Hooray! It’s one of my favorite days of the year. Cover reveal day.
Those of you who like to peek at your Christmas presents early — fine. Go ahead and scroll down for a look at the new cover. Those of you, like me, who obediently wait to unwrap your Christmas presents on Christmas morning — kudos! Read on.
I’ll begin by saying that after I turned in Her One and Only, the final book in my Porter Family series, I did some serious thinking about what to write next. Those of you who’ve read all of my books will remember that my debut Christian fiction novel, My Stubborn Heart, was set in Pennsylvania. Thus, I wasn’t a “Texas” or a “Cowboy” author from the start. I wrote my Texas-set Porter series starring three cowboy brothers and one sister because that’s what I was inspired to write at the time. The Porter books are my love letter to my home state and across those four novels, I was able to say everything I wanted to say about Texas and its people.
Post Porters, I knew I wanted to continue writing connected books about families. And I knew I wanted to continue writing modern day love stories that incorporate faith and humor and are set in small and charming American towns.
What type of family should I write about next? I didn’t have to look terribly hard or far before hitting on the idea of writing about a trio of sisters. I’m the oldest of three sisters.
What part of America should I explore next? That question was trickier to answer. America is full of beautiful spots that would make terrific book settings.
A year ago, in search of inspiration, His Highness and I took a trip to a place I’ve always wanted to visit, Washington State.
I grew up in California, just two states south of Washington. Whenever I’d see pictures of moody, green, gorgeous Washington, I’d feel a tug. I even recall pitching the idea of honeymooning in the Pacific Northwest to His Highness. More than twenty years after our wedding, we finally made it there together.
While in Washington, we hiked and kicked back and saw sights. This region of the country spoke to my imagination, ladies. I loved it there.
I’d found my setting.
I created the fictional town of Merryweather (named after Meriwether Lewis who partnered with William Clark to famously explore the Northwestern territories from 1804-1806). Then, while
burning time online doing research one day, I stumbled on a mention of Thornewood Castle, a real life American castle in Washington.
A real life American castle! That was entirely too juicy to pass up. Thornewood inspired Bradfordwood, the old, historic house my three Bradford sisters grow up in.
True to You tells the story of middle sister Nora Bradford and former Navy SEAL John Lawson. And here is its cover….
Leave a comment below letting me know what you think of the cover art!
Now you have the inside scoop on why my publisher opted to highlight a lone woman on the cover (because this series is about sisters!) and why there’s a mansion (Bradfordwood!) and a forested hill (Washington!) in the image’s background.
To celebrate True to You’s new cover, I’m running a giveaway! A quote of mine is included in Everything Beautiful, an inspirational coloring book for grown-ups that just released. Along with the coloring book, this prize pack includes a set of pencils and a mug. Win this and you’ll have all the ingredients you need for a relaxing evening!
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