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PICTURE IMPERFECT One-Month Birthday

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

PICTURE IMPERFECT has been out a month already! That’s in eBook. I am happy to announce that the print edition is now also available, from Amazon, Amazon Canada, UK Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

I am pretty stoked that PICTURE IMPERFECT has a 4.3 star review average on Amazon! Here are some tidbits:

“…a great mix of romance, suspense, humor and a very well developed story.”

“This was a very entertaining book…  I loved the banter back and forth between characters.”

“…delicious romantic mystery…”

“…humor, twists and turns, romance and mystery.”

“If you enjoy romance, along with a mystery to solve, you need to read Picture Imperfect!”

Find PICTURE IMPERFECT at your favorite retailer!

iBooks

Kobo

NOOK

Amazon

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Amazon Australia

International Amazons

Join Me at Alicia Dean’s Blog!

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

I have a great interview over at Alicia Dean’s blog today discussing my writing process, the development of PICTURE IMPERFECT (which started as a NaNoWriMo project), my love of lemons and rolltop desks. The interview includes an excerpt from the middle of PICTURE IMPERFECT.

Hop on over!

PICTURE IMPERFECT is in Print!

Friday, November 4th, 2016

PICTURE IMPERFECT is now available in print from the following retailers, just in time for the holidays!

Barnes and Noble

Amazon

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

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PICTURE IMPERFECT Sunday Snippet

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Read an excerpt from the middle of PICTURE IMPERFECT at That’s What I’m Talking About today!

Preview PICTURE IMPERFECT on Amazon Direct on Your Browser

Friday, October 21st, 2016

If you’re a reader you’re probably familiar with the Look Inside feature over on Amazon, but as I was getting ready for PICTURE IMPERFECT’s release week, I realized that Amazon now has a cool little pop-up app you can direct folks to, and if they click on it they can start reading my book right where they are, on their desktop or tablet and likely also their phones.

Testing it out here.

Yep, it works!

You can read up to around the beginning of Chapter Four without having to go search on Amazon for my book. Just click and read! (If you like what you read, you can then buy directly from the app, which would be nice the next time I need to buy some bulk cases of Kraft Dinner). (Mama needs royalties to keep DH in KD…)

I do have an excerpt on my website, but the Amazon preview app thingy is very cool!

Allie’s 15th Birthday and Release Day for PICTURE IMPERFECT!

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Yahoo!! It’s Allie McBeagle’s 15th birthday!! Only one more year until she beats the record set by our old Siamese cat, who cantankerously lived to 15 and a half. Gotta say, I’m not sure Allie will make it to 16, but I wasn’t sure she’d make it to 15 either, and yet here she is.

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It’s also Release Day for PICTURE IMPERFECT, my 130,000 word sassy suspense (by which I mean humorous suspense “lite” or romcom/mystery). PICTURE IMPERFECT is a bit of a genre bender, with both mystery and suspense elements as well as a romantic comedy tone and family entanglements, several points of view, and a fully developed romance. I usually dedicate my books to my husband, but PICTURE IMPERFECT is dedicated to Steve and our two sons as well as…Allie!! There’s not a beagle to be had in the book. There is a beagle in my next book, but in case Allie isn’t around then she wanted a dedication in PICTURE IMPERFECT. And when you’re a dog of 15, ya gets what ya wants. The average age range for a beagle is 12-15, so she kinda feels her work is done. We’ll see.

Here are links to check out my book, or you can visit the PI page on my website. The Pre-Order/Early Release pricing of $2.99 USD extends to Friday and will begin going up to $4.99 on the weekend. Amazon, as is their practice, usually keeps the lowest price the longest. I have no clue if the other vendors’ price increases will occur Saturday, Sunday or Monday, but between now and Friday is your best chance to grab PICTURE IMPERFECT at $2.99.

Here are some links!

Amazon: http://kindlel.ink/PictureImperfect

Amazon Canada: http://kindlel.ink/PictureImperfect_CA

Amazon UK: http://kindlel.ink/PictureImperfect_UK

Amazon Australia: http://kindlel.ink/PictureImperfect_AU

iBooks: http://ibooksl.ink/PictureImperfect

Kobo: http://kobol.ink/PictureImperfect

NOOK: http://nookl.ink/PictureImperfect

Cover! Designed by the Fabulous Killion Group!

