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When we first released The Vintner's Vixen, our cover featured a handsome man standing in a vineyard appreciating a glass of wine. Let's just say while we loved that version of Noah, readers did not. It was one of the worst releases I've ever had. I asked my newsletter subscribers where the disconnect was and it came down to the fact that the cover wasn't what they expected from me. So we changed it up and put a dude with his head cut off and his six-pack abs on display. You know the type. Nearly every contemporary romance out there has something similar. Then we paid for a whole new round of ads and waited for the sales to come in. Suffice it to say, they didn't. In fact, sales dropped. So here we had a book we were both incredibly proud of that reviewers overwhelmingly enjoyed ... and no one wanted it. Clearly there was a disconnect somewhere.
After several long discussions about tone and feel of the book, which authors we thought were a good match for our characters and the small and charming town we'd created, it was back to the drawing board. What came out of those discussions are new covers that are unlike anything I've personally ever put out, but which fit the book perfectly. I'm hoping over time audiences find The Vintner's Vixen and The Distiller's Darling and give these charming couples a shot, because I really think these books are good and worth picking up.
Did y'all love The Vintner's Vixen? And are you anxiously awaiting the next installment of the River Hill series? Well, I've got great news to share with you!
Mark your calendars for June 21, because The Distiller's Darling is on its way.
Welcome back to River Hill, where the only thing more potent than the whiskey is the man who distills it.
Irish whiskey royalty has no place in Northern California, but that wasn’t going to stop Iain Brennan, the black sheep of Brennan Family Distillers, from giving it a shot. Wine Country is an unlikely place to launch a whiskey empire, but Iain’s just reckless enough to make it work. And being out from under the watchful eye of his disapproving father back home in Dublin? Even better.
Naomi Klein has spent the last ten years ignoring her society family as much as possible while building a career as a renowned sculptor. She’s found a home in River Hill, but has no interest in dipping her toes into the commitment pool. Just the idea of forever gives her hives. Which makes a rootless Irish wanderer the perfect fling. And shocking her mother? Just a bonus.
But as cozy autumn nights turn into lazy winter mornings, Naomi and Iain realize that they’re getting close to something neither of them wants: love. When Naomi discovers Iain’s not quite as rootless as he seems, she’ll have to make some tough decisions. And when the Brennans and the Kleins descend en masse to collect their prodigal children, River Hill may never be the same.