Sit Down Saturday with Cheryl Harper and Keeping Cole's Promise

Hi, Heartwarmers! I'm a little late with my blog post because I've been getting prizes ready to go out. YAY, books in the mail! Here are 


5. Saturday afternoons are always better with a beagle by your side. This beagle is named Freddie and he has some "issues" so he needs a good, strong man with a kind heart and dog-training experience. Other famous beagles...Snoopy. Other adorable beagles? TOO MANY TO NAME.

4. I'm pretty sure this is the best first line I've ever written. We won't talk about the current first line of my work in progress. It needs help. What's the first line? Well...
THE DAY THAT Cole Ferguson walked out of Travis County State Jail was twice as terrifying as the day he walked in. 
3. When my editor Dana and I talked about writing a hero fresh out of prison, I was nervous and excited and NERVOUS, but I loved meeting Cole Ferguson and finding the flaws in my very sunny heroine, Rebecca. She's had a very comfortable life. Meeting him will expose all the ways she's missing opportunities to see and improve the town she loves. Also, she's got amazing friends who stick together no matter what.

2. Why were we talking about heroes fresh out of prison? Programs like this one: Paws in Prison. It's an instant pick-me-up on gloomy days (like when your book proposal is rejected...leading to a new, amazing, wonderful idea like the one that became my favorite book I've ever written). GO AND SEE. This is a prison program that takes shelter dogs and matches them with prisoners for basic obedience lessons and YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE.

1. If you're in the same spot I'm in and you need something that reminds you of the goodness of people and dogs, the promise of second chances (and third and fourth if you need them), and the fact that love changes everything, Keeping Cole's Promise is a solid option.

Bonus reason: This cover

Here's the blurb if your finger is still hovering over the Buy button:

It's time he lived up to his word 
Eleven years ago, Cole Ferguson made the biggest mistake of his life, but now he can finally get back on track. The first step? Nail the job at the local animal shelter and keep his head down. But working at the shelter means spending time with Rebecca Lincoln. Rebecca is beautiful and kind but she's also determined to save the world. Cole isn't about to join her. Helping Rebecca would mean breaking his promise—running toward trouble instead of staying clear. She doesn't need him anyway. How could she ever see him as more than just another charity project?

And how do you feel about sneak peeks? Because I have the cover for the final book in the series: A
HOME COME TRUE. Is that the best title or what? When I saw, it I'm pretty sure I screamed a little. I can't. I just cannot with this cover because I AM IN LOVE.


  1. I love your opening sentence and the whole Paws in Prison concept. Of course, I love, LOVE the cover, too!

    Congratulations and best wishes with your new release!

  2. I love the summary of this book! Can't wait to read it, Cheryl. And you've got some great covers there. Congrats :)

  3. Cheryl, I love both covers! Hard to beat a cover with a dog on it, and now that I'm in love with a smaller dog, those little guys grab my heart. I love the sound of the book also - how brave to do a hero just out of prison. (Tell me you didn't shoplift to get arrested so you could do research!) Yeah - I know. Shoplifting is jail and prison is something else altogether, but writers will do anything for details. Congratulations!

  4. Go, Cheryl! Your book sounds so good and your new cover is great too!

  5. I just love your opening sentence, too. :) Your book sounds wonderful!

  6. Working in an animal shelter certainly takes away the sting of prison. Who doesn't love an animal lover? Sounds intriguing.

  7. LOVE the new cover, and I think that may be a relative of my dog's

    Love the new cover, and the model looks like he might be my dog's relative. I really enjoyed Cole's Promise, especially his soft spot for at-risk teenagers and noisy dogs.

  8. It truly is a great title! And, I'm with Sandra, who doesn't love an animal lover.

  9. Oh, I love that cover! If my porch were a little--okay, a lot--neater, it could have posed for it. And if I had wood railings, a rug, and a dog. But I do have the porch swing. :-)


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