This Lady Sure Gets Around!

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This Lady Gets Around

The perils of using stock photographs for a book cover! My publisher almost always hires a model, rents costumes, and pays for a photo-shoot, but on Against the Tide they used stock photos. It costs a fortune to buy the exclusive rights to a stock photo image, so this is why you occasionally see the same model showing up in numerous pages. I expect I’ll see more of this lady over time, as there really is something oddly mysterious about her.  Should you ever spot her anywhere else, please beam me an image!

Ironically, it is my favorite cover of all my novels.

Cover Reveal!

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FromThisMoment_mck.inddI’m warming up for another novel to hit the shelves in June. Here’s the cover, which I think really captures Stella’s dynamic personality. And here’s the blurb:

Romulus White has tried for years to hire illustrator Stella West for his renowned scientific magazine. She is the missing piece he needs to propel his magazine to the forefront of the industry.

But Stella abruptly quit the art world and moved to Boston with a single purpose: to solve the mysterious death of her beloved sister. Romulus, a man with connections to high society and every important power circle in the city, could be her most valuable ally.

Sparks fly the instant Stella and Romulus join forces, and Romulus soon realizes the strong-willed and charismatic Stella could disrupt his hard-won independence. Can they continue to help each other when their efforts draw the wrong kind of attention from the powers-that-be and put all they’ve worked for at risk?

Until the Dawn is Here!

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until-the-dawnUntil the Dawn is now available at all your favorite online or brick & mortar stores. I’m one of those writers who can’t judge their own work, so I never know how people will respond until the reviews come in.

I’m thrilled to see Until the Dawn collecting great reviews from all the major magazines, including the highest possible rating and a Top Pick designation from Romantic Times. They described it as ‘a timeless tale of a wounded hero and a sweet, wholesome heroine. With its setting and vibrant characters, the story evokes shades of both Jane Eyre and Beauty & the Beast.”

This was the first review I read, and what a relief! Jane Eyre was always a favorite of mine, and who doesn’t love a beauty & the beast story? This book means a lot to me, as I worked hard to follow the journey of a terribly wounded man out of darkness and into a world of radiant faith. I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved writing it!

Alternate Covers for Until the Dawn

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Alternate covers for Until the Dawn:

Aleternate coversI always hold my breath the first time I get to see the cover of my upcoming novels. I don’t have a lot of say in how they look, and the cover is a hugely important aspect in selling a book. For the most part I have been very lucky, although I have sometimes been frustrated when I think there is a mismatch between the tone of the book and the cover.

My publisher usually does mock-ups for several alternate versions of a cover, and I rarely get to see them, but this time I got to take a peek, so I’m sharing them with you. I confess to really liking the close-up of the gate…I think it sets a classy, mysterious tone and looks a little different from my standard cover. Still, I’m quite pleased with the picture on the right, which is the cover which was ultimately chosen. I love the image of the mansion at the bottom, which plays a huge role in the book.

Here are a couple of other covers that were also under consideration, but didn’t get much traction:

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Until the Dawn will be released in early December…. I can’t wait!

 

Toward the Sunrise

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TowardtheSunrise_novella-rd1.inddMy Next Release….

I’m excited to show off the cover of my October release!

Toward the Sunrise is an e-book only novella, and it will be permanently FREE. Here is what it is about:

Women doctors were rare in the 1890’s, and Julia Broeder is in her final year of medical school when she is expelled over an impulsive, split-second decision. Her only hope for reinstatement is to appeal to Ashton Carlyle, the man who went out on a limb to help get her admitted to college in the first place.

Ashton is a formal, straight-laced attorney who is furious when Julia arrives in his Manhattan office begging for help. Although every instinct tells him to refuse, he has always had a foolish, reluctant admiration for Julia Broeder. His quest to get her back into college quickly turns into a far greater adventure than either of them anticipated.

Look for it in early October.

 

Thought for the Day…..

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Summer still seems a long way off, but memories of being curled up with a good book under the trees is always a cozy thought, isn’t it?

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

 

Do You Believe in Love at First Sight?

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Couple at SunsetLove at First Sight, anyone?

We are closing in on Valentine’s Day, so this tends to bring out a lot of grandiose Hallmark gestures and romantic movies.  A wildly popular theme is love at first sight, which is easy to depict in a movie….but can it happen in real life?

Instant infatuation happens (been there, done that!) I also know of couples who claimed to have realized they met “The One,” within a few hours of meeting.  Some of those marriages are still going strong ten and twenty years down the road, but my hunch is they are the exception rather than the rule.

Fellow romance novelist Jody Hedlund recently wrote a great blog about the perils of believing in love at first sight. Her blog points to a handful of insightful problems stemming from believing in love at first sight. Here’s a summary:

  • We don’t have time to test character
  • We get caught up in the rush of feelings
  • We neglect to build a solid foundation of friendship
  • We indulge in a false sense of euphoria

Wow….what a downer for two romance novelist to give a hearty Thumbs-down on love at first sight so close to Valentine’s Day!  I’m actually not averse for single people to indulge these feelings….but what’s the rush? Wait a year to go sign the paperwork that makes it legal.

My latest novel, Beyond All Dreams, features a hero who believes he has fallen in love at first sight with the heroine. The ever-practical Anna knows loves at first sight is riddled with problems, and fortunately does not allow herself to get swept up into the whirlwind. I had a ball writing about the exhilaration and the perils of falling in love at first sight…. fun to contemplate, dangerous to indulge!

Photo courtesy of Nathan Rupert

Comparing U.S. and U.K. Covers

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Cover Wars

Book Cover Comparisons!

I find it interesting how many publishers release books with a different cover overseas. Usually it is simply a matter of the marketing departments thinking they know their national audience best, and want a custom-made cover to reflect those tastes. Perhaps because I am an American, I tend to like the lush, deeply layered covers typically found on the American versions.

 

You can see more comparisons of recent covers over at The Millions website.

 

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Love Impulsively

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love_actuallyLove Impulsively

It’s December, and time for me to re-watch one of my favorite Christmas movies, Love Actually. It is a funny, heart-warming romantic comedy that follows the course of eight different love stories, and is packed with a fantastic cast. How could one not like a movie that has Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, and Colin Firth all in the same movie?

One of the things I particularly like about this movie is that each of the story lines focuses on a different sort of love: brotherly love, platonic love, love from afar, love at first sight, etc.

I love this movie. It’s charming and funny and has great dialog, acting, and unexpected twists. That being said, here I come with both barrels blazing:

Can this movie teach us anything about love?  After looking at each of the eight storylines, I think there is only one that amounts to anything more than unrealistic, improbable, and destined for failure in the long run.

Seven of the eight storylines rely on impulsive love based on very little of substance. Colin Firth “falls in love” with a woman even though they don’t speak a common language. Hugh Grant has a fling with his secretary, a sweet girl but one who is laughingly unsuited for his life (I say this because their primary chemistry seems to be at all the gaffes she makes in his staid and proper world… one which he has no intention of altering or leaving on her behalf.) Most of the other stories are equally improbable and impulsive.

The one storyline I found quite moving was Emma Thompson’s middle-age love with her husband as it withstands the trauma of an affair. It doesn’t have a happily-ever-after bow tied on at the end. You know these two are about to walk down a bumpy road together as they try to repair the damage…..but it is a beautiful look at a rarely-told aspect of love.

 

Warning: Love Actually is not a family-safe movie, but if you are over 18, don’t mind some salty language and a few racy scenes, the movie is still a great way to spend a few hours. Just don’t look to it for romantic advice!