Travel Tuesday–Heist Edition

Due to some unforeseen computer problems last week (thanks so much Microsoft), I had a couple of days when I had to work at simply getting my laptop up and running correctly again. Which meant I lost two days of actual worktime and didn’t get to post a Friday Freebie highlighting the Chapter Two excerpt of Bronzed Betrayals on Wattpad. So, since versatility is my middle name anymore, I’m posting the link here to the excerpt and calling it a Travel Tuesday offering because the excerpt lets readers follow behind Laurel as she journeys to her latest “reclamation” destination. Today’s location is the Knightsbridge area in London, and you can Read the Excerpt for Chapter Two for free on Wattpad.

If you missed reading the Chapter One excerpt, you can Click Here to read from the beginning on Wattpad. If you start with Chapter One, at the very bottom of the excerpt is an orange Continuation bar that you can click to shoot over to Chapter Two and keep reading. And yes, I will be posting Chapter Three soon so keep an eye on this blog space 🙂

In the meantime, don your black catsuit, grab your electronic gizmos, and follow Laurel Beacham on this Travel Tuesday–Heist Edition to see if she can reclaim the stolen art!

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Come Join in for the Fun and Celebration!

Gigi Pandian and I will be on Facebook this weekend–Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th–to celebrate our new releases Michelangelo’s Ghost and Abstract Aliases. Lots of fun, discussions, and prizes on the way. Stop by, enter the daily fun contest, and come back the next day for more fun and festivities. The photo collage below gives you your first hint about the contests, and here’s the event page if you want to click the Interested or Going button so Facebook will send you an event reminder and update you on posts, just Click Here. Hope to see you there!gigi-ritter-art-facebook-collage-promo-1

Exciting Day Around Here! Book Cover Reveals!

COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES coverIII’m pretty good at keeping secrets when I have to–But I don’t really like to. Especially when it involves new book covers.  I’ve been really good at keeping  these covers secret–but now that my publisher, Henery Press, has made them public, I get to show them off as well!

A couple of months ago, I signed a contract with Henery Press for my Bodies of Art series. They’re releasing the first two books in a few months, and they’ve contracted for three more books to come out in the next few years.

The last Friday in July, my lovely editor, Erin, sent me a request from the art department, asking if I had anything in particular I’d like to see incorporated into the covers. Well, let me tell you–I may write art mysteries, but I know my creativity is firmly with words–not creating pictures. So I have no problem letting design people work their graphic magic without a lot of my interference.

However, I didn’t want to sound like I wasn’t a team play and wanted to check out completely, so I sent in some ideas that rattled around in my brain. Things like:

  • An empty frame or an empty art case could be used to tie together the books in the series.
  • I really wanted something that gave readers a clue that this was a caper-type-mystery, fast and fun.
  • I mentioned the different settings for each book, in case landmarks could be incorporated somehow into the cover designs.

Then I reiterated that I didn’t want to really direct them in anything, because I knew a design artist could do something a million times better than anything I could dream up in a cover, so not to feel they had to use my ideas if better inspiration came along. Then I hurriedly hit the SEND button so I wouldn’t write anything more.

And I was amazed by what came back!MARKED MASTERS cover

From the funky font Kendel used for the second line to give the caper vibe, to incorporating specific landmark shots into the frames of the pictures in the display, to the empty frame idea that I almost didn’t mention–Truly, I couldn’t have asked for anything I would ever have liked better. She took my tiny idea sparks and made something outstanding. As soon as I saw the first cover I knew she’d nailed it! When I saw the second cover, I was positive!

Now, I can’t wait to finish writing the third book so I can see the next book cover masterpiece 🙂