Guest Post: Carrie Butler, Author of Strength – Cover Dissection


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Today I’m hosting my Sapphire Star Publishing sister, Carrie Butler, on her book blog tour. I’ve read STRENGTH and loved it. One of my favorite lines: “My hopes for pie died on the sidewalk.” Carrie is brilliant at intertwining humor with tension. Find her post on writing a funny MC here, and read my review of her book on GoodReads here.

Take it away, Carrie…

Thank you so much for having me over, Natasha! 🙂 You may remember the Covers & Colors post I did last year, discussing how subtle details give readers expectations—some they may not even be aware of. We listed words associated with different colors and highlighted books that represent their genres well. So, I thought it would be cool to dissect my own cover for everyone…

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Kind of fun, isn’t it? I challenge you guys to scrutinize the cover of a book you’re currently reading, and then see how accurately it represents the work. Or, if you’re up for a challenge, find a book you haven’t read and make guesses about it. Covers may speak a secret language, but their meanings are open to interpretation. Feel free to draw your own conclusions! 🙂

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About The Book

Title: Strength
Series: Mark of Nexus – Book 1
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR)
Formats: E-Book & Paperback
Paperback ISBN:
9781938404351
E-book ISBN:
9781938404368

Available at: AmazonKindleBarnes and NobleNook, Sony Reader Store, Kobo, Diesel, Baker & Taylor.  Be sure to keep an eye on Carrie’s Pinterest Retailers board. She updates it whenever STRENGTH pops up somewhere. 🙂

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Summary

When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.

Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation—and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few minor setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…

Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace’s powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.

They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do—even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.

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Praise

“Carrie Butler is now on my must read list.” ~Lynn Rush, author of Violet Midnight

“I carried Strength with me everywhere. Grocery shopping, the dinner table, you name it. The storyline was addictive, and the characters were hilarious. I couldn’t put it down.” ~Jessica Therrien, author of Oppression

“…Carrie Butler’s debut novel is brilliant, riveting, imaginative and seamlessly written.” ~Lisa Regan, author of Finding Claire Fletcher

“This is definitely one to buy for the bookshelf.” – All’s Fair with Pen and Paper

“I love that Carrie took so much time in building the relationship between them. Yay for no instalove!” – Read It, Reviewed It

“I freaking loved every last word on every page.” Scelest’s Journal

“I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who’s interested in reading a bloody good book. :)” – The Life of a Total Book Nerd

“I devoured this book in two days – staying up until the early hours because I didn’t want to stop reading!” – Kyra Lennon, author of Game On

“I love when a ‘bad guy’ has me feeling unsure about his ‘bad guy’ status. I won’t say more, as to not give anything away, but Butler does a fabulous job walking this line.” – Kelley Lynn, author of Fraction of Stone

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About the Author

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Carrie daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams.

Where to find Carrie:

WEBSITE  |  BLOG  |  PUBLISHER  |  TWITTER  |  FACEBOOK  |  GOODREADS  |  GOOGLE+

Where to find Strength:

BOOK PAGE  |  GOODREADS  |  PUBLISHER  |  FACEBOOK  |  PINTEREST  |  BOOK TRAILER

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Release Day: Strength by Carrie Butler!


Strength

Title: Strength
Series: Mark of Nexus – Book 1
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR)
Release Date: March 07, 2013

Available at: AmazonKindleBarnes and Noble, and Nook. More retailers will be added in the coming weeks, i.e. Sony Reader Store, iBookstore, Kobo, etc. Be sure to keep an eye on Carrie’s Pinterest Retailers board. She updates it whenever STRENGTH pops up somewhere. 🙂

Strength

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Summary

When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.

Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation—and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few minor setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…

Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace’s powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.

They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do—even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.

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The BIG Giveaway!

Did I mention there’s a HUGE giveway, too. There’s a chance to win $25 Visa Gift Card, a signed copy of STRENGTH, a signed poster of STRENGTH,  Two Ghirardelli Dark & Caramel Chocolate Squares, Collectable Pins, Bookmarks, and Tats.

Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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About the Author

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Carrie daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams.

Where to find Carrie:

WEBSITE  |  BLOG  |  PUBLISHER  |  TWITTER  |  FACEBOOK  |  GOODREADS  |  GOOGLE+

Where to find Strength:

BOOK PAGE  |  GOODREADS  |  PUBLISHER  |  FACEBOOK  |  PINTEREST BOOK TRAILER

Book Review: Strength by Carrie Butler


StrengthTitle: Strength
Author: Carrie Butler
Genre: 
Paranormal Romance, College Romance
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing (March 7, 2013)
Reading level: New Adult
ISBN-13: 978-1938404351
Find it: Amazon (paperback version available now)

Summary
When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.

Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation–and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…

Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace’s powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.

They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do–even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.

Personal Reaction
I loved this book! I found the main character, Rena, very likable and humorous. She’s a down to earth, yet determined character with a huge heart. And Wallace (*fans self*) YUM! He’s a handsome and mysterious character with a dark secret. I enjoyed watching the relationship between Rena and Wallace grow from friends into something more. Butler did a fantastic job creating a well-rounded cast of supporting characters such as Gabby, Aiden, Cole, and Clara.

Strength by Carrie Butler is a witty, captivating, and engaging read.

Recommended?
Absolutely!

Cover Reveal for STRENGTH by Carrie Butler


 

 

Congratulations to Carrie Butler on her debut novel STRENGTH! I cannot wait to get my hands on this book.

Designer: Carrie Butler
Photographer: Yuri Arcurs

Series: Mark of Nexus – Book 1
PublisherSapphire Star Publishing  
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR)
Release Date: March 07, 2013

When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.

Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation—and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few minor setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…

Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace’s powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.

They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do—even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.

Click to see STRENGTH Book Trailer

Where to find Carrie:

WEBSITE   •   BLOG   •    SSP  •   TWITTER   •   FACEBOOK   •   GOODREADS   •   GOOGLE+

Where to find STRENGTH:

BOOK PAGE   •   GOODREADS   •   FACEBOOK (New!) 

 

Encouragement & NA Poll results


We could all use a little encouragement now and then. It’s so easy to become discouraged. So, today I’m sharing a few Pins I’ve recently discovered on Pinterest.

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Writing is hard. Oh sure, you can learn the mechanics of the craft, but it’s not always easy to string together a bunch of words which capture and hold attention. It’s hard to write in a way that makes the words disappear and leaves the reader enthralled in the world and characters the author created.

It’s important to write from the heart, because if the author ain’t feeling it, neither is the reader. Writers who write with passion (and I don’t mean the romantic kind, though it’s fun :-)) are able to evoke emotions in their readers. Let your muse out and let him/her loose on the page. Don’t worry about the plethora of rules on how to write a best seller. Sometimes, we have to forget all that stuff and focus on transforming the images/voices in our heads to words on the page. We can, and should, come back later to polish. In the first draft, have fun and just write.

As a final word of encouragement…

Need I say more?

What about you, have any words of encouragement for fellow writers? Do you have a favorite quote on writing? Have you discover any Pins you’d like to share (admits this is me searching for other writers on Pinterest)?

For curious minds, here are the results from the NA poll last week:

Now I’m Curious


Last week, I wrote about a relatively new category called New Adult. This term (coined by St. Martin’s Press in 2011) was new to some of you, which left me wondering how much awareness there is about this category. NA books fall between YA and adult books. They tend to focus on people in their twenties who are struggling to figure out what it means to be an adult.

Popular books include: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Easy by Tammara Webber, Wasteland by Lynn Rush, and Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. According to the NA Alley blog, NA movies include: Legally Blonde (2001)Good Will Hunting (1997), and The Devil Wears Prada (2006).

Goodreads also has a list of popular New Adult books here.

With this in mind, I invite you to take the following poll, whether or not you comment below.  Thanks!

How would you describe this category? Do you have any NA books you’d recommend to others? What draws you to NA books?