COVER REVEAL – AS SEEN ON TV!

It’s finally here, the moment I can reveal the cover for AS SEEN ON TV, coming from Forever on June 7, 2022.

Without further ado, here it is!

I love it! Do you love it? So much thanks to everyone at Forever and the cover artist, Libby Vanderploeg. It’s like Libby reached inside my brain and created the perfect cover to go with my lighthearted, comedic, and romantic-with-a-dash-of-steam book baby.

Fans of the Hallmark Channel and Gilmore Girls will adore this delightful rom‑com about a city girl who goes in search of small-town happiness, only to discover life—and love—are nothing like the TV movies.

Emerging journalist Adina Gellar is done with dating in New York City. If she’s learned anything from made-for-TV romance movies, it’s that she’ll find love in a small town—the kind with harvest festivals, delightful but quirky characters, and scores of delectable single dudes. So when a big-city real estate magnate targets tiny Pleasant Hollow for development, Adi knows she’s found the perfect story—one that will earn her a position at a coveted online magazine, so she can finally start adulting for real . . . and maybe even find her dream man in the process. 

Only Pleasant Hollow isn’t exactly “pleasant.” There’s no charming bakery, no quaint seasonal festivals, and the residents are more ambivalent than welcoming. The only upside is Finn Adams, who’s more mouthwatering than the homemade cherry pie Adi can’t seem to find—even if he does work for the company she’d hoped to bring down. Suddenly Adi has to wonder if maybe TV got it all wrong after all. But will following her heart mean losing her chance to break into the big time?

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Recent Romance Recommendations

How do you like that alliteration?

Over the last month, I’ve read several contemporary romances/romantic comedies. This is not unusual, since I read 10-12 books a month, three-quarters of which are usually in the romance genre. However, the level of enjoyment I experienced with this particular consecutive batch is unmatched. These novels were so good that I vacillated between absolute delight in the characters/stories and overwhelming anxiety that my books would never compare. Because I was super impressed with these novels, I decided to share them with you. Although I’ve included snippets from my reviews on Goodreads, you can read my full thoughts by clicking the links.

THE HEART PRINCIPLE by Helen Hoang (8/31).

This book was like a big hug. It was probably the softest book I’ve read in a long time and I loved every single word even as I struggled (sometimes unsuccessfully) to keep my tears at bay. It was a beautiful love story about being accepted by others for who you are and, more importantly, accepting and loving yourself. My favorite of Hoang’s trio.

THE CHARM OFFENSIVE by Alison Cochrun (9/7)

Oh my God…this m/m romance was SO GOOD. It was funny and romantic and so very soft. It was inclusive and educating (but never preachy). The dialogue was hilarious, the love scenes were swoon-worthy, and the grand gesture at the end? No spoilers but my heart was beating so fast in anticipation. I predict this will be a huge success.

THE DATING PLAYBOOK by Farrah Rochon (8/17)

I absolutely adored this book. It was warmhearted, funny, romantic, sexy, and sweet. Rochon’s writing style is so accessible and inviting. I stan Taylor and Jamar so hard!

FIRST LOVE, TAKE TWO by Sajni Patel (9/21)

So much tension in this second-chance romance – sexual and otherwise. This contemporary romance was emotional, funny, romantic, sexy, and fully of witty banter. Definitely going in my top romances of 2021 list!

THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS* by Ali Hazelwood (9/14)

Disclaimer: At the time of writing this post, I am 80% into this novel, but…my goodness, it is delightful! I am crushing so hard on this author’s charming and quirky writing style as well as Adam, the very tall and brooding love interest. I appreciated the demisexual representation even though the author never actually used the label. This slow burn romance is so absolutely delicious that I almost don’t want to finish the book!

And there you have them. Five romances in a row that were impressive AF and blew my mind! You’ll notice that none of these books have been released yet. I was lucky enough to be approved by Netgalley for early copies. But I highly recommend that you mark your calendars and put them at the top of your TBR. You won’t regret it!

Things that terrify me about my traditional debut

I joined a Club House room this past week with the Romance and WF club about fears published authors have, for instance, not earning out, no one liking the book etc. While I participated and shared one of my own fears (keep reading for details), in my mind I was racking up way more worries than I publicly confessed to.

A few months ago, I blogged about all the things I most anticipated with my traditional romantic comedy debut, AS SEEN ON TV. But now that we are less than a year away from the release, fears are beginning to infect the anticipation. *Disclaimer: I acknowledge how fortunate I am to have secured a traditional publishing deal. I worked very hard, but there are many other authors who put in just as much effort, want it as badly, and are just as patient and persistent as I was, who are still querying or on submission with editors. I have such high hopes for all of you! But with each milestone we cross, there are new doubts and hurdles. Here are some personal examples:

What if no one likes the book? Here I am, so proud of finally achieving my dream of traditional publishing and the possibility of a much broader reach, but what if the readers don’t come despite my publisher’s best efforts? Or what if they do come and wish they hadn’t?

My publisher is positioning the book as a romantic comedy and that is how I describe it. The central plot is romance and there would be no book without it, but there is also a lot of focus on my main character’s journey, and the book is told in her single POV. What if the romance community doesn’t think it’s romantic enough?   

What if it’s not funny? I’ve heard bookstagrammers and bloggers complain about novels marketed as romantic comedies that didn’t make them laugh. My critique partner, beta readers, and agent thought it was hilarious. My editor wrote in her offer letter that she snort-laughed while reading. But what if no one else shares our sense of humor?

In my earlier post, I wrote about how excited I was to participate in romcom and authorly panels as an author. What if no one invites me to panels or wants to be “in conversation with me” even at my own launch? Will it be like junior high all over again?

I hear other 2022 debut authors discussing blurbs. I’m not quite there since my developmental edits haven’t been accepted yet, but I assume it’s a discussion I will have with my editor in the not-so-distant future. There is no shortage of authors I would be thrilled to blurb AS SEEN ON TV. What if no one wants to? Or what if they agree but can’t think of anything complimentary to say because they detested the book?

What if I get awful trade reviews or libraries and book-sellers don’t take a liking to the book and, therefore, don’t order many copies?

What if I did such a lousy job on my developmental edits that my editor regrets signing me? What if she hates me?

My publisher accepted the detailed outline for Book 2 of the contract, so my editor must have liked the premise, but what if the execution is not up to snuff? I’m in love with it, but would they have bought the book if it had been the one we’d gone out on submission with?

And the one I confessed to in the Club House: what if this two-book deal is a one-off? I am so proud of myself for getting this far, and if the experience begins and ends with this contract, it is still a dream come true. But I’m in this for the long haul and afraid I’ll never sell another book. Publishing is so competitive. Selling once is no guarantee of it happening again. Authors need to bring it every time: great writing, a fresh premise, the right market. I haven’t finished revising book 1 or submitted book 2 and am already thinking about my option book.

I’m sure I could come up with more worries if I tried, but I think you get the gist. Thank you for letting me unload on you! With that out of my system, I am going to thank my lucky stars, get back to dreaming about holding AS SEEN ON TV in my hands, seeing it in a book store, and answering all my fan mail!