ARC Giveaway: Fragile by Shiloh Walker

Shiloh Walker has offered up 5 copies of her February release Fragile to Bitchery members who can identify that smell. What smell?

Book Cover

Note the wafting vapor between the woman and the dude? I’ve decided that’s a smell of some sort. What is it? Identify that smell in the comments in the next 24 hours, and Shiloh and I will pick the 5 best entries (humorous, odorous, whatever).

Winners are humbly asked to post a review or their thoughts of the book on their own blogs, or to post them as a comment to the winner’s announcement tomorrow. So – bring it on. What’s that smell?

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  1. 1
    Shae says:

    Its blueberries!

    Just looking at that smoke reminds me of school dances in middle school. They had a crappy fog machine (you wouldn’t believe how many times I typed ‘frog machine’ it is definitely time to go to bed), and for some reason this fog machine had smoke that smelled like blueberries.

    And the smoke is blue…and there is a blueberry man approaching.  And from the body language of the gal in the foreground she obviously likes blueberries. Okay, seriously going to bed now. :P

  2. 2
    Midknyt says:

    Why, it’s the new Burger King Flame scent, of course. 

    That’s what the look over the shoulder is from – “Mmm…Burger King?  No, something…different.”

    He really shouldn’t need to use that much though.

  3. 3

    Please! The dude is obviously giving off pheromones! See how the chick’s gaze is riveted to him? Huh? Huh? Huh?

    (Anyway, the street is too clean for the vapor to be sewage -something I’ve smelled too often lately. Fix the pipes already!)

    No, wait! Shiloh, what’s a bhrother doing on your cover, giving off his mating scent?

  4. 4
    Alyssa says:

    This woman obviously lives where I live (Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan), and it is obviously either Tuesday or Wednesday.  Why?  Because on Tuesday and Wednesday they burn the trash and the whole town smells of cow dung and cat piss with the occasional odor of rotten fish.  She is waiting for her boyfriend as he approaches through the smog.

    (I’m pretty sure that this is not a vampire book but really the way the light focuses on her neck?  It’s kinda like an advert…“Get your lunch here!” “Bite here for good eats” or something XD)

  5. 5
    Cynthia says:

    It’s got to be fanboy-funk.  He’s just left a comic convention and has spent the last three days crammed into a room with other non-bathing males.

  6. 6
    evabaruk says:

    It’s feta cheese with just a hint baby vomit.  It’s says I can cook and I’m caring.  Here’s hoping you have a gag reflex kid.

  7. 7
    Appomattoxco says:

    Are they down wind from a fastfood dumpster? I don’t see any stray cats.

  8. 8

    Pine-scented farts.

    Oops, sorry.  That was my morning, wasn’t it?  Nothing says ‘time to write a love scene’ like the perpetual fiance tooting up the entire first floor, lighting a holiday candle to not-disguise the evidence, and then blaming it on the corgis.

    As for Shiloh’s cover, that’s way too sexy for it to be pine-scented farts.  I’m thinking it’s steam from a nearby bakery, all yummy-flavored and pretty much shouting let’s-get-naked-and-roll-around-in-the-canoli-filling. 

    Which so wasn’t how my morning went.  Le sigh.

  9. 9
    Elizabeth Wadsworth says:

    The building is on fire, and it isn’t her fault.
    (Sorry, couldn’t resist a nod to Jim Butcher.)

    water34—quick, put some water on that guy, and maybe he’ll grow.

  10. 10
    Cindy W says:

    It’s the scent of another … Sandalwood… Leather…is that a hint of patchouli?

    Midknyt deserves to get one just for mentioning the the BK scent!  That commercial is awful but funny.

  11. 11
    krsylu says:

    Misty hoped her casual, yet watchful, pose would disguise the intentional use of her powerful pheromone…mist. Misty wanted to attract this man, but didn’t want to be obvious. Unfortunately, Misty’s pheromone…mist…was just that.  A visibly obvious manifestation of Misty’s body chemistry.

