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Cythera Cover

It's official! This is the lovely cover for Cythera, my erotic science fiction novel that's out November 1 from Supposed Crimes!

Cythera

Cythera is a sacred courtesan, one of the fabulous Adepts of Menaechmi, famed through the Nine Worlds for their opulent beauty and decadence. However, when a fragile peace treaty hangs in the balance, the power to stop an interstellar war suddenly rests with her — a mission for which she is unprepared and unqualified. If she is to save thousands of lives, Cythera must not only rely on her wits and sensuality, but on a man she never thought she’d see again who has haunted her dreams for seven years.

Athain Kinslayer is a captain in the Calpurnian navy, a star voyager who has given up on personal happiness in pursuit of his duty. His job is to stop a war. The last thing he expects is to have to rely on a sacred courtesan, a woman with whom he spent one unforgettable night seven years ago and has never been able to forget. Together they must undertake a dangerous journey, face unexpected enemies, and delve into the deep and sensual waters of the most hidden rites in order to save their worlds — and find each other.


I really hope you enjoy it!

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bwinter
Aug. 18th, 2013 10:54 am (UTC)
I think this is one of your best covers so far :) I love the way the eyes dominate the picture. Definitely an Aphrodite!
jo_graham
Aug. 18th, 2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
I really love it too! Such a knowing expression, and kind.
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jo_graham
Aug. 18th, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
It will indeed be! Both ebook and print will release on Nov. 1.
ashabardon
Aug. 18th, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
Pretty ....
jo_graham
Aug. 18th, 2013 05:15 pm (UTC)
I love it! It's beautiful.
cypherindigo
Aug. 19th, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
Lovely lady, Dark eyes! I can't remember the time I looked at a book, or in a book, and had the main female character with dark eyes.

Personal quirk, I know.

I hope that I will be able to pre-order this one.
jo_graham
Aug. 19th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
She is lovely, isn't she? The model is Indian, which is what I specifically wanted to match Cythera's appearance in the book.

I'm sorry, but I have no idea about preorders. That's about how Amazon and B&N handle their contracts with small publishers. It may not be possible for a small publisher to make that available because they may require that the publisher send them a certain number of copies on spec, with the possibility of returns. Most small publishers can't afford to send out copies on spec that aren't paid for. It's just too expensive to print hundreds of copies that may be "returns" ie unsold and destroyed. When a major bookstore "returns" a book to the publisher, what they do is rip the front cover off and mail it back and trash the rest of the book. Therefore it can't be resold, and the bookstore doesn't pay for it. Small publishers just can't afford that. Most of them operate on cash-only, which is what I would have thought is the sensible thing -- when you get a book, you pay for it.
cypherindigo
Aug. 19th, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
That makes sense.
jo_graham
Aug. 19th, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
I think one of the big problems that traditional publishers are having right now is because of waste. Imagine how much waste there is in printing literally thousands of books, shipping them around the country, and then having them destroyed without one single person reading them! Not only is the environmental impact huge, but the cost is enormous. With the smaller publishers the book isn't printed until it's sold and it only ships once -- from the printer to you -- rather than from the printer to the distributor to the bookstore's warehouse to you. Four times the carbon footprint, even if the book sells. And if it doesn't, that's three shippings and all the paper and energy in the book itself. I don't think that model is going to be feasible in just a few years.
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