Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Revealing Hump Day!

Okay, so I have some news to share with you. 

I have a COVER!!!

Now, the hair may still be tweaked a bit (my MC has shorter, strawberry blonde hair when she's being herself) between now and publication, but this is basically it. Amazon and Barnes & Noble think so, anyway. Feel free to pre-order your Labor Day gifts now. 

(What? Isn't Labor Day a gift-giving occasion in your household? I'm shocked.)

But back to my cover: Is that KICKASS, or what? I kind of love it, if that's not horribly narcissistic to say about my own book. That girl has attitude. And they got the Viking helmet right! (Real Viking helmets do not have horns.)

Plus, I have cover copy (!!!): 

The start of an original new urban fantasy series starring human chameleon Ciel Halligan

Snagging a marriage proposal for her client while on an all-expenses-paid vacation should be a simple job for Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire. A kind of human chameleon, she's able to take on her clients' appearances and slip seamlessly into their lives, solving any sticky problems they don't want to deal with themselves. No fuss, no muss. Big paycheck.

This particular assignment is pretty enjoyable... that is, until Ciel's island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client's about-to-be-fiancé is snatched by modern-day Vikings. For some reason, Ciel begins to suspect that getting the ring is going to be a tad more difficult than originally anticipated.

Going from romance to rescue requires some serious gear-shifting, as well as a little backup. Her best friend, Billy, and Mark, the CIA agent she's been crushing on for years — both skilled adaptors — step in to help, but their priority is, annoyingly, keeping her safe. Before long, Ciel is dedicating more energy to escaping their watchful eyes than she is to saving her client's intended.

Suddenly, facing down a horde of Vikings feels like the least of her problems.

"A fast-paced, sexy romp with characters as original as its intriguing premise!"

"Linda Grimes's fast paced supernatural debut is fresh, fun, and sexy, and heroine Ciel Halligan faces both the outlandish and the deadly with a perfect balance of equanimity, irreverence, and nerve. I can't wait to see where her wild adventures lead her next!"  

Whoa. I'm still overwhelmed at the kindness of Diana and Vicki. (If you guys haven't read their books yet, you really, really should -- they're amazing!)

Oh, and lest you think I've forgotten your Hump Day camel pic in all the hooplah, look who was spotted reading a leaked copy of my book:

Who knew camels were fans of light urban fantasy?

Happy Hump Day, everyone! :)


Delia said...

Holy Camels! You got blurbed by Diana Gabaldon and Vicki Pettersson? I mean, great cover and all, I especially like the helmet, but Gabaldon and Pettersson? Boy oh man!

Linda G. said...

Delia -- I know! Holy crap. I'm so tickled I can hardly contain myself. :D

Delia said...

Okay, I got a little stuck on the blurbs (Gabaldon and Pettersson!), and I forgot to say that Labor day is most definitely a gift-giving occasion around here since both my anniversary and birthday follow within two weeks of it. I shall have to get my DH to preorder. (If I did it, it wouldn't be a gift.)

RK Charron said...

That's a wonderful cover Linda!
And congratulations on Diana Gabaldon & Vicki Pettersson loving your novel!
I'm looking forward to In A Fix in September.
All the best,
RK Charron

Elisabeth Black said...
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Elisabeth Black said...

Your blurbs! Ack! And nice cover.

Missy Olive said...

sooooooo exciting!!! I LOVE it!

Kimberly Sabatini said...

OMG!!! The cover--the blurbs--the synopsis and of course--the camel!!!! I'm trilled for you. Can't wait to read it. *taps foot and looks in mailbox for ARC Tour*

Patty Blount said...

Cover, camel and blurbs OH MY!

Congrats, Linda! It LOOKS awesome. Can't wait to read it.

Jen J. Danna said...

Love the cover! And Diana Gabaldon? SCORE! Blurb sounds amazing too. Your debut is going to be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to it!

abby mumford said...

i was totally not expecting to see IN A FIX's cover yet, but boy oh boy, what a surprise today brought. linda, it's awesome! ciel looks so badass and your name is basically in bright lights!

i can't wait to buy multiple copies!

p.s. i confess i don't know the blurbers, but judging from everyone else's comments, you've done yourself well. congrats! :)

Unknown said...

FANTASTIC cover! and the camel reading your book? priceless. i knew you'd have fans all over and from every walk of life ;)

Michele Shaw said...

Hooray!! I love the cover! I always wanted that red hair. This story sounds awesome and I know it can't be anything but with you at the keyboard! HUGE CONGRATS!

Susan Adrian said...


Can't wait for everybody to read and love this book. :)

Bess Weatherby said...


I love it, Linda. I LOVE it. And I can't wait to read it. And I'm SO excited for you!!!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Oh my God! (This is way too good for abbreviations.) That cover gal is every bit as kick-ass as the writer who conceived her. Your book sounds like it has originality out the wazoo, not that I'm surprised. Congrats on the great cover and blurb. But how in the name of all that's holy did you finagle that picture with the camel?????? (You're good.)

Judy, Judy, Judy said...

Love, love, love the cover - so you. Love the blurbs. Love the summary thingie and again, can't wait to read it.
Very impressed with the camel, too!
You rock.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Great Cover and I love the story premise.



Dianne K. Salerni said...

SCREAM!!!! What a gorgeous cover! And marvellous back cover copy!

And OH MY GOD, Diana Gabaldon blurbed your book!!!!

SO excited for you, this may just help float me through my 4 hours of parent conferences tonight. (or at least some of them)

Patsy said...

That cover is indeed kickass - and it seems pretty clear the camel agrees.

Carol Kilgore said...

Great cover and AWESOME blurbs! Congrats :)

Unknown said...

Cover is fab. But a blurb from Diana Gabaldon? Holy crap, woman. That is beyond awesome. Congratulations!

jill said...

Ditto all the other comments!! Fantastic cover and great blurbs. In A Fix is one gift I will get for myself!

Tracy Jo said...

That is awesome!!! I love your cover! I can't wait to read. Congratulations Linda!!!

Unknown said...

That looks awesome - and sounds awesome! Love the "simpleness" and directness of it.

I'll buy that book (once it's available through swedish sellers).

Anne Gallagher said...

Damn girl, Gabaldon and Peterson...I bow at your feet.

Congrats on a gor-ge-ous cover. She is so totally Ciel. Even with the hair. Can't wait to read it.

Sarah Tokeley said...

Okay, I swear you got Patsy Collins to model that for you :-)

You've been fairly quiet (or I've just missed it), as to what your book is about. This sounds amazing!

Kelly Breakey said...



Linda G. said...

Awww. You guys! You're making me feel all humble and mushy and stuff. Thank you so much! I hope you'll find Ciel as entertaining to read as I have to write.