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The Shocking Truth Behind the Book Covers: The Red-Eye Effect

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Books, Silly Stuff | 12 comments

When talking about book covers, the most frequent question I’m asked is why my book covers no longer show the heroine’s face. I thought it was a simple matter of marketing preference, but when I finally asked our marketing team, I got an answer that will truly shock you! The fact is that recent research has shown that over-exposure to flash bulbs can have disastrous consequences…consequences that could have already affected you and your kids. Noelle Buss of Bethany House Publishers was kind enough to forward to me a letter from their modeling agency (whose name I can’t reveal) regarding a new policy that directly affects our book covers. BLOOD EYES! Have you EVER heard of this? Scary stuff. Here’s the letter: RE: Photography Policy Changes  Recent studies have uncovered a disturbing trend between repeated camera flash exposure and photosynthetic ocular...

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The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Books | 0 comments

Today I found out that my novella “An Unforeseen Match” is a finalist for the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence! I’m so excited! If you haven’t read about Grace and Clayton, now’s a great time to download the ebook. The whole collection of “A Match Made in Texas” is on sale for $1.99 on most e-reader sites. Or you can find the paperback version at your local store.   Thanks for celebrating with me! Love,...

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New Cover Reveal

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in At Love's Bidding, Books | 4 comments

Finally I can share the amazing cover of the second book in the Ozark Mountain Romance Series:   Isn’t that fun? So what do you think is at the end of Miranda’s rope?  That’s the question, isn’t it? If you had the book in your hands you could just flip it over, but here in virtual land we can’t just flip our device over and look from that side. So here’s the complete cover:   So cute! And if you’re looking closely you’ll realize that Miranda has been to the beauty salon and got her hair color done. This full picture had a blond model in it, but the art department worked some magic and got it corrected. They are wizards at this cover stuff. Unfortunately we have to wait until November to share this story, but here’s a...

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Before and After: Book Cover Changes

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Books, Caught in the Middle, Sixty Acres and a Bride, Writing | 30 comments

My publisher Bethany House is famous for their historical romance books…and covers. Their covers are adored by authors and readers alike. I’ve never had a cover from them that I didn’t like, but occasionally I get a cover that needs just a little change to make it fit the story better.    For instance, this is my first book cover. Gorgeous, isn’t it? The blouse even matches the descriptions of Rosa’s hand-embroidery work and drawstring neckline.  The one problem we had was that this series takes place in Caldwell County, Texas – a real location that just happens to look nothing like a desert. Before:   After: Those sandy dunes and mountain ranges were replaced with wheat fields and some…well, smaller mountains. This picture could possibly be in central Texas, while the other could not. My Caught in the...

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Breaking Up the Band…

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Books, Oklahoma | 2 comments

You probably already know about our best-selling, phenomenal novella collection, A Match Made in Texas.   It’s the one I shared about here… and it was just as fun to work with Karen, Mary and Carol as I thought it’d be. We enjoyed hearing from so many of you who enjoyed the collection, and now we want to give even more of you a chance to try it out. Maybe you aren’t ready to make the commitment to buying the whole collection. That’s why our publisher has broke down the novellas into 4 short ebooks that can now….drum roll, please….be bought separately! That’s right you can now buy my novella “An Unforeseen Match” separately, although I just know you’ll want to read the other three, as well. Give one a try, then snatch up the rest! An Unforeseen Match...

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Caught in the Middle Excerpt

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Books, Caught in the Middle, Oklahoma | 0 comments

Caught in the Middle – Releasing March 25th But you don’t have to wait that long to get a sneak peek! Follow the Link and enjoy! Caught in the Middle...

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