I've been focusing on my first YA Lit novella series, Celebrity Prep, for most of this summer in preparation for the first book's fall debut. But all work and no play drives me stir crazy so I indulged in a little creative fun. I took some time to work with my graphic designer on cover revamps for Just Like That and No Need to Ask from my SweetSpots line of contemporary romance novelettes written especially for eReaders.
In redoing the covers, I told my designer I wanted something retro, sweet with a bit of a kitschy dime store feel to it. I love what she came up with! The covers are different from the usual "clinch" images that are associated with romances and, most importantly, convey a sense of humor that's totally in keeping with my writing. I'm hopping to release a third SweetSpots before the end of the year.
No Need to Ask
(SugarMissile, April '12)
When it comes to making sure a room looks effortlessly perfect, Jillian Winters is the one to call. She loves her job as the set decorator for a hit TV show, she and her ex have come to mutually beneficial arrangement and her dream of launching her own decorating business is closer to becoming a reality.
And just when things couldn’t get any more perfect, everything goes in the opposite direction. Her ex proves to be just as untrustworthy as always, her boss makes it clear as to who will be taking credit for her work and unexpected expenses shrink her nest egg to hummingbird proportions.
When recently divorced Ethan Marshall gives her carte blanche as well has his credit card to turn his new and very empty loft into a home, she finds herself falling in love with it and the man she’s creating it for.
Just Like That
Leslie Quinn might have been dumped by her longtime boyfriend, but she still has her determination to make it as a top stylist at an exclusive Manhattan department store.
Busy dodging knives from her back stabbing co-workers, Leslie keeps her focus on doing the best job possible and going on the occasional (and unsuccessful) blind date to keep her friends off her back.
When her manager offers her a last minute plum assignment, Leslie packs her bags to meet a mysterious client who is in need of a complete wardrobe overhaul. She soon realizes that this mystery man holds the key to her success at work and also to her heart.