Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Some of you have already seen this on FB, but I can't wait until tomorrow to blog post it here.


And here's the blurb!

"I was standing there naked when my dead husband walked into my bathroom…

Lillie St. Claire is a Talent, one of the rare few who can permanently dispatch the spirits of the dead that walk the earth. Her skills are in demand in a haunted country, where a plague of ghosts is becoming a civic nuisance.

Those skills bring her into conflict with frightened citizens who view Talents as near-demons. Her husband has come to see her as a Freak; so when Nathan dies after a car crash, she is relieved to be free of his increasingly vicious presence. Lillie expects to be haunted by Nathan’s ghost, but not to become Suspect #1 for her husband’s murder and reanimation.

But what’s most surprising of all is the growing attraction between her and psi-crime detective John Thresher. He thinks that Lillie killed Nathan—and Nathan must agree, because his zombie is seeking revenge. Now she and Thresher must work together to solve her husband’s murder—before his corpse kills her…"

Really, yesterday, in spite of sciatica ( which is improving, btw) if I'd gone out doors, they would have had to shoot me to stop me from bouncing.
Edit to Add: My cover is by Frauke of Croco Designs. As I said in comments below, they captured Lillie exactly as I imagined her, right down to the steady level gaze!


laughingwolf said...

grats on a fine cover and accompanying blurb, m'dear :)

Whirlochre said...

There are people who want to shoot you?

Who are they?

What are their names?

In the mean time — much whooping. This looks great and the blurb is very enticing.

Bernita said...

Thank you, LW!
I printed out so many copies, I need a new printer cartridge.

An imaginary scenario, Whirl!But thank you for wanting to take names.
The blurb doesn't tell the half og it! I do give Lillie a very hard time.

fairyhedgehog said...

This looks like so much fun.

Congratulations and happy bouncing!

raine said...

Oh, Bernita!
It looks fabulous, as fine as any on the racks!
You got a good 'un. So thrilled for you!!
(Happy dance!)

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Love it!

I just asked the artist of my cover for a signed copy (months late, but there you go. I'm nothing if not a procrastinator.)

We have to revel in these joys of writing, so bounce away!

stacy said...

This looks like a great read. Can't wait to pick it up. Congrats!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Fairy!
It may not be considered "professional" to show such enthusiasm, but I don't care.

Raine, my dear one,thank you. "Squee!" was what I was shouting all day!
The cover artists caught Lillie just as I imagined her!

bunnygirl said...

Wow, congratulations! I didn't have such good luck with my book cover - it's got a certain appeal but doesn't synch at all with my vision or what I've done in promo so far.

Lucky, lucky you to have gotten a cover that matched what you had hoped for!

Bernita said...

Betsy, thank you! Yes, we do.
Quencher ( hope I have the name right this time...) has a fantastic cover!

Thank you, Stacy!
This week I embrace exclamation marks!

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm chortling with anticipation. Looks and sounds great.

writtenwyrdd said...

That's a nice cover! Plus, no knives, tats, boudoir wear, overample breasts or leather*...and it still fits the genre. Gotta love that!

*One could argue the pants are leather, but I think they aren't shiny enough, lol.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Bunny!

Am really sorry you're not totally happy with yours. That is such a downer...
Still, one can be too close to a story to truly know what will appeal to readers.

Bernita said...

Oh, Charles, thank you!
I am giggling like a kid over it!

Written, am so glad you like it. Thank you!
(you know the reason why Lillie could never have a tat, even if she wanted one.)
I think they did a great job.
Am really happy with her steady, level gaze...

Angie said...

Nice cover, and the blurb sounds intriguing as well. :)


BernardL said...

She's even more than I imagined which makes your cover that much more exceptional. :)

moonrat said...


Bernita said...

Thank you, Angie!

Bernard, what a charming thing to say...thank you!

Moonmouse Dear, thank you!

The first thing my son said when he saw the cover was, in one of those interested male voices, "She's not wearing a bra..."
Dear me.

Frank Baron said...

I'm happy for you, Bernita. Congrats. :)

Barbara Martin said...

Excellent cover, Bernita. I look forward to when the book is available.

Nice to hear you're on the mend. Positive thoughts bring success.

