Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cover Reveal!

Guess what?  UGLY DUCKLINGS FINISH FIRST, releasing August 5th from Carina Press, has its brand spankin’-new cover! *throws confetti*  (And yeah. I said spankin’ :P)

At first, I was going to make it another puzzle for the official reveal, like this:

But then it took me five freaking minutes to figure that shuffle puzzle out, so I had another idea.  I decided I’d rent out a stadium to show it off, kind of like this:


Then something terrible happened.  I realized I wasn't a billionaire.  *cries* 

That was when I figured the best way to reveal the cover was to, y’know, reveal it.  So here you go—the cover of UGLY DUCKLINGS FINISH FIRST, the first book in an open-ended contemporary romance series set in the fictional town of Bitterthorn, Texas.  I can’t wait to invite y’all down to stay a while! <3



Metal Mouth. Queen Geek. Dr. Payton Pruitt heard it all growing up. But she's over it, and attending her ten-year high school reunion is the perfect way to prove it to herself. Even if there's only one person she's interested in seeing in Bitterthorn, Texas: Wiley Sharpe.

Now a respected lawyer, Wiley didn't live down to the label Most Likely to Be Slapped with a Paternity Suit. But recent acts of vandalism suggest someone still sees him as a heartbreaker, and the reunion seems a likely place to find the culprit. Instead, Wiley comes face-to-face with his old pal Payton—and is wowed not only by her transformation into a ravishing swan, but by the connection they still share.

Payton is pleased the playboy she used to tutor has grown into an honorable man, but she's too smart to fall for a guy with roots in a place she couldn't wait to leave. But while Payton is an academic genius, Wiley is the one with the PhD in pleasure, and he intends to use it to convince her to stay…

63,000 words

Sound good?  If so, please feel free to look through the Pinterest storyboard I made for UGLY DUCKLINGS FINISH FIRST, or any of my storyboards.  They're there to be shared. <3

Also, if you'd like to learn more about Carina Press's upcoming contemporary releases in general, why not pop over to the Contemporary Romance Café?  That's where we're all hanging out, so swing by and say hi.  We're waiting for you! ^_^


  1. Oh, fabulous! Did you try the stadium to see if they might donate the space? teehee--love the idea! And great cover! (and blurb)

  2. Yay, Your Tartness is here! Dang it, they SHOULD donate their facilities to the underprivileged, dontcha think? Sad to think how mean and stingy people are these days. :P

    Thanks for the kind words, chica! *HUGS*

  3. Love, love, love the cover Stacy! And the stadium reveal photo is pretty darned cool, too.

    1. I wanna do a stadium reveal!!! *tantrums* Ah, well. Just have to make that first billion, I guess. :D

      Thanks for stopping by, Reese! MWAH!