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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Author Override: HelenKay Dimon

Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.

HelenKay Dimon

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.

(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.

Ms. Dimon is graciously giving away an ebook copy of LEAN ON ME to one lucky maiden!
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Unknown said...

Definitely want to read... Already curious as to where there relationship leads...

Rebe said...

This sounds like a lot of fun! I love the cover, too. It's definitely eye-catching.

Joanne said...

Congrats on the new release. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Great cover.

Maria D. said...

I can't wait to read this book!

Anonymous said...

Sounds so good!!!! Thanks for the chance.

erin said...

Thanks for the great post and congrats to HelenKay on the newest release! Definitely adding to my wishlist ;)

Unknown said...

Looking forward to reading Lean On Me. Thanks for a chance to win it!

pc said...

This sounds like a great read...thanks for the giveaway chance!

Fedora said...

Awesome cover, HelenKay! I can't wait to pick this one up! :)

Alicia said...

They did do a great job of matching your vision to the end cover. Thanks for having the giveaway!

Jen B. said...

I'm not sure the man on the cover has the hardness of the actor you chose but the cover is really pretty and I would pick it up in the bookstore!

Melissa Cutler said...

Congratulations on the new book, HelenKay. I adore the cover and already know that what's in between will be even better!

Melissa Cutler

Kathleen O said...

Congrats on the book Helen, they did a good job of the cover.. I can't wait to read this book...

Timitra said...

I love the sound of Lean On Me!

Christiane Cardinal said...

Congrats on your release, love the cover. Thanks for the chance to win!

Beckey said...

Looks like it'll be an interesting read.
Thanks for sharing :)

Jyl22075 said...

I love the cover! Can't wait to read it.

pamerd said...


Great post and the cover was a good likeness of your thoughts.

Love your books and I am looking forward to reading this one.


Cheryl S. said...

This book sounds amazing! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

Maureen said...

It's a great cover.

Unknown said...

Pretty cover. Thanks for sharing the pictures you recommended. I love seeing authors inspirations for their characters.

Thanks for the giveaway!
Michelle Kelly