediately there were sales.  So thank you very much whoever you were; it is much appreciated after years of working on this book.  I don't know how readers find books, this process is always a surprise to me given that I do zero publicity.

Unspeakably Desirable contains many photos, one after each chapter.  I'm sorry for those with B&W readers who won't get the full enjoyment out of the images but I believe in the next few years everyone will have either a color reader or a tablet with a color screen so I'm just preparing for that eventuality now.

Do I think all novels should be illustrated?  Yes, if it's appropriate.  And I certainly believe all books will have added content in the near future.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Unspeakably Desirable

Yes, NLM2 is finished.  Its title is Unspeakably Desirable.
No, it's not live yet but it will be within hours at Barnes & Noble and in a couple days at Amazon.

This is the blurb:

A lot of people come to your door unannounced and unbidden when you're a pastry chef with a good reputation, but not many as handsome or as self-confident as Asher Lau.  He was sent by my brother-in-law because there was an emergency Thanksgiving Day feast required.  This was a crisis I was supposed to solve in four days.  Asher Lau was a lawyer, too, like my brother-in-law and had some kind of television show on cable.  So you can see how he had absolutely everything working against him--I don't like lawyers, I don't watch television and a pretty boy had just put me in many thousands of dollars in debt.

That was my green light to fall head over heels in love.  Ash claimed he was crazy about me, too.  Which all would have been fine if he didn't have a loony girlfriend with unbelievable appetites.  (Some of these acts I had never heard of before, I swear to you.  I thought you only did them to a turkey.)

I figured I would never hear from him again after Thanksgiving.  Well, then that extended to Christmas.  By the time the sanitation engineers were sweeping up confetti in Times Square, I was sure Asher Lau would be out of my life.

But by National Flashlight Day, I knew this was the man I had to spend the rest of my life with.  Unfortunately, the ex-girlfriend insisted on marrying him first.  And then there was that fan no one counted on.  People will do the nuttiest things out of desperation.

I could even understand why everyone fell in love with Ash the moment they saw him.  He was, after all, Unspeakably Desirable. –Bel Miller

This is the cover art:

I did do all the photography with my new Nikon D7000 which I love to pieces.  I did make all the desserts except the tiny tarts.  That means yes, I did make the banana tart on the cover!

And yes, I'm working on another book that I expect will be out this month or early next.  Now, before that confirms what some people think--that I'm just throwing words at the screen willy-nilly, it's a short cookbook and it's a ton of work.  I have to create the recipes, create the dish and then create the photo shoot.  Then I have to work on the image in the computer to make sure it will zing your eye in your reading device, as much as I was visually excited in real life.  So yes, it's very labor-intensive.

I hope you enjoy Bel's story.