Saturday, April 21, 2007


Maxine's dream came true in January 2006 when she sold her first book to Silhouette Desire after trying for publication for over 20 years. She can be contacted at www.maxinesullivan.com


Five things I've noticed now that I've gone from being unpublished to published:

1. SUDDENLY... everybody wants to hear what I have to say. More importantly, they actually listen. Of course, I DO have more interesting things to talk about these days.

2. SUDDENLY... I'm Grammar Girl. If there's a question about grammar, everyone expects me to know the answer.

3. SUDDENLY... I'm J.K. Rowling and everyone thinks I'm raking in the dollars. I tell them that it's like winning the lottery - without the money.

4. SUDDENLY... every single person I've ever met wants a free copy of my book, including the pizza delivery boy.

5. SUDDENLY... everyone wants to know the secret of my overnight success.
{See Maxine's Bio *g*}

What is it about a cover that appeals to you most? I'll choose from the answers and someone will receive a copy of The Tycoon's Blackmailed Mistress.

Maxine's second Desire "The Tycoon's Blackmailed Mistress" is a May 07 release


Blogger Maureen said...

Congratulations on your success after so many years of working towards it. If I'm browsing through books the first thing that usually catches my eye is the color and then I'll look at what's on it.

3:26 AM  
Blogger Tessa Radley said...

Welcome Maxine!

Thanks so much for coming along.

As far as covers go - The Tycoon's Blackmailed Mistress has it all, for me. A cute guy, a beautiful heroine and lots of colour and movement and action. I look forward to reading it.

4:38 AM  
Blogger jennybrat said...

Hi Maxine, too funny since one of my fav questions for authors is "how has your life changed since becoming published?"

Love the dancing couple on the cover of The Tycoon's Blackmailed Mistress. Attractive models, a romantic concept and a great color scheme are what make a cover appeal to me.

5:12 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

Hi Maxine
I finished reading The Tycoon's Blackmailed Mistress recently. It was ammusing watching Danielle and Flynn. Danielle standing up to Flynn the way she did (totally blowing everything he thinks he knows out of the water) but she wasn't able to stand up to her mother- in-law til the end. Looking forward to Damien's story.
As for the cover, bright colors have to attract the reader first.If there isn't the color that draws the eye then I don't notice much else. Another biggie is the setting in the background. It's always nice to see something familiar. A yummy H is always nice but then we are come back to colors and I wouldn't notice the H if I wasn't drawn to the cover.
It sounds like the pizza delivery boy is busy, I have the flower delivery boy instead. LOL

5:17 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Maxine, congrats on having your dreams come true :)

What appeals to me most about a cover is the guy on the cover ;) Silly, I know, but I just love a nice looking hunk on the cover, lol

6:07 AM  
Blogger Cherie J said...

For me, an attractive cover is one with bold, beautiful colors. The hero and heroine should be attractive and most importantly match the author's description. I think it is really unfair to both the reader and the author if the author described the heroine as having red hair and the cover has a brunette.

6:37 AM  
Blogger Cherie J said...

Sorry, I just realized that I left out my congratulations for being published. So happy for you!

6:40 AM  
Blogger sheina said...

I don't like undersampled images on the cover(makes the author look so unprofessional). It has to be simple yet elegant so I could understand and appreciate it. Must of course depict the genre of the book.

7:30 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Congratulations, Maxine, on your first book!

I usually like a pretty scene on a book. I would rather imagine what the characters look like.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Karen G said...

Congratulations on your book. The cover is very romantic and eye catching. I just love the yellow dress. I had one similar to that many years ago.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Minna said...

Love the couple in the cover and the way the man looks in the distance.

8:24 AM  
Blogger tetewa said...

Congrats on the release! I always like seeing a good looking couple on the cover. The colors on the cover are also great. A good cover is one of the best things that catches my eye when looking at a book and this one is wonderful.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

Congrats on your book, Maxine. What I like in a cover.. attractive models, a new idea in the drawing and unusual colors.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Sara Hantz said...

Maxine, I love your post.... it's so funny, and so true!!

Your cover is adorable.

12:03 PM  
Blogger robynl said...

Congratulations, Maxine, on your first book!
I love book covers and believe that they are a work of art. A lovely cover just adds to the whole 'book' thing and makes it an added bonus to me, the owner.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Lois said...

