It’s Read A Romance Month!

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HAPPY READ A ROMANCE MONTH! 

By Nancy Robards Thompson

 

Dear Readers,

 

Happy Read A Romance Month! Thanks for joining in the celebration. This year’s theme is “The Joy of Romance.” Since one of the happiest moments of  a writer’s life is that day she gets THE CALL delivering the long awaited news that she’s sold her first book, I thought I’d share my story.  It’s a dream come true and a moment of great joy. I’ll never forget the day my own writer dream came true because there’s a funny story attached to it.

 

In mid-January 2003, my agent sent word that a publisher was very interested in seeing the completed manuscript of my women’s fiction novel of which I’d only written a few chapters.  “How soon do you think you can finish it?” she asked.

 

I said something stupid like, “Give me a couple of weeks.”

 

“So I’ll tell him he can expect the complete on February 2?” asked the agent.

 

“Absolutely,” said the wide-eyed writer.

 

Come February 2, I’d reached my projected end-of-the-book page count, but I still had more story to tell.

 

I know this is a terrible thing to admit, but since the publishing industry sometimes moves very slowly and February 2 was a Sunday, I was sure the editor wouldn’t expect me to deliver it on the weekend.

 

WRONG!

 

TelephoneThe editor called my agent asking about the book.

 

See Nancy type.  See Nancy type fast in long marathon sessions. See Nancy scratch her head and wonder how she could have so much story left to tell when the book should ‘ve ended fifty pages ago.

 

As if that weren’t bad enough, my little cat, Baby, who was the queen our backyard decided to go on a royal adventure.  Normally, this would have been fine, but this was an animal who never missed a meal.  In her three-year reign of the land, she never strayed farther than earshot.  When she didn’t show up for breakfast, I was concerned, but I forced myself to focus on writing.

 

The next day she was still missing and  I was frantic.  At the time, we lived on a busy downtown street and . . . Well, you can imagine the logical assumption.  But a quick road check, proved “fine” and I tried to focus on wrapping up the story.

 

Around two o’clock that afternoon, I was fixing some tea and noticed a huge raccoon sitting on a lawn statue in our back yard.  Florida raccoons prowl at night.  They rarely come out during the day unless they’re sick or very hungry. . . this one was particularly cheeky (not to mention about three times the size of our tiny cat). I opened the back door to shoo him away, but he just sauntered over to the cat food bowl for a snack.

 

He was still hanging around when my husband got home from work. As I watched my husband try to shoo away the varmint the phone rang. The caller ID flashed a long distance number where the publisher who was interested in my book was located.

 

IT WAS THE EDITOR.

 

raccoonPicture me talking to him for the first time, while I watch the raccoon charge at my husband. The fate of my publishing career was on the line (literally), and I was watching a rabid raccoon chase my husband through the backyard.

 

I don’t remember exactly what I said to the editor  something about having the manuscript to him the following day, which I did – I finally got smart and figured out if an editor cared enough to call and goad me along he was probably seriously interested in my book (Hello?!?).

 

My husband and my cat made it through the battle unscathed; the rabid raccoon moved on; and I got THE CALL for my first sale a week later. I guess you could say we all lived happily ever after.  This story still brings me such joy.

Many thanks to Bobbi Dumas and Lorelei’s Lit Lair for including me in this fabulous celebration! Please check out Bobbi’s Read a Romance Month blog ( www.readaromancemonth.com). It contains a master calendar showing when your favorite authors will be talking about the Joy of Romance and giving away special prizes.  Also check out Lorelei’s Lit Lair ( www.facebook.com/loreleislitlair ). She is recommending her favorite authors all month long and we are giving away prizes. Think of it as an additional chance to win! I’m giving away a prize through Lorelei’s page on August 24. So be sure and check out her page ( www.facebook.com/loreleislitlair ). This is where you can find Lorelei’s Lit Lair Read A Romance Month essay    (http://bit.ly/1JMTWCY)

 

Here are my recommendations:

Eve Gaddy – Eve Gaddy is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than eighteen novels. Be sure to check out her latest THE BILLIONAIRE’S CHARADE, available this month.

Cindy Kirk –  THE MD’S UNEXPECTED FAMILY is the latest book in Cindy’s fabulous RX for Love series.

