Friday, 15 June 2012

Game On Cover Reveal!!

Haha, I can't believe I am typing this post! I actually have a completed book, and a front cover and all I need to do now is get it ready for publishing!

My cover was made by one of my best friends, Roberta Leite, who has a super talent for digital drawing. I cannot thank her enough for all the work she put in to it, and for her patience. I am pretty fussy, and I must have driven her insane with all the little tweaks I asked for! :D

So ... here it is...


After swapping her small town life to work for a top U.S soccer team, Leah Walker thought she could finally leave the ghosts of her past behind. However, when she meets serial womanizer, Radleigh McCoy, the memories of her old life come swarming back, and she is forced to ask herself whether she has really changed at all. 

So ... what do you think? Also, let me know if that synopsis is terrible - it may still need a little work before publishing!

I am looking at a tentative release date of July 9th, but that is very much subject to change depending on how things go. I will confirm it as soon as I can, and I'll also be setting up a blog tour, so keep an eye out for details!

And because I haven't done this yet and probably should have - here is a sneaky peek at the first part of Chapter 1:

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I stormed out of the locker room, letting out a growl of annoyance. My heavy footsteps bounced off the stone walls, echoing around me, but not loud enough to drown out the sound of his voice in my mind. The clicking of my heels aggravated my throbbing temples until I thought my head would explode.
‘Come on Leah, admit it. You want another chance.’
As if.
I walked up the stairs to the lavish training ground restaurant, where the wait staff greeted me with a smile I was too angry to return. I craved vodka, but alcohol wasn’t permitted, not even after hours. I ordered an orange juice and promised myself a proper drink later. Dealing with such a sleaze every day, I was astounded I didn’t have a fully-fledged drinking problem.
Radleigh ‘Rebel’ McCoy thought that being the star of the Westberg Warriors made him a Big Deal. Maybe to the fans, but to me, he was a royal pain in the arse. If I’d known that signing a contract with the Warriors would lead to this level of stress, I would’ve had second thoughts about scrawling my name on the dotted line.
The restaurant was always full at the end of the day, and the noise of chattering men did nothing to ease my aching head. Instead of going home after five hours of intense soccer training, the players preferred to eat on site. I could only assume the harder they trained, the more energy they needed before getting into their fancy sports cars and driving back to their mansions, where their supermodel wives and girlfriends waited to boink their aches away.
Easy on the snark, lady. Your small town mentality is starting to show.
Chuckling in spite of my rage, I propped myself against the sleek, black bar. If the room hadn’t been so full, I would have rested my flaming cheeks against the cool marble to extinguish my fury.
“Miss Walker.”
Oh boy.
I closed my eyes for a second, hoping I’d imagined the sound of his deep, over-confident voice but I could sense him behind me.
“Mr McCoy.”
“Can I buy you a drink?”
There are only two types of people who would offer to buy a drink for a woman they’d just finished arguing with. Idiots and egomaniacs.
Radleigh McCoy was no idiot.
“No. Thank you. I’ve already ordered.”
A shiver rippled across my skin. Instead of being repelled by the brush-off, he moved closer, his breath tickling my perfectly straightened hair. My impulse was to drive my elbow into his ribs, but I’d already given him more than enough of what he wanted by flipping out at him in the locker room.
Once the bartender handed me my drink, I turned to face McCoy. I use the term loosely though. At six feet four he towered way above me - a mere five feet two inches.
“Are you still here?” I asked, as if I couldn’t feel the imprint of his rock hard abs on my back.
“I was hoping you’d keep me company,” he answered, his piercing blue eyes dancing with amusement.
“Radleigh, I only put up with you because I have to. Am I not making myself clear?”
His lips curved into a grin. “I love how you say my name with that cute British accent.”
Since I moved to America over a year ago, I’d heard that line a lot. It didn’t irk me nearly as much coming from other men though. I stepped around him, making a mental note never to use his first name again.
“Excuse me.”
