Here Comes a Romance: Book Cover Award Winners

The story of love is the story that lies within us all.

The East Texas Writers Guild is proud to announce the top three winners in the Blue Ribbon Book Cover Contest for Romance novels.

Linda Pirtle, president of ETWG, pointed out that entries were submitted from across the United States from California to New Jersey, as well as from Great Britain, Australia, British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. It was indeed an international contest.”

Entries were judged by a team of artists and designers in the Dallas area.

Here are the top three winners for Romance.

First Place

When the Sun was Mine

Darlene Jones, Victoria, British Columbia

Book Cover Designer: Anita B. Carroll

When high school graduate, Brittany Wright, gets a job cleaning at Happy Hearts nursing home, she is terrified of old lady Flo and desperately wishes she could be in college instead.

As an unlikely friendship develops between the two, Brittany discovers that Flo is in grave danger. But, from whom and why? As Flo’s Alzheimer’s worsens, Brittany scrambles to save her. But, ironically, it may be Flo who saves Brittany.

For a read that will have you on the edge of your seat, get your copy of When the Sun was Mine now.

Second Place

Mail Order Groom

Dana Wayne, Gilmer, Texas

Book Cover Designer: JoAnna Walker of Ontario

“Find a husband in thirty days or lose the ranch when I die.”

Emma Marshall is stunned by her dying father’s ultimatum. With Twin Oaks to run alone, she delays dealing with it, unaware of the advertisements he placed seeking a groom for her.

One by one, prospects arrive, spurred by the promise of control of a prosperous ranch and a beautiful bride. Angry, embarrassed and heartbroken by her father’s tactics, she fights for her independence.

Tyler Roundtree acts on a request from his best friend and accepts the job of temporary foreman at the Marshall place. Surprised to find his new boss is a beautiful, jean-wearing, gun-toting woman with enough grit to go bear hunting with a switch, he happily accepts the job.

Distracted by persistent suitors and a dangerous man intent on getting control of her ranch, Emma is totally unprepared for the instant attraction to Ty. Thrown together by chance, she can’t help but wonder if he may be the answer to her problem. However, it soon becomes clear she knows everything about running a ranch, and nothing about being a woman.

A world-weary Southern gentleman, a fiery, independent woman—a marriage of convenience was only the beginning.

Third Place

Not Bound by Blood

Gay Ingram, Gilmer, Texas

Book Cover Designer: Evelyn Byrne of White Bird, Austin, Texas

In a friendship forged in high school days, solemn athletic Miriam Meyer and flamboyant actress Blanche LaRue seem as different as apples and kumquats.

After winning an Olympic Gold Medal while still a teenager, a plane crash forces Miriam to give up her dream of a repeat performance. She marries and settles for small-town life as the wife of her banker husband, Brad Hammond.

Blanche disposes of anything that will come in the way of achieving her goal, even husband and child. Her career carries her into the European war scene. An enamored Count Romano Vicente comes to rescue her.

Although continents sometimes separate the friends, their strong bond of friendship remains.

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  • Darlene Jones – Author

    Great covers all. I have to say that I’m proud of mine and hope readers enjoy the book as well as the sequel, Whispers Under the Baobab.

  • Great covers! I love mine and am delighted to be included here. I hope folks enjoy what i do because I really love it!

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