Renee Ryan –  THE MARRIAGE AGREEMENT is the ninth book in Renee’s lovely Charity House series.

Mimi Wells –   Mimi writes fabulous romance and new adult books. Be sure and check out her latest novella THE BILLIONAIRE’S DECEPTION, part of the Hot Amalfi Nights collection, available this month.

Pamela Labud – Check out Pam’s books for wonderful stories of love and adventure.

 

Questions For The Author:

1 – Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy: IMG_3057 In May, my husband, daughter and I spent three weeks in Italy. I’d always dreamed of seeing Venice and it more than lived up to my expectations. We stayed in a magical apartment called Ca’ Venexiana in the Dorsoduro neighborhood. Enjoying my morning espresso on the private courtyard that opened onto a quiet canal brought me supreme joy.

 

2 – Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy:

New York City holds very special, happy memories for me. When I was fifteen, I won a contest and the prize was a trip for two to New York City. My mother and went and we had the time of our lives. Sadly, I lost her to breast cancer, but every time I go to NYC (which is about once or twice a year these days) I always feel like she’s with me. NYC 2015

 

Flute3 – Tell us about a sound that brings you joy: My daughter plays the flute and she’s very good at it. She actually got into college on a music scholarship and was the principal flutist in her university’s orchestra. Hearing her play (both practice and perform) fills me with such joy, it sometimes brings tears to my eyes.

 

4 – What book have you read that brought you joy: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak Why? It was my favorite book as a kid and remains high on my list today because it embodies the joy of using your imagination.Where the wild things are

 

Sammy's 7th birthday5 – And for fun, the joy of choice ;o  ~  Corgis! Corgis and more Corgis!  My nine-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi Samantha brings me so much joy! I love that dog so much it’s ridiculous. In general, Corgis are a good natured breed. They always look like they’re smiling.

 

 

 

 

Bio

nancyNational bestselling author Nancy Robards Thompson has worked as a newspaper reporter, television show stand-in, production and casting assistant for movies, and in fashion and public relations. She started writing fiction seriously in 1997. Five years and four completed manuscripts later, she won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award for unpublished writers and sold her first book the following year. Since then, Nancy has sold 30 books (8 single title novels; 18 category romances; and 4 novellas), which critics have deemed, “…funny, smart and observant.”  She lives in Orlando with her husband, daughter and Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Please visit her website at NancyRobardsThompson.com, connect with her on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/nancyrobardsthompsonbooks and Twitter @NRTWrites.

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Giveaway!

puppy proposal front coverKatie Meyer is giving away a signed copy of The Puppy Proposal!

Want to get your hands on an October Special Edition before you can buy it? Love books with cute dogs and sexy millionaires? Have a soft spot in your heart for heroines who find a way to persevere despite the odds? Or maybe you just want to squeeze in one last beach read. If so, click on over to debut author Katie Meyer’s Facebook page to enter to win the first book in the Paradise Animal Clinic series. There are multiple ways to enter, check them all and up your chances!

 

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August is “Read a Romance” Month!

August is Read a Romance Month, and Caro Carson is happy to accept an invitation to play participate from Lorelei’s Lit Lair. Thanks, Lorelei!

From Caro Carson:

Christmas Joy

This year’s theme is “The Joy of Romance.” Even when I’m melting in the summer heat, the word joy pops into my head in holiday colors. I’ve got Christmas decorations that celebrate joy, wreaths with J-O-Y spelled out across the center, ornaments with joy written in glitter. The winter holidays are the one time of year we hear the word on the radio, aren’t they? We sing about tidings of comfort and joy, and we try to hit the high notes on “Joy to the World.”

Every romance novel ends on a note of joy. After all, if it doesn’t end with the right man and the right woman living happily ever after, then it isn’t a romance. But romance novels set during the holidays have the advantage of being chock-full of extra joyous details.

I’m still overflowing with joy from winning a Rita® award from the Romance Writers of America this summer, for a book that is set during the winter holidays. However, in A Texas Rescue Christmas, the holidays didn’t add to the characters’ joy. Instead, the heroine’s attempt at an old-fashioned Christmas illustrated how much joy her childhood lacked. The hero was poignantly reminded of how much joy he’d lost in the decade since he left his family’s ranch. Being surrounded by the joy of the season made the characters’ inner loneliness more vivid—or at least, that’s how I felt as I listened to Christmas carols and wrote their story. Those two people deserved some joy in their lives, and when they fell in love, they found it. I think it’s the joy at the end of every romance novel that keeps us—readers and writers, both—coming back for more!

    

Recommendations

For another great holiday read, I recommend RaeAnne Thayne’s The Christmas Ranch, which was nominated for a National Reader’s Choice Award. The beautiful cover is sure to bring you some holiday joy before you even turn the first page!

If you haven’t read the complex and compelling romance classic Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale, you simply must. The hard-earned happily-ever-after for those memorable characters includes some joyous historical Christmas details in one of the best epilogues ever written.

Questions from Read A Romance Month

1 – Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy.

This is a very easy one. Just a few days ago, in the middle of the glitter and glamor of Times Square in New York City, I had the amazing experience of sitting in a beautifully dressed audience and hearing my name called as the winner of this year’s Rita® award for Contemporary Romance – Short. It really did take a moment for me to be certain I’d heard correctly.  This was followed by hugs from my editor and a walk up to the stage to receive a heavy gold statuette, Miss Rita herself.  Knowing that the authors I love and respect feel the same about my book is truly a source of joy.

2 – Tell us about a place that brings you joy.

At the risk of sounding very unoriginal, I think Disney World is the happiest place on earth. I loved going there as a kid, and I love it even more as an adult. I’m lucky enough to live within driving distance, and I’m even luckier to have children of my own, so I make sure to enjoy the parks as often as I can.

3 – Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

I love the sound of snare drums in a marching band. I graduated from West Point, where twice a week we had either drill or parades, and there is something stirring about that military march.  Even before that, I always loved the drums in high school marching bands.  My favorite part of a football game is the halftime show with a big marching band.  By the way…I married a drummer!  My love for drums runs deep, indeed.

4 – What recent book have you read that brought you joy, or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it?

I couldn’t finish a post for Read a Romance Month without mentioning the romance that began it all for me: Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor. It’s a time travel that begins with the hero traveling forward to modern day, and I definitely felt a bubble of joy when I first realized that the man speaking to the heroine in the British church was really, truly the man who’d lived there centuries before.  It was such a delightful fantasy, I started looking for more books by Jude, then more books like Jude’s, and I haven’t stopped reading romance since then.

5 – And for fun, the joy of choice. Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer?

This is so very difficult.  But while writing my latest book, Following Doctor’s Orders, I studied many photos of Chris Hemsworth with his preschool-aged daughter.  It was strictly for professional research, of course, since the hero of my book is also sandy-haired, physically fit, and a father who is charmed by a preschooler…strictly professional interest on my part. Really. I was working. Honest.

    Chris Hemsworth, India

(You can click on Chris Hemsworth’s photo, above, to see more at eonline.)

Biography

Despite a no-nonsense background as a West Point graduate and U.S. Army officer, Caro Carson has always treasured the happily-ever-after of a good romance novel. After reading romances no matter where in the world the Army sent her, Caro began a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Those years spent discussing science with physicians have provided excellent story material for her new career as a Rita®-winning romance author. Caro is delighted to be living her own happily-ever-after with her husband and two children in the great state of Florida, a location which has saved the coaster-loving theme park fanatic a fortune on plane tickets.

 

Giveaway

352It wouldn’t be Read A Romance Month without the opportunity to win a romance, would it? Caro Carson will mail an autographed print copy of A Texas Rescue Christmas to the U.S. or Canadian address of a randomly chosen commenter. AND, since it is actually summer, she’s including this striped beach tote and a copy of her other Rita-nominated book, The Bachelor Doctor’s Bride, which takes place during hurricane season.  And while she’s at it, she’ll include her current August release, Following Doctor’s Orders.  That’s three books, a tote bag, and some little goodies, too. Joy! If you’re shy and don’t know what to say, just comment with the name of your favorite holiday song. Jingle Bells, anyone?

The winner will be chosen at the end of Read a Romance Month!

If you’d like to read about all the great authors Lorelei is spotlighting during Read a Romance Month, click here.

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Here’s to March!

 

Picture taken at my local Target.

Picture taken at my local Target.

