Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Challenge by Amy Dawes - Cover Reveal

Title: Challenge
Author: Amy Daws
Release Date: Sept 23, 2016
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He’s her patient. She’s his doctor. They shouldn’t. But God, do they want to.

Camden Harris, the famously hot, hulk of a footballer is laid up in a London hospital. But his busted knee doesn’t stop him from running his well-practiced game on Indie Porter—his redheaded spitfire of a doctor. She’s not his type, not even close. But she could be the perfect distraction from the soul-crushing damage this injury could cost him.

Indie’s tired of her naivety putting a target on her back. As a gifted child, she’s let her education take the front seat her whole life. But a fling with a footballer like Camden might be just what she needs to grab life by the balls.

And he could be the perfect guy for the plan she’s been sitting on for over two years.

But when feelings make a final play, there’s no amount of medicine that can heal the damage to their hearts. 
Here's a behind the scenes look at the cover shoot of Challenge. 
What can readers expect with Challenge?
Hot and humorous is what one of my beta readers called it. But it’s so much more than that. Challenge is a spin off from my last release where the heroine had four brothers that all played football in England (soccer to my American readers). These four brothers stole everyone’s hearts when their opening scene involved three of them attempting to climb the fire escape eleven stories to break into their sister’s flat and surprise her for her birthday. They are crazy, hilarious, ridiculous, and incredibly passionate…and of course HOT! So you can expect a whole lot of that.
Who is your cover model and photographer and how did you come to pick them? 
Adam Spahn is my model and aside from his body being amazing for this cover, it was also super convenient because we live in the same town. My sister-in-law have shot all of our own covers in the past with friends or people we know, but for this spin off series I wanted a completely different look than my London Lovers Series covers. So I hired Dan Thorson to shoot because I love his work!
What was the process like? 
Dirty! :) I rubbed that mud on Adam myself! LOL. He was such a smart alec about it too, but that was great because it made it really fun. I’ve never felt abs like that before. And OMG, they were hard. My heroine in Challenge, Indie Porter, describes the heroes abs as “bones” in one of her inner narratives and that is taken from my true life experience after rubbing that mud on. Holy cow!!!
Was it hard to pick the cover photo? 
Yes! Dan got so many great shot…But I hope to use the others in promos and stuff someday!
Who designed the cover? 
I’ve done the design work on all my previous covers but I have to give most of the credit on this one to Staci Hart! Staci is a fellow author friend of mine and we’ve become really close since we met in England this past June. In addition to being an incredible writer, she is also a very talented graphic designer. She spearheaded the whole look and feel. I did a few things on my end, but she really nailed it. I’m so lucky to have her in my corner. She’s one of the most generous authors I’ve ever met.
So…seriously? Pink? 
Hey! Athletes love pink. Have you ever seen their soccer/football socks? Pink is everywhere is sports. Plus this book is a rom com and the picture was so hot and intense, we needed something to lighten the feel and represent what you’ll get inside. There’s definitely some intensity…but there’s also a lot of laughs.
Is Challenge a standalone? Will there be more Harris brothers coming?
For now it’s a complete standalone. We shall see what the future holds for the rest of them.
Amy Daws lives in South Dakota with her husband, and miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy's first book, Chasing Hope, and her passion for writing. Amy is a lover of all things British and her award-nominated contemporary romance series, The London Lovers Series, is centered around Americans in London. It's emotional and self-deprecating with lots of humor sprinkled in. 

On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake's theme song or stuffing themselves inside children's-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn't do for their little miracle. 

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