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Blurb!

Just when she thought she had her life on autofocus…

Photographer Ursula Scott is six short months from buying her boss’s studio and helping her family knock down a massive debt. She can put up with his hairball antics for that long, right?

Right?

But, oh, he makes life difficult. She can barely restrain herself when he hogs credit for her assignments, and now half-naked weirdos are responding to his ad for her first magazine photo spread. On top of that, someone is sabotaging the studio. Worse, she discovers her sexy apprentice is a former cop practicing his newbie PI skills on the case—and she’s a suspect!

Suddenly, Ursula’s dreams and hard work seem about to go up in smoke. In more ways than one.

Well, not on her watch.

When Gabe McKenzie moves home following the shooting that kyboshed his career, he doesn’t expect to get sucked into finding the culprit wreaking havoc at his uncle’s photography studio. He certainly doesn’t expect to fall for Ursula Scott, a long-legged brunette with a definite motive and a desire to play Nancy Drew. Even as he clears her, the sabotage escalates into a bizarre stalking, placing Ursula…and Gabe’s hopes for their future…in danger.

If only he can convince her to stop snooping around and let him do his job as a PI, before an unknown menace threatens not only her dreams—but her life.

~~~

Please say happy birthday to Allie in the comments!

Now I’m off to try not to burn the chicken soup.

One Week to Release!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

PICTURE IMPERFECT releases in a week! My website is now fully updated with an excerpt, the cover, and buy links. Don’t forget, the pre-order savings will extend only a few days after release (like 3-5 days, depending on how long it takes each vendor to apply the regular price of $4.99 USD), so if you want to take advantage of pre-order savings, please do so quickly.

Nifty graphic:

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All buy links are on my PICTURE IMPERFECT book page!

Picture Imperfect Cover Reveal and Pre-Order!

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

All who were losing hope, please join me in celebration, because I finally FINALLY FINALLY have a new book coming out! PICTURE IMPERFECT: A SASSY SUSPENSE is my longest book to date. At 130,000 words (around 420 printed book pages), it is easily double the length of WHERE SHE BELONGS. Now, some of you might say the extra length is why it took me so long to write PICTURE IMPERFECT, and some of you might be right. But there was also a lot of Life Stuff tossed in there. Meanwhile, I was doing some writing as my pen name. But now I am back and working on more and more stuff as Cindy. I will continue to write as my pen name now and then, but, mainly, my focus will be on my Cindy stuff going forward. And I’m very excited about that.

There’ll be lots of news in the coming months, but today I want to focus on PICTURE IMPERFECT, because I’m super excited to announce Special Pre-Order Pricing with a savings of up to 60% off the Retail Price, which will go into effect shortly after the release date of October 18th. Yep, that’s right around the corner. Less than two weeks remaining until release!

Here’s the cover, which, IMNSHO, rocks.

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Yes, it’s big! And it’s beautiful! If you want to catch a look at the paperback layout, please visit this special page on my website and scroll down.

And you can read an excerpt here.

Okay, how about I let you know what it’s about?

Photographer Ursula Scott discovers her sexy apprentice is an ex-cop investigating threats at his uncle’s studio–but is she a suspect or a target?

Just when she thought she had her life on autofocus…

Photographer Ursula Scott is six short months from buying her boss’s studio and helping her family knock down a massive debt. She can put up with his hairball antics for that long, right?

Right?

But, oh, he makes life difficult. She can barely restrain herself when he hogs credit for her assignments, and now half-naked weirdos are responding to his ad for her first magazine photo spread. On top of that, someone is sabotaging the studio. Worse, she discovers her sexy apprentice is a former cop practicing his newbie PI skills on the case—and she’s a suspect!

Suddenly, Ursula’s dreams and hard work seem about to go up in smoke. In more ways than one.

Well, not on her watch.

When Gabe McKenzie moves home following the shooting that kyboshed his career, he doesn’t expect to get sucked into finding the culprit wreaking havoc at his uncle’s photography studio. He certainly doesn’t expect to fall for Ursula Scott, a long-legged brunette with a definite motive and a desire to play Nancy Drew. Even as he clears her, the sabotage escalates into a bizarre stalking, placing Ursula…and Gabe’s hopes for their future…in danger.