The cover seems to be a little bit Bond-ish. . . it's kind of what he'd look like romancing the girl of the moment. . . but of course this Bond like guy is going to keep the girl. :)


1:22 PM  
Blogger Maxine said...

Ladies, thanks so much for your posts. And yes, I agree that my cover is great. Most of the Desire covers are even more eye-catching these days. I adore Tessa's cover for her first book, Black Widow Bride. It's just wonderful, Tessa, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of your book.


1:51 PM  
Blogger Maxine said...

Cherie, I agree that it's unfair to a reader and an author when the cover doesn't depict the book. There's always some leeway but if a cover doesn't match the story, I read the book without looking at the cover again. If I love the book and the cover matches, I know I just love to switch back and forth looking at the cover.

Oh, and when it's my own book, I love to switch back and forth just to remind myself it's real. :)


1:56 PM  
Blogger Maxine said...

I must admit I'm a bit of sucker for those 'clinch' covers too. The pirate or the gunslinger swooping the cleavaged-heroine up in his arms is always eye-catching to me.


2:02 PM  
Blogger KimW said...

Congratulations on having your book published! Funny about your pizza delivery boy.

I love the cover. I can see out the window and where ever the tycoon is, I want to go and escape away with him. Very romantic scene.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Annie West said...

Hi Maxine,

Congratulations - your second book has come around so fast! What a thrill!

Actually, in the past I haven't worried too much about covers, I've always gone for the blurb at the back, but a lot of recent covers have been so eye catching, I think I'm being converted. Love the bright colours and the dance scene on yours.


4:28 PM  
Blogger Lis said...

I like a cover that hints what the story is about.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Anna Campbell said...

Maxine, I love your cover! And congratulations on hanging in there to achieve your dream after so long. By the way, I SO related to your posts - people actually are interested in my ideas about writing now and they really haven't changed much since I achieved publication. But I'm not complaining! No, sirree!!!

What I like in a cover is people who bear a passing resemblance to the people in the book. Hate it when the hero's blond but the cover features a dark guy, for example.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Maxine said...

Annie, I agree that the recent covers for all the lines are so eye-catching. This morning I was looking at the new Australian covers for the Superromances and Special Editions, and the pastels look really nice. I'm sure they'll walk off the shelves.

Great to see you here.


9:23 PM  
Blogger Maxine said...

Anna, I hung in there a long time to be published, but so did you. What was it for you? 27 years? It's a long time for both of us, but wow, what a great reward for patience. You sold to Avon and I sold to Desire.

Lovely to see you here.


9:25 PM  
Blogger Maxine said...

Sara, it's great to see you here. I was so pleased to be able to do that interview for your blog last week too, so if anyone wants to read it please hop on over to Sara's website.

I can't wait to read her YA book. It sounds fabulous.

Again, to all, thanks for dropping by. It's going to be hard to pick a winner tonight.


9:29 PM  
Blogger Serena said...

Hi Maxine,
Just had to pop on over and say hi to you (and Tessa!) You've done so well with your covers - utterley yummy heroes!!

11:51 PM  
Blogger Maxine said...

Serena! Thanks for dropping by, but if you think you're getting another copy of my book, forget it. :)

Ladies, my book is dedicated to Serena, a true friend. I also pinched Serena's name for a minor character in my first book.


12:58 AM  
Blogger Little Lamb Lost said...

Congrats on your success in being published! it is actually difficult for me to pinpoint what I truly find stirking about a cover. Frequently, it is color that draws my eye initially, and then the often the hero. Am not fond of covers witht eh characters in awkward positions or over the top poses.

7:33 AM  
Blogger Kimberly L said...

Hi Maxine, congrats on your book.
What usually attracts me to a cover are the couple. When you read about a hero and heroine it's nice to have a handsome man that you could put a face with.

2:03 PM  
Blogger CrystalG said...

The hero is great looking and the heroine is beautiful. Love the dress she is wearing. Very classy cover.

6:03 AM  
Blogger Maxine said...

Ladies, Tessa posted the winner of my book yesterday. KimW, I loved that you wanted to escape with my hero. So do I. :)

Thanks to everyone for joining us all here. It's been a wonderful week.

And again, congratulations to Tessa on the release of her first book. You go, girl. :)


1:49 PM  

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