So, I figured with less than month to go before Blindsided is released - EEK - I should probably get the cover out there!
Synopsis: After a successful first soccer season in L.A, Jesse Shaw heads to London with his best buddy, Hunter, but his world is turned upside down when a dangerous prank threatens his career and his blossoming relationship with Hunter’s cousin, Isabelle.
Now, I know it's a bit plain, but here's the thing, book covers in a series are supposed to match lol! Game On's cover was simple yet effective, so when it comes to the rest of the series, I realised that they are all going to have to be very simple too. I'm not crazy about the idea anymore, but I refuse to go through the chaos of changing the way the covers look again - it was hard enough the first time! Lesson learned, people. If you are self publishing a series, make sure you are absolutely, completely 100% sure about your choice before you start revealing covers!
The other thing I wanted to talk about is the huge differences between Game On and Blindsided. I know changing genres is a terrible idea within a series, but when I started Blindsided, it was more of a spinoff than a follow-on. However, with so many people falling in love with Jesse Shaw, I thought, "What the hell!" and included it in the series anyway! I don't know if this will be a disaster in the long-run, but the way I see it, Jesse is an important part of the story as a whole. What happens to him has a knock-on effect on other people in the story, so this book really does belong with the others. It's his age that really makes the difference. While Leah was in her twenties, Jesse just turned nineteen. Technically, it can still qualify as NA, but it's soft NA, more like YA in terms of its innocence.
The other massive change from Game On, is that Blindsided is dual POV. Not only is it from Jesse's viewpoint, but also a new character, Isabelle. Again, this wasn't something I intended to do at first, but it became the obvious choice for me as I delved deeper into the story. It made sense to see both sides.
Very young NA, and dual POV is not something I intend to do again within the Game On series. I feel like I should be honest before I start trying to pimp the book out, because I don't want people to be disappointed with the books that follow. Readers asked me for more Jesse - so his story has been told - w00t! But following on, the rest of the books will be more like the first. :D
The Blindsided blog tour details will be coming your way very soon - I still have some work to do on it, but look out for some silly and fun contests heading your way as the tour gets closer! ;)
ALSO, in case you haven't seen, I have prepared a Goodreads event for next Monday, to coincide with the Letting Go bloghop! If I Let You Go will be free all day on October 22nd, so mark your calendars if you haven't bought it yet! :D
P.S I have no idea why my font keeps changing! I guess it's to do with copying and pasting but ... GRR!