It's Derrick and Brielle's one-year anniversary! (Well, OK, that might not be the case in the timing of the follow-up novella, but we're talking about non-fiction years vs. fiction years. ;)) And I'm so excited to celebrate the occasion with a fun giveaway (see end of the post) and the reveal of the book's new cover...
Don't they make such a sweet couple??
The Many Faces of Derrick and Brielle
My wonderful designer and friend, Lena Goldfinch, was the one who suggested that the cover for How a Star Falls might need an update, so it could better match my other contemporary covers. While I truly loved the original - a case of the egg before the chicken; that is, the cover coming before the story - I could see how branding my books by design would be a very good idea. Not to mention, I'm all for a cute couple cover!
See how nice they all look together?
The first two are available now; Where Trains Collide is up next!
Brielle and Derrick, Ava and Keegan, and Trisha and Paul. I love these models that represent them! (By the way, each of these stories is a standalone, although the characters in How a Star Falls and Where Trains Collide are connected. Confused yet? You're welcome. ;) *insert a bit of author sass*)
Anyway, the model photo we landed on for How a Star Falls was not the first one we tried on for size. Here's a peek at some of the cover comps Lena put together for me (with watermarks, since these are just examples of what we could do after purchasing the desired image):
(Click image to enlarge.)
Lena and I discovered a lot of really sweet couple photos that seemed like they could fit these characters! Before finding the photo for the cover on the right, I really liked the comp in the middle. It had the right "feel" to me - the scene and the mood and even the general appearance of the characters. But then Lena stumbled upon a cover "twin" that was much too close in appearance, so we bid that couple farewell.
I found that fourth comp quite darling, but it just wasn't quite right for the story. It sure is a pretty picture, though!
The couple on the left came very close to gracing the final cover. The general appearance was right, and the night scene with the added star was the perfect touch. But I felt a little unsure about the guy... I just didn't picture Derrick in an outfit like that, and he looked a little too young for Derrick's 24 years. The couple just felt more YA (young adult) than NA (new adult), getting ready for prom instead of life during/after college. ;)
So I kept looking...and then we found them.
Derrick and Brielle.
I was afraid the lack of a nighttime background would create a disconnect, but Lena reminded me that the sun is a star. ;) And really, it's not about the straightforward imagery in this case. This couple, this scene, created the right mood and portrayed the characters and their personalities brilliantly.
Derrick looks so quiet and caring and enchanted by Brielle.
Lena described the atmosphere perfectly with the word "ethereal."
And hey, Brielle even bears a slight resemblance to her previous counterpart, dontcha think?
About Derrick and Brielle's Story
Sweet New Adult Contemporary Romance Novella
How does a star fall?
Quickly. Completely. Unexpectedly.
Derrick Knolane escapes to Trinidad Head most evenings, avoiding his apartment and planning for the day he'll break free of Humboldt County. Working in a music store might be fine for a while, but it's far from the goal he had in mind when he got his college degree. Not to mention the fact that his roommate is a jerk and his family won't stop trying to run his life.
Then Brielle falls into his world.
She claims to be a star. Not from Hollywood, but from heaven. He thinks she's crazy. Certainly delusional. Yet, he can't just leave her alone on the cliffs. So he takes her home.
And his whole world falls apart.
A heartfelt and fanciful contemporary romance novella, How a Star Falls explores the uncertain season of new adulthood and shows that sometimes the worst inconveniences make for the best miracles of all.
This novella is available in the following formats:
2-hour unabridged audiobook ($6.95)
Kindle ebook ($.99)
Note: As of right now, the audiobook and Kindle formats of the book have been updated with the new cover. The paperback will maintain the previous cover for the time being.
Fill out the form below to enter to win one of three prizes from some of my favorite Etsy shops! The prizes are…
- Sparkle Green and Red Christmas Earrings from Baubles, Beads and Stuff
- Silver Compass Crystal Charm Necklace from Jaye L. Knight
- Santa Bunyan Note Cards (Set of 3) from Cindy Lindgren
Why these prizes? The earrings include stars, which fit this occasion for obvious reasons. ;) The compass is a reference to a song mentioned in the story: “If My Heart Was a House” by Owl City (you can listen HERE). And the cards are a little teaser for my next contemporary romance, Where Trains Collide. (Let’s just say the hero’s nickname is Paul Bunyan. Can you guess the heroine’s nickname?)
Note: Giveaway is open to US residents only due to shipping costs.
Cover Reveal Participants
As always, I'm so very grateful to my "Gems" for spreading the word about my bookish news!
If you'd like to join my street team, Amber's Gems, you can sign up HERE. And feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to review an e-copy or audiobook copy of How a Star Falls!
Here's a list of the lovely gems participating in the anniversary party:
- A Northern Belle
- A Writer's Heart
- Carissa's Bookshelf
- Dreaming Under the Same Moon
- Flowers of Quiet Happiness
- Inklings and Notions
- Jaye L Knight
- Labor Not in Vain
- MHDeanCollectibles Book Blog
- My Favorite Pastime
- The Green Mockingbird
- The Wonderings of One Person
- Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections
P.S. My designer is gearing up to release a sweet new historical romance novel next month! You can learn more and pre-order The Bartered Bride HERE. (And if you're a blogger, you can sign up to participate in the blog tour HERE.)
Thank you for helping me celebrate this occasion! I'd love to hear your thoughts on the new cover or anything else about this post/story!