I haven't done snippets in a really long time, but since I'm so close to publishing Hidden Pearls, I thought I might as well share a bit or two- something that's quite difficult, mainly because I don't want to give away all the best bits, so I'm tempted to share some more boring snippets...which isn't really going to encourage ya'll to read the book, is it?
She had been aware of the tales about the captain of the Lady Cleopatra, one of the few pirate ships left on the seas. England had enough trouble with American and French privateers to worry about their own citizens turning against her. But English the Lady Cleopatra was indeed, though facts about her captain remained murky. The most anyone knew about the man- who called himself Marc Antony -was that he was an excellent swordsman, a merciless taskmaster, and a ruthless victor.Even those attributes were controversial, as some claimed him a misunderstood hero who hurt no one and gave away his riches. He wore a black mask at all times which intrigued the public about his identity but frustrated the authorities. In public, Constance thought the pirate was rather melodramatic and ridiculous; in private she admitted to herself his mysterious identity excited her imagination.
However, because I'm so nice (*cheeky grin*), I thought I'd share a little peek into the making of the Hidden Pearls cover. I'm not sure when I'll be doing a cover reveal (I'm having an awful time writing a book synopsis for the back. No joke, it really is one of the most difficult tasks of any author. How am I supposed to explain my 400+ page novel in a paragraph without sounding boring, self-conscious, or cliché?) but here's a peek at one of the pictures I'm using for the front cover. The watermarked version, anyway, since I had to buy it from shutterstock and I don't think they'd care if I gave the internet at large access to a clear copy:
I'm currently writing this while listening to "The Classical Child at the Opera" which I found on itunes. Emily, Harrison, and I adored this cd as little kids but years of wear and tear and toddlers and stomping around to the "Children's March" scratched and bumped the cd into an unusable piece of plastic. :( Opera really is fun. I'm no expert on it, of course, and I rarely understand the foreign lyrics, but it's so expressive. (One of our favorite things to do was to act out "The Doll Song." It's one of my favorite childhood memories) So I'm off to more editing (Which also involves more opera and chocolate-snacking. I'm starting to feel positively glamorous now. Well, I would be if I was wearing any make-up...;)