  12. 12
    Jennifer C says:

    Its the female leaving a trail of pheromones for the guy to follow.  Something fresh and sweet and citrus-y with a hint of vanilla, that brightens his world in a dark and terrible city!

    Or it could just be the smell of sewage wafting up from the grates.

  13. 13

    As the handsome stranger mumbled “Beam me up, Scotty,” an enticing scent of heather and haggis wafted through the alleyway.

  14. 14

    It’s the scent of trying to teach a three-year-old to wipe after every potty visit, then getting to the holiday party and realizing the lesson isn’t really…taking.

  15. 15
    CourtneyLee says:

    Doc Jess made me snort hot apple cider with her answer. It stings worse than coffee! LOL

    It looks like the smell is wafting from her face and upper arm, so my guess it’s that all-purpose female smell: a combination of hairspray, makeup, fabric softener, sweat, and maybe some mint gum or something.

  16. 16
    Jen C says:

    Now, I think that it is actually a good smell.  I suspect that the smell has to do with “that manly scent, soap, hard work, and the essence of male”.  While that is not a direct quote, I see that basic idea in romance novels, where everyone bathes daily no matter what time period they take place in, and no matter what rank the guy is.  Of course, it comes against her scent, the “utterly feminine, with a bit of citrus and a spicey, heady womanly smell” from her magic va-jay-jay.  This cover illustrates what happens when the scents collide.

  17. 17
    Lovecow2000 says:

    For some reason this cover reminds me of the TS Elliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” In particular the first 2 stanza’s.  Hence it’s the miasma of broken dreams, “Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels /And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells.” Is that ether I smell?

  18. 18
    Lisa J says:

    Duh, it’s a romance.  It has to be chocolate!  Probably some sort of decadent “Death by Chocolate” smell.  The guy is hot, but the look on her face says she’s calculating how much chocolate she could eat and still fit into her pants.

  19. 19

    Oh, man…I think I already know one that I’m going to pick…

  20. 20
    Silver James says:

    That guy following looks like a zombie. And we all know zombies exude the scent of what they had for breakfast, lunch and dinner. That’s the smell of “Braaaains!” obviously.

  21. 21
    Madd says:

    I also thin the BK Flame deserves a book, that and the T.S. Elliot.

    Personally, I think she had one too many egg salad sandwiches for lunch and that smell …. it isn’t pleasant. That’s why she’s about to dart down that side street so the guy back there won’t associate her with the brimstone-like stench.

  22. 22
    theo says:

    Sunday looked back to see her stalker fast approaching and thanked the gods she had the foresight to learn from her brothers how to fart on command.

  23. 23
    Lori says:

    It’s Vicks VapoRub.  The guy should be home in bed with the humidifier running, but will he admit that?  Of course not.

  24. 24
    Jill Myles says:

    It smells like what the Rock is cooking.

    (I just really really wanted to say that)

    BTW, how awesome is that cover?

  25. 25
    KTG says:

    The smell of lustful wanting?


  26. 26
    Lori S. says:

    Smells like teen spirit!

  27. 27
    PK the Bookeemonster says:

    Why does it look like his head and torso are on backward?  I thought he was walking away until I saw the legs.

    It is the stench of the underworld.

    “I smelt a smelly smell
    That really smells a lot
    But then I noticed what it was
    It scared me half to death…”

  28. 28
    Janicu says:

    Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
    What are they feeding you?
    Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat
    It’s not your fault…

    Smelly cat is attached to her jacket, you just can’t see him from this angle.

  29. 29
    Betty B says:

    It clearly is the smell of a spicy, hot and steamy shower that man recently stepped out of; our heroine knows this due to her its-not-stalking-its-love skills.

  30. 30
    Danger says:

    It’s the scent of desire…passion…yearning…unrepentant animal magnetism…and it smells like Snuggle fabric softener and chocolate chip cookies.  Mmmmmm…

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