Thursday, September 2, 2021

❀Q&A on Book Covers with Irene Woodbury Author of Honeymoon Roulette @PumpUpYourBook #puyb #HoneymoonRoulette #bookcovers

Luckily for all you fans of romantic fiction, Irene Woodbury knows that what happens in Las Vegas doesn’t have to stay there. The Denver-based author has captured the heart and soul of Sin City in four colorful, suspenseful novels.

In the gritty, engrossing Romeo Stalker (2021), a Vegas showgirl’s life is plunged into stalker-hell when her ex returns from prison and learns she has a new boyfriend. Love and Payback (2021) is a dark, dramatic look at a married woman’s mysterious death in Sin City, where she has gone to meet an Internet love.

In the darkly humorous Honeymoon Roulette (2021), a bride goes rogue after learning her handsome fiance may have killed his first two wives. And A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis (2021) is the vibrant, funny story of a mixed-up newlywed who goes to Vegas for a girls’ weekend that never ends.

Irene, a successful travel writer whose favorite destinations are London and Las Vegas, is currently working on another novel.

You can visit her website at or connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?

Honeymoon Roulette is a dark-humor novel about Roxy Drake, who runs away one hour before her Las Vegas wedding after her parents inform her that her fiancé was married twice before, and both wives died early in the marriage. Her fiancé was a person of interest in both

deaths. The book details Roxy’s adventures, and misadventures, as she tries to survive in Las Vegas and ends up being kidnapped to a farm outside the city, where she’s held captive and forced to do menial labor. There are elements of romance and dysfunction throughout, and it’s funny in its own quirky way.

The idea for the book evolved over time. My novels have always been set in the city of Las Vegas. I thought it would be interesting to venture to an area outside the city, and it was.

Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way?

I self-published. It can be challenging, but it’s worth it because you make all the decisions about covers, titles, length, pricing, etc. I had a publisher for 10 years. After they sold the company, I started self-publishing, and I like it.

How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later?

I came up with many options while I was writing Honeymoon Roulette. At some point, I decided on Honeymoon Roulette, and it stuck. 

Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like?

I knew I wanted a roulette wheel, but the cover artist chose the colors, and I love them. Normally, a roulette wheel is red and black. Well, mine is purple and teal green. A bit unusual, but I’m happy with it.

Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her?

He’s an independent freelancer that I found through Google about five years ago.

How was your experience working with the designer?

Good. It’s really a collaboration between the writer and the artist. There’s a lot of give and take.

What has been the readers’ response to your cover?

Everyone loves the colors They’re bold and dramatic, but also attractive and romantic. Book covers are works of art. People love looking at them—and they do judge a book by its cover.

What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a cover designer?

Try to find someone who listens to your ideas. It’s a collaboration. Both sides contribute ideas and feedback. Very creative, but it can be stressful if one side isn’t happy with the result. 

Anything else you’d like to say about your book?

Great settings. I loved reveling in the wonderful locations as I wrote. I hope the readers will enjoy them, too. But it’s all about the characters. There are some wonderful ones in this book! 


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