Spring is in full swing and that mean things are heating up not just outside but on the pages as well. My fellow Heartwarming pal, Jennifer Snow, has a very fun, not-so-sweet-and-heartwarming series about MMA fighters called Beyond the Cage. Her second book in the series, Breaking Her Rules, is due to be released July 21st and looks and sounds amazing. To get everyone in the mood, she’s made this teaser of a book trailer that she’s letting me share! I dare you to watch the trailer and tell me your interest is not piqued! (I won’t believe you if it’s not!)

MMA fighters go the distance in this all-new series from Jennifer Snow, author of the Brookhollow novels.

Walker Adams was supposed to follow in his lawyer father’s footsteps, but instead he’s training to be an MMA fighter. And while he works for his chance to make it in the UFC, he’s bunking on his baby sister’s best friend’s couch. Gracie Andrews is all grown up—in all the right places. But she’s engaged to the fight match-maker who holds Walker’s career in his hands…

Gracie had almost convinced herself that she’d put her silly childhood crush on Walker to rest. But the sight of him sleeping in only a pair of boxer briefs makes it clear that some things never change. And as old sparks turn to flames, Gracie is forced to decide between the future she thought she wanted or the man she’s never stopped loving…

Pick up your copy here:

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Jennifer Snow is a contemporary romance fiction writer. Her previous releases include Mistletoe Fever and Mistletoe & Molly from The Wild Rose Press and Mistletoe Bachelors from Secret Cravings Publishing. Her new six-book small town Brookhollow series released through Harlequin Heartwarming includes The Trouble With Mistletoe, What A Girl Wants, Falling for Leigh, The Mistletoe Melody and coming May 2015-Fighting for Keeps.

She has also published writing how-to articles in RWR Magazine, Mslexia Magazine and WestWord Magazine and has taught online writing courses through several RWA chapters.

Her 2013 Holiday release-The Trouble With Mistletoe was selected as a finalist in the Desert Rose Golden Quill Award and the Heart of Denver Aspen Gold Award. Her 2014 Holiday title-The Mistletoe Melody was selected as a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.

She is also the founder of the SnowGlobe Award for Holiday Titles-a annual contest for published Holiday themed romances. 

For those of you who prefer the clean stuff or just want to pick up a sweet read – please check out her wonderful Heartwarming books as well! 


The Release

This is pretty much how I’ve spent the last nine days. 

My book is out there for the world to read and I still cannot believe this is happening. It helped when my box of books showed up a few days after Christmas. I may have stared at them for an inappropriate amount of time that first day, but can you blame me?  This is totally crazy. I signed my first autograph!

I so appreciate all the positive feedback and support I have received over the last couple days. My family, my friends, and my readers are the most awesome people in the world. It has been an amazing journey, one that promises to just keep getting better. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. My family has been more than generous and supportive.  My parents got me a storm cloud necklace and a framed Weather Girl picture. And for my upcoming birthday, my husband framed a copy of my cover. I did have to remind him that I am writing more books and we are going to run out of wall space if we poster-size all my covers! He says the first one needed to be big because this is BIG. And I couldn’t disagree. 

So now what? Now, I get busy writing the next three stories in my head. I am looking forward to promoting this book. The Heartwarming authors have lots of fun stuff planned all over social media. Giveaways galore! If you haven’t checked out our Goodreads group HERE, don’t wait. There are lots of fun discussions about who and what you love to read. 

Which reminds me, my Goodreads giveaway ended on publication day and The Weather Girl has now gone worldwide. I had a winner from Canada, Malaysia, and Belgium (thanks to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, who live over there and took it back with them to save me some postage!)

Lastly, I hope to have some news about a book blog tour soon. It’s going to be fun, fun, fun. Thank you again for your support and I hope The Weather Girl provides a little bit of entertainment to those who have picked up a copy!


The Next Step

So, things are moving along.  The contract has been sent and once I find a few hours to sit down and decipher what all that legalese, I’ll sign it and everything will be official.  I had to enter some information about the story and the characters into a database that will help the art department design the perfect cover.  One of the sections said – Write a hook in 30 words or less that makes the reader want to read your book!  No pressure, right?

You would think that since I wrote the book, I’d be able to knock out a 30 word summary quite easily.  Ha ha.  A few text messages to a friend at 1am (thank God for west coast friends) and a phone call to my mom in the morning, and I think I nailed it.  We’ll see.  

I also had to come up with alternative titles.  This was perhaps worse than the summary.  Anyone who writes knows how hard it is to come up with the first title.  Coming up with something that’s original, relates to the story, and makes people want to read it isn’t easy.  Any idea how many books out there have storm in the title?  A quick search on amazon left me a little discouraged.  I somehow managed to think of a couple, but I really hope they stick with The Weather Girl.  I kinda like it.  

After describing the characters and a couple scenes from the book, I was finished with my art fact sheet.  I think that was all the say I have in what the cover will look like.  The good news is I think the Heartwarming series has the prettiest covers of all the Harlequin books.  I can’t wait to see what they come up with for this one!  

My friend, Jo, made me some pretend covers before I got a deal and thought I might have to self-publish this puppy for it to see the light of day.  I love them and they are hard to beat.  I thought I would share them here since things worked out a little differently than I thought they would!

The first one is my favorite.  But like I said, I can’t wait to see what the good people at Harlequin come up with!  

This is all very exciting and still a little unbelievable.  But there is much to do before there is a finished product for people to actually read and an official cover for me to reveal.  First, I have to do some revisions.  

I think I could revise my manuscript every day for the rest of my life.  There are always little things I want to tweak or change.  At the same time, there are parts I have fallen in love with and I can’t bear to let go of.   I read somewhere that authors should not get too attached to certain scenes or sentences because that might be the part that needs to be trimmed.  I can see how true that is.  

After a chat with my editor, I have been tasked with raising the emotional stakes.  This means taking some of the sweet, easy scenes and roughing them up a bit.  Make it a little harder for the characters.  You’d think after my first post where I bragged about my ability to torture my characters, I’d have no problem doing this.  We’ll see.  It’s a challenge when you gone in one direction and now have to change course.  

It’s a challenge I’m ready to take, though.  This whole thing is so fun, I’m ready to do whatever it takes and then maybe write another one.  And another, and another, and another.  LOL