Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Adventures in...modeling???

While I was in Vegas earlier in the month, I bit the bullet and decided to spend some money on an author media kit. Anyone who knows me is well aware I don't like to have my picture taken, which made the decision to do this a little weird. I had the opportunity to work with Book Matrix Media, though, and I can't say enough good things about my experience.

From the moment I decided to do it, I had help with everything from picking out a wardrobe to calming my nerves. They even managed to talk me into doing a video interview, which scared the shit out of me, but I saw the usefulness of it. And the promises to make me look good helped a lot LOL.

The photo shoot was amazing. I don't do so well in the heat and as luck would have it, we were a couple days before Vegas cooled off for fall. It was a hundred degrees out and I was dressed in black (this is not the fault of BMM, but my own stupidity). But we started off as much in the shade as we could manage for the headshots. I will say, I got a bit more nervous during this portion because I had a very difficult time making my face do the things the photographer wanted (I've never in my life practiced control over my facial muscles. I get smile and frown and whatnot, but subtleties escape me).

Then it was time for an outfit change and I never thought I'd be so happy to slide off my jeans and put on a skirt and heels LOL. This is where the fun really started. We were going for kind of an urban fantasy vibe for these shots and I got to get in character and play. There was still a lot of posing involved, but it was a lot easier. Other than being kind of hungry (and hot), by the time we were done, I didn't want to stop.

And then the photos came.

They didn't manage to make me lose fifty pounds, so I'm not going to pretend that happens, but




I love these pictures! I'm not sharing all of them right away. They'll probably come out piecemeal with interviews and such, but I wanted to start using at least one right away. And since it's almost Halloween, I figured what better choice than the most in character shot we went with.

Also, as some of you know, my steampunk/alt-history novella, Badlands, is coming out in February. I was recently invited to Scathach Publishing's blog to talk steampunk. I'm hoping some of you will join me over there today and see what I have to say about the genre.


  1. Now that is one hot momma in that pic!!!!!!!!!! Told you not to stress....well worth the wait. :)

  2. Hey, Seleste the vampire slayer!!! LOVE IT :) You look super sexy and vixen like. And can't wait to see the rest of the shots.

  3. WOW! You look fabulous! Awesome pic.

  4. You look Mahvelous! Definitely making me want to run and get your books to read. :)

  5. Move over Buffy!!!! It's Seleste time!

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  7. Damn, woman! You're effing hot! You look fab, Sel!

  8. Send this to me! I need it for my file.
    HAWT, Seleste! Show it off to the world, you've got it. :-)


  9. Damn...Seleste! I don't see where you need to lose 50 pounds! You're perfect the way you are! Hawt! =D


  10. Thanks everyone :)

    *hugs all around*

  11. Wowzers! Who is that sexy bombshell?? Very nice.

    Hey, if the writing is slow, you now have a second job!

    Best, Keta

  12. You look amazing. If I were a vampire, it would almost be worth it to let you stake me, just to get that much closer to you. *lol* Seriously though, fantastic pic!

  13. LOL thanks, you two :) *giant hugs*


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