Well…we didn’t make it to Round 2 of the DABWAHA. But we were pretty darn close! (Like, 3 votes close.) So I’m not posting the first two chapters of my upcoming novella All or Nothing, but I AM posting just the first chapter early, as a thank you.
London June 1819
Simon Radcliffe-Gould didn’t even know why he kept coming back to this gaming hell.
Remember, if I get through this round, I will post the first two chapters of my upcoming novella All or Nothing, in which shy architect Simon Radcliffe-Gould asks irrepressible gambling den hostess Maggie da Silva to pose as his mistress so he can actually get some work done during his ex-boyfriend’s scandalous house party.
So way back in 2013 I noticed that Booklikes was using the wrong cover for Cecilia Grant’s A Gentleman Undone: a Polish-language scholarly book on medieval history with a distinctly scholarly-book cover. And then, a meme was born: re-cover romance novels to look like academic works. The rest is history.
Today, to celebrate my DABWAHA nomination (don’t forget to vote for True Pretenses tomorrow, Friday the 18th, from noon to midnight Eastern time) I’ll be making covers for other books in the contest! Let me know if you’ve got requests. To start off, here are covers for arch-nemeses Theresa Romain and Jeannie Lin!
So, y’all did it—True Pretenses made the Reader Nominated category in the DABWAHA!!!
(The DABWAHA is like March Madness for romance novels. It’s awesome. Basically, you predict which books will win a reader vote in each bracket and then the person who comes closest to predicting the actual results wins.)
Here is what I will do for each round I make it through:
If I make it to Round 2, I will post the first two chapters of my upcoming novella, All or Nothing, about an architect who asks a gambling den hostess to pose as his mistress so he can actually get some work done during his ex-boyfriend’s scandalous house party.
If I make it to Round 3, I will post my school photos from grades K-8. If you think you might ever want to blackmail me I highly recommend you make sure I get to Round 3 because there is some great material in there.
If I make it to Round 4, I will livetweet the Paul Giamatti John Adams mini-series.