Cover Reveal & Classic Movie Junkie

Classic Movies
Benjamin: Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.
Mrs. Robinson: Huh?
Benjamin:  Aren’t you?

From The Graduate, Embassy Pictures, 1967

It Had To Be You … Cover Reveal!

If I could have chosen my talent, I think I’d have chosen to be an artist—the kind that draws and paints, the kind that uses color and shape and texture to create visual images.

Instead, I paint stories with words, probably just as fun, but it means I must rely on others to translate those stories into something visual. Cover art.

When I indie published my backlist, the part I had the most fun with was doing new covers—from choosing the stock photos and offering my own ideas for tone and feel to final approval. (I wanted my covers to look like movie posters. No surprise there, huh?)

Still, when the time came that I received an email from the cover artist with the proof attached, I opened that attachment with the same sort of bated breath anticipation I remembered from the years when I was publishing traditionally. (Would it be good? Awesome? Bad? Worse than bad…? Meh?)

Click! And then the image filled the screen…


It never fails. The moment when I first lay eyes on my cover is perhaps the first moment when all those word pictures and “pretend people” I’ve been living with for so long finally coalesce and become … real.

It’s a very cool moment.

That’s why I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for my April 7th release from Carina Press, It Had to Be You.  Let me know what you think. 🙂

1920s Fiction -It Had to Be You

New York City, 1924

Determined to pursue her dream of becoming a crime reporter, heiress Trixie Frank believes she’s off to a running start when she lands a job at the most successful tabloid in Manhattan. Unfortunately, her high hopes fade fast when she’s assigned to the rewrite desk.

Sean Costigan is a demoted homicide detective on the commissioner’s blacklist. The last thing he needs complicating his life is a perky debutante with delusions of becoming the next great American journalist. Too bad she happens to hold one of the keys to solving his latest case, the Central Park murder of a notorious gangster. The other key? Sean’s childhood sweetheart, the victim’s widow, who has gone missing.

Sean soon has more trouble with dames than any good man deserves. But that’s the least of his worries. When he suspects deadly corruption within his own department, it’s not just his and Trixie’s careers that depend on finding the killer. It’s their lives.

Coming from Carina Press April 7, 2014
Available for pre-order now.
Amazon   *   Barnes & Noble   *   iTunes   *   Google Play

Classic Movie Junkie …  Or “Are you here for an affair, sir?”

To keep this week’s post short of novella-length, I’m offering up just two TCM picks, but they’re good ones.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 25

Jean Simmons

Jean Simmons

2:15 pm  Guys and Dolls (1955)  Musical/Comedy/Romance. TCM. A big-rolling gambler is gamed by love when he bets a crap game organizer  that he can seduce a strait-laced Salvation Army girl.  Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine.

Why?  It’s hard to believe I’m recommending two musicals in as many weeks, but here it is. There are several reasons to thumbs-up this musical based on stories by Damon Runyon. The colorful stylized Broadway stage sets,  the witty 1940s “Runyonesque” dialogue, and the chance to watch a smooth young Marlon Brando sing and dance and still manage to pull off that oh-so-sexy Brando brand of cool. Fun.

Saturday,  March 1

10:00 pm   The Graduate (1967) Comedy/Drama/Romance TCM.  A recent college graduate has a tawdry summer affair with his father’s partner’s wife only to have it come back to bite him when he falls in love with her daughter.  Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross.

Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman 1968

Why? There are certain films that perfectly personify their times. The Graduate—with its evocative Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack and 60s suburban backdrop—is one of them. At the same time, human nature doesn’t change, and Dustin Hoffman’s performance as the uncertain, disaffected young Benjamin Braddock is as funny and spot-on today as it was in 1967. Anne Bancroft plays the sultry neurotic Mrs. Robinson like a virtuoso, and Katharine Ross puts in a lovely understated performance as the almost-as-mixed-up Elaine.

This week’s Amazon Prime Pick:  The Graduate

Have a great week!

Times listed are EST. Check here for your U.S. time zone Turner Classic Movie monthly schedule.


Photo credits:

By Scott Catron (Sunset on Hollywood uploaded by zaui) [CC-BY-SA-2.0(, via Wikimedia Commons
Cover Art – It Had To Be You – Carina Press
Simmons – Author Unknown – Studio publicity photograph ) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Hoffman – Studio (ebay) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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