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Cover Reveal: Love to Believe – Fireflies Book #2

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   24 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Hi, y’all! Hope you’re enjoying a wonderful Wednesday.

Today’s Writing in the Buff is a smorgasbord, with the big news being the unveiling of the cover for Love to Believe, book #2 in the Fireflies series (go HERE to read an excerpt). Here is the eBook cover and the print cover, front & back.

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Melissa Stevens, The Illustrated Author, outdid herself again. She captured the beauty of the Fireflies gazebo in a winter setting. It is perfect for Sean and Rebecca’s love story. The book is undergoing second round edits and will be published sometime before the end of the year. I’ll let you know as soon as I have a release date from my publisher, Black Opal Books. So what do you think of the cover?


Next item up is a snippet gleaned from the 35th annual RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference in New York. First, I have to show you the amazing view from my room at the Marriott in Times Square:

Time Square from the Marriott

And the snippet? A quote by Nora Roberts during the workshop “Chat with Nora Roberts.” When asked about her inspiration for writing, La Nora said, in her usual straightforward way:

“I’m never inspired by anything. There is no f*****g muse. There’s no magic fairy dust.”

What there is, she went on to say, is a lot of hard work. And, boy, is that ever the truth. You know when my productivity spiked as a writer? When I stopped waiting for inspiration and started writing. The inspiration comes during the writing and grows from the writing. At least, that’s how it works for me. How about you? Do you agree or disagree with Nora?


The RWA conference was fantastic from start to finish. This was my third conference, and I can say from experience that while it is motivational, it is also exhausting! I’m a workshop warrior, running from one to the other, sponging up all the info available. One of the best things about conference is hanging with a couple thousand other people who are content to talk about writing 24/7.  Here are a few pics of me and my writer pals at the conference. I’ve included links for these talented ladies:



Me, Casey Hagen, Nikki Brock

Me, Casey Hagen, & Nikki Brock Ready for the RITAs

The above pics allow a nice segue into The Hair. I sort of figured out what to do with it. It’s even wash & wear now, something I couldn’t pull off when it was longer without looking like the frontman for an ’80s big hair band. Anyway, I guess it’s time to do new head shots since I no longer resemble my social media photo! There were some confused people at conference, let me tell you. 🙂

Last, but not least, a big THANK YOU to Jami Gray for filling in here last week!

Well, I guess that’s it for now. Please come back on Friday for Observations From the Tub! And please leave me a comment—what were you doing last week while I was workshopping in New York? Any thoughts on Nora’s inspiration quote? Opinion of the cover for Love to Believe?

Have a great week! See you Friday —

Romance is good for your heart! To purchase your copy of Love Built to Last in eBook or print, go to AmazonBarnes & NobleBlack Opal BooksKobo, or AllRomance.

24 Responses to "Cover Reveal: Love to Believe – Fireflies Book #2"

  1. Comment by Chelley
    July 29, 2015 at 7:34 am  

    Love the cover (and your hair, too!)

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 29, 2015 at 8:39 am  

      Aw, thanks Chelley. 🙂 The hair I’m still tweaking, but the book cover—I’m in love with the book cover!

  2. Comment by Rob
    July 29, 2015 at 8:28 am  

    I tend to agree about the muse, but there are places that I get inspiration from.
    The cover looks great; what a talent Melissa has.
    You made the hair work. It looks like uncommon beauty is common among your friends–very shiny.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 29, 2015 at 8:39 am  

      🙂 I’ll pass the word.

  3. Comment by Pat
    July 29, 2015 at 8:28 am  

    Lisa, the cover is beautiful–especially so in the current sweltering heat. Congratulations on the upcoming publication!

    Love your new ‘do. It makes you look sassy, and all romance writers are a little bit sassy, aren’t they?

    Finally, I know Ms Roberts is correct…and she has the credits to prove it. As Louis L’Amour put it, “Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn on the faucet before the water starts to flow.” Yep.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 29, 2015 at 8:41 am  

      Thanks, Pat! Sassy is a good thing. I like sassy. 🙂 Great quote by the incredible Louis L’Amour. I wonder of the whole “wait for inspiration” thing is common to new writers who haven’t been in the business long enough to understand the true amount of work required?

  4. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    July 29, 2015 at 10:20 am  

    LOVE the cover! Already told ya I really like the ‘do! And yes, writing grows inspiration–that’s SO true!For once, I got nothing to add. 😉

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 29, 2015 at 3:47 pm  

      Must be ’cause it’s lazy summertime. 🙂

  5. Comment by Claudia
    July 29, 2015 at 11:06 am  

    This cover is gorgeous! Is so inviting and yet winter restful too. Colors are perfect!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 29, 2015 at 3:48 pm  

      They really are, Claudia. And I love the purple crocus near the title and the little crocus shoots coming up in the forefront. 🙂

  6. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    July 29, 2015 at 3:04 pm  

    I love the cover and can’t wait to read the book! I must admit that I loved your curly hair but the new style is nice, too.

    I just got back from Ohio where I stayed with my sister for two weeks. They had been having rain and more rain but the time I was there it only rained a couple of times. Back home in Florida it rained the whole time I was gone and is still raining today. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 29, 2015 at 3:50 pm  

      Raining in Florida? Truly? When we vacation down there it will oftentimes rain for about 20 minutes in the afternoon, but aside from that the sun shines all the time. Guess we’ve always timed it just right!

      Thanks for the kind comment about the ‘do. I’m STILL not used to it! The curly had gone wackadoo on me, though—curly in some spots and straight as a stick in others. Hormones, I guess. At least this new deal is easy.

  7. Comment by Casey Hagen
    July 29, 2015 at 4:20 pm  

    I love, love, love this cover! And the pictures of all of us together aren’t half bad either!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 29, 2015 at 4:26 pm  

      Thanks. Now that I’ve seen this one I’m antsy to see the cover for book #3, but I have to wait until next year. Boo.

      There is only one problem with our pics…we didn’t take enough of them!

  8. Comment by Sioux
    July 29, 2015 at 4:59 pm  

    Lisa–First, the cover is lovely. The lacy branches of the trees, and the lone cardinal (if my old eyes are not deceiving me) really draw in the readers’ eyes.

    Have you gone a bit blonde AND short? Tres chic. Wash and wear–in my opinion–is the only way to go.

    I love Nora Roberts’ quote and I love what you said as well. Inspiration DOES come, but we have to nudge it. To paraphrase that Kevin Costner baseball movie: If we sit, it will come. If we sit in front of our computer, the words will trickle and flow and sometimes even flood out.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm  

      Hi Sioux – What the heck are you doing here? Aren’t you supposed to be in France? (speaking of tres chic) And yes, that is a cardinal. My critique partner thought of adding the bird, and I agreed it was perfect symbolism for these books.

      I did have all my hair lopped off, and I suppose it is a little blonde, though I didn’t color everything, just had it highlighted a bit more than usual. Now that it’s short I’m giving serious consideration to letting the gray come in, and decided if I couldn’t handle a little blonde highlighting I’d never make it through my skunk stripe. So…this is along the lines of a test. 🙂

  9. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    July 29, 2015 at 7:12 pm  

    The cover is beautiful, and because I am reading Love Built to Last about the gazebo, I especially am thrilled with it.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 30, 2015 at 4:49 pm  

      Thanks for that, Linda!

  10. Comment by Tammy
    August 2, 2015 at 3:12 pm  

    Love love love the gorgeous new take on that gazebo. And love the “do,” too!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 2, 2015 at 5:51 pm  

      Thanks, Tammy, for both. 🙂

  11. Comment by Lynn Obermoeller
    August 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm  

    Love the cover and since I’ve already read the preview of the next series, I’m ready to read the whole thing! Love your hair too! Clearly, you’d look good in any ole hair do.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 2, 2015 at 5:52 pm  

      Aw, thanks. 🙂 I’m liking the hair now that it’s had a couple weeks to grow out, AND it is wash & wear! For now, anyway…I’m kinda worried that in another two weeks I’ll have wings. lol

  12. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    August 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm  

    Oh, Lisa, I ADORE the new cover — and that’s no “zaggerated leading truth!” 😉 I can’t wait to read Sean and Rebecca’s story! I’m so enjoying Cal and Maddie’s 🙂

    Thanks for the pics and review of conference. I’m so glad you had such a great time. I totally agree with Nora’s comment, and I’ve heard her say it before. Also: “Being a writing is 1% glamor, and 99% perspiration and hard work.” Yep, she nailed it. Totally agree with what you said too. The writing comes during the process of writing. It’s an unfolding. I get scared in the beginning of a project (or at the beginning of a writing day, for that matter!, thinking I’m not going to be able to get it out) until I remember that the good stuff comes when you’re involved in the process. You don’t have to be perfect, ever, but particularly at the beginning.

    Just my little thoughts for the day!

  13. Comment by carrie
    August 7, 2015 at 11:49 am  


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