Here are the March Special Editions.  Enjoy the blurbs.  Check them out!

The Bachelor’s Baby Dilemma by Sheri WhiteFeather

Reunited…And Reluctant 

Commitment was always a dirty word for Tanner Quinn. He’d seen too much loss growing up. But now his troubled sister was expecting a baby, and he had to make a home for her child—leading him to his high school girlfriend’s doorstep, of all places! Candy McCall was still as sweet as her name, and her house was perfect for his purposes—even if she did remind him of a time he’d spent much of his adult life wanting to forget…

Barely making ends meet, Candy saw Tanner’s offer to buy her house as a godsend. But when he asked her to be the nanny to his niece, the arrangement quickly became too close for comfort. Would just one kiss remind them both of what they once were to each other…and might just be again?

Mendoza’s Secret Fortune by Marie Farrarella

MAY THE BEST MENDOZA WIN! 

The Fortunes are not the only hotties in Texas; their longtime friends the Mendozas are legendary for their good looks and ardent hearts. Tall and dark with soulful eyes, Matteo Mendoza is a pilot whose charms have too often been eclipsed by his more outgoing brother, Cisco. Now, Matteo has set his sights on cantina hostess Rachel Robinson. Brother, look out!

After several years on a self-imposed “romance diet,” Rachel finds Matteo to be a treat she just can’t resist. But she’s already been through her own family heartbreak—the last thing she wants is to come between the Mendozas! Can she learn that following her heart might lead to the greatest fortune of all?

From City Girl to Rancher’s Wife by Ami Weaver

COOKING UP A HAPPY ENDING? 

Josie Callahan is used to cooking up a storm in the big city. But when her life in Los Angeles falls apart, she jumps at the chance to start over as a private chef in Montana. More used to stilettos and stainless steel appliances than cowboy boots and cozy kitchens, Josie is out of her element…especially with her sexy boss, who doesn’t think she’ll last.

Former country music star Luke Ryder has been a loner since personal tragedy brought him low. Josie is a palate cleanser for the reclusive rancher, who prefers horses to heartbreakers. But Luke can’t resist his new employee’s bright smile and bubbly ways, which soften his heart. A delicious happily-ever-after might be just what Luke ordered!

A Second Chance at Crimson Ranch by Michelle Major

GOOD WITH HIS HANDS, BAD FOR HER HEART… 

Ever since her marriage went up in flames, Olivia Wilder hasn’t had the desire for love. But one magical dance with Logan Travers might change all that. The blue-eyed hometown hunk is a bit younger and a whole lot sexier than any man she’s ever dated before. This is one carpenter Olivia would like to get to know better, and not just because of his building skills…

From his first dance with Olivia, Logan knows there’s something special about the beautiful brunette. The more she’s determined to keep him at arm’s length, the more Logan wants her in his embrace. And the more Olivia says she’s just passing through, the more resolved Logan is to make her his, forever.

A Conard County Baby by Rachel Lee

MOTHER…NANNY…BRIDE? 

On the run from her overbearing family and a fiancé with more menace than love in his eyes, Hope Conroy finally took refuge in Conard County, Wyoming. A place of safety, maybe even possibility. But what could a former—and pregnant!—socialite do to keep a roof over her head?

Divorced rancher Cash Cashford never expected to be raising an angry tween all by himself. Something about Hope told him immediately that she was what his daughter needed. And since the new nanny had secrets, he vowed to keep his distance—for all their sakes, especially his own! But Hope called to him in a way he never imagined, making him yearn to heal their fractured hearts…and form the family they all longed for.

Her Perfect Proposal by Lynne Marshall

WRITING HER OWN HAPPY ENDING? 

Journalist Lilly Matsuda just writes headlines; she doesn’t make them. That is, until she runs afoul of Gunnar Norling while on assignment in the tiny town of Heartlandia. The handsome policeman intrigues more than Lilly’s investigative senses…but she isn’t going to let Gunnar’s megawatt smile or smoldering good looks melt her heart.

