Refresh for Lake Haven Series Look & Feel

EVOKE was my first book baby. Inspired by the small towns and friendships of my childhood, it is a coming-of-age story that follows main character Laney Thomas in the months and years following an accident that claims the lives of three friends while leaving her and another behind.

When it first came out, EVOKE received a lot of praise. It won a Gold Medal in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards and since, has been picked up by an international publishing partner and optioned for screenplay development. Readers love the story, and this makes my heart sing. It is a story of love and loss and the ties that bind – a theme that carries through book two and the forthcoming third – and I couldn’t be happier about the way it has been received.

One thing however, that has become apparent since release of book two, RAVEL, last fall, is that folks are confused by where the series “belongs.” They don’t know if it is YA or New Adult or Romance or Coming of Age (which let’s be clear, the first two are the age groups and last two genres).

There’s a good reason why readers are confused because EVOKE won an award in the YA mystery category and has been marketed this way since release, especially in its look and feel. But here’s the thing, the Lake Haven Series is New Adult Romance. The main characters are in their senior year of college in book one and very much walking the line of heartache and first love, and book two takes place two years after the events of book one, and the characters are twenty-four years old, starting careers, and taking the next major step in their lives together. Love is at the heart of the Lake Haven story, and it should have always been marketed as such.

I am fascinated by the power of love, and it will always have a place in my stories, be it urban fantasy, paranormal, or other. But I have been remiss to market my books as such, and I will tell you why – a comment someone made to me before EVOKE came out. One…little…comment. “Oh, you’re not writing serious books, you’re writing romance novels.” That’s right. Someone said that. And it has been that fear of stereotype, fear I won’t be taken seriously, fear of having others judge me, fear when one thinks romance, they think bodice ripping, and honestly, I’m sorry I caved to the comment because there is something so uplifting, hopeful, beautiful about relationships and love.

So, in honor of love, in honor of romance, in honor of the heart of my Lake Haven series, I am updating the look and feel so that it’s finally at home among the genre. I am so excited to share this new look and feel with you and hope you love them as much as I do. I will be swapping out the old look and feel everywhere Lake Haven series is available over the coming weeks. In the meantime, let me know what you think! And stay tuned for release details for book three, coming later this year!