I breezed across the restaurant as coolly as possible, but anger surged through me. To him, it was all a bit of a laugh. Witty banter to unsettle the new girl. For me, it was a challenge to get through the day without knocking his head off his shoulders.
“Easy tiger,” Will Carter said, spotting the murderous look in my eye as I threw myself down into the chair beside him.
“Why?” I fumed. “Of all the soccer stars in the world, why did I get stuck with McCoy?”
Freya Phillips gave me a knowing smile. “There’s a reason your job was always available, Leah. He is the reason.”
Freya sat opposite Will at the table. They were soccer coaches, and the first people I’d met on the team aside from the manager, Richard Bailey. Freya was pretty much the only reason I’d been able to accept my job. They needed me to start immediately, but when I applied for the position in Los Angeles, I lived in Boston. Sleeping on sofas until I found my own place didn’t appeal at all, so Richard introduced me to Freya. She needed someone to share the rent on her apartment, and I needed somewhere to live. We connected instantly, chatting like old friends, and we hadn’t stopped talking since.
“What did he do?” Will asked.
“On my first night here, he tried to chat me up. You know the story. ‘You have the most beautiful eyes, I’m very rich, want to see my bedroom?’ Blah, blah, blah.”
“And because you turned him down, he’s more determined than ever,” Will guessed, with amazing accuracy. “You did turn him down, right?”
“Of course I did,” I told him, insulted by his insinuation that I would drop my knickers for a glass of wine. “Do you think I’d risk my job for a quick tumble in the sheets with him?”
“Okay, okay, I’m sorry.”
“I don’t understand. Thousands of women would kill to sleep with him, so why bother with me when I’m obviously not interested?”
“He likes a challenge,” Freya answered. “It’s a game to him.”
“Well, I don’t want to play.”
My eyes flicked towards the bar, where McCoy chatted to some of his teammates. Like me, he’d changed out of his training gear. Even if he hadn’t, he would still have stood out among the sea of royal blue and black in the room. He had that elusive presence many men thought they had, but few possessed. The biggest problem was, he knew it.
“So what are you going to do?”.
“Maybe I’ll tell him he needs hydrotherapy, then drown him in the pool,” I mused. “But really, I just want him to back off.”
“You need to be careful. Many women quit their jobs here because of the way he treated them.”
“Please! I may be struggling at the moment, but I won’t be forced out of a job by an over-sexed, over-confident-.”
“I’m serious, Leah,” Will interrupted, halting me before I started swearing in an unladylike manner. “Richard didn’t want a woman taking the physiotherapist job because of how McCoy is, but you impressed him so much, he couldn’t pass you up.”
“He called you ‘feisty,’ which you are,” Freya said, with a grin.
“What I’m saying is,” Will went on, “you’re tough, but so is he. Nobody has ever fought against McCoy and won. The best thing you can do is keep your head down and wait for him to get bored.”

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Ooh, I'm all nervous now lol! 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and once again, good luck to England in the football tonight!!

42 comments:

  1. HOLY S**T! I love it. I adore Bobbie's drawings, and you're so lucky to have had her design your cover for you. The font is excellent, and MY GOD the picture of Leah and Radleigh ... just ... perfection!

    So excited for you that you're almost ready to publish. This has been a fantastic journey, watching you as a write and your story grow. I'm so proud of you.

    Let me know if you need anything as the release date/ blog tour comes closer.

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  2. Great cover! It looks like such a fun read.

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  3. Super great cover and delighted for you! You have a wonderful talent with words!

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  4. Congratulations, Kyra. The cover seems to fit with the story line.

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  5. I love the cover! I'm so happy for you! :)

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  6. Congratulations on stunning cover art. You must be thrilled!

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  7. That's so cool. It must be hard to sit still, when you're getting so close.

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  8. Awesome to have such talented friends, great cover. LOVE this story, Kyra and I wish you all the best and much success with it!!

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  9. The cover looks great! Congratulations!

