Today I am so pleased to welcome Mia Kerick to Joyfully Jay. Mia has come to reveal the cover for her upcoming release, I’m Not in Love, book 1 in the Don’t Let Go series. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Thanks so much to Joyfully Jay for helping me to reveal the cover of my June 13 release, I’m Not in Love. You are always such a wonderful support to authors, Jay.
Here’s the scoop behind the cover:
I fell in love with promotional work my cover artist, Laura from Fiverr, did for my last series. In fact, I fell so much in love with her work that I decided to have her design the covers of the two books in the DON’T LET GO Series. Book 1—I’m Not in Love and Book 2—Smitten.
Having art on a cover is a change for me because I normally use photographs for cover images, but Laura’s amazing style grabbed me and wouldn’t let go!!
Of course, I supplied Laura with MANY photographic images to show the physical characteristics of my two male characters, Remi and Tristan.
I also gave her a long, detailed descriptions of the MCs in this series.
Remi: a brooding artist, extremely wealthy, tall, lanky, lean, hard to read, even harder to bond with, a cold person with an unlikely streak of…helpfulness (he is the dark-haired guy on the cover)
Tristan: a stunning male life model, financially challenged, sweet and patient, a devoted uncle to three quirky kids, puts his goals on the back burner to serve his family’s needs (he is the fair-haired man on the cover)
Laura came up with the cover I’m revealing today for I’m Not in Love, and believe me, Book 2, Smitten, has an equally gorgeous cover.
Hope you love it as much as I do!!
I’m used to being stared at. I mean, I’m a nude model—it comes with the territory. But that dark-haired dude planted on the drawing chair to my left looks like he wants to do more than sketch me. I’m not too new to this game to know what’s up. The student artist in the preppy button-down shirt would like nothing better than to ingest me dry, without a dab of dipping sauce.
I shudder—hopefully imperceptibly—and immediately regret it. I’m supposed to reflect total ease with my “undraped” body. If I want to continue to score modeling gigs in Garner City’s many art colleges, I need to come off as unflappable. I refuse to sweat or stumble beneath some twisted dude’s hungry stare. Wanting to consume me whole is his problem, not mine.
It’s all about professionalism, Tris, I remind myself. Being here—as naked as the day I came into this world—is by my choice, and for this choice, I get paid. Not enough by a longshot, still I receive regular paychecks—or sometimes fistfuls of small bills, collected in a rusty coffee can passed around by a dozen starving artists in a community house basement.
I share this money with my twin sister Tara, who spends it on Jared, Tommy, and Wendy’s food and clothes… and soon their Halloween costumes. Seeing the excitement on the faces of my niece and nephews as they tear apart the costume department at the local discount store makes my sacrifice feel like… less of a sacrifice. And more of a gift.
So why do I feel more naked than usual?
I’m not in love…
I’m not in love…
I will never let myself fall in love with Tristan Wilder.
And maybe if I tell myself this a thousand times, I’ll believe it.
Having lost his parents to a tragic accident when he was a child, wealthy hotel heir Remi (Julian Remington III) refuses to form intimate emotional bonds, fearing a repeat of the crushing loss that destroyed his youth. This means no deep friendships, no heartfelt family ties, and God forbid should he ever fall in love… Well, it’s safe to say he will never let that happen.
However, as a senior at the most prestigious art college in Garner City—his last year of freedom before he’s required to take his place at the top of the Remington family empire—Remi freely explores sexual intimacy with “distractingly” beautiful men. And he does so with enthusiasm—how better to distract himself from the temptation to experience tender human connection?
Remi’s plans for emotional isolation are shook up when he meets Tristan Wilder, a nude model for his life drawing class. Stunningly beautiful from head to toe—and inside his heart, as well—Tristan struggles to scrape together enough money to support his twin sister, Tara, and her three young children. Like Remi, “Uncle Tris” is unwilling to enter a romantic relationship—his responsibility to family is all-consuming. As the men take a chance on casual friendship, Remi comes to admire Tristan’s devotion to his family. And with Remi’s surprisingly doting attention to Tara’s children, he works his way into Tristan’s heart.
Tristan is finally all in, but can commitment phobic Remi lower his walls enough to allow Tristan—and the entire Wilder family—into his heart?
Mia has brought a $10 Amazon gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Saturday, May 21st at 11:59 pm ET.
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