Laura Haley-McNeil

2/4/18, Cover Reveal

Hello, Everyone!

We’re now entering the month of love and for me another month of many birthdays! One of my grandnephews turns 3 this month. I can’t believe he’s getting so big. Gone is the baby who depended on others for feeding and caring. Now he’s a little boy, not so little, who is pressing the parameters of his independence. And he’s a big brother. His world is expanding, but he’s a joy to be around.

Today, I’m posting a picture of the cover for my new book, Defending Her Heart! This is an exciting and sad time for me. Exciting because I’ve finally completed six books in this series. The first book started at the end of last summer and even though that was a few years ago, in Crystal Creek time, not even a year has passed. It’s springtime in the Rockies, and though I’ve had this cover for a while, I couldn’t use it because the other books took place during the winter. It’s also sad for me because this is the last cover with my old cover designer. Book 7, which is completed but still needs to be edited and still needs a title, will be branded differently. The next 6 books in the Crystal Creek Series will follow a different branding. I had thought I had found another designer, but now am not sure, so I may still be looking for a new cover designer. Defending Her Heart is JT and Gretchen’s story, and it’s about music—my favorite subject. I play the piano and in fact, that’s how I met my husband—he was my piano teacher. He was very patient and very kind and that’s why I fell in love with him, but my story isn’t the story of JT and Gretchen. Theirs is different and of course there’s a mystery. I hope you love it. Below is the blurb:

JT Whitloch can’t close his eyes without seeing the body of the woman who drowned in his swimming pool two years ago. Though he doesn’t remember that night, he blames himself for her death and walks away from a life that gave him everything he ever wanted…almost everything. His move to Crystal Creek gives him the solitude he longs for, but still he can’t find peace.

Then Gretchen Moore moves to town, and she doesn’t just stir up his desire. She stirs up his past, a past with a secret so deadly it could destroy her.

Gretchen wants nothing to do with JT. Because of him, someone wants her dead. The terror from his past forces them into an alliance that soon ignites their passion. Fighting these feelings leads them to the secret of the woman floating in JT’s swimming pool, but the knowledge doesn’t ease JT’s inner turmoil. Instead, it reveals an answer that could destroy him and Gretchen. His own destruction he could accept, but he’ll defend Gretchen to his death.

I hope the year is off to a good start for you, whether you are hibernating, or out having fun. And if you’re hibernating, I hope you’re curling up with a good book!

Have a great week!

Love,

Laura

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