Pfft...I think it's safe to say MOST of us do judge a book by its cover. I am first to put my hand up and say I have been guilty of such a crime. So, as an author I am desperate to have a cover that readers simply can't walk by without taking a peek inside.
Any author will tell you that designing a cover is painfully frustrating and Decker's Wood was no exception. Even with a gorgeous model, a father with over 50 years photographic experience and a mother as a graphic artist, this cover still had me freaking out like witch on wheels! But, as usual, my family pulled it together and produced an awesome cover!
A big thank you to my dad, my mum, my P.A, Kylie and Luke for making this thing happen.
Here is the process that brought us to the finished cover. This blog ends with a chance for you
to win an electronic ARC of Decker's Wood and a Decker poster signed by both
myself and the cover model, Luke.
To begin with, I had a muse I was dying to emulate on the cover for Decker's Wood...
*sigh* - Thank You Joe...
I actually found a Joe Manganiello image that I looked into purchasing.
After a little detective work I found the photographer and was quoted a figure
to acquire the rights to use this image, it made me spit my mocha frappe all over my computer...
So began the great model search (tough gig sorting through emails of half naked men)
This search led me to this man... Ladies and...well, most likely ladies, meet LUKE WILLIAMS.
Luke is a welsh rugby player who is not only handsome...
He is also super cool and put up with all the usual fussing that takes place at a cover shoot...
You can follow Luke here ----> LUKE WILLIAMS FACEBOOK
RELEASE DATE - JUNE 1ST 2014
** Reader Warning** - This novel is NOT a dark romance. There are absolutely no whips or floggers, no matter how much Andi wants to smack Decker over the head at times. There are no BDSM slavery themes, unless you can count that Decker is a slave to Andi’s hot cowboy boots and sexy Texan drawl. Decker’s Wood does however feature glitter rain, manscaping, vajazzle, tequila shots, roof-top dancing and one hell of a dick trick!
Decker Steele had it made...Penthouse apartment, VIP parties, girls on tap. You see, Decker Steele is the Pornography Associations award winning, money making machine. But what does a self-confessed, pussy pounding warrior do when his prized package begins to fail? Freak the 'F' out, that's what!
Andi Jennings is the socially inept, geeky and awkward cousin of Decker's best friend. Only she's not so geeky and awkward anymore. Now she's a smokin' hot country bumpkin, with a smokey voice made for phone sex, and a pair of hot as hell cowboy boots. Everyone adores her, my porn star buddies, my mom and dad, my 'equipment'.
So, the prized package isn't so failing anymore, the catch is, it will only perform for Andi...My friend WITHOUT benefits.
What will the prince of porn do? The girl or the career?
I look forward to sharing Decker with you all on the 1st of June
xox KD xox