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  10. Check out his tattoo!

    If you need a stop on your blog tour, I'd love to take part.

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  11. Soccer and a hot guy? YES PLEASE! Congratulations on your cover release! Can't wait to read it! :D

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  12. Damn, that's gooood! And she gets to go in the locker room too! I'm so jealous!

    Love it and love the cover. Can wait to read it!

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  13. Yaaaaaaaaaay, it's all coming together, Kyra. I LOVE the cover (how exciting! Plus, that's so close to how I saw Radleigh in my head). The excerpt is moreish, as always. I know I whined about impersonal blog tours on my post today, but if you're looking for a blog tour stop, I'd be happy to root for you!

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  14. That's great! Synopsis are tough. I rewrote mine twenty times and then my publisher had me do it again a few more. I don't know my schedule for July, but you know I'll at least do a shout-out for you.

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  15. AWESOME! The tattoo on his shoulder is killer cool. Congrats, Kyra!

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  16. KYRA!!!! I had no idea you were working on the cover and everything! SO EXCITING! You're so close! And I love this book AND the cover! Congratulations girl!!!! This is awesome!!!

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  17. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! The dream come true for every writer! I can't imagine how EXCITED you are to actually SEE your book cover. Lucky for you to have such talented friends. It not only takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to finish a book! So HAPPY for you!!!!

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  18. Love the cover, it's so original! And great chapter, looks like a great start to the novel! :)

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  19. Great cover! It's so nice having talented friends. :) Your blurb sounds good, but I have only one question that might not mean anything at all! Is the team Leah goes to work for "one of the top teams in the US," "the top team in the US," or "a top US team" (meaning it's international)?

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  20. Oh I'm exctied more than ever for this now :) The cover is awesome, and I love the detail of the tattoo on his shoulder :)

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  21. Oh how exciting! That cover is perfect!

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  22. Two thumbs WAY up on the cover. Does Radleigh have a good lookin' single dad?

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  23. What a great cover, Kyra! :D I love it!

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  24. Very nice cover. Though mine eyes keep trying to tell me that tattoo is 3D. Must be all the black, it kinda pops.

    Sorry, can't stop staring at it now. So swirly ...

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  25. I love that cover because it is different. I'd want to pick up this book and check it out.

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  26. This looks really good! I loved the excerpt too. Great Job! I am really excited for you :)

    Andrea

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  27. How exciting! Cant wait to read it!!! Congrats! :D

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  28. Such exciting news! The cover is great. I can't wait to read your book when it comes out. :)

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  29. Congratulations!! And your journey is just beginning. :)

    Keep me in mind when you're ready to start your tour. Mi blogga es su blogga.

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  30. Really eye-catching cover, Kyra - well done to your friend! How exciting!

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  31. It looks great! Your friend did a top job.

    I like the blurb and the extract too. You've got a great premise and your writing is easy to read and flows very well. Best of luck for the launch! :)

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  32. how exciting! i have seen more digitalart these days. must be popular! reminds me of anime, which is a frowing phenomenon at the hs!

    congratulations!

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  33. growing, comments need spellcheck!

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  34. great cover - at least when the characters are getting drawn you don't have to worry about the model having the wrong hair/eye/skin colour etc!
    And can i just say what great 'voice' your MC has? x

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  35. Fantastic exerpt - read all the way to the end, and was sorry it finished! I really got into the story and the characters comes across really well in such a short piece.

    And the cover is great - how does it feel to see your name on there? :-)

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  36. O.O Awesome cover! Tell your friend she's amazing.

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  37. Cool stuff Kyra. That cover is awesome, the synopsis intriguing, and the excerpt is a nice intro to your characters.

    ......dhole

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  38. Yay!! So much fun!! I'd love to have you on my blog!!

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  39. I know I'm late, but congratulations on the cover. It looks fantastic!

    I would have commented earlier, but I've been stuck into Camp NaNoWriMo and have hardly blogged at all.

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