Ripe for Anything
Book 3.5, The League of Second Sons
A League of Second Sons (or their sisters, anyway) novella...
"As a appetizer, I think the novella works very well. It has sparked my interest and made me eager to try your full length novels. Jane has written posts about how give aways and freebies can increase sales. Here is a perfect example of that."
(about the original short)
Lady Eleanor Blakely is only too aware that her reputation dangles by a very slender thread. One false step, one mistake, and her claims to respectability could disappear in whirlwind of scandal. Unfortunately, she’s found herself in the midst of a delicious series of wagers with a consummate charmer , and she can’t seem to stop herself from saying yes to his wild propositions.
Viscount Wroxton isn’t exactly sure what twist of fate has kept his friend Blakely’s sister on the shelf, nor why he’s never noticed her before, but when the inveterate little gamester suddenly catches his attention, she’s entirely is too fascinating to ignore. The fact that she has five enormous—and protective—brothers is hardly worth thinking about . . . she’s thrown down the gauntlet, and he has no intention of losing, though the price may well end up being his heart.
A bit of fun ...
The evolution of a cover.
I thought I'd share how the cover evolved, because it's kind of fun to see. Here you see the original stock art (from Jenn LeBlanc over at Illustrated Romance). Then the rough mockup I sent to Carrie at Seductive Musings Designs. Next is Carrie's first pass using the color I had originally suggested (talk about dull) and then last the improved design with the couple flipped, the color brought more into line with the jewel tones of the previous covers, and the crop pulled out just a tad.
A bit of background...
Ripe for Anything is a novella built upon a story I originally wrote for the Amazon Shorts program. Unfortunately, the program shuttered its digital doors shortly after I submitted the story and it never appeared on Amazon. I put it out as a short story, then titled Something Wicked, as a free download on my website (you can still download the free short if you like), but I always felt sad that it didn’t get into the hands of more readers. So, this is a greatly expanded version (the word count for Amazon Shorts was VERY small), with a heat level that matches my other books.