It's finally here! The release of His Prairie Sweetheart!
What a journey this has been. From the Blurb2Book contest a year ago, through edits, and new titles, and fabulous cover art, research, field trips, scouting out experts in harps and the Norwegian language and collies...
So many fun things have happened to me as a result of writing this story. One of those was filling out the most detailed art fact sheet EVER! When a publisher begins designing cover art for a story, they ask the author for input. I picked out scenes that were pivotal in the book, gave my hero and heroine's main characteristics, scouted out pictures that I thought looked like them, detailed their wardrobes and the settings. It took hours to fill out all the pages of cover art direction.
But the results were very much worth it!!!
Here are the photographs I sent in for my hero Elias Parker, heroine Savannah Cox, and the beautiful collie, Captain.
|This is the actor David Conrad. I first saw him in the TV series|
Ghost Whisperer, and I always thought he had a nice face.
|I found this lovely lady on Pinterest by searching "Blonde Wedding Updo."|
The moment I saw her I knew she was Savannah Cox.
|My wonderful friend and book reviewer Renee Chaw has beautiful collies, |
and I asked if I could use one as a template for Captain,
Elias's dog in His Prairie Sweetheart. She graciously
said yes and sent several photos. This one was my favorite
As a little fillip to release week, the male cover model on the book, Samy Osman, posted on Facebook and Twitter about the cover! You can find the post by clicking HERE.
Samy has appeared on more than 60 Harlequin and Love Inspired covers. You can visit his website at www.samyosman.com
I believe I'll be requesting Samy Osman for my next story, since he closely resembles my bounty hunter, Thomas Beaufort....perhaps I have a type? :D
Anyway, to celebrate the release of His Prairie Sweetheart, I'm going to give away a copy of the book (ebook to international residents, ebook or print to US resident.) All you have to do to enter is use the rafflecopter form below!
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