“Back to December” Book Cover Reveal

I LOVE supporting people who are doing great work.

In fact, I sometimes think I am a walking ad agency. Nothing gives me a greater rush than helping someone to realize goals that he or she has worked hard to achieve.

Today I have the honor of doing just that for a friend I met in a writing workshop. Her name is Heather McCoubrey. Like me, she is passionate about her family and her writing (and she’s a huge supporter of military families). Unlike me, she has actually completed and published her first novel and is set to have two more come out THIS YEAR!

Today marks the “cover reveal” for her next book, Back to December. Now, they say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but I say that that is partially hogwash. If that were true, why would authors and publishers agonize over cover design and color? Many times, the only reason I have given a book a chance is because I found its cover intriguing. And more often than not, I have ended up finding a treasure just by following my instincts.

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Now, I have yet to read Back to December, but if my instincts prove true from the cover, it will be a novel full of emotion and suspense. I am looking forward to reading it, and I hope you will give it a read when it comes out on 20 June, 2014.

Until then, to whet your appetite, please check out the following description obtained from the media package (Oh, and don’t worry…I’ll remind you as it gets closer to the release date so you can have your Kindle charged up and ready to order!):

About the Book Back to December:

Thanks to an abusive mother and an absent father, Anna Blackhurst has only known the love of two people: her Gram and her best friend, Niki.

When Anna meets Cooper Reed in a smoky club, she’s immediately drawn to his good looks but isn’t prepared to open herself up to a relationship. As time passes, Anna finds herself falling in love with Cooper and she begins to rethink her future. Maybe, despite her childhood, she can have a happy-ever-after.

But when her mother is in a terrible accident, she again sinks her claws into Anna and Anna’s world is thrown upside down. Despite Cooper’s unwavering support, Anna walks away only to regret it immediately. In order to heal, not only herself, but her broken relationship, Anna must stand up for herself and accept that the only way she’s going to be happy is if she grabs ahold of it herself.

About the Author:


Heather McCoubrey is a native of Maine but having moved all over the U.S. as a child, she doesn’t sound like one. She’s been writing since middle school when a teacher taught her she could create her own stories instead of just reading them. That year she had some of her first poems published in the school magazine and from there she graduated to writing a full-length novel in high school (which has been collecting dust on her shelf ever since!).

She is the self-published author of To Love Twice, her debut novel. Her second novel, Back to December, is scheduled to be released in June 2014 and the novel that’s been collecting dust on the shelf, Emily’s Choice, is scheduled to be released in October 2014. Heather resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, Rex the chihuahua and Fatty the goldfish. When she’s not being super-mom and wife, she ekes out time to write, watch football, practice her British accent and dream of living on an island where it’s eighty degrees year-round.

Find the Author:

You can find Heather McCoubrey on:

Her blog, Romantic Escapes: http://heathermccoubrey.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorHeatherMcCoubrey

Twitter: https://twitter.com/h_mccoubrey

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/heathermccoubrey

Google+: google.com/+HeatherMcCoubrey

Find the Book: To Love Twice:

Amazon (eBook & print): http://www.amazon.com/Love-Twice-Heather-McCoubrey-

Barnes & Noble (print): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/to-love-twice-heather-

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17668673-to-love-twice

Blurb for To Love Twice:

During an intense and terrifying experience, Kate meets Brad Walker, the man of her dreams. After a blissful ten years, Brad suddenly becomes cold and distant. A few months after giving birth to their daughter, Kate leaves and files for divorce. When he dies a few days later and his secrets are revealed, Kate is devastated.

Five years later, Kate has made a successful new life for herself and her daughter, despite the fact that she clings to his memory and grieves for her husband. While in London on a business trip, she meets London’s most eligible bachelor, Edward Kent. She is enchanted with his manners and dazzled by his attention. He’s everything she could wish for, and everything she’s afraid of. Edward finds her refreshing and lovely and quickly realizes that he’s finally found the one he wants to spend the rest of his life with.

