There are so many reasons to love reading, but one of my favorites is the
element we bring to each book we devour by using our imaginations. Sometimes we
imagine ourselves as the heroine, other times we picture our favorite actress,
and still more we conquer someone we’ve never even seen before. As for the hero,
he could be our significant other, a hottie from Hollywood, the guy on the
cover, or a unique compilation of all three. We pair the author’s descriptions
with our own imagination and create something completely new, and with each page
we turn, a movie plays out in our minds.
As an author, it’s the same thing. Sure, I start out every book I write with a
‘dream cast’ in mind. Photos of celebrities or models that represent the
characters I’m forming in my mind. But, as I write the book and flesh out the
characters through their individual journeys, the result is often an altogether
With THE NANNY
ARRANGEMENT, I set out with my dream cast as usual...but things changed
during the writing process.
For Deacon, my country music fiddle player, Chase Rice was the perfect choice
while plotting. He was born in North Carolina, like my hero, is obviously no
stranger to the country music world, and he’s pretty darn cute to boot! I
scoured the internet for photos of him mugging for the camera, especially ones
where he is posing with Luke Bryan (who’d been my inspiration for Tyler in ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON
PURPOSE) and Brantley Gilbert (my inspiration for Charlie in YOU’RE STILL THE ONE). But
about after just two weeks into writing Deacon’s book, I stumbled upon a stock
photo for a teaser image and absolutely fell in love!!
After going cross-eyed staring at generic hot guys for over an hour, I came
across the holy grail of photos. This guy had the scruff, the swagger, the quiet
brooding, and a certain inexplicable something that just radiated Deacon.
Immediately, I snatched it up, along with the complete set in that
photographer’s series, and from then on, he was my inspiration. This nameless
model will always be my Deacon. Imagine my excitement when Entangled decided to
use him for the cover after I finished writing it!!
This has never happened to me before. I’ve absolutely loved all my covers, but I
could never give the readers the exact person I pictured while creating the
story. That’s so much fun for me as the author.
Plus, he’s SO DANG HOT!!!
I hope you enjoy reading THE
NANNY ARRANGEMENT and finding the little clues that point directly to the
guy on the cover. And if anyone happens to know this guy’s name, feel free to
message me. I’d love to put a name to my Deacon!
Oh, and as for my heroine, she’s been Amy Adams from the start. Sweet, funny,
smart, good with kids, and I can totally see her belting out one of Hannah’s
silly songs about muffins ;)
Who do YOU picture when reading your favorite books? Do you go off the cover
image, picture your favorite celebrity, or create someone altogether unique? I’d
love to hear about it in the comments!
Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved
her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new
mission— Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour
bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.
Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his
fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his
son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop
imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF...
With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock
the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country
[Entangled Bliss, On
Sale: May 22, 2017, e-Book, ISBN: 9781640631120 / eISBN: 9781640631120]
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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love
stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon.
Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of
her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing. An admitted bookaholic and homeschool
mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and
watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new
adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!
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