Don’t look! Damn. It’s already too late. And that, my friends, is the problem with disseminating information in this particular format. There is a lamentable and unavoidable lack of drama. There is no ballyhoo, no pageantry, no flourish, no fanfare of any kind. How many times have you heard a magician say, “watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat?” And how anticlimactic would the trick be if that classic top hat was see-through? That’s kind of what I’m dealing with here. You click the link and, just like that, all secrets are revealed without so much as a paradiddle. I’m sorry but that’s just not acceptable. This is a big moment for me and I’d really like a bit of pomp to go with the circumstance. Therefore, I’m going to ask you to do me a small favor. If you would, please clear your mind of any images you may have seen in the last few seconds. Then, click the audio link below, close your eyes, and don’t open them again until your speakers have gone silent. No cheating. And when you do open your eyes, do so slowly and imagine me bathed in the glow of a spotlight as I draw the curtain aside.
Okay, so that was kind of cheesy but is this cool looking book cover or what? I would again like to thank Kaitlyn Hession, Olivia Kristek and Kaylee Stone, not only for participating in my Parlor City Paradise photo contest but for submitting such awesome pictures. I published a few of them when I officially announced my winners back on May 1st. That blog post did not, however, display the image I chose for the front cover. You can see it here now, and I hope you are as impressed as I am. I tip my hat to Robin Gilbertson at RG Designs for taking an already striking image and making it truly pop. I can only hope the story that unfolds inside the book will be as engaging and memorable as the cover itself.
So, I wrote the original draft, went through a couple rounds of revisions, shared the manuscript with beta readers, considered their insightful feedback, completed a final round of revisions, sponsored a photo contest, inspected all the submissions, chose my winners, consulted with my cover designer, formatted all the necessary files for paperback and e-book publication, uploaded those files and ordered a proof for final approval. In other words, the easy stuff is now done. If you want to put that in mountain climbing terms, I have reached base camp and I still have one hell of a long way to go. The challenge moving forward is to somehow make people aware that Michael Sova has a second novel out. Then, with any luck at all, at least a few of those people will be interested enough to buy the book, read it and, dare I say, post reviews. I’d greatly appreciate it if you’d assist in this endeavor by sharing this post with all the fiction lovers in your life. I need all the help I can get.
As for exactly when Parlor City Paradise will be commercially available, how does right now sound? Well, you can’t actually buy it just yet but you can pre-order through the Amazon Kindle Store or Smashwords. I do not have a pre-order option for the paperback version. Don’t ask me why. Anyway, the official release date is Friday, June 3. If you’d like, you can go ahead and read an excerpt right now. I’ve got the first couple chapters posted. That will introduce you to Skid Row, Bullfrog, Ricky and Carl, four of the story’s major players. I can’t promise you’ll like them all but I do think you’ll find them entertaining in their own way. And come June 3, the entire book will be available on Amazon and pretty much everywhere e-books are sold. If you live in the Binghamton area, you can stop by SHOP 607 and pick up a copy there. It would make a wonderful Father’s Day gift. Better still, it might be great to have on hand during the 4th of July picnic while you’re trying to ignore your family.