Thursday, June 20, 2013

Chasing Dirt Roads--Cover!

I'm excited to finally share this cover with everyone. Chasing Dirt Roads has been a project I've worked quietly on in the background for some time. Now the time is coming to set it free into the wild, and I can only hope you all enjoy it as much as I've loved writing these characters. It has a personal touch but I won't talk about it because I don't like getting into my own past dealings, but I can say that I can relate with Kenley in some ways. But I'm also glad to say that I created her in many ways to be nothing like me at that age also.

I have said that Chasing Dirt Roads is NA due to character ages (18-23), though there isn't explicit sex scenes, so I don't see a problem with it being classified into a YA category either. I guess I felt the need to explain that because every NA I've read has had detailed sex scenes and this doesn't. It's a bit confusing with the category. Though I would say it's romance and deals with mature subject matter and strong language.  :) I just simply say Contemporary Romance with young adults and a cross-over appeal??  *shrugs*  Haha.

Okay! So now that is all out of the way (and I've probably bored you all to tears), ARE YOU READY FOR THE COVER?




It's the last place I wanted to be during the most important summer of my potential photography career. I was used to this though. Mom and I have been running the roads since I was thirteen while I stood by quietly and let her take me wherever. Cans and bottles littered our junked-out old Buick with the boxes. But something was different about the place this time. His name was Cooper Reed...


When eighteen-year-old Kenley Brooks moves to Lovely Heights, she's tired. Tired of moving around the country. Tired of taking care of her drunk mother. She just wants to finally settle down, live a normal life and get back into pursuing her photography dreams. After meeting Cooper and his friends, she thinks she could. But she has deep secrets and people are starting to gossip.
What do you think? I love it!
Meet Kenley (and Cooper's horse, Misty). :)
And now, a special treat! Over the next few months, I'm going to post exclusive excerpts, quotes, etc., while we wait for the release. When is it getting released you ask? Not until the end of January 2014. Long wait, I know. :O It'll go by fast. Don't worry! :D
“You know it's trespassing to step over the fence, don’t you?”
I heard him before I saw him, but when my eyes adjusted, I saw the young man standing on the inside of the fence, slightly off to the side. When I turned my head toward his voice, he came forward. I swallowed the lump forming in my throat and took a quick step backward. I couldn’t make out all of his features in the darkness.
“No, no. I’m sorry.” I heard my voice stutter out in a hurry. My mouth felt dry. He stepped up to the fence, placing his hands over the wood, and let out a friendly laugh. It rolled out in gentle baritone waves.
“It was a joke. Yeah, this is our property, but we let everyone come by and go swimming in the pond. Just clean up any trash—cans, bottles, wrappers. That’s all we ask.” 
“Oh.” I was barely choking out syllables. I’d always struggled talking with strangers, especially guys. Most especially good-looking guys. Which I realized he definitely was as he got closer.
“You’re new…the new neighbor from down the road, aren’t you?”
I nodded, this time not even uttering a word, and hoped he could see my head bobbing. A goofy grin spread across his cheeks. His teeth were straight, with a slight gap between his front ones giving him a more youthful, boyish appearance. He couldn’t be much older than me. His hair looked brown, but it was hard to tell which shade in the dark. And he was tall, at least a foot taller than me.
He leaned against the fence and I stepped further back into the road. I turned to head back to the house with nothing else to say to the stranger. It was embarrassing in a way really.
“Welcome to the neighborhood,” I heard him shout behind me as I started to walk away.
“Thanks,” I muttered. My cheeks flamed.
Thank you for being so supportive of me everyone! Love you all!

With Love,

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