Guest Post: Stand by You and Foundation of Trust by @am_arthur ~ @PridePromo

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Thank you so much for having me here at All I Want and More to promote my dual releases, Foundation of Trust (Cost of Repairs #5) and Stand By You (Belonging #3). I’m so excited for both of these books, as they continue two ongoing series.

We’ve all heard the cliché/advice “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Its meaning can be applied to everything from how a person dresses to a very literal book cover. And while it’s all well and good to say it, books are still very much judged by their covers.

A book cover is often a reader’s first point of contact with a book. This is especially true of the bookstore browser, who may pick up a novel simply on the merits of its cover art. Art should be catchy, it should tell the reader something about the novel, and it should fit with the genre expectations. After all, you aren’t going to expect to see an embracing couple on the cover of a medical thriller.

As we shift into an increasingly digital world, I think covers become even more important. It’s one more way to stand out from the crowd in an overcrowded market. I have been blessed with some truly gorgeous book covers, especially for my Cost of Repairs series. The artist, Lyn Taylor, really knocked it out of the park with Foundation of Trust. I’m always asked to fill out an art fact sheet, and in it is a place for important symbols. The gold rings on that cover are symbolic of David and Owen’s entire relationship, and I was ecstatic over the image she found. In an ongoing series, cohesive cover art is also a way for readers to identify connectivity. You can look at all five covers of the Cost of Repairs books and be certain that they’re part of a series.

Have I loved all of my book covers? No. Do I think that an ugly cover will still sell? Absolutely. Author name and story are still two hugely important factors when it comes to a reader’s decision to buy a book. There are a few authors that I would auto-buy even if the cover looked like a first-grader’s art class sketch. I’ve read some amazing novels with mediocre covers.

Besides, even if we are judging books by their covers, it’s all about personal perception anyway, right?

As a reader, does a book’s cover art influence your decision to buy?

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FoundationOfTrust300blurbFoundation of Trust:

David Weller thought he had it all—a loving partner who gave him a ring, a steady job he didn’t hate, and so much hope for the future. But in the wake of a devastating diagnosis, everything he thought was solid and real lay in pieces at his feet.

Four years later, he’s still sifting through the rubble of his life. His catering partnership occupies his days, while his nights are filled with dangerous sexual hookups and very bad decisions. Then the last person he ever expected to see again walks back into his life.

Owen Hart’s single biggest regret is the way he was forced to leave David behind—no explanations, no chance to make it right. Until now. Finally free of eight years of lies, Owen’s back for the only man he’s ever loved.

An incendiary encounter in a club proves that time hasn’t weakened their physical connection, but David’s wounds run deeper than Owen’s deception. And if David can’t first forgive, Owen doesn’t have a second chance in hell.

Warning: This book contains an Australian transplant with a head full of secrets, a party planner with enough baggage to sink a battleship, and a surly teenager who just wants them both to get over themselves.

 

excerptA shadow drifted across Owen’s face—the same shadow that had been there almost constantly that first year. An angry shadow that had diminished under the brilliance of their love for each other.  “We had to, me and my son both.  Michael was born Benjamin Hadley Swenson.”

“But why?”  David needed to know why he’d been lied to for so long.  Why he’d fallen in love with a man whose name he never really knew.

“To protect us from the man who killed Michael’s mother and grandfather.”

“You told me his mother was killed during a home invasion.”

“I used parts of the truth to fashion the lie.  Makes it easier to remember.  She was killed by a man who had no business in that house, but he wasn’t there to rob anyone.  He was a dangerous man, and I did what I had to do to protect my son.”

Buy Links:

Samhain: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/foundation-trust-p-73638.html

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/foundation-of-trust-am-arthur/1119742287?ean=9781619221765

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Foundation-Trust-Cost-Repairs-Arthur-ebook/dp/B00KT23WJU/ref=pd_rhf_se_p_d_1

 

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Stand By You_coverblurbStand by You

Three months after his rescue from an abusive boyfriend, twenty-two-year-old Romy Myers has landed his first legitimate job—bussing tables at his friend’s new coffee shop. The job has brought him some stability after years of abuse have left him feeling damaged and broken. He’s working hard on his panic and social anxiety, and those things are often tempered by the big, burly presence of Brendan Walker.

From the moment ex-football player Brendan helped rescue Romy from his ex’s abuse, he’s wanted to protect him. And he does, from a distance, with joking text messages, a new gym routine to toughen him up and a genuine friendship. So far it’s been easy—but Brendan’s feelings aren’t just friendly anymore…

When an argument spirals out of control, a hot and heavy make-out session causes Romy’s friendship with supposedly straight Brendan to reach a new level. The last thing Romy wants is to fall for another guy who could potentially shatter him, but Brendan also wakes up a part of him he thought had been destroyed by violence—his heart.

 

excerptStand by You

“So make a plan for yourself.” Romy was getting excited over the idea of Brendan going back to college—maybe because Romy had never gone and probably never would. He didn’t even have his GED. And here he was giving Brendan career advice when the longest job he’d ever held in his life was as a hooker. “Figure out what it will cost to go back and finish. Figure out how you’ll save the money. Nothing is impossible, Bren, not if you want it bad enough.”

Brendan looked at him, chocolate brown eyes catching his, and something in that moment changed. Like a snap or a zing, Romy couldn’t describe it. Only that his words had touched something in Brendan, and that something leapt across the space between them and right into Romy. His pulse raced.

Oh crap.

Romy broke eye contact first, using the untwisting of his bottle cap as an excuse to kill the odd charge between them. Not happening. Not again, and not with Brendan. Brendan wasn’t even gay!

Was he?

Buy Links:

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stand-by-you-am-arthur/1119947645?ean=9781426899195

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stand-You-The-Belonging-Series-ebook/dp/B00LSDQNJK/ref=pd_sim_kstore_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=0BZ79FSDEP1MA7EYVZ82

 

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bioA.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop.  She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) and “The Young Riders” with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder.  She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

 

Author Contact:

Contact her at am_arthur@yahoo.com with your cooking tips (or book comments). You can also find her online (http://amarthur.blogspot.com/), as well as on Twitter (http://twitter.com/am_arthur), Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/blog/am-arthur), and Facebook (A.m. Arthur). A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and Musa Publishing.

 

Publisher:

Foundation of Trust: Samhain Publishing

Stand by You: Carina Press

Cover Artist: Foundation of Trust: Lyn Taylor

 

Goodreads Links:

Foundation of Trust: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22437210-foundation-of-trust

Stand by You: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22852756-stand-by-you

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