Gunnar isn’t a fan of people snooping around Heartlandia. He’s been sworn to secrecy about the town’s mysterious past, and he refuses to compromise that for anyone…even beautiful Lilly, who’s hot on the story’s trail. Besides, she’s not going to stick around forever, and Gunnar refuses to let his heart get trampled on—unless Lilly decides to put love first!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lynne Marshall

www.lynnemarshall.com

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Like ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

by Lynne Marshall

Young woman reading a book lying in hammock

It’s great to be back blogging at Special Edition authors. Lots of fun stuff has been happening in my little writer’s world. One of the things that has me a little nervous is a workshop I’ll be doing for my home writer’s chapter of RWA. My title is called Redeeming Despicable Characters. The focus of the workshop is actually on how to write likeable characters, or how to turn a really flawed character into someone the reader will like.

I mention how authors (myself included) sometimes get blindsided by our characters and don’t realize how off-putting they are. I’ve quit reading books because I didn’t like the main protagonist. Whenever I begin reading a book I ask myself who are these characters and why should I like them.  How about you?

One of the fun things I discovered during my research was that traditional (Universally Accepted) qualities for friends and heroes haven’t really changed. Here’s a list of some of the classics:

Trustworthy, forgiving, loyal, straightforward, enthusiastic, dependable, respectful, selfless, supportive, and inspiring.

Of course most friends aren’t ALL of the above, but a friend possessing several of these qualities is a great friend! When we’re reading, don’t we kind of want the heroine to be someone we could be friends with?

In HER PERFECT PROPOSAL my March Special Edition, Lilly Matsuda is a journalist, raised by tiger parents, and9780373658763 so far in life she has yet to impress them. Now she’s out to make a name for herself by uncovering a big story, come hell or high water. We can’t exactly call her respectful or straightforward since it seems she’ll do almost anything to get her story, but I do manage to show her as enthusiastic and perhaps inspiring with her never-say-die attitude. Hopefully that is enough for the reader to stick with her until Chapter Two. After flaunting a few despicable tendencies, I make sure to show a softer side of her personality. I do this by exposing the extent to which her parents have gone to influence her into becoming what they wanted her to be – a doctor – not caring what she wanted for herself. Hopefully the reader will root for her when they see (by her opening up and proving she can be straightforward) how she’s thumbed her nose at her parents by becoming a journalist. Also, once my hero, Gunnar, hears her story about only wanting a doll for Christmas when she was a kid, a doll with real hair that she could brush, BUT instead getting a clear plastic covered Mr. Human Anatomy science doll, the reader might be more inclined to cut her some slack over being pushy and nosy while uncovering the secret of Heartlandia in the beginning of the book.

 

Of course, I was thrilled when Her Perfect Proposal got the March Top Pick for Special Edition from Romantic Times Book Reviews.  It was a first for me. Read full review here.

What’s the most important qualities for friends for you? or What makes you throw a book against the wall?

 

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Summer Dreaming – Share & Win!

It’s 8 degrees in my hometown this morning and with the wind chill it feels like -4. We’ve had over 35 inches of snow in the last ten days, Mother Nature is going to drop another 5-8 of the white stuff starting this weekend and the ten day forecast doesn’t call for one day over the freezing mark.

Yes, it’s time to dream of summer!

I am very much a warm weather kind of gal and here’s just some of what I’m looking forward this year to once my favorite season rolls around.

DSCN2057A visit to Fenway Park.

I am a diehard New England Patriots fan (Super Bowl Champs!) but it’s the Boston Red Sox who hold my heart. Taking in a game at the oldest ballpark in the country is so much fun!

Located in middle of the city, the park is small and intimate compared to most, which makes going to a game there even more wonderful. The crowds, the noise, the green grass, the Green Wall. Yawkey Way. Sweet Caroline during the eighth inning stretch.  Your favorite player so close you could almost touch them. Ah, pure bliss!

Switching to my summer office.31May-homeoffice

I love my front porch and it’s a perfect spot to get lots of writing done while enjoying the fresh air. It’s amazing how the fingers fly on a bright sunny day!

I’m not much of a gardener, but I love the spring time tulips we have out in front of the porch and the bright pink azalea bushes and pale yellow lady slippers (transplanted from my late father-in-law’s house on Cape Cod so they hold special meaning) that bloom in the side yard.

And last, but surely not least…

Annual Romance Writers Conference

I’ve only missed one Romance Writers of America© conference in the last twelve years and this July we will be back in New York City…one of my most favorite places to visit! Can’t wait to eat at Junior’s, stroll through Bryant Park and what’s a visit to Times Square without taking in a Broadway show?

