I’m full of celebrations this week!
At the start of the week I turned in the manuscript to the latest Love Inspired book, it will be the sixth book in my Goose Harbor series. I’m also sharing the first ever glimpse of the cover for Apple Orchard Bride, which is the fifth book in the Goose Harbor series!
What do authors do after we turn in a book? Honestly, since I juggle a full-time day job, a family, and a writing career, I usually hit send on a manuscript and the very next day I keep my nose to the grind and work on whatever is next.
But not this time.
I’m going to savor a little free time. I’m going to relax and I’m going to read a TON! I can’t wait. Fall starts this month (sorry friends in other parts of the world where that isn’t the case) and it’s my *favorite* time of year. I kid you not, I get irrationally excited about it all. I’ve intentionally set aside time this season to spend with my family and fully enjoy September and October. Pumpkin farms, bonfires, apple picking, and hayrides will all be happening!
Can I tell you a little about Apple Orchard Bride? You might have heard an author use the term “heart-book” before. Every book we write has a little piece of us inside of it and we care about every character that crosses our pages, but some are just … extra special. Apple Orchard Bride is one of my heart-books. The heroine, Jenna Crest, has lived in my mind and within scribbled notes dating back more than ten years ago. For those keeping track, that’s BEFORE I ever started writing books. Her story and struggles tugged and weighed on me.
Once I started writing, Jenna got tucked away. I knew she belonged in the community of Goose Harbor, but she was younger when the series started and I had to wait until the right time to introduce her. Finally we got to meet her in The Single Dad Next Door, the third book in the series, and then it finally came time write her book. And now in January 2017 it’ll be in your hands!
One of the great things about Jenna’s story for me is that it takes place in fall (I DID tell you that’s my favorite time of year, right?). Jenna’s father runs an apple orchard and as he struggles with a diagnosis of Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Jenna comes home to take care of him and the orchard. What Jenna doesn’t know is that her father has also hired Toby, Jenna’s childhood best friend. Jenna had a huge crush on him in high school but (clueless) Toby broke her heart without even realizing it. Jenna’s been through some traumatic things since her and Toby parted ways and I just love them and how they both heal.
So without further ado … here is the cover for Apple Orchard Bride:
What do you think? When the art department sent it to me I was jaw-to-the-table stunned by how beautiful it is! Jenna and Toby are perfect and the whole scene speaks of how God redeems even the worst, more terrible things that can happen to us. I feel like it’s a cover that breathes hope. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Sticking with the Goose Harbor theme I’m going to give away TWO copies of Small-Town Girl (book four in the Goose Harbor series) to people who comment today. You can comment about the cover or with suggestions of books, movies, and/or shows you think I should watch/read during my down time in the next two months. I especially love a good romance and anything that’ll make me happy sigh! I’m looking forward to your suggestions.