After much nagging, I got Collin to create collages of all of my novels. The first group are the ebooks I self-pubbed. The Unicorn’s Daughter was originally published by Berkley as A Time for Legends. I restored the title I gave it because I got tired of people asking me the meaning of the title the publisher chose (I’d have to respond with, “I have no idea.”). They retitled Alexander’s Empire with Dance of the Gods (original title now restored). I did keep Angels at Midnight because I was never too fond of its working title (Alliance). Cover designs by my talented son, Collin!
Group Two: the Berkley books. Fellow authors and I decided the first four looked like DeBeers ads! As for Luck of the Draw, well, I’d already left the publishing house by then, so I got the generic cover. (I actually saw that cover on another author’s “dump”–bookstore display). Oh, well.
Group Three: my “Toni Collins” Silhouette romantic comedies. These books were a blast to write and the editorial staff great to work with. I hadn’t planned to write them, I only did the first, Ms. Maxwell and Son, on a dare–but I found they were unexpected fun! I’m doing something very similar now with Superhero in Training and Sucker-Punched.
And I have something new in the works, something I’ve never done before and never thought I’d do: short stories. My good friend and fellow author Shelly Arkon just released a wonderful short story, The Partners’ Progeny, as an ebook (cover also by Collin). I found I have some stories of my own to tell…stories from my existing characters’ pasts. Coming up: how Lynne (Chasing the Wind) and ex-husband Darcy met and fell in and out of love…Darcy’s subsequent romance with FBI agent Caitlin Hammond in the wake of 9/11…Alex’s (An Army of Angels, soon to be published) first love, destroyed by his selfish, manipulative “father”…and more.
(Also posted at Beishir Books.)