Thank you for having me here today to talk about my upcoming release, LEAN ON ME.
LEAN ON ME is a contemporary romance set in a scenic town in West Virginia. I had a vision in my head for what the area would look like because I'd been to West Virginia many times. I wanted a plant nursery with acres of trees, all set in the mountains. Once I had that, I could create the buildings and surroundings in my head. Then came questions from the publisher's art department about the hero and heroine – Mitch and Cassidy. They needed to know what they looked like so they could design the cover.
While writing, I generally picture characters in my mind without basing them on famous people, but at the cover design stage I find photos that match as closely as possible with what I envision. Here's the photo I gave for Mitch. It's the actor Misha Collins
Here's my vision for Cassidy (real life Hillary Duff)
And here's what the Carina art department folks came up with
Pretty close, right? I think it's great.
LEAN ON ME
(Holloway # 2)
Cassidy Clarke once climbed the world’s highest mountains, but after an unexpected illness ends her career she’s back in her hometown, broke and hoping for a little luck. But the townsfolk aren’t exactly putting out a welcome mat for the woman who once snubbed them in the media, despite her apologies now.
Mitch Anders knows someone has set up camp on the grounds of his plant nursery, and he’s surprised to find his sexy high school crush ducking questions about where she’s staying. Though he’s sworn to stop cleaning up other people’s messes, Mitch offers Cassidy a job and a place to stay—his place. Bedsharing optional, but definitely welcome.
Out of options and too attracted to Mitch to keep things platonic, Cassidy says yes to his offer. She wants to get back on her feet financially and start a new career. She never expects to suffer a different kind of fall, one that has her believing Mitch just might bring her something bigger and better than luck.