MariaLisa deMora Hijacks MaBW

Posted August 10, 2015 by Rory in Cover Reveal, Upcoming / 0 Comments

Mason by MariaLisa deMora
Find the Author: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr
Series: Rebel Wayfarers MC #6
Also in this series: Bear, Jase, Gunny, Mica, Slate
Genres: Fiction, MC, Romance

Release date: Sept. 14, 2015 (Adjusted from Oct. 19, 2015)

Davis Mason grew up dirt-floor poor in the rolling hills of rural Kentucky, escaping that life only to find himself adrift on the hard streets of Chicago in his teens. Determined to never again feel the sting of poverty and hunger, he is willing to do whatever is necessary to ensure he has enough power and money to make that happen.

Introduced to what seemed a perfect brotherhood within a motorcycle club, Mason is shaped and honed into a deadly weapon by their sadistic president. As he slowly works his way up the ranks to gain control of the club, he’s resolved to make it better…stronger, able to withstand any challenge.

Betrayed by his bloodline, he cuts all ties with family and begins the process of building a new one. Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the club he destroyed, he founds the Rebel Wayfarers MC and surrounds himself with loyal, trustworthy brothers. Mason throws himself headlong into the hard job of making certain his brothers have everything needed for themselves and their families, and he works to balance those needs within both the well-mannered citizen world of business, and with the anything-goes biker world of the MC.

Flirting with happiness time and again, just when Mason believes it’s finally within his grasp, he’s torn between what he wants…and what he knows he should do. He finally has the security and family he’s always wanted, but will Mason ever find the love and passion he craves?

“I am not what happened to me…I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung

18+ due to explicit content.

*Please note this book is part of the Rebel Wayfarers MC book series, featuring characters from additional books in the series. If the books are read out of order, you’ll twig to spoilers for the other books, so going back to read the skipped titles won’t have the same angsty reveals. I strongly recommend you read them in order. Available now: Mica (book #1), Slate (book #2), Bear (book #3), Jase (book #4), Gunny (book #5). Upcoming titles in the series include: Mason (book #6), Hoss (book #7), Duck (book #8), Watcher (book #9), and Bones (book #10).

Also by this author: Bear, Jase, Gunny, Gunny, Mica

Guest Post & Cover Reveal

How Mason got his face.

When I wrote Mica, the very first book in the Rebel Wayfarers MC series, I used a variety of visual cues to keep me on track with the characters flowing from my fingers onto the page. One of the tools was to collect images of actors and models that I used to prompt nuggets of physical characteristic description. There was one image in particular that I used for Davis Mason, President of our fictitious motorcycle club. You can see the picture on my Character Inspiration Pinterest board.

Later, I became curious about the man behind the image. It took me several months, but I finally located who he was in real life, and also found a wealth of information. Meet Kyle Turley, a phenomenal man who happens to be a former college and professional football player. He spent ten years in the NFL, much of that time with the New Orleans Saints. Kyle now is a country music recording artist and using his fame, has developed a powerful platform to debate and educate about the effects of concussions in the post-career health of NFL players. Among his other efforts, he’s testified to Congress about the issues.

Kyle Turley speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Football Head Injuries” | Associated Press

I located a contact email on his record label website, and then stared at the screen, thinking about it for nearly three whole seconds before I sent an inquiry email.

In essence, I asked if he modeled professionally and if he would consider working with me for an image I could use to promote the book and series. I included a wee bit of gushery in the email, “A picture was the inspiration for this character, and it’s taken me months of searching to find out that it was you!”

Imagine my surprise when I received a warm, positively worded email back from the president of Gridiron Records, asking for more information. Over the next few weeks, we sorted through a variety of images they had from a photoshoot and settled on the picture you see on the front cover of Mason. I have to say, Kyle definitely embodies my Davis Mason. Here’s my raw, first reaction to the image:

That one. Wow. How much!

Seriously, as long as that image hasn’t been released or distributed in the past, it would be perfect for what I’m needing. It presents the character as isolated, caught in an intimate, personal moment, tension evident in his posture and the way the muscles tense in his arms, across his shoulders. His face is partially obscured, and his left arm is hidden (the character has a distinctive tattoo, so that’s good!) There’s ample environment to use for verbiage, etc. Wow.

So yeah, perfection indeed!

But, the tale of this cover doesn’t stop there!

