Friday, July 21, 2017

Sheik Defense - Some Like It Hot!

It's been a great week so far.  Beautiful balmy temperatures on the prairie.  Okay, hot the way I like it.  And a contest win!  

First off - Tried out some electric bikes the other day and rode around the old warehouse district.  The bikes were great fun.  You could really fly with little effort and I could see they'd be a great way to get around town.  On our test run, it was a reminder of how things used to be, as we rode by the faded brick buildings that had survived the Great Depression and a record-breaking tornado.  Fast forward a "few" years - and there we are cruising past, fantasizing about owning one of these fantastic bikes.  In the end, we decided that maybe they'd be a bit impractical as the majority of our year is not conducive to bike riding - that is if you're a wimp like me and like everything hot, including weather - these bikes are a pipe dream, at least for now.

So, while everyone whines about the heat, yesterday I spent all day on the deck where it was wild life central.  The bird bath was full of water and the birds were battling over whose turn it was.  A couple of times I had to clap my hands and let a slow-poke know that it was time to pick up his towel and go, and let another bird have a bath.  Meantime other birds were scrapping over who got to feed at the feeder and the woodpecker decided that our house was fair game.  While all this was going on, a squirrel decided that an empty plant pot should be moved from under the deck so that he might roll around in it like it had been marked - this plant pot is for squirrel entertainment purposes only.

Hot weather, bikes and wild life aside, there's other things going on this week
- good things.  Sheik Defense won best cover art in the Affair de Coeur's annual cover art contest in the Hot Guyz Patrol category! 

The voting was going on all last week.  And now the results are in!  Because, just as the heroes in my book should be hot - steaming even.  So is the cover of Sheik's Defense.

It was a nail-biting wait as the votes came in over the space of a week.  Especially since there were so many other hot guys gracing the covers of the books in the running.  Never mind the other categories - I had my faves in each one and cheered them on as the week progressed.

I'd love to say that I designed and orchestrated the making of this cover but that's not the case.  I have the good people at Harlequin to thank about that.  I didn't have much to do with this gorgeous cover other than suggesting my thoughts on how my hero should look.  After that it was completely up to them to come up with a model who fit and a background I can't help but love.  And they obviously did a fantastic job!  Way to go Harlequin!

Thanks to all of you who voted!  Your votes made this happen!!

Congrats to all the other fab covers who semi-finaled in Hot Guyz Patrol and the other categories!
Hot Guyz Patrol     Almost Kiss     Gorgeous Gals        Uniquely Yours  

So I'm off to enjoy another hot summer day!  Have a fantastic weekend!

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