A Thanksgiving Gift*

(*see the end of this post for offer.)

Thanksgiving is a time to get together with family and friends and be thankful for the good things that have happened in our lives. I feel especially blessed. Forty-eight years ago I met a man who over the years has been everything we romance writers want in a hero: lover, friend, protector, and encourager. Together we’ve raised two children of whom we’re proud and are enjoying two granddaughters of whom we’re equally proud. It was my husband who gave me the courage to pursue my desire to write, so yes, there’s always a little bit of him in the heroes of my stories.

This fall I revisited Destiny Unknown, a romance with a touch of mystery, published by Loveswept® in 1997. In many ways the hero, Cody Taylor, reminds me of my husband. Cody isn’t trying to impress anyone with the way he dresses, he thinks outside of the box, and he shows up just when a damsel in distresses needs him.

Bernadette Sanders is that damsel and Cody’s opposite. She believes if she stays in control she won’t be hurt, but within a day of being put in charge of her brother-in-law’s two major department stores, she’s losing control. Merchandise is disappearing, the security alarms aren’t working, orders have been cancelled, and a major ad is all wrong. Most baffling is her signature is on a bank account she knows she didn’t open, and it appears she’s skimming.

It’s when her sister’s dog, that Bernadette is watching, swallows part of a sponge and must be rushed to the vet’s that Bern runs into Cody. Poor Bern. She really never knows what hits her. She’s a woman who believes how a person dresses is very important and indicates a person’s status in life. It takes Cody to show her things aren’t always as they appear.

I did have to do some updating with Destiny Unknown, mostly in terms of how important the Internet has become for retailers and how cell phones are now a part of our everyday lives. Otherwise, the story is pretty much the same.

I never liked the cover on the Loveswept® book. In fact, if I’d met that guy in an ally, I would have run the other way. So it took me a while before I found the man who, in my mind, most resembled Cody. Since he’s in construction, it seemed appropriate to put him in a truck. You’ll have to tell me which cover you prefer.

Original Loveswept cover

Original Loveswept cover

New cover

New cover

Meanwhile, in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday, from today (11/25) through Monday (11/30), the e-book for Destiny Unknown (which usually sells for $2.99 on Amazon) will be available for .99¢ (check out Destiny Unknown )

And if you enjoy the story, please take time to add a review.



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18 Responses to A Thanksgiving Gift*

  1. I definitely like the updated version better! The first guy doesn’t look like hero material to me. And he looks much more polished than your description. I just ordered my copy of the ebook! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  2. Melissa Keir says:

    You are right. The old cover isn’t eyecatching. I don’t know why they didn’t put the cynch on it since Loveswept did that with many of their covers, think Fabio… I do like your new cover better.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Maris Soule says:

      Thank you, Melissa. I was so disappointed with the old cover. I know I wouldn’t have been enticed to buy a book where the hero looked like that.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  3. Cover #2 DEFINITELY!!

    I admire it every time I visit your blog.

    Good luck and God’s Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!


    • Maris Soule says:

      Thanks, Pam. When I started looking for an image I felt represented Cody, I wondered if I’d ever find what I was looking for…and then I came across that picture, and I knew I’d found him.

      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving, Maris. Love the new version of your cover. Best of luck with the story it sounds like a lot of fun.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Thank you Stanalei. It is a fun read. That’s the nice thing I’m discovering about revisiting some of my early romances. Once again I fell in love with the hero.

      Have a marvelous Thanksgiving Day, Stanalei.

  5. The second cover is perfect. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. Best always.
    Charmaine gordon

  6. I prefer the new cover as well. Happy holiday!

  7. Definitely the new cover! Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. Zara West says:

    I vote for the new cover. Definitely a hottie. The truck is a good symbol for traveling to a new destiny.

  9. Anna Taylor Sweringen says:

    Hands down the new cover. I can focus on the man and not wonder where the heck he is like I do the original cover.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Thanks, Anna Taylor. Yes, I had the same reaction to the original cover. The building in the background didn’t fit either the character or the story.