SzélsőFa said...

this blurb is such a great hook, Bernita - and also i'm glad your image of Lillie matches the one on the cover.
megalol at your bouncing :))
but wait, my word verification is : noneyes, as in non-eyes.
loved the Norwegian name, too.

SzélsőFa said...

hee - i'm with your son.
i did say it, too, although without any interest in my voice :))
let me say i agree with her not-wearing a bra :)))

SzélsőFa said...

uhm, not Norwegian, but Norse, and not to this post, but the one below.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't that be cool if you got to meet "Lillie" one day?

You're off to the races now!

Kaz Augustin said...

Great cover, Bernita! No wonder you were so impatient to show it off. I would've been too.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Frank. It's a silver lining of sorts. He would have been so pleased.

Thank you, Barbara! Positive thoughts do seem to help in that direction. Crossing my fingers and hoping it continues but there has been a definite improvement.

Later my daughter made the same comment, though not approvingly - she believes in gravity.
Am so glad you like the cover and blurb!

Orla was exceedingly happy with her scroll, btw!

Funniest thing, Jason, mentioned it to my bank clerk today ( it IS a small town and she lives a mere street away) turns out her son is a model who has done a dozen Harlequin covers, a couple out this summer. Apparently, it is also a small world!

Thank you, Kaz! ( I've used up a year's worth of exclamation marks today!)

People, I hope you've checked out Kas and her blog, cover and back list and stuff. You're missing some intelligent fiction if you don't!

Scott from Oregon said...

I've got a crush on Lillie...

Does she come in a doll I can put on my dash?

Bernita said...

Aw, Scott...that's sweet! Thank you.

archer said...

You are SO the best.

Lana Gramlich said...

Congratulations! That's a lovely, eye-catching cover. :)

Chris Eldin said...

Stunning, Bernita!! Simply and beautifully stunning!!!
Kudos all around!!

Bernita said...

Archer, you dear guy!

Thank you, Lana! Very suitable for the genre I think.

Oh, Chris!...I am so happy, thank you!... my book,at last..!

Anonymous said...

that cover is gorgeous!!!! and the plot sounds awesome!!! can't wait!

anne frasier

Bernita said...

Aww, Anne!...so nice of you to say. Thank you!

Natasha Fondren said...

OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG!!!! Why didn't I see this on Facebook?! I'm so excited, Bernita! It rocks! OH!!!! I even made the SQUEE sound!

Bernita said...

Natasha, you wonderful, DEAR girl, relax!
But it's awfully nice to imagine a SQUEE rising to the skies like those google map thingies from various points on the continent!

Steve Malley said...


I'm so glad for you! And, yeah, can't wait to read it, too!

On a more or less completely unrelated note, I'm really, really glad to have you blogging again. I've missed this. :)

Chris Eldin said...

Jason (wink and grin)... I think Lillie *is* Bernita! (not having read the book yet, but I see Bernita in that strong, direct gaze, which just a hint of whimsy.

Bernita said...

Steve, thank you for that "completely unrelated note" I truly appreciate it more than I can say.

Ohsweetjesusonawestboundtrain! Chris, acquit me of Mary Sueism, please!

About the only thing of me I put into Lillie was my habit of not getting in a flap during a crisis! And maybe my sense of humour.

writtenwyrdd said...

I must say, Bernita, that not getting into a flap during a crisis is a lot less common than you would think. I don't get freaked out until after, but I've seen, time adn again, people do the dumbest things during emergencies because they suddenly lose their common sense in the fear/adrenaline rush. Seems like more do than don't...which is really too bad for them.

And I wouldn't call it a Mary Sue to have Lily be a bit like you. A Mary Sue is usually involving wish fulfillment and is a bit over the top in the main character's flawlessness, lol.

Bernita said...

Lillie certainly has her flaws, Written - so maybe she's like me after all!

Chris Eldin said...

LOL, Bernita! I didn't mean Mary Sue at all! But that direct gaze... it's all you. Plus a bit of sexy.

Ello said...



Bernita said...

What my kids call "The Eyes of Death," Chris?
Ah well, it helped keep them in line when we were in company.
I feel flattered. Thank you!

Ello, thank you! To quote another Carina author,the artist is "a bloody genius!"

sylvia said...

Oh it's beautiful! I'm just catching up on things and hadn't seen your cover yet. I love it.

Bernita said...

Sylvia, thank you!
I am so happypleaseddelightedwhee!