Thursday, June 19, 2008

Picture Day

by Jennie Bentley.

All right, so I’m cheating a little. When Joyce contacted me yesterday to ask if I’d be willing to blog for her today, I don’t think her intention was for me to post a picture and leave it at that.

Still, I’m neck-deep in revisions for DIY#2, which is due to my editor at Berkley Prime Crime next week, plus I got home from Norway to find that my book at long last has a cover, and the opportunity is just too good to pass up. And this way, I can keep that post I have in reserve – the one I didn’t get to use last time, because I was tagged for the chain blog thing – for another time.

So whaddaya think? Gorgeous, isn’t it? The fact that the cat doesn’t have a shadow is a little disconcerting – makes it look like a ghost cat, when it’s really just your garden variety Maine Coon – but you probably wouldn’t have noticed that if I hadn’t pointed it out, right? And the red paint paw-prints are nice, too. Even the wrench looks vaguely sinister...

And just in case the cover itself isn’t exciting enough for you, there’s the fact that the book is now available for preorder on That’s how I found the cover, in fact. Googled myself. Pitiful.

If you order it now, they’ll send it to you when they get it. At only $6.99 – 336 pages, folks! – it’s a steal at twice the price, and it’s available for Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25, so if you buy four copies, Amazon will send them to you for free. Your friends will thank you. So will I. And because it’s a mass-market paperback, it slides easily into the standard Christmas stocking. With a release date of November 4th, it’ll be delivered just in time for the holidays, too! In fact, if you buy one for every person on your Christmas list, from Aunt Annie to Uncle Zeke, you’ll have finished your Christmas shopping six months early and you won’t have to worry about it again.

OK, that’s enough BSP for a while. My job here is done. Unless someone tags me before then, I’ll be back on my regularly scheduled day, which seems to be July 4th. Huh... We can make it another picture day if you want. I’m sure you’re all dying to see photographs from my vacation.

Till next time!


Tory said...

Congrats, Jennie! (On having a book cover AND mastering this BSP thing.)

I DEFINITELY want to see the Norway pictures. Was it awesome? (My ethnic background is Swedish, but I've never been there, either.)

Joyce said...

Thanks for filling in for me! We don't mind a little BSP around here. Your cover is great!

Also--to put a plug in for my favorite independent mystery bookstore: I'm sure Mary Alice and Richard at Mystery Lover's Bookshop ( would be happy to order Jennie's book for anyone who wants it.

I want to see the Norway pictures too!

Wilfred Bereswill said...

Ah, Jennie, welcome back. I'm not really a cat person, but a cat with no shadow? Creepy.

I trust you had a great time in Norway.

JennieB said...

Thanks, y'all! Fine, I'll cheat next time too, and put up some pictures from Norway. That way, if I don't get a lot of comments because it's July 4th, my fragile ego won't be bothered.

Will, I'm not a cat person, either. In fact, I'm horribly allergic to the creatures, and start sneezing violently after about five minutes in the company of one. As a result I have zero personal experience to draw on, and it made for some interesting writing when I was told my editor would like cats in these books. If the cats don't have as much personality as they should, that's the reason why.

Cathy said...

The "ghost cat" looks almost exactly like my former companion Anna, who passed away and padded off into the spirit world two years ago. Did she pose for you? And I don't think there's such a thing as a garden variety Maine Coon. Anna certainly wasn't.

Best wishes for your novel and sales.

JennieB said...

Cathy, good to know the cat on the cover looks like what it's supposed to look like. I don't know that I've ever actually met a Maine Coon. I've seen a few Norwegian forest cats (Skogskatt), and one of the stories is that Maine Coons came from Norwegian Skogskatter that the Vikings brought over 1000 years ago or so, when they discovered Vinland. The two breeds have a lot in common. The large size, the tufted ears and feet, etc. Of course, the story I'm going with in my book is that they're descended from Marie Antoinette's cats, who came to Maine in 1793, and interbred with the local feline population. That's another of the rumors. Anyway, thanks for sharing about Anna. I'm sure you miss her. I lost a dog two years ago, Emily, and I still miss her.