Friday, March 5, 2010
Do You Dream of Genies?
Does this really need an explanation?
I got the cover and permission to share it.
I am so excited and I absolutely love it! The incomparable Anne Cain, who did my Mer books (and Cheryl's Cat Star Chronicles), is again on the ball/job with this one. She's really captured the "flow" of the world and the colors are just beautiful.
And the butterfly... ah. It plays a very auspicious part in the story so it was really great to see it on the cover.
We Casablanca Authors are pretty luck in not only having wonderful covers, but also because we get to provide some input into our covers. Not all authors do.
This cover doesn't look anything like I'd dreamed, but that's why I'm the writer and not the artist. I know my strengths and I'll stick to writing, thankyouverymuch.
And thank YOU very much, Anne Cain, and the art/marketing departments at Sourcebooks for, once again, capturing my world. It's beautiful and I love it.
Anne said that she and the "male cutie" had fun doing the photo shoot for this and played around with the genie theme while doing so. I love the bottle they came up with for Eden. And, of course, there's the wonderful quote from Jill Barnett.
Overall, another winner, and I can't wait to see it on my bookshelf next to the other three. I'll confess to having printed it out in mass market size and standing it up there already. :)
So this month's theme is traveling and I have to tell you, I've been doing that vicariously through any number of sources. First and foremost, I have to thank the founders of YouTube and the people who pick up their videophones or cameras and take video all over the world. In my second genie book, Genie Knows Best, the heroine finds a genie lantern in the souk, or marketplace, in Old Medina, Casablanca. I could imagine what it looked like because I lived in Spain, which, especially in the south, has heavy Moorish influences from when they ruled the country prior to the late 1400s. I've been to marketplaces in Andalusia (not Andalasia like in Enchanted :) ), so I had the general ambiance, but I never made it to Morocco.
But, thanks to YouTube, I have been. That and Google Earth can put me in the middle of the action, as it were, without having to leave my chair. Sometimes, like today since I'm sick, that's a good thing. Other times, I'd love to have the excuse. (Like researching Bermuda for the Mers, but Hubs wasn't buying that story since the Mers live in Atlantis under the island and he knew there was no way I was going in that water!)
So now I'm writing about genies in Morocco and the Sahara Desert. I had dinner last night with a high school friend who lives in Greece, as well as my other friend and her husband (he's from Egypt and was very helpful in language research for the stories). My now-Greek friend has been to Morocco and actually stayed at the hotel I'm using, so that was serendipitously fabulous. Playing catch up for the years we haven't seen each other AND doing research. Sheesh, it seems like I'm always working!
So traveling doesn't have to physically mean packing a suitcase, finding someone to watch the dogs, and spending two hours in the TSA lines at the airport. Sometimes you can do it from your chair. I know our Auntie Cindy gets to visit most of the wonderful places she writes about; I envy her that.
I know Marie's lived in Rota, Spain. I can't wait to get back there, but we're doing a trip out west this year with the kids - tying it into the RomCon convention in Denver July 9. We'll be visiting Mt. Rushmore, Mt. Crazy Horse, Devil's Tower and Yellowstone - a trip I made with my parents in 1979 and used as the basis for Val and Rod's cross country trip in Wild Blue Under.
Anyone else out there I can envy? Where have you been? Any really off-the-wall places that a lot of people, especially Americans, don't usually go? Traveling is definitely the spice of life and I'd love to be able. Maybe when the kids are on their own.