Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey


PRICE REDUCTION #Sweet Romance #99cents

My wonderful publisher Harlequin has put two of my e-books on sale through June 30th for 99 cents at Amazon.com.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to read one or both, I hope you’ll check them out.

Second Chance Romance was the first book I ever wrote. In 2015, I took a chance and entered it into a Blurb to Book contest offered by Harlequin/Love Inspired.

Jill ❤


Thanks to BookClubMom! #bookblogger

 

Today our sweet friend and book blogger, Barbara Vitelli surprised me with a lovely review of A Mother for His Twins. To say she brightened my week, is an understatement. Thank you Barbara! ❤

Please take a peek, but more importantly, follow her blog! I guarantee you, she’ll expand your TBR list!

 


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Why I Write Romance

Image Courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Image Courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

I recently read a story about a 94-year-old couple who’d been married for 75 years. They were headed out for their daily lunch date when their car ran off the road. Neither survived the accident.

As I read about these strangers, I cried. They’d experience long periods of separation while the husband fought in World War II and the Korean War. Later, the wife developed dementia and her husband was her primary caregiver.

The couple had a life full of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were active in their church and loved to spend time at beach.

As I continued to read about the life they shared I thought what a blessing it was that they’d left this world together. Seventy-five years is a long time to live with someone. I imagine the pain from such a loss would be impossible to overcome.

Then I thought of their children losing both parents at the same time. I couldn’t fathom such a tragic loss. At the end of the article one of their children commented on losing both parents. Although it had been difficult for the family, they’d found comfort in knowing their parents went together. The children knew they couldn’t survive without each other.

My tears subsided when I realized this sweet couple had a real life happily ever after.

This is why I write romance.

There are more HEAs in my future. In September, I signed a three book contract with Harlequin. This will be my last post until after the new year. I plan to continue the “Would You Rather” game in 2020. Thanks to those in my blogging community who’ve emailed me at jillweatherholt.com expressing your interest. Having published work isn’t a requirement to play. This is a way to get to know your fellow bloggers a little better and connect with new ones.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Jill ❤

“True love stories never have endings.” ~ Richard Bach


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Do You Judge a Book by its Cover?

I’ve always enjoyed strolling through Barnes and Noble to check out the vast variety of book covers. I’ll admit, often it’s the cover that prompts me to pluck a novel from the shelf and read the back cover. If that captures my interest, I’ll read the first page.

When my first book, Second Chance Romance was contracted by Harlequin, I wasn’t aware of the input they ask from their authors in the form of an Art Fact Sheet, to help with the cover design. After providing the publisher with a synopsis, theme, characters and three particular scene descriptions, the art and editorial department get together to create a concept for the cover. A few months later, a mock-up of the cover is provided for the author to catch any obvious errors, or to make suggestions.

I remember clearly the excitement when I received the email that included my first cover. As I excitedly clicked on the attachment, my first reaction was…

Ack!

My sweet little tow-headed Rebecca, the daughter of Jackson Daughtry, my hero, was a brunette. Yikes! This was definitely something a reader would catch. Thankfully, after notifying my editor of the error, the fantastic art department was quick to fix the problem and produced a beautiful cover.

For my second book, A Father for Bella, I provided the requested information. Little did I know, once again, I’d be in for a big surprise. You see, the three scenes I submitted, along with photographs found on line were all outdoors. This is something Harlequin Love Inspired prefers on their covers.

Imagine my surprise when I opened the attachment of the mock-up and saw this.

It’s Bella, my heroine’s daughter, reading a book inside of her home. There’s no photo of the hero or heroine, also unusual. I stared at the cover for several minutes and then realized there wasn’t a thing I wanted to change.

So, what captures your interest on a book cover? Personally, I’ve always been drawn to beach scenes.