Girls Write Out
Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Okay, you really can't tell in these pics, but I've been taking myself in hand. Style, I want some style! I redid my hair so it's a little flippy on the ends, I've lost a little weight, I joined Missus Smarty Pants to find out what I looked good in. (Who knew that hips are best camouflaged by jackets that end at the TOP of the hip???)

Anyway, the big night is the award night. Me and Di are up for the Book of the Year in our categories. We, um, want to hide our bulges as best we can. Okay, I have bulges while Di doesn't but still. We went shopping the week before the conference and I excitedly told her about the Spanx someone on the blog told me about. We bought some even though THEY WERE SIXTY DOLLARS!

For sixty dollars, don't you think they would have made us look svelte and beautiful? Our first clue should have been getting into them. Di discreetly managed to get hers on with no problem while I huffed and puffed and perspired for fifteen minutes to get them up over my thighs. I got the thigh shaper ones and I should have known THAT was a lost cause.

Now for the BIG news of the night. Drum roll, please. MY DAUGHTER GOT ENGAGED ON AWARD NIGHT!!! Big ring and all. Hawaii, here we come!

Now down to business. What do you think of the cover of Anathema? What does it make you think it's about? When do you think it's set-historical or contemporary?
Colleen Coble  
posted at 8:18 AM  
  Comments (24)
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At 10:53 PM, Blogger Brittanie said...

It is beautiful and if makes me think historical. I love the colors.

At 10:54 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I love the colors - it makes me think contemporary because of the girl's clothing. It makes me wonder if she's a runaway to an Amish community for discreet safety in a quiet group of people. Not sure though. Do we really have to wait until 2008???

At 11:09 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

For sixty bucks, I think Hugh Jackman should come and HOLD me into the dress, thank you very much.

At 12:58 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

I think the cover is very beautiful as well.
Like Jamie said because of the way she look's her hair and clothing it makes me also think contemporary.
It makes me think is she homesick?
Maybe an outcast in the Amish community for not wanting to join the church? Or wanting to merry outside the Amish community?.......
I like this game I could go on and on. ha,ha......

At 2:23 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Oh, wow! Congrats to Kara! That's so awesome. I take that Hawai'i comment to mean they may get married here? :)

I love the cover. Very cool. Can't wait to read it.

At 8:25 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

Beautiful cover! I look forward to reading it.

Congratulations about your daughter's engagement! A double-win night for you. :-)

At 8:57 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Yep, Hawaiian wedding, Malia! We'll make sure you're invited. Kara just loves you.

Glad you all like the cover! I'll tell you when it's set after everyone weighs in.

Only you would like Hugh Jackman that much, Kristin. LOL

At 9:42 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

I love the cover, but as I thought about the contemporary/historical angle, there really is nothing that lets the reader know that it's contemporary and suspense. The colors are kind of suspensy. Could they add a car chasing the buggy? Or something that's clearly from the 21st century?

At 1:49 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I really like the cover a LOT, but I thought the name was Ama Thema (a girl's name) because the typeset for the "m" and the "t" were a little confusing. I couldn't tell when it was set, but it looked like a book I'd pick up. OOOooo! Can't wait!

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Congrats to your daughter! What a wonderful addition to an already terrific night, huh?

The cover . . .the horse/buggy and colors made me think historical, the gal made me think contemporary.

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Kay said...

my first impression is Amish because of the funky little carriage.
The sepia color makes it look historical, though. But I am ALWAYS drawn to sepia covers.

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Hi Colleen! The cover definitely screams historical to me.

Oh, and a Hawaiian wedding! How fun is that. Love it (try to resist doing research while you're there, lol)

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

You know I love the cover, especially the young woman. She's stunning. However, I do see what Cara is saying, there really isn't anything to lend to the contemporary/suspense theme. :-/ But again, it's gorgeous...and I actually love the font.

At 1:13 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

about the SPANX..
I just thought of a time I told My mother..
"Why do the undergarment's to flatten the bum cost more
than the undergarment's that are patted to enhances a bum?"

At 6:55 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

I hope I'm not too late to weigh in about the cover. At first glance I immediately thought historical, but was confused because you haven't written historicals in a long while. Then I looked again and realized the girl looks contemporary. Is it one of those "flashback" kind of stories that toggles between the past and present?

At 7:27 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Thanks so much for all your comments! It's an Amish suspense. I think we might need to tweak it a bit so it doesn't look historical.

Hilarious Anne Marie! And so true. Those Spanx were very expensive and not worth the cost.

At 10:25 AM, Blogger C.J. Darlington said...

I immediately knew it was Amish or Mennonite, but the girl is very modern.

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Yep, C.J., the girl is supposed to be modern. She's not Amish anymore but has to go back to discover some secrets from the past.

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

I LOVE the cover! It makes me think "historical" and I had to double check that it was indeed your name on the cover. ;-)

At 1:51 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

The cover is beautiful. It looks historical by the colors and the horses, but the girls attitude and clothing is completely contemporary.

Maybe its both? (Like Francine River's The Scarlet Thread)

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Becki said...

I like the cover.
I think it would be a contemporary book based only on the girl's outfit.
The images at the bottom cause me to wonder if she is somehnow involved with the Amish or some sort of isolated farming community.
The look on the girl's face draws me in.

At 9:58 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

I like the cover, but I'm biased. I read the story before I saw the cover, so HYSTERICAL never crossed my mind! LOL

At 11:36 PM, Blogger Janna said...

Okay, the cover looks like a book I would definitely buy - love it! But I thought historical, of course if it is Amish related at all then my mother-in-law will have to have a copy so that is 2 sold already - 1 for me and 1 for her :-)

Janna (better known as Cara Putman's sister :-)

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Deena said...

It's gorgeous, and makes me think historical.

So, when do I get a copy to review????? WAAAAAAHHHHH!!

**ahem**excuse me for that last one:-)


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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