It’s hard to believe this day is here. There are so many steps to writing and publishing a book. Some steps are taken inch by painstaking inch. While others feel more like grand, sprawling leaps. Today, I leap! Today I get to SHOW you the book! As someone who totally and unapologetically judges a book by its cover (sorry, but I have no shame in my game), I personally think this unveiling equals the importance of new parents revealing a new baby’s name to the world. The kid is stuck with it…known by it…answers to it for eternity. Much in the same way, the cover becomes the book and relays the story’s personality. It’s the first impression of the story’s feel and style and vibe.
(Ah! The pressure of being both a writer AND graphic designer.)
Before I chicken out and go back to consider another of the dozen or so cover designs on the cutting room floor, I’d better go ahead and show you the one that’s really stolen my heart. It really does fully embody the tenderness of Cora and Luke’s story. After you either stare and take in every last detail of the cover (you’re my people) or glance quickly, shrug your shoulders, and move on (you’re special, too) keep reading to learn about this story that has completely stolen my heart. Authors picking a favorite book is like a mother declaring her favorite child. And yet, currently I am obsessed with this story. More (much more) on that coming soon.
Oh, you want a closer look? Sure. Why not?
About Suddenly Forever
Available Now for Pre-Order
Releases October 6, 2020
On the outskirts of Laurel Cove, North Carolina sits a quiet lake tucked into gentle mountains carpeted with the brilliant colors of autumn. Grief binds the lake’s only residents into an unlikely family, where old and new love build a bridge between loss and hope.
For years, best-selling author Cora Bradford has worked tirelessly to tread the unrelenting waves of grief in solitude. That is, until a new neighbor moves in down the road and threatens to disrupt what she’s carefully preserved of the life she once knew. Will God ever answer her prayer for peace and calmer waters?
Following a scandal, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Luke Bassett escapes to the one place in the world he’s ever experienced peace—his mother’s cabin on the lake where he spent childhood summers. But the memory of her and the mistakes he made are hardly peaceful. To make matters worse, he gets off to a rocky start with his bitter but breathtakingly beautiful neighbor. Was running away from the life he’s always known the biggest mistake of all, or the beginning of something he never knew he wanted?
Spunky, opinionated, and recently widowed Ina McLean is alone for the first time in over ninety years. When Cora and Luke come together to care for their only other neighbor, Ina’s belief in God’s goodness through life’s ups and downs works to restore their hope in learning to live—and love—again.