A Unique Christmas Mystery
As many of you know, I’ve gone “hybrid,” which means I am independently publishing some books, writing some for a small press and continuing to write for Harlequin. This has completely spoiled me, because when I indie publish, the choice of what goes on my cover is entirely up to me. For example, my novella A Cowgirl’s Christmas Gift, which is currently in the boxed set A Christmas to Remember with other Inspy Romance authors, has my adorable geek hero on the cover, VR glasses and all. Will it sell? Hard to say. But Cam was a bucket-list hero for me and I wanted to depict him as he really is (plus, that’s how he looks when heroine Maisey first meets him).
I don’t have any control over my Harlequin covers. I will say the art department gives me adorable covers. No question. I love my cowboys and babies. That said, in my Christmas cover below, someone very important is missing (besides the heroine…)
I really wanted a kitty in this beautiful Christmas scene. And not just ANY kitty, but Maus, who takes this rugged cowboy and softens his heart so he can learn what it means to open his heart and love the heroine and baby. I get that covers can get too cluttered, but I sure wish they’d found room for little Maus. But since they didn’t, I thought I’d share him here.
Meet Maus, a very REAL kitty from my sister’s Happy Haven Animal Sanctuary. Now do you see why I wanted him on my cover? (And at my house…I would have adopted him if I wasn’t extremely allergic to kittens.)
I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner. Are you starting to prepare for the holidays or are you, like me, hanging onto fall for just a little bit longer?
I write about pets a lot because, well, I love ’em! And I’d love to hear about your pets. My Gabby simply delights my heart, as does my “big dog” Sadie. Tell me who brings a smile to your day!