Once again, here’s the Marketing for Romance Writers yearlong blog hop. For week 46, the writing prompt is:
Let Me Brag for a Minute
This is a dangerous topic! My ego is, shall we say, well developed, and I’m somewhat prone to tooting my own horn. Of course, that’s only natural for an oboist, right? Whose oboe am I going to toot, if not my own?
But like Miss Bates on Box Hill, who was restricted to only three silly statements, I’m restricted to only one minute.
(Incidentally, one of my sons briefly lived in Tooting. It’s a district in south London, near Wimbledon. This post has absolutely nothing to do with that.)
My unfortunately titled novel, Escapee, was the first runner up in InD’Tale Magazine’s RONE competition this year. I say ‘unfortunately titled’ because while the title fits the story, it doesn’t do anything to indicate that the book is a romance with science fiction elements. The RONE was a bigger deal than I expected, with a fancy ceremony featuring, evening dress, live music, and refreshments. The magazine’s editor TJ McKay, said they want the award to be the Academy Awards of Indie authors — and it shows.
Escapee is a retelling of the movie The African Queen, but set on an inhospitable moon that’s been invaded because of its mineral wealth. Instead of a small boat traveling down a river, the Escapee is an airship (i.e., dirigible) run by crusty Catt Sayer, who is herself an escapee from minor crimes on her home planet. She rescues uptight army captain Hector Dukelsky after the invasion, only to find that he wants her to undertake a suicidal voyage across the moon to attack the enemy’s headquarters.
I think (hope) that anyone who like The African Queen could enjoy Escapee.
By the way, I learned my lesson about a title that sells the story. Rescuing Prince Charming, available now for pre-order, has a much more romancy title, don’t you think? My wife says it’s her favorite of all my books. And that, frankly, means more to me than the RONE award.
What about you?
You have one minute to brag in a comment. Then check out the other writers taking part in this blog hop.