Back before I went looking for Kyle, I began searching for an image of a hot, sexy, powerful-looking motorcycle to use. I know how powerful cover images can be, how they can turn on or off a potential reader, and how critical they can be for a series. Because, by the time we got to Mason’s book, I felt the fans of the series would have created an image of him in their head, I really didn’t want to turn anyone off by using the wrong model. I felt selecting an image of a powerful machine to represent the character could work.

It’s another case where asking gets you a long way towards what you want. It’s like Nora Roberts said, “If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.

I found some motorcycle pictures I adored in a photographer’s gallery on Facebook, followed the links to his website and found a few more. The lighting was exquisite, the staging impeccable, the presentation of the mechanical beast is awe inspiring. Yes, just yes, please God. Without hesitation, I emailed him. Simply reached out to see if I could purchase rights to one of the images.

That photographer is Frank Bott, folks. And, guess what? Turns out he’s a super famous photographer of hot cars and motorcycles and his work has been published in magazines, newspapers, and books all over! ‘In demand’ doesn’t begin to explain how busy the man is. Editors write articles about him and his work in motorcycle enthusiast and technology magazines.

Motorcycle Cruiser article about Frank Bott

Wanna bet on my chances of working with this phenomenally talented and artistic photographer? If you guessed anything less than 100%, you’d be flat wrong! Against all odds, Frank responded to my email with nearly 30 possible image recommendations, and we set upon a dialog via both email and phone that landed me some seriously hot pictures of a super-rare motorcycle.

The bike, a Vincent Black Shadow handmade in England in the 1940s, plays a part in the stories, as I suspect you already know. Work on the restoration of the bike helps heal Gunny, pulling him out of his PTSD shell at a time when he needed it most. Events around the presentation of the bike as a gift from Gunny to Mason helps cement Jase’s position in the club. Then, of course, there’s the fact that Mason deeply appreciates the powerful bike, a fitting symbol in every way for the powerfully alpha man we’ve come to love.

For me, one of the images that I licensed from Frank quickly became synonymous with the book series. Shown top-left below, this shot of the Vincent appears on nearly every promotional image, as well as the back of Mason’s cover.

Frank Bott ©

So that’s the story behind this cover. I hope reading about the path taken to get here provides all of you as much pleasure as it has given me. I have faith that these inspirations behind the characters and parts of this narrative will help the story ring true.

Without further ado, here is the cover for Mason. I love it!

Mason, Rebel Wayfarers MC book #6 (Sept. 14, 2015)

About MariaLisa deMora

Raised in the south, MariaLisa learned about the magic of books at an early age. Every summer, she would spend hours in the local library, devouring books of every genre. Self-described as a book-a-holic, she says “I’ve always loved to read, but then I discovered writing, and found I adored that, too. For reading … if nothing else is available, I’ve been known to read the back of the cereal box.” She still reads voraciously, and always has a few books going in paperback, hardback, on devices, on napkins!

Oatmeal is her comfort food. She hates gardening but loves flowers; not cut arrangements, but in the wild, outside. She has a deep and abiding respect for our military. Her dad was career Air Force, and flew during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. Parades make her cry. Walking Dead is about the only TV she watches anymore, don’t bother her on Walking Dead night, when she’s been known to shout, “Go Team Darryl!” Yes, she’s still sad about Firefly.

She’s a hockey fan, like … a serious hockey fan. She’s loyal to the Edmonton Oilers, but asks that we don’t judge her about that. She also likes the Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators. The local ECHL team, the Fort Wayne Komets, are a fav of hers, and she has season tickets. She’ll also generally try to hit the road games within a hundred-mile radius.

She’s a wanna-be hiker, working on a “bucket list” of hikes like Knobstone (completed in four days mid-April 2014 – whoooo!), sectioning parts of the AT (51 miles in Georgia in early-May 2014), and now and then looking west towards PCT.

She embraces her inner geek; MariaLisa has been working in the tech field for a couple decades. A sometime PC gamer, she still plays EverQuest after all these years. She says, “What can I say, I’m loyal (see above, I’m an Oilers fan LOL). Yes, I’ve heard of WoW, and have a coupla toons there, too.”

On music, she says, “I love music of nearly any kind—jazz, country, rock, alt rock, metal, classical, bluegrass, rap, gangstergrass, hip hop—you name the type, I probably listen to it. I can often be seen dancing through the house in the early mornings. But what I really, REALLY love is live music. My favorite way to experience live music is seeing bands in small, dive bars [read: small, intimate venues]. If said bar [venue] has a good selection of premium tequila, then that’s a definite plus!”

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