One small town. Three close friends. True love to last a lifetime.
Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over—is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina’s quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life.
Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he’s home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt’s calm devotion—even amid a coming storm—enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?
Guest Post: The Making of a Book Cover by Catherine Bybee
Contemporary Romance, Woman’s Fiction, Series, Erotic, Western, Historical, Paranormal… the ideas that pop in your head when you read the sub genre’s of romance…and what those covers might look like, are very clearly defined.
So how does an author or publisher pick? Should there be half naked men? Women tossed over a bed in nothing but panties? The never ending embraces or shots from a wedding day?
A cover sells a book! I don’t care what anyone says… many of us judge a book by its cover. If the cover screams romantic suspense—man with gun hiding behind the wall of an urban building—and you don’t like that kind of book…you won’t pick it up.
Branding a series from book one is kinda tricky. With my bride series, the wedding cover just happened. Many of my readers were pleasantly surprised by the action between the pages. I could, in all reality, re-brand the books with action covers and different titles and reach a whole new audience. I won’t, but it is possible.
With this new series my publisher and I decided that the story arc between the three women was strong enough to avoid the couple kissing on the cover. The market is saturated with the skin covers, and I’ve already done the lone woman cover…and couple getting hitched cover. It was also felt, that Catherine Bybee is strong enough at this point as an author to avoid characters on the covers completely.
While Doing it Over is absolutely first and foremost a romance, there are woman’s fiction elements that many of my novels have. So the image of a room at Miss Gina’s Bed and Breakfast felt perfect for the start of this series. When I first laid eyes on this image, I wanted to curl up on that bed and wake to the sound of birds chirping from an open window on a bright spring day.
It screams home…and the feeling of peace one has when they’re there.
So enjoy Doing it Over, and let me know how you feel about my cover choice once you’ve finished the book.
About the Author & Links:
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.