We are excited to reveal debut author Laramie Briscoe’s first cover
Slick’s Thoughts: First off, I love the black and white/sepia toned images. As much as I love full color, there’s just something special about black and white. I think it makes you focus more on this picture. The picture of the couple coveys a message of mutual heat and gives the indication that he owns her body and soul. Her hand placement tells me that she likes it that way. The red word BE seems significant in that it’s telling us there is no other way that there is a finality to their relationship. The motorcycle picture gives us the indication that motorcycles will play an important role in this series. I give the cover artist and the author an A for this cover. I can’t wait to read this book to see if my predictions about the book are true!
In addition to getting to be the first one to reveal this cover, I’m also getting to pop Laramie Briscoe’s interview cherry! Laramie is an up and coming new author and today she’s hanging out with me and answering all my intrusive questions….<insert evil laugh>!
Laramie: It’s been a while since someone’s popped my cherry, so I’m looking forward to it! J
Slick: All kidding aside, welcome Laramie and thanks for being my victim today!
Laramie: No, thank you for having me!
Slick: So, tell us a little about yourself and your journey to becoming an author.
Laramie: I’m a thirty-something from South Central, KY who has written since my early teen years. In January of 2012 a fellow author, Allison Jewell (be on the lookout for her) and I started meeting for coffee once a month. We’re real-life friends and we both wanted to do this. For months we met for coffee and eventually it lead to writing and sharing ideas. Now, almost a year and a half later, we’re both making the move to self-publish. It’s the scariest thing I’ve ever done, but I am so excited to be doing it because it’s really the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do.
Slick: I just have to mention this cover. I love the black and white images, I know so many people love color but black and white photos have always done something for me. Who designed the cover and how much input did you have on it?
Laramie: The completely fabulous Kari at Cover To Cover Designs designed the cover.
I had a lot of input, but she was also very good at reading into what I wanted from what I said. I sent her the summary and gave her a description of the book and we had a few discussions on things I liked. Very quickly she sent me some photos to go through and it wasn’t very hard for me to pick which one I wanted – she took everything I said and came right back to me with it. She knew exactly what I wanted from me just speaking with her a few times. It was really amazing how quickly it went and how fully she captured my vision. The black and white really captured my eye and I hope that we can continue that look throughout the series.
Slick: Do you feel the cover artist captured your characters?
Laramie: She captured them exactly how I envisioned them. She took what was in my head and translated that perfectly onto an image that readers can see.
Slick: Now, tell us a little about your upcoming release, Meant to Be which is the first book in your series, correct?
Laramie: It is, the first book of the Heaven Hill Series. The series is about an outlaw motorcycle club in Bowling Green, KY and the women that love them. Book one focuses on Vice President William Walker, Jr. (Liam) and single mother Denise Cunningham.
Laid off factory worker.
Drug runner for the Heaven Hill MC.
When Denise Cunningham is served with foreclosure papers on her birthday it’s the last straw in a long line of bad luck. Sitting and crying about things has never been how she solved her problems, but this time she decides to do just that. A phone call interrupts her pity party and changes the course of her life forever.
Grease monkey mechanic.
Vice President of the Heaven Hill MC.
William Walker Jr. known as Liam to his club needs a new recruit that is just naïve enough and desperate enough to do what he asks without question. When Denise Cunningham lands in his lap – he decides to hire her, but not because he wants to – because he has to.
Neither one are comfortable in their new roles, but he needs help and she can’t stand to lose anything else.
As bullets fly and a local Bowling Green, KY reporter works to bring the club down, Liam and Denise find themselves getting closer to one another. When the stakes get high and outside forces try to keep them away from each other, they have to decide if they really are meant to be.
Slick: Wow, that sounds exciting! I can’t wait to read it. What is your anticipated release date and where can people connect with you so they’ll know when it releases?
I’m shooting for the end of May, first week of June. I’m on track for that and if readers would like to know the day it releases, they can like my author page on Facebook.
Slick: Do you have other stories in the works that you can tell us about?
Laramie: I do, books two and three in the series have first drafts written. They just need to be edited and covers need to be made. I also have a series coming soon called Rockin’ Country – it focuses on Reaper – lead singer of heavy metal rock band Black Friday – and Harmony Stewart – country music’s reining princess. That will also be a series and I’m working on book two of that one right now.
Slick: Wow, you are a busy lady! Love that you have books two and three already going. And the other series sound very entertaining as well! Something I always ask, do you prefer e-books or real books and why?
Laramie: E-books. I’m all about instant gratification and I hate the clutter of paper books. I want everything at my fingertips at all times.
Slick: Come on Laramie…give it up, what is your Guilty Pleasure?
Laramie: Margaritas and Mexican food on a Friday night with my friends – it usually involves a designated driver, stupid pictures, and lots of laughs. You’ve gotta have girl time and I truly value mine! I always make time for that!
Slick: Sounds like a ton of fun! Thanks so much for letting me reveal your fabulous cover and for the interview! I wish you much success and luck as a new author.
Laramie: Thank you for having me!