Art Matters (it is Known… and Felt)

I’ve never loved a book by its cover. But… the Universe and the NYC Public Library can probably tell you all sorts of tales of just how much I’ve lusted after a book cover (or 13). Not just because said covers show how good use of one’s “imagination can change the world”, as my darling Neil Gaiman has suggested, but also because some book covers tell stories all by themselves.

Take the cover of Lost Naked Furious, by Nils Ödlund, as an example. Am I the only one intrigued by the creature on the cover (and her glorious hair)? We must wait until Nov 27th to meet her, but in celebration of her arrival, Nils is offering the first two books in the series for free here and here (for 3 days).


Do I even have to say anything about the cover and title of Neil Gaiman’s Art Matters? I did not think so… I mean, who can look at that ready-to-battle fist and pencil, and not think, Let’s create and experience some art that roars!


Then comes the talent of Michelle Kennedy on the cover of The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faerie Tales, by Rommy Cortez-Driks. A wee glance into the eyes of the charming crone on the cover leaves most of us (ok, me) with a feeling that shouts, “I bet she’s made of more than sugar and spice and all sorts of things that probably aren’t always nice.” Nope, my Luvs, you don’t have to take my word for it, the truth is spelled clear in “What’s a Little Blood to a Mother’s Heart?”

To experience Rommy’s not-quite faerie tales, grab a copy of her book here or here. Also, you can win copies of the collection here, here, here, and here.


So, my Wicked Luvs, have you ever read a book because of its cover? I have. That is how my love affair with One Hundred Years of Solitude began: I was tempted by its outside… then, forever fascinated by the tale told in its insides.


What’s a Little Blood to a Mother’s Heart?

When my dear Rommy asked if she could tell my Wicked Luvs about her new book on my blog, I… squealed. Then, I begged her (yep, there was begging) to use my cyber-home to introduce everyone to a character that births the most delightful grins right out of my heart. So… here is Rommy (and her Rowena):


Firstly, let me thank Ms. Wicked, Magaly Guerrero, for not just being kind enough to agree to let me guest blog, but also for kicking my butt encouraging me to write a book. I can say with great certainty that it never, EVER, would have gotten done without her support.

This blog has never shied away from dark or unsettling things. Neither does Rowena, one of the characters in my short story, “What’s a Little Blood to a Mother’s Heart?”, in my short story collection, The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faerie Tales.

In Rowena’s world, situations sometimes call for a warm chat over a cup of tea, and sometimes… well, sometimes they call for a little something more. Have you ever been in a situation that required a bit more than niceness to resolve?

Tell me about it in the comments, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win the e-book. The contest closes on November 25th midnight EST. The winner will be selected by me and announced on the 26th back on my blog. Magaly will also add the name of the winner to this post. Good luck, everyone!

Edited (11/26/2018): The winner of the giveaway is Rosemary. Congrats! Rommy will be contacting you soonest.


The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faerie Tales
is available for purchase now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Cover art by Michelle Kennedy,
find her on her blog, Facebook, and Instagram
(Shelle, you’re a master at the art of capturing expressions. Wow!)


a wee note (from Magaly):
– in celebration of her book release, Rommy is hosting a book-tour giveaway on her blog (tea, bookmarks, incense), follow this link to enter.
– my review of the book.