I’m thrilled to announce that Christmas in Tahoe has a gorgeous cover. Heroes & Heartbreakers has done the official, exclusive cover reveal, but I wanted to share it with you here, too:
You like? I love. (You can click on the picture to make it bigger). I was very, very lucky to have Shawntelle Madison‘s expertise with this cover, and I’m so happy with the way it turned out.
I’m a little bit in shock at how real this all feels. There’s nothing like getting the book cover to help you get in the right mindset of a book launch, and here we are, only a week away!!
So in honor of the cover reveal, I thought I’d tease you all with an excerpt from the book. A little set up: Chase and Ann are on their way to Tahoe, but they get stuck in Auburn thanks to a road closure. Chase has procured Ann a hotel room, but he’s sleeping out in his truck because the hotel doesn’t allow pets, and Chase is traveling with his black lab named Roxy. I love this scene because it showcases their personalities so well.
“Chase?” a soft voice called. “Chase, are you still awake?” Ann.
He rolled down the window and ran a hand through his hair. “I am now.” She was standing outside in the dim light, shivering in the pouring rain, one of those plastic hotel ice buckets held over her head like a demented rain hat. “Oh man, Ann, get in the truck.”
He unlocked the doors as she ran around the back and climbed in the cab. Water dripped onto the seat and floor.
“Please come inside with me.”
He blinked. Not what he was expecting. “Roxy,” he said, using his head to indicate his companion.
“Bring her. She can’t stay out here, either.”
“You’re allergic,” he pointed out, testing her.
“I have medicine, remember?”
“It’s freezing in here. I happen to know the temperature is going down to thirty-five degrees tonight, which technically isn’t freezing but is really close, and it would just be cruel for you to stay out here when I have a warm room only a hundred yards away.”
“You’ve thought everything out, haven’t you?”
“Please say yes.”
“All right.” She’d done all the rationalizing for him, anyway.
Relief flashed across her face. “I thought you’d say no. Okay, we have to go around the back way.”
He raised his seatback and turned on the engine. “Can’t believe you, of all people, are offering to sneak me and my dog into the last hotel room in Auburn,” he said. “You’re pretty much the last person I’d ever expect to be a rule breaker.”
“That’s not really fair. You’ve known me all of,” she glanced down at her watch and wiped the rain off it with a damp sleeve, “six hours.”
“Oh, I had you pegged from the moment I saw you.”
She looked affronted by that. “I can break the rules if the situation warrants it,” she said. “And I have never met a man who is so quick to judge a book by its cover. It’s right there,” she said, pointing to a door with a single bulb hanging from an attached overhang.
He pulled into a nearby parking spot. “I judge everyone by their covers,” he said. “It cuts through a lot of crap.” Because he’d been burned, and he wasn’t going to make that mistake again. “Anyway, you did, too. You assumed I’d say no.” Ann had no response to that. “So tell me how you really got us in,” he prodded.
“It wasn’t a big deal. I simply spoke with the front desk clerk.”
Chase turned to her and raised an eyebrow. She was staring at the dashboard.
“Where’s my GPS?”
“I put it in a safe place. And you’re dodging the question.”
Her gaze snapped back to him. “I am not. I appealed to his humanity,” she said. “It’s so cold out here.” As if on cue, she shivered.
Chase was silent, watching her watch him.
“He has an English bulldog named Frank Sinatra at home.”
Chase just stared at her.
“Okay, fine! I gave him fifty bucks and he promised not to tell his boss. Happy now?”
(c) 2013 Christmas in Tahoe by Elisabeth Barrett
One week one week one week! I’ll be back on November 11th (release day!) with a giveaway!! I’d also love it if you added the book to your Goodreads TBR pile! Finally, if you made it this far, Slow Summer Burn is on sale for 99 cents everywhere, so please spread the word!!