Welcome to day 2 of my week long Birthday Bash! (If you missed the post from day 1, check it out here) Today we have a guest post from the lovely Terri Bruce, who’s first novel, Hereafter, just went on sale August 1st! AND (yes, there is an and!) she is giving away a copy of Hereafter, and the winner can select the format! E-book or paperback! And it is international! How generous! Without further ado, lets welcome Miss Terri Bruce!
When Laura offered me a guest spot on her blog, I immediately knew I wanted to talk about red dresses—after all, Hereafter doesn’t just feature a red dress on the cover—Irene’s sexy red dress plays a prominent role in the book to the point where it’s almost a character in and of itself. The first thing the acquisitions editor said to me when I accepted Eternal Press’s offer to publish Hereafter was, “What do you think of a cover featuring Irene in *that* dress.” I knew in that moment that she totally got the book and that we had the same vision for the cover. And what better place to talk about red dresses than at the Little Read Riding Hood blog?
So let’s talk about some great book covers featuring red dresses. Of course, there’s the current crop of eye candy covers that are oh-so-gorgeous (in order of my preference for the dresses pictured):
BTW, totally random fun fact—the Sweet Evil dress is almost the exact design of the prom gown I had picked out (though in a wine red), but I ended up not going to my prom and so I never got to wear it.
Now, I could have simply stopped with those twelve book covers, but what’s the fun in that? Everyone’s already talked about those and I like to be difficult different. So, instead of the usual eye candy, here’s ten other book covers that feature red dresses, each of which I like for a different reason:
I love this cover for two reasons: a) I totally wish I could wear this dress, but I do not have the figure for it, and b) this reminds me of how I felt when my sister recently showed me a picture of four vintage dresses in a consignment shop window. They were all gorgeous, but the one on the far right caught my eye. I mentioned to my sister how much I loved the dress, and she said that she, too, had loved it, but it wasn’t her size. My sister is much thinner than me, so I perked up. I said, “Oh, this does look too big for you. Maybe it’s my size?” My sister shook her head. “It’s a size FOUR.” FOUR?! The thing looked like a twelve to me. Suddenly I wanted to lose about a hundred pounds as I realized that if a size four was that BIG, then my size (well above a four) was HUGE. Maybe it was a size four women’s, because I really don’t think it was a regular four. Either way, it made me realize how little it can take to make us feel bad about ourselves and our bodies
Let’s all say thank you to the lovely Terri Bruce for sharing that with us! I know I have a few new red dress related books on my TBR pile! Now, on to the giveaway! It is super easy, and will run until 8/20. There are several ways you can enter. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and you are all set!
Eternal Press • Paperback • August 1, 2012
Why let a little thing like dying get in the way of a good time?
Thirty-six-year-old Irene Dunphy didn’t plan on dying any time soon, but that’s exactly what happens when she makes the mistake of getting behind the wheel after a night bar-hopping with friends. She finds herself stranded on Earth as a ghost, where the food has no taste, the alcohol doesn’t get you drunk, and the sex…well, let’s just say “don’t bother.” To make matters worse, the only person who can see her—courtesy of a book he found in his school library—is a fourteen-year-old boy genius obsessed with the afterlife.
This sounds suspiciously like hell to Irene, so she prepares to strike out for the Great Beyond. The only problem is that, while this side has exorcism, ghost repellents, and soul devouring demons, the other side has three-headed hell hounds, final judgment, and eternal torment. If only there was a third option…
Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember and won her first writing award when she was twelve. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces fantasy and adventure stories from a haunted house in New England where she lives with her husband and three cats.