Happy Summer, everyone! I hope you all are keeping cool and enjoying some downtime. I wanted you to be the first to see the cover for my upcoming novel. I must admit that instead of working hard on the edits, I have spent the last month vacationing with my family, but now that I am back home, I am back to work, hoping to publish it in the next few months.
Back Cover Copy:
While Eva Morland waits for her first-ever blind date to arrive, she meets Grant Tilney. Not only does flirting come easily with Grant, he is also the only man she’s ever met who shares her appreciation for black-and-white movies and vintage diners. After he leaves, she notices that he left his phone behind. Setting out to find his office and return the phone, she knocks on a warehouse door. The man who answers the door is anything but helpful, however. He mistakes Eva for Leslie Kaplan, a government spy, who’s come to investigate his crime ring. He and his partner force Eva into a car and drive her to a secluded trailer in the country.
Eva’s kidnapping sets her down a path of suspense, romance, and comedy as she uses all her wits to escape from the bad guys and prove her true identity. Grant comes to her rescue, hiding her in the cab of his semi-truck, but it seems that the criminals are always a step ahead.
As they journey North, Eva begins to question not only her own identity, but Grant’s. She must discover for herself if Grant is one of the good guys or bad guys. Only then will she know whether he’s worth the risk of her own life.
Fans of Hitchcock and Jane Austen will enjoy this modern mash-up of North by Northwest with Northanger Abbey.
I thought I’d also throw in some vacation pictures. We usually don’t take big vacations, but this year, my husband decided that our kids needed to see Cape Verde, a third world country where I spent time doing missionary work before we were married. He thought it would help them appreciate their life better and be more compassionate. Then the idea just morphed. I had also spent time in Portugal, and it wasn’t much more expensive to stop there on our way home.
Cape Verde is a group of islands off the West Coast of Africa. It was under Portuguese rule until the 1970s. The people have made a lot of progress since then. Most people now have running water and electricity.
Portugal was much the same as I remembered although the people do seem happier and more prosperous since becoming part of the European Union. It is such a fascinating country with so much history. We visited a castle, beautiful cathedrals, and prehistoric megaliths.
It was definitely an adventure–sometimes a little stressful of one–but I hope we have all returned home with a greater appreciation for people and places all over the world.