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How about you all? Are you dealing with an arctic chill or are you lucky enough to live where it’s nice and warm all year round? Do you have any special dream for the coming summer? Share and I’ll choose one name to win a $10 Amazon.com or Barnes&Noble.com gift card!

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Winner – Q & A with Helen Lacey

The two winners from the Q & A of Claiming His Brother’s Baby with Helen Lacey are –

Emily B.

Amanda Ward

Ladies, please contact me on mail (at) helenlacey (dot) com with your details.

Thanks to everyone who commented.

Helen Lacey :)

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Q & A with Helen Lacey on Claiming His Brother’s Baby

HELEN - Claiming His Brother's BabyWhere did you get the idea for Claiming His Brother’s Baby?

I knew when I was writing a previous book that the heroine and hero in this story would have a emotional journey on their way to love. I suppose this story morphed into itself over time.

Tell us about the hero of the book? Why will we fall in love with him?

I hope readers will fall in love with Tanner because he just oozes integrity and honor. He’s a hot and handsome horse rancher who now lives in South Dakota. He’s kind and caring and just a little bit arrogant (not too much, and only when he believes in something completely and emphatically) So, essentially, he’s…nice. And I fell in love with him probably a little more than usual because he was just so wonderful with the heroine’s baby.

Tell us about the heroine? Why is she the perfect woman for the hero?

Cassie Duncan is a kind hearted woman, but perhaps a little naïve. She put her faith in the wrong man and Tanner’s arrival sends her into a spin. He’s there to see his nephew, but she can’t help but be drawn to him.

Is there any particular significance in the setting?

The book is set in Crystal Point, a tiny Australian beachside town which sits at the southern most point of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a town just like the one I live in and I love being able to write about the setting and share this picture perfect place with readers.

Do any beloved characters from your previous books show up in this one?

Yes…Mary-Jayne Preston is the heroine in my next book for Special Edition. It’s an April release called The CEO’s Baby Surprise. Since my first book was released, this is the character that I get most readers asking about. So she gets her very own happy ending soon (although it’s quite a bumpy road)

Why will readers enjoy this book?

I hope readers will fall in love with the hero and enjoy the heroine’s journey as she discovers true love for the first time in her life. And of course there’s a cute baby and a huge dog in the story too.

The book is set on the eastern Australian coast, so do you have a favourite locale you like to read? Ranches in the Midwest? Big city settings? Castles in Europe? Romantic island getaways?

I have two signed copies of Claiming His Brother’s baby to give away, so leave a comment to go into the draw.

Warm Wishes

Helen Lacey

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Winners for Q&A on Romancing the Rancher

by Stacy Connelly

The following are winner of a copy of my January release! Please email me at stacyconnelly@cox.net, and thank you for posting!

 

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Debbie Haupt (I realize you’ve already read this one, but let me know if you’d still like a signed copy!

Summer

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LindaS

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Everything Old is New Again

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by Lynne Marshall

In August 2013, Harlequin changed the Special Edition book covers along with several other lines. My thought was they wanted to increase their branding with an overarching style of cover for all the various lines. However, I personally think the change made the books more indistinguishable than branded. And that may have confused our readers.

This January the slightly altered “old” covers are back! Yay.

Fashions fade, style is eternal. Yves Saint Laurent

What’s important is not the cover, though it has been easily recognizable for SE readers for years and years, but what’s between the covers, and that didn’t change when the covers did. Special Edition style is relatable. Whether small town or big city, the characters are people with whom our readers want to know and engage.

The new “old” covers have the blue side banner back, and the couples seem a little closer up than the older covers. The big news is that beginning in April 2015 every Harlequin Special Edition will be part of a series whether a duo, a trilogy or more!

So though our appearance is more like it used to be, there is still change in the air.

Isn’t that a great way to begin 2015?

As a reader of SE, did the cover change in 2013 make a difference to you?  What do you think of the new “old” look?

 And speaking of new look, here’s my March 2015 cover: 9780373658763In case anyone is wondering what Gunnar looked like for me while writing this book, here’s what I imagined while writing every scene he appeared in.Thomas Hardy

Yup, I thought you might like that.  :)

 

 

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