Thursday, August 1, 2013

Author Guest Post & HUGE Giveaway! Ocean's Gift by Demelza Carlton! August 1 - 10!

Ocean's Gift 
by Demelza Carlton
Publish Date:  November 28, 2012
Publisher:  Lost Plot Press
ISBN:  147939906X
Number of Pages:  253
Genre:  Fantasy/Adult Fiction
Age Recommendation:  Adults
Available at:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords
Sirens don’t fall in love with humans. For centuries it has been so…

But Sirena is different. She lost her first love to sharks and a storm, cursing the islands that stole him from her.

Times have changed and she must swim ashore once more, at the islands she once cursed.

Gone are the boats powered by sail and steam – jet boats with GPS are now the order of the day.

Enter Joe, the deckhand on the Dolphin. A handy man to have around when the lights go out. He’ll fix your generator and have the lights back on in no time, no worries.
But can he seduce a siren?  Or will she swim away, before he can uncover her secret?

A story about fishing, lobsters, beer and boobs, on some cursed islands off the West Australian coast. At least that’s how Joe tells it.

For Sirena, it’s a very different story

Dii's Review:  5 Stars!

How do authors choose their covers?  Read below to follow the humorous process Demelza Carlton went through to achieve OCEAN'S GIFT's Eye-catching cover!

Big Boys Like Pink
Fishermen are superstitious. Of course, they're not the only ones - there are lots of industries where people's livelihoods depend on so many random factors that luck plays a huge part. So if one fisher catches bigger lobsters than another fisher and her only response is a wink and the cryptic line, "The old ones like pink," for a few days, there might be a bit more pink in the water.

Until the superstitious fisherman decides it's a silly waste of time and goes back to what he knows works.

Superstitious, yes. Stupid, no.

The same might apply to authors. I thought it was a fine joke that, among lobsters, the big boys like pink. So I decided that's what I needed for the cover of my book, Ocean's Gift. A large male lobster, prettied up with a pink ribbon.

Authors should never design their own covers. Especially first-time authors.

I've been out on fishing boats. Western rock lobsters, the local species, don't have claws – but they do snap their tails like a pack of crocodiles. And here I was, wanting to wrap a ribbon around one so I could take his photograph.

I headed out to a local fish shop, which sold live lobsters. I explained what I wanted and the shop owner agreed to take the lobster out of his tank so I could dress him up and photograph him. That was one unhappy lobster.
Sadly, he wouldn't hold still so I could tie the ribbon properly, plus I wanted a lighter-coloured ribbon. I needed a more cooperative lobster.

I tried a stuffed one. He was well-behaved and easy to pose, because he was dead.
With some graphics software and a beach in the background, he became the first draft cover model for Ocean's Gift

I took a closer look at him and realised…I had the wrong lobster species. How embarrassing. In order to make up for such a monumental stuff-up, I found a stuffed lobster of the correct species. Just my luck, though – he was an albino Western rock lobster.
Being the old-fashioned type, I figured I'd have better chance spray-painting the stuffed one than messing with the colour of my photograph, so I gave my cover to the experts - real graphic designers.

Lucky for me, they took one look at my cover and proceeded to educate me about how lobsters don't belong on the cover of my book. My lobster found himself replaced with my whale and the current cover was born.
With the kind compliments I've had for the new cover, it's no wonder that's the cover you'll see on it wherever Ocean's Gift is sold – ebook or paperback.

Plus I don't have to photograph any more lobsters.    

Demelza Carlton

About the Author:  
Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.
She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
The Ocean's Gift series is her first foray into fiction. She'll follow this up with the first book of her suspense thriller Nightmares series, Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer, to be released in July 2013.

Find Demelza At:
Her Website

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  1. As a child I believed in Mermaids as an adult I wish that they were true. Such an awesome "mythical" species.