Falling for You is scheduled to release on May 1st, but I have the pleasure of revealing its cover to you today!
This particular story stars model (and eldest sister) Willow Bradford and retired quarterback Corbin Stewart. Eagle-eyed readers of my Porter Family series might have noticed that Corbin was first introduced in Her One and Only as the hero’s friend and teammate. Midway through the writing of Her One and Only, I decided to carry Corbin over into my next series and cast him as the hero of his own book.
Later, when I began gathering my thoughts for the Bradford Sisters series, I figured out where and how I could fit Corbin in. Then I spent time pondering the type of woman that would A) be able to stand up to his big personality and B) complement him best. Corbin’s determined, humorous, and confident. I had great time pairing him with Willow because her calm and collected exterior hides a cautious heart and a surprisingly strong backbone of steel. I gave the two of them a reunion romance served up with a generous portion of “opposites attract”.
I love writing romance! I’m somewhat of a hopeless romantic and I can’t imagine writing anything other that the type of books I’ve been writing for the Christian market (unless the Lord has surprises in store)! That said, in my most recent books and again in Falling for You, I’ve enjoyed the creative challenge of answering big, over-arching plot questions while telling my love stories. In Her One and Only the question was, Who’s Gray’s stalker? In True to You it was Who is John’s birth mother? In Falling for You, it’s What Happened to the Missing Woman?
Here’s a glimpse at Falling for You’s blurb:
Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family’s small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin — then suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.
Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he’s never stopped regretting what happened between them.
When a decades-old missing persons case brings Corbin and Willow together, they’re forced to confront their past and who they’ve become — and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.
And here is Falling for You’s cover:
I can’t thank cover designer Jennifer Parker and the other hard-working members of the art team at Bethany House enough. I’m delighted with this cover! Her dress is stunning. Her seated pose on the stairs is modern and fresh + casual and classy. And I can’t believe how much this model looks like the Willow of my imagination.
I’m happy to report that a few bookstores are already offering Falling for You for pre-order!
I’m honored to do this work in this season of my life and intend to continue writing Christian love stories/faith stories for as long as the Lord continues to equip me to do so.
Thank you very, very much, readers, for making this profession possible.
What do you think of Falling for You’s cover?