At first, when my book publicist came up with the idea, I thought really? But as I thought more about it, I figured it would be a cool way to engage readers and fans. Personally, I love to doodle when I'm listening to lectures or webinars. Doodling helps me focus.
I did some research and found that the adult coloring craze, which took off in 2015, is going strong. As of this writing, nine of the one hundred books on Amazon’s bestseller list are adult coloring books. I also found other Romance Authors like Debbie Macomber and Sarah J. Maas have brought to life characters and scenes from their bestselling series onto the pages of coloring books. However, before I took the plunge, I polled my Maxwell Series Fans. I was over the moon to hear how excited they were that they could color their favorite scenes out of Dare to Kiss. So I engaged their help to pick out scenes to put in the coloring book.
But coloring goes deeper than a marketing tool. Search adult coloring books on the Internet, and every article has the same theme. It’s a way to unwind and relax. But the craze isn’t anything new. According to an article at Fox News Health, Psychiatrist Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, prescribed coloring to his patients to calm and center their minds. Doctors today continue to follow Jung’s lead and still recommend the activity to combat anxiety.
So why not color? It's fun, relaxing, and has some great psychological benefits. It's also a way to stay connected to one of your favorite books. Just ask Maxwell Series Fan, Jennifer Lowe. “For me, it was a way to connect with the Maxwell Series, but also to get the creative juices flowing,” And the colored pictures are courtesy of Jennifer Lowe. She's done a fantastic job in staying in between the lines.
I can't thank my fans enough for all their help and excitement. They're the best!
Do you want to try your hand at coloring? Just download the picture out of the coloring book here: Page01-Illustration.
Once you have your masterpiece completed, post it on my FB page. You'll then be entered into a drawing for a signed paperback of Dare to Kiss and The Dare to Kiss Coloring Book.