After months and months of waiting, the time is finally here. The official US cover for The Weather Girl has been released. I seriously cannot believe there will be a book out there with my name on it. A book with my words printed inside of it. This is absolutely an unreal moment!
Without further ado, here is the cover …
I couldn’t resist posting it LARGE. Summer and Travis look like they’re falling in love, that much is for sure. I love the red umbrella. I love that my name is right there. I wrote this book. I did it.
How does Harlequin create the perfect cover for each book? Well, here’s some inside information. Authors are asked right away to fill out an Art Fact Cover Sheet. This is where we list all the things we can think of about our book. Who are the main characters, what do they look like, where does the story take place, what are the characters interesting traits and hobbies. They ask about everything. You can even post pictures of people you imagine your characters to look like.
Now, the art director isn’t going to get Alex Pettyfer to pose for my cover (darn it), but they dig in their stock photos and try to find something that fits the story as close to your descriptions as possible. I would say they did a pretty good job with this one!
Okay, enough about the outside. How about a peek inside? Here’s a little excerpt from The Weather Girl.
“Weather Girl.” Travis was all smiles as he sat on the corner of her desk. “Did you have a good weekend?”
“I had a great weekend,” Summer said, taking a good look at him. His hair was shorter, a lot shorter. It made him look older, less like a boy and more like a man. “It looks like someone attacked your head with some clippers.”
Looking sheepish, he rubbed his clean-shaven jaw with his knuckles. “I got a haircut,” he said, stating the obvious. “My aunt Kelly’s neighbor’s book club apparently thought it was too long. Kelly agreed and called my mother, who called me and said she wasn’t going to bake any red velvet cupcakes when I came to visit if I didn’t get it cut.”
“She drives a hard bargain.”
“You have no idea. Her cupcakes make me cry,” he whispered.
“Interesting,” Summer said, not interested in the least.
“I’ll ask her to bake you some. She likes you.” He cringed and closed his eyes. His cheeks turned pink. “I mean she watches you and likes you, you know, as a weather girl.”
If anyone knew about sticking her foot in her mouth, it was Summer. “If it makes you feel any better, my grandmother thinks you’re cute,” she confessed to ease his embarrassment.
“She does?” His eyes were bright like the clouds had lifted. “And would you say you consider your grandmother a wise woman?”
“Oh, Mimi is completely off her rocker. I mean, she is more than a few cards short of a full deck. Bonkers. Mad as a hatter. Crazy as a—”
“Okay, okay!” Travis put his fingers on her lips. “I get it.”
Summer’s heart skipped a beat, then flew into overdrive. Before she could process this unexpected physical reaction, Travis pulled his hand away and shoved it deep in his pants pocket.
“Did you know that the highest temperature ever recorded was 136 degrees Fahrenheit in Azizia, Libya?” she blurted out. “Can you imagine?”
His Adam’s apple bobbed up and down. “That’s crazy hot.”
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I can’t wait for this thing to come out and for everyone to read it. There’s also a part of me that is completely terrified, by the way, but the excited part is winning right now. The awesome news is that you can pre-order the ebook version now!
But if you want that real book in your hands, on January 1, 2014, you can go to the Harlequin website and buy the paperback or the ebook HERE! As of right now, the Harlequin site is the only place where you will be able to purchase the paperback version. The editors of the Heartwarming line are hopeful that the line will go mass market paperback and all you’ll have to do is browse your local Target or Walmart for The Weather Girl! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this happens.
Until next time!
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