Can Kate set Brad’s memory and her fears aside long enough to find happiness with Edward and finally see that she is able To Love Twice?

Reviews of To Love Twice:

“First book I’ve ever read completely through! It was awesome. I laughed, I cried, I found some really good points. I loved the romance. Just might read it again!” –Jillian Hucks

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Readers who just want a steamy romance will be disappointed… No smut here…but plenty of romance and great character development. I laughed, I cried, I was genuinely surprised a few times and skipped sleep to finish reading and get to the happy ending. I wish it were longer! I am not ready to say goodbye to Kate and Edward.” –Kindle Customer “CharmedGirl”

“I’d recommend this book to anyone. I’m not one for romances but this book had me hooked. And the crazy twist at the end, I couldn’t put it down.” –Tiffany Clark

“I’m not normally a fan of romances but this was good and kept my interest… the ending was Awesome. Great snowy day read!!” –Bonnie G

“This story was very unexpected. The plot was great, the characters were real, and the ending was surprising. I never saw it coming. Kate is so strong to have gone through all she did to find love again. Heather, I look forward to your next novel. You have a new fan!” –Ann


“The Happiness Project”

I tend to be “late to the party” when it comes to getting involved in social movements, new ideas, and popular trends. With that in mind, I expect that you may have already heard of, and may have already read and implemented, the newest book on my bookshelf: “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin.



This book is the record of Mrs. Rubin’s attempt to inject more happiness into her life. She does not suffer from depression or have any glaring “issues” to work through. She just wants to bring more happiness, more appreciation, more joy into her life.

I think many of us in the Western world can relate to this feeling. We know that we are living blessed lives. We don’t have to wonder where we are getting our next meal. We have roofs over our heads. We are not living in the middle of a war zone. And we have the freedoms in this country to  pursue our own goals and desires (although it seems these are being eroded by the government…but that’s for a different post!) I digress.

We know that there are many, many people out there who have it far worse than we do. So why do we tend to feel the same level of discontent when making $100,000 as we do when we make $30,000? Why do we feel just as frustrated when we have been married for 15 years as we do when we were single and hadn’t had a date in 6 months? Why do we feel just as overwhelmed with the demands of life when we have a job and three children as we do when we are just starting out as adults?

I don’t think that there is a definitive answer to this, although this has become a popular topic of study in the world of psychology. And maybe the “why” doesn’t really matter.

The real question is, “So, what are you going to do about it?”

With this question in mind, I am working my way through this book and implementing some of the habits Rubin suggests.  I am looking forward to seeing if there is a “change” of sorts. I figure it can’t hurt, and if nothing else, it gives me more fodder for blog posts…and that makes me happy!

Have you ever tried a “Happiness Project”? If so, I’d love to hear if and how it changed things for you.

Have a great day, and don’t forget to leave a comment and to follow me on Twitter and Facebook!

My First “Rock Star”

As promised, I am starting my new “Rock Star” segment.  These are friends I know who are doing great stuff in their lives in one area or another.  They might not be rich or famous (yet), but they will all be fabulous examples of people who are out there making their dreams become a reality.

My first “Rock Star” is a gal I met through an online writing workshop that I took back in the Fall.  It was geared towards moms who want to make writing a bigger part of their lives.  Well, Heather McCoubrey was  ahead of the game, having already published her first novel, To Love Twice.  She has recently completed her second manuscript and is deep in the trenches of the editing process.Couple at Big Ben after sunset

Heather has become a friend of mine on Facebook and on Goodreads.  I love that, in the midst of mothering, she is finding time to write and knock out completed novels (this, being a goal of my own!)

She also happens to be a New England Patriots Fan, so I knew she and I would get along splendidly!  (We consoled each other heartily after Denver handed them, as my husband put it, a good old-fashioned “butt-whooping” in the playoffs.)

I digress.  I hope you will take a minute to check out Heather’s work by clicking on the link.