The Cover of The Reason I Stay

Hey guys!

Today is a happy day for me, because I get to share with you all the beautiful cover Sarah Hansen (Okay Creations) designed for my new book, The Reason I Stay. I can’t tell you enough how in love I am with this cover. For the past 3 months it’s been my laptop’s wallpaper and every time I look at it I go: “Awww…. It’s so pretty!” LOL. =)

Designing this cover was a lot different from designing Exception’s. When Sarah started working on Exception’s cover the book was mostly written, which meant I had all this scenes and little things from the book that I wanted to incorporate into the cover. I ended up sending a list with about five scenes, a million character descriptions and comments like: “Taylor kisses Emily’s nose a lot” ,“A famous photographer takes a significant picture of them”, etc.

Now, a year later and with a little more experience in the whole book publishing thing, I have no idea how I expected Sarah to incorporate 500 pages into one single cover. LOL. But the woman works miracles and somehow, she managed to take all my jumbled mess and create a cover that had the feel of the book. It’s romantic, melancholic, emotional and most importantly shows a couple that even in extreme situations has each other’s backs. In short, it’s perfect for the book.

But The Reason I Stay was a whole different thing . . .

When it came time to design the cover for The Reason I Stay, I only had the idea of the book, the title and a couple of chapters written. So, my email to Sarah had only the most basic descriptions of my characters, two (short) paragraphs worth of story insight and these two sentences: You have complete creative freedom. Design the cover you always wanted to design. (I added a smiley after that. =) )

And Sarah did.

During the span of a week she sent me photo after photo that had something to do with the information I provided, but neither of us was getting really excited about them. And then one morning I opened my email and waiting for me was a message from Sarah. She sent a link and the words “I’m obsessed with this one.”

To be honest, I had decided that if she was obsessed I was going to say yes to that photo no matter what. But then I opened the link and died (figuratively, of course). That girl was Lexie, I had no doubt about it. So I wrote a big YES back to Sarah and two days later she sent me this beauty:

TheReasonIStay Amazon GR SWMy breath was knocked out of me when I saw it. Not only the girl was Lexie, but, like it happened with Exception, the cover was the perfect representation of the book. All the elements that are crucial to the story are there. It’s sexy, complex in its simplicity, light and romantic. It was instant love! ❤

So that’s TRIS’s cover story. =) The rest of it, I’ll tell you August 27th, after you meet Matt and Lexie (whom I’m beyond excited to introduce to you!).




The Reason I Stay + Exception is on SALE

Hey guys!

I’ve been MIA for a long time. Sorry! But, I’ve been locked in the cave working hard to bring my next book, THE REASON I STAY, to life. I’m SO excited about this one and about writing my first bad boy, because yes, Mathew Rogers is a really bad boy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve slapped my laptop shut and called Matt names. Lexie, the leading lady, is such a nice girl and he’s definitely pushing the envelope with her. But . . . he’ll get there. Eventually! 😉

For the past year I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching, a lot of trying to find out what my core is and what really is important in life and THE REASON I STAY is about that.

Matt is a guy who always had every single thing he could possible want, and as a result, he’s never had to really care about anything. But since life has a way of pulling the rug from under our feet, he finds himself in a position of having to question everything in his life and in his future. That’s where Lexie comes in. 🙂

Despite her big mouth, Lexie is a girl who spent her whole life caring too much about everyone. She has all the qualities Matt lacks and has had all the struggles he’s never experienced, but above all she makes him aware that he’s not the center of the universe, which is a bitter first for him. She’s also the one woman he’s can’t stop thinking about and the one who will ultimately make him want to change his core.

If you like to know a little more, you can read the blurb here. 🙂

I’m almost done writing it and I’m EXCITED to share this story with you all. I have a summer release planned, not really sure of an exact date yet, but I’ll let you guys know as soon as I know. 🙂 But . . . the cover reveal has a date and it’s only 12 days away (May 21st, 2014). Woo-hoo! If you are a blogger and want to be a part of the reveal, just click here and it’ll send you to the sign up page at Xpresso Blog Tours. 🙂

The cover was designed by the genius that is Sarah Hansen (Okay Creations) and I think it’s her best creation to date (I know I’m biased, but it’s SO pretty!).

As we wait for the cover reveal of THE REASON I STAY, I’ve decided to put EXCEPTION on SALE in all the vendors (Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore). If you haven’t read it yet, here’s your chance. Yay! 🙂

And I think those are the news for now. Stay tuned because I’ll start posting news and teasers about TRIS really soon.