So, this isn’t the first time I’ve talked about covers here on the Inspy blog. A few years ago (which feels like forever) I talked about The Cowboy’s Twins and how they had to mirror image the hero Jax so his scar wasn’t showing, which in turn made the babies he was holding look odd as they were then looking the wrong way and not at the hero. They had to Photoshop the babies out with others and the cover turned out adorable.
I have other unique stories about my covers. In Yuletide Cowboys, which I wrote with Arlene James, the saddle looked wonky, but the art department was able to add a saddle blanket for a nice quick fix.
I honestly bawled in dismay when I saw The Nanny’s Twin Blessings. I’d given the art department such an adorable pair of white-blond twins for suggested models, and I got…some kind of watercolor disaster with twins that weren’t blond OR adorable.
And then there was the fiasco with one of Irene Brand’s and my covers. Joe and I were at the Harlequin Party that year and were sitting with Irene and her husband when she commented that she didn’t understand her upcoming cover. The characters didn’t look anything like the characters in her book and they’d put a dog on her cover. But there was no dog in her book. There was, however, a dog in MY book and my heroine had white-blonde hair, so we reached out to our editors to find out if a mistake had been made, because the characters Irene described certainly sounded a lot like the characters in my book. Sure enough, they’d mixed up the covers, though it was too late to do anything about it.
Today I am excited to share a cover reveal for my January release, Their Unbreakable Bond. It is the fourth book in my Rocky Mountain Family series featuring service dog training and rescue and a Christmas tree farm. It is also the premier book for Love Inspired’s K9 Companion spotlight.
My first glimpse of this cover brought me to tears—the happy kind this time. What makes this cover so special to me? Okay, first, and I’m just being totally honest here, my hero Stone is a ginger, which in my mind can go either way. I mean, who doesn’t love Prince Harry? Yet redheads can also slide the other direction in a hurry and into a hero I definitely wouldn’t want on my cover. I used actor Max Martini** as my hero model because that guy rocks ginger in a major way.
I cheered to discover both my hero and heroine along with the lovely black Lab Dandy on the cover. And my hero? An accurate portrayal of Stone! My favorite part is this guy looks as if he’s lived a little. The heroes on my covers usually have baby faces–you know, the kind where you want to pinch their cheeks? Yet I generally write alpha heroes. So a few laugh lines? Yes, please! And my heroine could definitely be the sister of the heroine on the cover of Opening Her Heart, don’t you think?
Their Unbreakable Bond is now available for preorder and will be on the shelves December 28th.
His life has skidded off the tracks…
Can she help him start over?
Training avalanche rescue dogs with his best friend’s sister, Felicity Winslow, was never in Stone Keller’s plans. But after a reckless motorcycle accident ends his rodeo career, he has nowhere to go but home to Colorado. Working with the dogs—and Felicity—could be exactly what he needs to put the pieces of his life back together.
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Rocky Mountain Family
Book 1: The Black Sheep’s Salvation
Book 2: Opening Her Heart
Book 3: The Marine’s Mission
Book 4: Their Unbreakable Bond
**Photo of Max Martini purchased from Deposit Photos for Editorial Use only.