Here’s what I wrote: “Readers tend to expect male/male books to be erotic romance. SHIFT HAPPENS is a more of a paranormal action adventure. To address this, we used illustration rather than photos. The author name and rainbow bar are used across all my books to indicate GBLT themes and my branding.”
Here’s what Joel had to say:
“Fantastic illustration style for an ebook cover, I’d love to see more like this one.”
Awesome right? I know!
But then he added: “I can understand the rainbow is important to your branding, but it’s on the border of intrusive.”
And that surprised me. We’re not talking art here, we’re talking marketing. It’s a sales tool. It’s packaging. The convention for m/m romance is to show two men on the cover, often of the naked-torso variety. Not all, of course. Established authors can move into other designs, but I wanted it easily recognizable. Hence the rainbow.
And when all the books in the series are lined up, each one uses the same sparkly background picked out in a strong colour from the rainbow. I think they look awesome and that it works as a marketing tool. The bright colours and use of illustrations rather than photos makes them stand out among GBLT covers. What do you think?
USA TODAY called it “a mash-up of a detective novel, horror story and modern-day romance.”(And gave it 5 stars)
I call it fun-tasy. Dark in places, light in others. Overall, a Whedon-esque balance of fun and fright!
More from USA TODAY: “I loved the way Ms. Grant developed the nuances of this story. Lost Boys 2.0 is a character-driven book wrapped in an intricate plot that runs smoothly.” Read the whole review here.
LOST BOYS 2.0: If you can’t join ‘em, beat ‘em.
Book #2 of the B.O.O. Series (You needn’t have read SHIFT HAPPENS to enjoy LOST BOYS 2.0.)
Trapped outside the world, unlikely hero Thaddeus Wright must partner with sexy Secret Agent Peter Pan to save a new generation of Lost Boys.
Thaddeus Wright would love to forget his childhood. A bi-racial bastard orphaned at four, he was the very definition of sin, according to the strict and disapproving grandparents who raised him. Twenty years later, Thad works with at-risk youth as both coach and counselor. Even after his grandparent’s spare-the-rod, spoil-the-child parenting, Thad just wants to help people. But when three young boys he coaches go missing, he’s the prime suspect.
Especially when he goes missing himself!
That’s when paranormal policing agency Borderless Observers Org. (B.O.O.) sends in recent recruit Peter Batique on his first solo mission. Peter had another name once, but he’s all grown up now and looking to prove himself an adult and a capable agent. However, after a hundred years as an unruly boy in Neverland, growing up holds some pretty unique challenges for Peter.
Despite their differences, Thad and Peter must learn to work together to rescue a whole new generation of Lost Boys and take down the black market shadow dealer responsible.
Can Thad learn he’s worthy of love? Can Peter finally grow up? Can the Lost Boys be found?
LOST BOYS 2.0: A new adult, gay, contemporary paranormal adventure romance
Full-length novel, approx. 250 pages. Available in both digital and print formats.
Thank you kindly.
Lost Boys 2.0 releases tomorrow! It’s Book #2 in the Tales of B.O.O. series. (But it stands alone.)
GLOWING PRAISE FROM USA TODAY: “I loved the way Ms. Grant developed the nuances of this story. Lost Boys 2.0 is a character-driven book wrapped in an intricate plot that runs smoothly.”
And I completed the first draft Mysterical yesterday. It’s Book #3!
I’ve even got a cover: Ta da!
Sex, drugs, and a blinding reaction. Can false arrest lead to true love?
Detective Tyler Colt meant to arrest the rent boy—really, he did—but finds himself taking the pretty young man home instead. Then Det. Colt meant just to kiss the boy, just once. Just to calm him down. But one thing leads to another and the next thing he knows… Colt’s naked and blind! Just what has this kid done to him?
Next up are handcuffs, hospital visits and a heartfelt apology. Given their rocky start, can our two guys live happily ever after?
A sexy m/m contemporary cop romance (previously published as Lust in Translation in the charitable anthology I Do from MLR Press)
Short story, approx. 55 pages. Available in digital format.
Particular favourites include… Assume the Position by Storm Grant (where a hooker isn’t entirely what he seems and a cop gets rather more than he bargained for)… Anne Brooke
“Assume the Position ” is the best story for the anthology…. What a fresh and original story. The story had great characterization, not only just filled with some steamy sex scenes and overall just a great piece. This is another author to look out for. Rainbow Reviews
This story contains a lot of good qualities such as strongly written action scenes, vivid sensory detail, and male characters who seem like believable men. Obsidian Bookshelf
From a one night stand to something more is only a brief path, in a very nice and mostly funny story. Elisa Rolle
His years working Vice led him by habit through the dirtiest sections of town, the parts the tourist brochures never mention, but the tourists often found anyway.
Neon signs advertising pawn shops and discount liquor stores glowed dimly behind metal grates. Boarded-up, burned-out buildings lined one entire block. Shot-out streetlamps stood uselessly like blind watchmen. Great lakes of rainwater formed on the road where clumps of wet garbage blocked the sewers. The smell of rotting filth overpowered the pine-fresh scent of the little air freshener dangling from the mirror. Neither hooker nor john ventured out on a night like this.
Tyler white-knuckled the steering wheel, his SUV hydroplaning around the corner. “Goddamn it!” He cursed the road, the SUV, the weather and most of all his Goddamn friends who’d convinced him to meet them for drinks and then begged off. “You’re all a bunch of wimps!” he yelled at the road.
He drove cautiously through the storm, unable to remember the last time he’d seen weather this crappy. Must have been a couple years back, at least. He’d been on stakeout and—
He slammed on the brakes so violently his seatbelt locked, knocking the air from his lungs. The car fishtailed wildly out of control. Skidding sideways, the vehicle finally came to a stop just inches from the bedraggled guy meandering in the street in front of him. The drunk or whatever staggered straight into his SUV even though he’d come to a halt. He careened off the bumper only to wander into the other lane.
Continued . . .
GYM DANDY, my first full length boy-meets-boy romance, re-releases this week.
Here’s the new cover:
I’m noticing a slight similarity. You?
This is because I purchased the rights to that art after commissioning it exclusively for the book. I had gone on to Deviant Art and run a “bake off” by posting that I’d pay $100 to anyone who came up with a great cover for my book. Now this was 2008 so I had no idea what to offer. Several artists tendered drawings, and I loved this one by Miss Martinez. Once we had the final artwork, she signed a release and I sent her a cheque for $150. I was that pleased.
Deana C. Jamroz dropped in the titles for the MLR version, which looked great!
Now, my new fave cover artist, Willsin Rowe, reworked the titles to include the nifty new identifying banner he’d designed and now we have… ta da! A same-only-different cover for the re-release.
The text has been edited a little… and proofed a lot.