It’s the second month of Heartwarming’s redesigned covers and I still love them. I know they’re posted to the right of this blog, but I’m posting them again—tradition. What strikes me when I look at them? Not a smidge of snow anywhere in sight. These February books aren’t the most wintery, are they? (Except, of course, that one of our authors is Jennifer Snow—thanks for the unintentional nod to the season, Jen.) I wish I could say that was the plan…that we predicted this was going to be a blizzard-filled winter and wanted to give readers refuge from the storm. But when you see a snow-covered mountain in our July offering, I’m going to have a tougher job explaining….
Gradually, as we move out of the series launch crazies, we’re going to have more opportunity to move stories into more seasonally correct sync. At least that really is the plan.
I’ve asked Editorial Assistant Dana Grimaldi to snap a picture of the Harlequin Toronto snow mountain in our parking lot to give you the context of what we’re working in up here. Because I have to say, we’re all thinking Summer Kisses sound pretty good right now.
It’s a fun mix, this month. Melinda Curtis (who set her miniseries in a California vineyard, so of course there’s no snow!) continues her Harmony Valley stories with book two, Summer Kisses, Flynn’s struggle not to care for his grandfather’s caregiver (did that make sense?). Jennifer Snow is also on book two of her Brookhollow series, What a Girl Wants, in which she tells us about a tomboy auto-mechanic—one of the guys—who sets her sights on a popular firefighter but has her job cut out getting him to see past her skill with engines.
We’re also thrilled to introduce Marion Ekholm and Cheryl Harper and their Heartwarming launch books, Just Like Em and A Minute on the Lips. We hope you find their stories as exciting and romantic as we do. It must be kind of wonderful to share your romance launch month with Valentine’s Day. Welcome to the group, Marion and Cheryl! Thank you for your heartfelt stories.
The rest of the Heartwarming editorial team probably wants to hurt me for saying this—because I’m testing working from home three days a week for the first quarter of the year…and they are not—but I confess that I love the winter we’re having. Even if I’m trapped in a house with an adoptee kitten who’s either matured unexpectedly fast or is a lot older than the rescue centre told me, and am trying to survive the feline’s incredibly high stakes need for cat romance (the only obstacle facing her and romance is me shutting the door behind me as fast as I can).
Winter gives me respite from the garden I can’t seem to tame and all the outdoor chores: who thought wood was a smart choice for building decks and porches, and how do wasps burrow into a soffit anyway? The longer and snowier the better, I say. And by the end of this I may truly propose to the single neighbour man who keeps plowing my drive. And maybe there’s a romance novel about our struggle toward love. (I just found out his first name, John, so I’m halfway there.) If so, there would have to be snow on the cover. Oh! Maybe you could write it, Jennifer. That would be perfect. Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody!