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Cover Reveal: Love to Win Releasing July 30th!

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   19 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

I’m so excited to do a cover reveal on book three of the Fireflies series. This marks the end of the initial trilogy, though there is a possibility that Jack Kinkaid’s subtle matchmaking skills will continue for three more books. In the meantime, here’s the cover for Love to Win!


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eBook Cover


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Print cover, front & back


 The talented cover artist, Melissa Stevens at The Illustrated Author, nailed summertime moonlight at Maddie’s gazebo. I love this third and final gazebo cover so much. It’s perfect for Dante and Brenna’s romance. Here’s a new teaser from the book:


“Well, I like that,” Brenna said. “My own mother likes your cake better.”

Dante regarded her with amusement. “Not everything has to be a competition between us, does it? What difference does it make which of us bakes the better cake?”

“Or sautés the better shrimp?” Brenna said, remembering Dante’s shrimp dish from Thanksgiving that she, Rebecca, and Maddie had all deemed to be almost better than sex. Not that she’d tell Dante that. She blew out a tired sigh. “I’m sick of losing to you in the food department. I try so hard to be creative, and you whip something up at the last minute that takes home the gold.”

“Is it really that big a deal?” He raised his brows.

Brenna stared at him a moment and made him laugh when she said, “Bet your ass! I hate coming in second on anything, especially to you. And say what you will—” She poked his chest with her finger for emphasis. “—but you’re just as competitive as I am.” He moved back a step and she poked him again. “You don’t like to lose at anything either.” One more poke. “You always do whatever you have to do to win.”

Dante’s eyes narrowed, but his lips curved. He stepped forward against the press of her finger, forcing her to step back—once, twice, thrice—and she sucked in a breath when her hips bumped against the counter. She reached behind her to grab the edge of the countertop, and her eyes widened when Dante rested his hands on either side of hers, hemming her in as he had done in the storeroom.

Brenna’s heart sped to triple speed. Dante leaned down and she parted her lips, in spite of herself, when his mouth stopped a mere breath away from hers, so close she swore she felt the radiating heat. A second passed, and another. His gaze dipped to her mouth. Brenna licked her lips and her eyes fluttered shut in anticipation, and then the stubble darkening his jaw tickled the skin of her cheek with the barest touch, and his warm breath against her ear made her shiver when he whispered, “You’re right. I’ll do whatever I have to do to win. You’d do well to remember that, sweetheart.”

He pressed his lips against the tender skin just below her earlobe and made her shiver again, then stepped back. Brenna stared at him, her mind whirling.

“It’s late. I’ll follow you home when you’re ready to go, make sure you get there safe,” he said. “And relax, I don’t expect to be invited in. I know you just want to be friends.”

Brenna still gripped the edges of the counter, her eyes wide and lips parted in surprise when he disappeared out to the porch.


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So what’s up next? Well, as mentioned above, Fireflies isn’t over yet. There are more books to come, three other Bright Hills’ ladies who deserve their own happily-ever-after. But they have to wait while I finish my fourth novel, the start of a new series taking place in a fictional seaside town in Oregon. I haven’t typed “The End” on the Oregon novel yet, and after I do there will be lots of revision work, but I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

That’s it for today, Buttercup. I hope you love the cover as much as I do.

Have a good week! See you next Wednesday. 🙂


P.S.  Thanks for all your comments about our Tabby girl. Your kind words were greatly appreciated.


Romance is good for your heart! To purchase your copy of Love Built to Last or Love to Believe in eBook or print, go to AmazonBarnes & NobleBlack Opal BooksKobo, or AllRomance. And remember, Love to Win releases on July 30th!

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19 Responses to "Cover Reveal: Love to Win Releasing July 30th!"

  1. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    June 1, 2016 at 10:15 am  

    Gorgeous cover–I love that gazebo, Lisa! Seems like there should be at least one more in the Fireflies series, for summer lovin’. (Had me a blast…:-)

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 1, 2016 at 5:56 pm  

      Actually, this is supposed to be a summer cover. Does it look more spring-timey to you? I jumped over spring. lol Figured all the little fireflies would make it more summery, but you can’t see them that well. The image is a wee bit small.

  2. Comment by Pat
    June 1, 2016 at 10:22 am  

    It’s beautiful! And yes, need at the least a summer gazebo.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 1, 2016 at 5:59 pm  

      Looks like I shouldn’t have skipped over spring. lol

  3. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    June 1, 2016 at 12:27 pm  

    I love it! And 3 more books would be wonderful. I can’t wait to read this one. <3

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 1, 2016 at 6:01 pm  

      I hope you like it as well as the first two. 🙂

  4. Comment by Donna Volkenannt
    June 1, 2016 at 12:45 pm  

    Beautiful cover with lovely covers. Congratulations!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 1, 2016 at 6:01 pm  

      Thanks, Donna!

  5. Comment by Sioux
    June 1, 2016 at 1:19 pm  

    I love the vibrant greens and the purples, along with the pinks. Beautiful, striking cover. Perhaps my favorite? It’s hard to decide.

    I guess I will be reading another romance novel (only Lisa Ricard Claro’s) this summer… 😉

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 1, 2016 at 6:03 pm  

      This final cover was the third or fourth rendition, and all of them were terrific, but she added the moonlight to this one and that, coupled with the wisteria, was enough to get my thumbs up. Melissa always does a great job, and she didn’t disappoint on this cover. I’m not sure if it’s my favorite or not. Tied for first with the first cover, maybe.

  6. Comment by Jerri Ricard
    June 1, 2016 at 6:54 pm  

    I love it so much!!!!!!!!!!! And I love you!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 7, 2016 at 3:54 pm  

      I love you right back! {{ <3 }}

  7. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    June 2, 2016 at 8:26 am  

    I will give you shout out in FB and elsewhere. This cover is stunning. Can’t wait to read your next book! Congratulations, Lisa.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 7, 2016 at 3:55 pm  

      Thanks so much Linda. I appreciate the support!

  8. Comment by Karen Lange
    June 6, 2016 at 10:10 pm  

    Congratulations Lisa! How exciting. Love the cover. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 7, 2016 at 3:55 pm  

      Thanks, Karen. 🙂

  9. Comment by Stephanie Trietsch
    June 8, 2016 at 1:53 pm  

    I love the cover!! It does look springy to me though…especially if it’s set in our area!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      June 9, 2016 at 8:02 am  

      Glad you like it. And, uh-oh…it’s summery to me with all the green and the fireflies, but you aren’t the only one who assumed springtime. Oops. lol It might look more summery if it was bright and sunny (one of the early renditions was sunshiny), but with the sunshine we had to give up the fireflies, so I opted for the moonlight instead because I love the sparklies. 🙂

      • Comment by Stephanie Trietsch
        June 9, 2016 at 8:48 am  

        It is beautiful! I wish my yard looked like that all summer 😉

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