Is It My Imagination . . .?
Or is that Jon Bon Jovi on the cover of my latest book THE SEDUCTION OF SCANDAL?
I love the Avon covers. (No, I don’t have a lot of input and that may be a good thing!) I’ve been a fan as far back as the “ribbon books.” Anyone remember the ribbon books?
Years ago I heard a cover artist tell the story of a lecture he received by an Avon Books Art Director. The Art Director walked into the class room and, without a word, started putting covers on the board. Rows and rows and rows. She then turned to the art illustration class, her back to all of these covers, and announced, “A good cover is one you want to lick.”
The artist said he “got it.” He understood what she meant.
I do too. I adore the colors on the cover of THE SEDUCTION OF SCANDAL and I also like the “clench.” For awhile we went away from the clench. Covers portrayed baskets of flowers or a glove or fan, but now the clench is back with a vengeance.
However, what I like best on THE SEDUCTION OF SCANDAL cover is the K.I.S.S. and Teal label on the book’s cover. Avon Books has donated $25,000 to ovarian cancer research and has also committed to donating 25¢ from the sale of each book, physical and eBook, in the “K.I.S.S. and Teal” promotion between 8/30/2011 and 2/28/2012, up to an additional $25,000 toward programs that support ovarian cancer patients and their families. More important, the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer are printed on the back page of every September book.
Ovarian cancer is a killer cancer just because there are no early diagnostic tests. Of the 21,000 women who will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, 15,000 will die because the cancer has been discovered too late. It is important we learn the signs and share them. And for your information, those signs are: bloating; pelvic and abdominal pain; difficulty eating or feeling full quickly; and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency). I know, I know, too common, right? You are correct. But if you are feeling any of those symptoms on a daily basis, please, get yourself to a doctor. Or in historical terms, hie thee to a doctor!
I know you are busy. I know you are juggling far too many tasks and heading into the doc for bloating isn’t something you want to do right now. I know money is tight. But please do it anyway. Think about the statistics–15,000 out of the 21,000 diagnosed with ovarian cancer will not survive. Better the doc tells you it is nothing to worry about than finding yourself one of the 15,000 ovarian cancer patients who will not beat this disease.
And so what do you get for your money if you help the cause and buy THE SEDUCTION OF SCANDAL?
Well, readers met the heroine Corinne in HIS CHRISTMAS PLEASURE. She is the cousin betrothed to Lord Freddie Sherwin whom she cannot, will not, never, ever, forever abide. She is determined not to marry him, even if it means running away. Of course, that is where the real fun begins. And isn’t life like that? You finally decide to take a desperate measure whether it is finding a new job, joining a dating service, enrolling the kids in a new school and suddenly things you didn’t plan for begin to happen.