The Valentine Challenge, by Marisa Cleveland
“Stacey Bradford believes in love, but when her hot boss, Marshall Royce, decides to close her best friend’s flower shop – days before Valentine’s Day! – Stacey declares war.
Intrigued by Stacey’s devotion to her friend, the hearts and flowers holiday, and belief in true love, Marsh issues a challenge – prove love exists or deliver the closing documents to her friend herself.
Stacey never could resist a challenge, but when Marsh makes Valentine’s Day the deadline for their deal, Stacey must decide how far she’s willing to go for love.” (via the description on Entangled Publishing)
I’m a little remiss in posting about this, but I’m in the middle of moving houses so it is what it is. :)
The most difficult part of romance covers is finding the right people to fit the story. When I read the description of this one, I immediately pictured a woman standing with a valentine behind her back. It took awhile, but I finally found someone who fit the bill, AND she was already holding a big red heart. Couldn’t have been more perfect.
There was some debate about the background scenery here. There was discussion between myself and the editors/author of this novella about whether the beach balcony worked or if the other option of a Miami board room would be better. Ultimately, they decided to go with the balcony as it defines the setting better. It’s my understanding that there’s a whole South Beach romance series forthcoming from this author so that’s likely why.
The best thing, for me, to come out of working with Entangled Publishing is probably all the authors I’ve connected with as a result. Building a relationship with the Entangled editorial staff has been great as well. Everyone on the team has been so super nice and welcoming. It’s a wonderful team to be a part of and I hope they know how much I appreciate that! Authors, if you’ve got a manuscript that would fit one of their lines, I can’t encourage you enough to submit to them.