Worth a Thousand Words

 Or worth 95,000 words, in the case of my book, Giving It Up. 

 Oh, imagery. Writing is about painting pictures with words. There’s a certain magic to that; the way an author’s writes what they see and a reader uses their imagination to bring it to life. There’s also a certain mystique, because we never really know how close readers get. 

 For that matter, I never really know how close I get to the real world. I’m not one of those writers who starts from a picture or a celebrity as inspiration. My characters come fully formed, both their stories and their appearances, in my head. So it’s not necessarily a simple matter to find someone who looks like them.

 The first and possibly most important piece of imagery for my book is the cover. I described my characters and setting to my cover artist. Allie, the girl next door who’s all dolled up like a slut. Colin, a little mean, a little cold. And both of them against a dark urban backdrop. 

 I think she nailed it, and I particularly love the colors in the cover!

 The second piece of imagery was the book trailer. For that, I selected the image and footage myself, including the woman getting dressed up, the club scene with strobing lights, the sex… well. I’ll let you take a look yourself:


And lastly I have a Pinterest board for Giving It Up here

Take a look, as I will continue adding pictures as I find them, but here are a few highlights.

 Again we have Allie. She has a troubled past and has learned not to trust anyone, least of all men. Like any woman she longs for male companionship and touch, but she doesn’t know how to go about it an healthy way. Instead, she trolls the club looking for a rough one night stand. 

Pinned Image Instead she finds Colin, who refuses to use her that way.
Despite his tough demeanor, he treats her gently. Colin wants more from her, to see her again. Allie is too wary, too afraid, and so she refuses.

Colin from Giving It Up But danger lurks in the city. Enemies from Allies past encroach on her present. She turns to Colin for help and they grow closer. Together, they are stronger. But it’s the secrets that Colin keeps buried that may destroy them both.

 Giving It Up is set in Chicago Take a look at the Pinterest board to see all the pics I have on there. Or better yet, check out the book itself so that you can draw them in your own mind. When you see inspiration pictures or book boards, how do they match up with what’s in your head?

Giving it Up
by Amber Lin
Allie prowls the club for a man who will use her hard and then ditch her. Hey, it's not rape if she wants it. Instead she finds Colin, who looks tough but treats her tenderly, despite her protests.
He tempts her, but kindness and a few mindblowing orgasms aren't enough to put her back together again. Allie has no hope for a real relationship. Two years ago her best friend betrayed her in the worst possible way – she’d be stupid to trust a man again. Besides, she has her daughter to think of, the only good thing to have come from that dark night.
But when her rapist returns, threatening her sanity and custody of her daughter, Allie turns to Colin. Under his protection and patient touch, Allie begins to heal and learns to hope. Colin’s no saint, though, and his criminal past draws danger of its own. Allie must fight to protect her child and the man she loves, hoping her newfound power will be enough to save them all.
"A ballsy departure from romantic conventions. At once gritty and tender, stark and hopeful." —Cara McKenna, author of Willing Victim
"Giving It Up is an erotic, compelling story that takes us to the shadowy, lonely places but doesn't leave us there. Amber Lin shows us that romance isn't just for the rich and shiny. Love can find its way even into the dark corners of the most damaged hearts." —Tiffany Reisz, author of The Siren

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
 Amber Lin loves to read angsty romance with plenty of sex, so it was no surprise that her debut book turned out to be erotic romance set against a dark urban landscape. She writes with one rule in mind: it has to get worse before it can get better. She lives with her husband, son and passel of puppy dogs in the great state of Texas. 

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·         One randomly drawn winner from each blog will receive a Giving It Up Swag Pack, which includes romance trading cards, a signed cover flat, a signature soap bar for showers together handcrafted by AnaBanana Creations and a $10 Amazon gift card.

·         One randomly drawn commenter on the tour will win an erotic romance prize pack, including paperback copies of Bared to You by Sylvia Day, Simply Carnal by Kate Pearce, Lessons in Letting Go by Cara McKenna (print combo of Willing Victim and Curio), Comfort Object by Annabel Joseph, a collection of signed Giving It Up swag AND a $50 Amazon Gift Card ( or All Romance may be substituted)

·         The blog host with the most comments will also receive the erotic romance prize pack detailed above.

Follow the tour and comment; the more everyone comments, the better the chance of winning. The tour dates can be found here:



marybelle said…
The trailer was a lovely tease in itself thank you. How much input did you have?

Thank you for hosting Amber today.
Joanne said…
Congrats on the new release. Great trailer and cover. I need to read this book to find out what Colin's secret is. Giving It Up sounds amazing.

AsianCocoa said…
When I imagine characters whether from a book or in dreams I never really get a clear view of their faces. They're usually blurred out except for the eyes. But the settings are always vivid for me. Kind of weird, right? I imagined Colin looking a little rougher than the cover model. I think your pinned image is closer to what I thought.
ClaudiaGC said…
I like to make my own imaginations in my head, especially for the heroes. That's probably why I'm a fan of the headless cover. lol
Love the trailer!

claudigc at msn dot com
June M. said…
The pictures in my head rarely match up with descriptions completely. Like with heroes, I tend to picture them pretty much the same, I guess my fantasy guy, no matter how he is desribed.
Congrats on the release. It sounds very awesome and I have it on my must read soon list.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com
Amber Lin said…
@marybelle Thank you! I actually made it myself so... a lot of input ;-) I considered hiring a production company because I know they could have done better effects in a few cases, but I am really picky, so I was happy to do it myself.

@Joanne Thank you!

@AsianCocoa You know, I am that way when I write too :) I think Colin would be rougher too - it's hard to find a rough guy in stock images, LOL. They are all pretty :)

@ClaudiaGC Haha, oh the headless cover. We definitely didn't go that way for Giving It Up! Made me nervous at first but now I like it :)

@June Haha, me too. Like even if a guy is a redhead or blonde, he's tall-dark-and-handsome in my head ;-)
MomJane said…
Loved the trailer and the pictures. The book sounds really good.
Anonymous said…
Whoo, Chicago! Haven't been there in ages. Always good to find a book with a strong sense of setting...

bn100 said…
Very nice trailer and pics.

Kassandra said…
Wonderful trailer and cover!
Amber Lin said…
@MomJane Thanks!

@Anonymous Yep, well, we do make our own rules ;-)

@bn100 Thanks!

@Kassandra Thank you!
Chelsea B. said…
That is a really great book cover, made all the better that it fits the characters and story! I love when book covers are accurate :-)

Krystal Larson said…
I love the sound of this book and the trailer is awesome! Thank you very much (to the author and host), for the chance to win! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOtcom
Reagan said…
Such a great book! A definite must read!

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