It’s exactly two years, today, since I started this blog.
(Although I must say, I think my second blog post was more entertaining.)
Now this blog serves as a reminder of just how much has happened over the past two years. Placed in one contest. Won another one. Multiple short story credits, several issues of Spinetingler. One book. Another book deal.
And now, the thing that makes it oh so real…
I understand there are four blurbs on the back, but I don’t know which ones. My thanks to all my first readers.
"One absolute wallop of a novel. Not only does it make you want to know when Sandra Ruttan's next book is due, but when's the next flight to Canada… A totally mesmerizing narrative and a plot that literally burns off the page."
- Ken Bruen, Shamus Award-Winning Author of THE GUARDS
"A taut, crackling read with switch-blade pacing."
- Rick Mofina, internationally best-selling author of A PERFECT GRAVE
"Sandra Ruttan writes with utter ferocity. Twists and turns that stun and dialog that absolutely crackles with wit and authenticity. With each page, Ruttan delivers the goods. A nonstop chiller of a mystery that keeps you turning the pages."
- GREGG OLSEN, New York Times Bestselling Author of A WICKED SNOW
"Ruttan effortlessly brings to life a varied cast of complex characters. She writes with tremendous passion, honesty and skill. This is a story you will care about."
- Allan Guthrie, Edgar Nominated Author of KISS HER GOODBYE
"When we talk of the next generation of great crime fiction writers Sandra Ruttan's name is near the top of the list. WHAT BURNS WITHIN has a compelling clockwork plot that comes together with Swiss precision but it's the real, sympathetic and utterly human characters that infuse it with depth and power. WHAT BURNS WITHIN is a stunning book. Not only is this the start of a great series but more importantly it's the start of a long and successful career. Sandra Ruttan is one to watch."
- Brian Lindenmuth, Mysterybookspot
“WHAT BURNS WITHIN reads like a favorite television series. A large cast, lots of dialogue to advance the plot, a great setting, and well-drawn characters make for a compelling police procedural.”
- Anne Frasier, USA Today Bestselling Author of HUSH, SLEEP TIGHT & PLAY DEAD
I always do a rough mock-up for a cover, because it’s easier than trying to explain what you mean. Just show. And I’m very, very happy that the team at Dorchester went with the basic idea and made it their own, and did such a fantastic job. (I won't show my rough, because, well, the one they did is so much better!) In a bookstore, the only thing you’re guaranteed for shelf space is the spine of the book, so I really wanted the wrap around fire, and spine blurb, and got both.
That’s the other thing. Sometimes, covers try too hard and fail spectacularly. Far better to go with simple and effective, IMHO. I mean, I could point out some ugly covers just to prove the point, but that wouldn’t be nice.
And it’s a cover that doesn’t commit the cardinal cover sins. There’s no tree on the cover, and no recycled photo.
So three cheers for the team at Dorchester, who have done some wonderful covers for others…
And now, I get to see my book added to the list. Very, very cool.
Of course, we celebrate the covers, because they're more fun than editing...
Dedicated to MG. (Link courtesy of Russel.)
Does anyone know if it’s possible to have a file posted on a blog that people can download? A pdf or a word doc? I’m trying to deal with transitioning Spinetingler to a blog so that I can manage it myself, but this… this I can’t figure out how to do. And yes, I’m using blogger, in part because Wordpress doesn’t allow most functions with Safari and I really don’t have the time to learn a whole new blog system right now.
If you know how to do this, please feel free to e-mail…