What I learnt this week: it’s lovely to have a new cover to drool over

Writing, like any job, has its ups and downs.

The downs are thankfully few and far between. They include writing frustrations like a plot that’s not quite working, a sex scene that feels as steamy as the inside of your freezer. Days when everything you write is a pile of pants and everyone you know seems to want to interrupt you, because you don’t really work at writing, do you. Then there is the inevitable review that makes you wonder if you can actually write at all, or the day you have to write nothing but blog posts to promote your new book, when actually you’ve known for ages you had to write them so you should have spread them out but you didn’t because you were trying to write that flipping sex scene – and kept getting interrupted.

But let’s not focus on all that, when today I can share with you one of the ups, and it’s a pretty steep up (if that works, or should it be a high up?). I’m talking about the book cover reveal. Seeing your name on the cover of a book for the first time is incredibly special, and truly I think, after signing the contract, this has been the most exciting part of my writing career so far (see, I added those last two words because I’m hoping there will be much more excitement to come).

Seeing your name on the cover of the second, third, or in my case fourth book (okay fifth, but Life After was a novella with a different publisher) is almost as thrilling though. It’s another cover to play with, and to coo over. Do I get a say in how it looks? Yes! I was given some options and my favourite elements of a few were combined, with this as the result.

Before You

It’s a book about a racing driver, so I’m thrilled it includes the famous Monaco hairpin bend, a touch of the Monte Carlo glamour. Being a girl I also love the pretty top she’s wearing, and the fact that my title is in pink.

Just in case you’re taken with the pretty cover, here’s the pre-order link. Before You is available on Kindle from 21st June.

And just to show off, here’s all four of them together 🙂

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Before You – the blurb

When life in the fast lane threatens to implode …
Melanie Hunt’s job working for the Delta racing team means she is constantly rubbing shoulders with Formula One superstars in glamorous locations like Monte Carlo. But she has already learned that keeping a professional distance is crucial if she doesn’t want to get hurt.

New Delta team driver Aiden Foster lives his life like he drives his cars – fast and hard. But, no matter how successful he is, it seems he always falls short of his championship-winning father’s legacy. If he could just stay focused, he could finally make that win.

Resolve begins to slip as Melanie and Aiden find themselves drawn to each other –with nowhere to hide as racing season begins. But when a troubled young boy goes missing, everything is thrown into turmoil, including Aiden’s championship dream.


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