This is the cover for my only ever Silhouette Romance release - O'Reilly's Bride (aka The Pineapple Book). It's part of the programme to amalgamate the line with Harlequin Romance, the first phases of which start in September to create our new Romance Line. So it's the only Silhouette Romance cover I'll ever have...
The book is out in October, sandwiched neatly between White Hot! in September and Project: Parenthood in November... Busy? Me? Nah...
The back blurb reads thus:
"Sean O'Reilly had become so close to his colleague and friend Maggie Sullivan that he was beginning to imagine their friendship could lead to more. Only now, bizarrely, she's backed off - and, even more strangely, she's started looking for love on the internet! Well, if he can't beat them, he'll have to join them...
Maggie can't let herself get close to Sean. Not now. Not when she's discovered something that will break all his dreams of happy-ever-after. But she has no idea how much she has hurt Sean - nor how much she has fuelled his determination to make her his... by any means necessary!"
And following on our theme of first chapters and the importance of that opening... The book begins thus:
"We're just going to have to face up to the fact that we have no choice but to sleep together."
Maggie watched with widening eyes as Sean launched himself into the air and landed on his side on the huge double bed. After a couple of large bounces, caused more by the weight of his large frame than overly generous springing inside the hotel bed, he rolled onto his side and propped an elbow so he could rest his head on his hand.
He patted the mattress with his free hand, "Come on over."
She blinked as he winked at her.
"You know you want to."
So, would you say we've jumped straight into the scene???
Now, I'm off to write the next installment of The Blank Page... ;)