If only he can convince her to stop snooping around and let him do his job as a PI, before an unknown menace threatens not only her dreams—but her life.

~~Did I mention you can Read an Excerpt?

And following are links to the Special Pre-Order Pricing, with savings up to 60% (depending on where you live). Short form, for the eBook the USD Retail Price of PICTURE IMPERFECT is $4.99. During pre-order, the book is available for $2.99 USD and $2.99 Canadian. I’m especially excited about the Canadian price, because that ol’ exchange rate can do a number on the wallet. If you pre-order PICTURE IMPERFECT from an eRetailer using Canadian dollars (ie. for Amazon that would be the Amazon Canada site and not the Amazon U.S. site), you can get the pre-order pricing of $2.99 Canuck.

I buy my Kindle books from the U.S. Amazon store myself, and there’s no way to make the book available for $2.99 CDN if you buy from Amazon US. Instead, it will have one of those wonky prices reserved for Canadians buying from the US. Sorry about that.

PICTURE IMPERFECT is also available on Kobo, iBooks, and for NOOK. So check it out!

iBooks

Kobo

NOOK

Amazon

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Amazon Australia

International Amazons, please visit this link and then click the Kindle icon, and you should be taken to the store for your country. Or, visit your Amazon of choice and search for “Picture Imperfect by Cindy Procter-King.” (Spell Procter with an E). (Yes, I’m on a mission; why do you ask?)

Picture Imperfect Progress Report

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

I have website updates to do!

My sassy suspense, PICTURE IMPERFECT, is currently getting uploaded to various eBook retailers for pre-order, and the release date has been set for October 18th. That’s a 2 week pre-order period. I have some fun stuff planned, but need to wait until the pre-orders are all live.

Meanwhile, the print files are getting prepped and review copies are going out. I can’t wait to get my hands on a proof copy of the print book! But right now I’m waiting for the printer to approve the files before I can order a proof.

Here's the title page to give you a little taste of the upcoming Cover Reveal!

Here’s the title page to give you a little taste of the upcoming Cover Reveal!

My First Time

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Formatting a book for print, that is.

Actually, I’ve never formatted an eBook, either. I usually farm out my work. But this time I’ve decided I should learn to format myself. It makes updating files so much easier. For some unfathomable reason, I decided to start with print formatting.

CreateSpace has templates for use with Microsoft Word, and it would probably be a lot easier if I just downloaded one of those templates. Only problem is, my copy of Word is so old (the 2003 edition) that I can’t save as PDF, which I need for uploading to CreateSpace. And…years and years ago, when I built this site and my pen name’s site, I decided to upgrade my Dreamweaver and PhotoShop. They came combined in a program called Adobe Creative Suite 2. Creative Suite has since updated to a cloud-based service, but for someone like me the $20 U.S. a month when I only put out maybe two books a year (that’s being generous, LOL) isn’t worth it. And I don’t design my own covers. So, being the obstinate sort, I decided to try learning how to format my print interior pages with the very old InDesign CS2. The problem? Back when I was buying how-to books for Illustrator and PhotoShop, I didn’t buy one for InDesign, thinking I would never need it. Now, there are a lot of great free templates available for InDesign book interiors, but try finding one for the CS2 version of the program. So, instead of downloading a premade template and creating my book from there, I’m building the template from the ground up. Thanks to YouTube and Google, there are a lot of places I can go for help, but the set-up is never quite the same because, you know, Cindy has old software. This might take me awhile…

Just to prove I’m really at work, here’s a shot of Page 1 of PICTURE IMPERFECT in my Word doc, followed by how far I’ve gotten in InDesign (I finally created page numbers on my Master pages, but they aren’t starting in the right spot. My next challenge is creating running, alternating page headers.)

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The idea is that once I have the template down pat, I can use it for future releases as well. And, if you can read Page 1 of the Word doc, that’s the world’s first peek into PICTURE IMPERFECT! (Which will go up for pre-order just as soon as I’ve got the cover commissioned).

Yup, I need to create a new website page for the book, too.