I've also received permission to show you the beautiful cover of LOVE STORY, which will be published on July 19. You can tell from the description that this novel is near and dear to my heart:
WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW.
Erin Blackwell is headed to college in New York City to study creative writing and earn a living as a romance novelist. Her grandmother has other plans: she approves of the college, but she wants Erin to major in business and then come back home to Kentucky to run the family’s famous racehorse farm. There is no way Erin will agree. Studying in New York and writing her way into a career is her escape from the farm and the family tragedy that happened there. So Erin’s grandmother decides Erin really will live life as a starving artist. She takes Erin’s future job running the farm, her inheritance, even her college tuition, and gives them all to Hunter Allen.
Hunter has lived on the farm for years. He’s Erin’s age, he’s the stable boy, and he’s the romantic dream of every girl in her high school. But he was involved in the family tragedy. Erin has always given him a wide berth. And he’s a slick opportunist. She’s furious that he fooled her grandmother into giving him Erin’s birthright and sending him to Erin’s college.
At least she’s free of him in her creative writing class. So she pens a story that has haunted her lately, in which the horse farm heiress at the very first Kentucky Derby starts a forbidden affair with the lowly stable boy. Unfortunately for her, the day she’s sharing this story with her New York classmates, Hunter walks in. He’s switching to her class. And after reading about himself in Erin’s story, he writes his own sexy assignments that lure Erin into dangerous fantasies about what could have been between them, and what might be.
* * *
That's the description I've written, anyway. MTV Books always changes it for the better. But that's the basic idea.
Well! I have felt giddy and stared at my book cover enough for one day. I think it's time I copyedited an article about egg allergy, don't you?
One more thing before I go. I am feeling a Public Shame Writing Challenge approaching. Either that or I'm coming down with something. Would you be interested in publicly boasting about your writing goals and being held accountable by other writers during March? Post a reply and let me know...