Nervous Rattles

Posted Wed, 06/22/16

Last week I signed a supplementary POD contract (print-on-demand) for all eight books in the Collective Obsessions Saga (written by me as Deidre Dalton). I always get nervous when signing contracts because they give me the queasy feeling of being "locked in" for a stretch of time with no avenue of escape (likely related to my relationship commitment phobia). There's no backing out now!

Signatures on CLP POD contract

New covers are being designed for the paperback editions of the eight novels. I'm perhaps most anxious to see the new cover for book #3 The Twain Shall Meet, for which I gave quite a bit of suggestive input. The physical appearance of the main male character is based on a real person (but my lips remain forever sealed as to his true identity). Hopefully he will be as near as can get for the paperback cover. He inspired many of the new "bonus" scenes I wrote back in February for the book's reissue this year.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it comes to pass without a hitch . . .

Front and back cover design for paperback edition of "The Advent." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.*POSTSCRIPT (06/26/16): The Advent (book #1 in the Collective Obsessions Saga) became available in paperback at Amazon as of this morning. I wasn't really expecting such a quick turnaround as we just signed off on the new front and back cover design for the paperback edition last week (see picture at right; click on image to view larger size in new window). I had no idea it was going to happen so fast. When I saw the email from my publisher this afternoon, I nearly choked on my tea. Being published NEVER gets old. If I could dance a jig on the moon, I would!

Front and back cover design for paperback edition of "Quixotic Crossings." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.*POSTSCRIPT (06/29/16): The paperback edition of Quixotic Crossings (book #2 in the Collective Obsessions Saga) is now available at Amazon. The storyline takes place between 1926 and 1958, focusing on established characters Claude Mondoux, Phoebe McGarren, Colleen Larkin and Colm Sullivan. Molly Larkin also makes several ghostly appearances in Quixotic Crossings. As for book #3 in the series (The Twain Shall Meet), it may take a bit longer for its paperback release as new scenes I wrote for the novel are currently being edited, and the new book cover has yet to be finalized. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all eight books in the family saga are out in paperback by summer's end.

Front and back cover design for paperback edition of "The Twain Shall Meet." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.*POSTSCRIPT (02/11/17): The Twain Shall Meet (book #3 in the Collective Obsessions Saga) became available in paperback at Amazon today. The book contains 60 pages of extra content, including new scenes and dialog. An innocent meeting as children sparks a fateful yet perilous liaison between Shannon Larkin and Mike Sullivan. Will their romance follow the same tragic path forged by their mutual ancestors Colm and Molly? Three novels down, five more to go!

Front and back cover design for paperback edition of "Enthrallment." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.*POSTSCRIPT (03/06/17): Enthrallment (book #4 in the Collective Obsessions Saga) became available in paperback at Amazon today. George Sullivan reunites with his long-lost love Susan O'Reilly. Their daughter Carly enters into an unholy alliance to secure her position as Liam Larkin's wife. As secrets unfold and more madness takes root, Carly plots a twisted scheme to exact revenge on the Larkin family. Four novels down, four more to go!

*Related Blog Posts: Nervous Rattles (06/22/16), Twain Cover History (01/26/17) and Enthrallment Cover History (03/03/17).

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