Monday, August 31, 2015

Cover shoot outtakes

Last fall I visited my friend, the lovely S.K. Hart in Massachusetts.  The trip was primarily to hang out and see her in her native habitat...well let's be honest, the trip was primarily to steal Halloween candy from her kids and fill her mother's amazing bathtub with fake blood.  

I had a post about this last year that went into some of the details about this fun and messy cover shoot, but I wanted to show a few photos we took during the process.  That's her hand print on the side of the tub if anyone is wondering, and unfortunately I didn't get a shot of her precariously positioning herself over the bath to properly place it.  No, she did not fall in, otherwise there would be a few photos of a very grumpy, very pink, and very wet author.

Her mother worked for a floral supply company and brought a gazillion daisies for our project, and was kind enough to let us use (and potentially destroy) her amazing claw foot bathtub.  

Now, I have plenty of supplies for fake blood at home in Oregon.  Plenty.  A disconcerting amount.  But naturally with the TSA liquid restrictions and potential of ending up on the no-fly list, I didn't bring supplies with me across the country.  Of course, I figured no big deal, I could buy some red food dye when I got there, a little corn syrup and Hershey's chocolate syrup, and voila!  Blood.  What I didn't take into consideration was that it was almost Halloween and apparently other people were in the market for fake blood as well.  We visited two stores looking for red dye, of which all varieties were sold out.  Not willing to accept failure, I picked up some grenadine and the trusty chocolate syrup, but it just wasn't red enough.  Thankfully Ms. Hart's mother had a tiny amount of red dye, along with other items to try like molasses, and we got the effect we were looking for.  

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Result of a Straight Razor

Late last year I unleashed Miko the Mako Shark on the world, and in a week, he returns.  The Result of a Straight Razor takes right off where The Consequence of High Caliber ended, with emotions and insanity running high.  Miko has a lot to struggle through in this next book, but he's not without support from his nearest and dearest, as well as certain someones that my other readers may be quite familiar with.

Miko is in mourning.  He is plotting.  Miko is thinking about death and vengeance.  About forgiveness.  And love.  Miko is getting some new tattoos.

I highly recommend anyone who follows both series to read this one before The Inauspicious List (Chance Assassin #3.)  They do overlap but reading The Result of a Straight Razor spoils less of The Inauspicious List than the other way around.

The Result of a Straight Razor will be released on 8/21/2015, and to kick off the release, The Consequence of High Caliber will be FREE from 8/21/2015-8/23/2015.